Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild

Panama (Island)

Series 2 - Episode 4 Panama (Island)

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Review

Genial northerner Ian Usher became a worldwide sensation when he auctioned his life on eBay after the collapse of his marriage. Having raised £100,000 he set off around the world, completing 100 goals in 100 weeks from a “bucket list”.

Now he’s settled down after buying his own Panamanian island for £18,000. He has a new girlfriend, Vanessa, who has thrown in a busy London life to join him in the middle of nowhere to do laundry in a bucket and make bread. They both seem idyllically happy and Vanessa in particular rejects visitor Ben Fogle’s suggestion that she’s merely escaping (though what’s wrong with that, I wonder): “I know what I want, I know the life I want to lead,” she tells him.

Summary

The adventurer travels to Central America to spend time with Englishman Ian Usher, a former truck driver who sold his belongings on eBay and bought a small island off the coast of Panama for £30,000. During his time with Ian, Ben helps him build jungle canoes, herd sheep onto boats and broadcast weather reports via a basic radio.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Ben Fogle
Director Elliot Kew
Executive Producer Melanie Darlaston
Executive Producer Tony Moulsdale
Executive Producer Harry Lansdown
Producer Elliot Kew
Series Director Natalie Wilkinson
Series Producer Natalie Wilkinson
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