Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild

Wales

Series 14 - Episode 2 Wales

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Review

Ben always says he’ll be back at the end of his stays, and in this series he fulfils some of those promises with revisits around the UK. Today, it’s memorable recluse Emma, a spiritual soul who lives in a forest in the wilds of Wales. “I still think she’s the wildest person I’ve met in the world,” says Ben. Which is really saying something, considering he’s on his 14th series of New Lives. When I tell you her one concession to modernity is a phone box she made from twigs and horse manure, you’ll get the idea.

Five years on, you sense that Ben has changed more than Emma has, although she does have a fancy new hut… made from twigs and horse manure. 

Summary

Ben revisits Emma, who lives a completely organic and off-grid life in an overgrown Welsh woodland, and has managed to make herself completely independent from the outside world. Emma reveals how she has needed to adapt her lifestyle as she has got older, and introduces the others who have joined her. Ben helps them to construct a communal mud hut and learns about the building's spiritual purpose.

Cast & Crew

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