Alongside 'Tribe', 'Blizzard' was one of the best television programmes of 2006 - the fact that it's now on DVD is a cause for celebration, but come on - when will 'Tribe' be released!
Bruce Parry - who seems to have carved a rather unique niche for himself in television as a man willing to do almost anything, and suffer, for our entertainment and education - leads the British team against the Norwegian team in a reconstruction of the ill-fated final journey of Capatin Scott's journey to the South Pole. Although we know that Bruce and his team probably aren't going to die - they come close. And the reconstruction is absolutely vital in understanding what went wrong and what went right for the respective teams and why the Norwegians won the South Pole in the first place, as Scott and his men died a miserable death.
Along with the documentary footage of the 2006 teams, there's also a nice retrospective quality to the programme that chronicles Captain Scott as told by his critics and admirers, drawing eerie comparisons between his original trip and the eforts of the 2006 Brits.
The episodes are fast moving, showing the teams at their best (and worst) as they suffer awful food, loss of team members, loss of morale and loss of weight. The difference in the Brits body mass before and after the trip is incredible.
It's an essential DVD. It's educational, it's gripping, it's exhausting and you won't be dissapointed. Highly recommended!