Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild

Panama

Series 10 - Episode 3 Panama

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Review

If there’s anyone you want to be stranded in the wilderness with, it’s an inventor who can build robots. Jamie and family live off Panama’s coast, in a concrete hut resembling something from Luke Skywalker’s planet, Tatooine. Jamie’s like a young Dr Emmett Brown from Back to the Future, whose inventions include a “fart machine” for producing methane and a clever underground telecoms system. He arrives to meet Ben in a home-made pedalo, wearing a hat constructed from bubble wrap.

Ben spends most of the episode looking totally baffled — and you get the impression he doesn’t feel as relaxed here as he does with some of his hosts.

Summary

The presenter meets an inventor who has built a unique home for his family on a remote island off the coast of Panama. Ben gets a taste of the unconventional family's daily routine, which includes scrubbing boat hulls, getting some exercise in a pedalo, hacking through the island's vegetation, and home schooling for the children. He also discovers the unusual family dynamics in the household and takes a look at some of his host's inventions, which include a computer game depicting his unusual life.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Ben Fogle
Director Sean McDonnell
Executive Producer Harry Lansdown
Executive Producer Natalie Wilkinson
Producer Sean McDonnell
Series Producer Natalie Wilkinson
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