Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild UK

Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild UK

Series 1 - Episode 5



The series ends in Fair Isle, the UK’s remotest inhabited island. Jolly American artist Tommy has carved out a life for himself here and, despite his seclusion, he’s a sociable guy. “I didn’t come away to be isolated,” he says. “I came to be immersed in nature.” He’s certainly immersed in the elements, judging by a home video we’re shown of him playing golf inside a hurricane-force vortex, while the waves smash into the island’s sandstone fringes.

As a broadcaster, Fogle’s stature has visibly grown since the first series of New Lives, adding some gravitas to his geniality. Maybe it’s the beard – who knows?


Ben Fogle meets Tommy Hyndman, who runs a small guest house on Fair Isle in Shetland, having moved there 10 years ago from America, where he had his own company. It was a dream he shared with his wife, but since their divorce earlier this year, he is now left alone on the tiny island that has a population of less than a hundred. Ben gets to know Tommy's son Henry, who visits every third weekend. He also dons his apron to cook for guests, and goes fishing, discovering it is such a lot of work for one man to run a business in such a remote location.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Ben Fogle
Director Kate Fraser
Director Nicola Tremain
Director James Newton
Director Sean McDonnell
Executive Producer Harry Lansdowne
Executive Producer Natalie Wilkinson
Producer Kate Fraser
Producer Nicola Tremain
Producer James Newton
Producer Sean McDonnell
Series Producer Tina Gortmans
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