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  • Actors: Ben Fogle
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 27 July 2009
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0028QGYZY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,169 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Double Olympic gold medallist James Cracknell, TV presenter Ben Fogle and Doctor Ed Coats compete in one of the world’s greatest challenges – the 2009 race to the South Pole - the first organised race since Scott and Amundsen almost 100 years ago.

The challenge they face is immense: a 500 mile cross country skiing race to the South Pole, on the windiest, coldest, highest and driest continent in the world; winds of almost 100mph, constant daylight, temperatures as low as minus 50ºc and a steadily increasing altitude up to the equivalent of 4,000m.

If that wasn’t enough, they must survive each other’s company, day in and day out, for up to 45 days. And on top of that, they have to train their bodies to face the harshest conditions known to man, pull a sled behind them weighing almost 170lbs, escape deadly crevasses, stuff their bodies with over 6,000 calories a day, and ski for up to 18 hours a day.

Have they got what it takes to win the race?

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 20 July 2009
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Team hugs and tears might not have been the order of the day when Scott went to the Antarctic, but here's plenty of them in this five-part series about modern-day adventurers. It reveals that a team race to the South Pole, pulling sledges in the style of the original explorers, is very far removed from the exploits of Scott and Amundsen.
However, the final two episodes reveal just how far and how hard the British team can push themselves to reach their goal and - maybe - stand a chance of winning an international race against overwhelming international competition. I started watching and thinking `what a bunch of girls'... and by the end I was cheering the boys on.

Each 60 minute episode follows the progress of James Cracknell (Olympic athlete) and Ben Fogle (adventure TV presenter) on their next big adventure to win the gruelling race to the South Pole. After rowing the Atlantic, they set out to find a third team member for the Antarctic challenge, and then have a year to train and prepare before the event. The race itself involves ski-pulling sleds which weigh 200lb some 500 miles across treacherous ice and snow, followed all the way by the cameras. The winds reach 100mph and the temperatures fall to minus 50-degrees. The conditions are grim: perfect material for a TV documentary...
And this series does get under the skin of the participants. It shows them at their moments of weakness and dispute, when things aren't going well and all three team members have their doubts about each others' ability to cope with the conditions.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Brida TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 July 2009
Format: DVD
ON THIN ICE was originally shown on BBC2. It follows Ben Fogle and James Cracknell as they prepare for and then take on the race of a lifetime - the race to the South Pole.
The series begins with an exploration of their preparation. This includes the physical preparation; training on a beach pulling a huge tyre behind them to simulate pulling the load of equipment they will need to survive whilst on the ice, to first encountering subzero temperatures. At the very beginning of the series, you also watch them as they try to recruit a third member of their team. This, as with many other aspects of the project, is met with setbacks and false starts meaning that even before they set foot on the ice, the race is in jeopardy.
Personally, I think the first couple of episodes or so, where you are watching them as they prepare for the race, is just as important as the remaining episodes. It shows what they have to consider even before they set off. For example, the first person they recruit as their third member has potential filming commitments, but will only be able to let them know if they can commit to the race almost at the last minute. This along with sickness from a previous expedition means that Ben and James have to face differing levels of commitment, leading to one of them questionning the other's commitment to the team.

Admittedly, however, the series really does take off once they get onto the ice and the race begins. This is when they have to face upto exactly what they have chosen to tackle. As Ben says, if you do not have respect for Antartica, it will eat you up and spit you back out. All members of the team have their own struggles to cope with, but in such a harsh environment, one person's struggles affects all those around them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Campfiresounds on 13 Jun. 2013
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Epic journey of adventure, loved it from the start! always a big fan of Fogle/Cracknall duo and really inspires me and others to be positive and focused. The series encounters Ben and James and another explorer (if I tell you it will ruin it for you) across Antarctica reenacting the infamous Amundsden & Scott race. Bargin price!!
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By Geralt of Rivia on 27 April 2011
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These men pushed themselves to the limit in this remarkable race to the south pole. It is absolutely compelling viewing. It is the way they manage to convey the emotional journey that really impressed me. This could easily have been a standard documentary following the team on their race but instead we have a deeply personal account of an insane and inspiring journey. These men serve as an example to us all.

There is a considerable amount of screen time given to the preperation for the event which, whilst crucial and a large part of their lives I personally didn't find quite as engaging. Overall though, this is astounding viewing and should probably be essential viewing.
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By R. Thomas on 15 Dec. 2009
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My partner started watching this on BBC when it was originally shown. One evening I sat down with him when it was on and couldn't believe how interesting it was (not having previously appealed to me!). I don't watch much television, but I found myself absolutely glued every week, tuning in for the next installment! I'm now buying the DVD for my brother-in-law as a Christmas present who missed the show on television and I know it won't disappoint. I'd highly recommend. It's a really good watch and the scenery is breathtaking!
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