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Reel Britannia

Dec 30, 2019

Welcome to Reel Britannia-a very British podcast about very British films....with the occasional hint of professionalism.

Episode 055 Scott of the Antarctic (1948)

“Had we lived, I should have had a tale to tell of the hardihood, endurance, and courage of my companions which would have stirred the heart of every Englishman. It seems a pity but I don't think I can write more. These rough notes and our dead bodies must tell the tale. For God's sake look after our people.”

This week Scott is joined by Steven for their review of the true story of the British explorer Robert Falcon Scott and his ill-fated expedition to try to be the first man to discover the South Pole – only to find that the murderously cold weather and a rival team of Norwegian explorers conspire against him

Robert Falcon Scott (John Mills) is a determined explorer whose ambition is to be the first man to reach the South Pole. He starts off well, with three modes of transportation -- dogs, ponies and snow tractors -- but the extremely cold weather, as well as the conspiracy against him by a rival team of Norwegian explorers, proves to be too much for the man and his expedition. The film is based on the true story and inspired by footage shot on the actual journey.

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Thanks for listening

Scott and Steven