The Last Place on Earth
|The Last Place on Earth|
|Written by||Trevor Griffiths|
|Directed by||Ferdinand Fairfax|
Sverre Anker Ousdal
Max von Sydow
|Theme music composer||Trevor Jones|
|Country of origin||UK|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||7|
|Producer(s)||Tim van Rellim|
|Running time||1x90 minutes, 6x50 minutes|
|Original network||Central Independent Television
|Original release||18 February 1985 – 27 March 1985|
The Last Place on Earth is a 1985 Central Television seven-part serial, written by Trevor Griffiths based on the book Scott and Amundsen by Roland Huntford. The book is an exploration of the expeditions of Captain Robert F. Scott (played by Martin Shaw) and his Norwegian rival in polar exploration, Roald Amundsen (played by Sverre Anker Ousdal) in their attempts to reach the South Pole.
The series ran for seven episodes and starred a wide range of UK and Norwegian character actors as well as featuring some famous names, such as Max von Sydow, Richard Wilson, Sylvester McCoy, Brian Dennehy, and Pat Roach. It also featured performances early in their careers by Bill Nighy and Hugh Grant.
Subsequently Huntford's book was republished under the same name. The book put forth the point of view that Amundsen's success in reaching the South Pole was abetted by much superior planning, whereas errors by Scott (notably including the reliance on man-hauling instead of sled dogs) ultimately resulted in the death of him and his companions.
- The Last Place on Earth, by Roland Huntford, 1999, Modern Library Exploration, ISBN 978-0-375-75474-6
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