The extremes of the Antarctic are explored on BBC Radio 4’s Excess Baggage, recorded at The Queen’s Gallery, London.
Excess Baggage marks the centenary of Captain Scott’s ill-fated voyage to the South Pole with stories from adventurers and experts who have braved its hostile climate. The show, which features travellers’ tales and experiences, was recorded in front of an audience at The Queen’s Gallery, which is exhibiting awe-inspiring photography from the expedition until 15 April, 2012.
The Heart of the Great Alone: Scott, Shackleton and Antarctic Photography recounts the explorers’ voyages through prints given to the King by the official expedition photographers, alongside artefacts such as the flag which Scott planted at the South Pole almost exactly 100 years ago.
The exhibition proved a fitting location for Excess Baggage’s presenter John McCarthy and his intrepid panel, which included explorer David Hempleman-Adams and his daughter Amelia, who, aged 16, is the youngest person to ski to the South Pole. Antarctic author and traveller Meredith Hooper was also there, alongside one of the cameramen for the BBC’s Frozen Planet series.
To listen to the programme, first broadcast on 4 February 2012, please visit the BBC website.