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Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild

  • Season 4
  • 9 episodes
  • Documentary
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Episode 1: Namibia (Desert)

Summary

Ben Fogle meets people who have moved to inhospitable parts of the world after leaving the rat race behind. Here he travels to the Namibian desert to spend time with 50-year-old Gideon David, who quit his career in life insurance to live in the largest conservation area in Africa. Ben embraces the harsh and relentless work of farm life in temperatures pushing 40C, tending more than 150 animals, repairing baboon damage to water pipes and learning how to castrate sheep with his teeth.

Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Cheetahs chewing holes in your water pipes isn't high on the list of First World problems, but when you live in the Namibian desert like Gideon David, it's a real danger.

Sticking to the recurring theme in this absorbing series, Gideon jacked in a lucrative city career and dropped out of society after an epiphany. Along with his wife and child, he now relies solely on solar power and hasn't worn shoes for 17 years.

Like an enthusiastic pup, Ben joins him to muck in on the ranch, where duties include orally castrating sheep. That's right, Ben Fogle castrates a sheep using his mouth. You have to hand it to him; he's not afraid to get his teeth dirty.

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Credits

Cast

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PresenterBen Fogle

Crew

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DirectorKate Fraser
Executive producerMelanie Darlaston
Executive producerHarry Lansdown
Executive producerTony Moulsdale
ProducerKate Fraser
Series producerNatalie Wilkinson

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  • Episode 1

    Namibia (Desert)

    Summary

    Ben Fogle meets people who have moved to inhospitable parts of the world after leaving the rat race behind. Here he travels to the Namibian desert to spend time with 50-year-old Gideon David, who quit his career in life insurance to live in the largest conservation area in Africa. Ben embraces the harsh and relentless work of farm life in temperatures pushing 40C, tending more than 150 animals, repairing baboon damage to water pipes and learning how to castrate sheep with his teeth.

    Review

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.

    Cheetahs chewing holes in your water pipes isn't high on the list of First World problems, but when you live in the Namibian desert like Gideon David, it's a real danger.

    Sticking to the recurring theme in this absorbing series, Gideon jacked in a lucrative city career and dropped out of society after an epiphany. Along with his wife and child, he now relies solely on solar power and hasn't worn shoes for 17 years.

    Like an enthusiastic pup, Ben joins him to muck in on the ranch, where duties include orally castrating sheep. That's right, Ben Fogle castrates a sheep using his mouth. You have to hand it to him; he's not afraid to get his teeth dirty.

    How to watch

    Next showing

    There are no live broadcasts scheduled for this show.

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    PresenterBen Fogle

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorKate Fraser
    Executive producerMelanie Darlaston
    Executive producerHarry Lansdown
    Executive producerTony Moulsdale
    ProducerKate Fraser
    Series producerNatalie Wilkinson
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