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Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild

  • Season 4
  • 9 episodes
  • Documentary
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Episode 2: Alaska

Summary

Ben journeys to the wilderness of Alaska to spend time with Mike and Fran Turner and their children Cathy and Nate, who welcome him into their simple, self-built log cabin. He discovers how the couple have created a self-sufficient lifestyle by working the land and trapping animals, while battling against forest fires in the summer and freezing conditions in the winter. Ben takes every opportunity to get stuck into forest survival, as he battles mosquitoes, adapts to 24-hour daylight, chops trees and learns about trapping.

Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

In stark contrast to last week's episode, Ben visits Alaska, where 73-year-old trapper Mike Turner lives with his wife Fran in an incredible log cabin they built with their bare hands. Mike's a genuine old-school Jack Palance-style tough guy; the kind of man who makes grizzly bear stew for dinner. It's something Ben feels a little uncomfortable about eating. "Did you kill this bear?" he asks. "Yeah, I went out there in my underwear," admits Mike.

Being there in mid-summer looks almost idyllic, although it's hard to imagine how tough the winter must be, with the landscape shrouded in cold and darkness for months on end. But Ben is always one to look on the bright side. "Take away the animal killing… and the mosquitos… and maybe the cold in the winter and the rain in the summer… and this is paradise," he says.

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Credits

Cast

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PresenterBen Fogle

Crew

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

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  • Episode 2

    Alaska

    Summary

    Ben journeys to the wilderness of Alaska to spend time with Mike and Fran Turner and their children Cathy and Nate, who welcome him into their simple, self-built log cabin. He discovers how the couple have created a self-sufficient lifestyle by working the land and trapping animals, while battling against forest fires in the summer and freezing conditions in the winter. Ben takes every opportunity to get stuck into forest survival, as he battles mosquitoes, adapts to 24-hour daylight, chops trees and learns about trapping.

    Review

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.

    In stark contrast to last week's episode, Ben visits Alaska, where 73-year-old trapper Mike Turner lives with his wife Fran in an incredible log cabin they built with their bare hands. Mike's a genuine old-school Jack Palance-style tough guy; the kind of man who makes grizzly bear stew for dinner. It's something Ben feels a little uncomfortable about eating. "Did you kill this bear?" he asks. "Yeah, I went out there in my underwear," admits Mike.

    Being there in mid-summer looks almost idyllic, although it's hard to imagine how tough the winter must be, with the landscape shrouded in cold and darkness for months on end. But Ben is always one to look on the bright side. "Take away the animal killing… and the mosquitos… and maybe the cold in the winter and the rain in the summer… and this is paradise," he says.

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