The Worst Journey in the World (docudrama)

The Worst Journey in the World (docudrama)

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writer = Mark Gatiss
director = Damon Thomas
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narrated = Barry Letts
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language = English
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cinematography = Jonathan Partridge
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runtime = 60 minutes
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first_aired = June 13, 2007
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"The Worst Journey in the World" is a 2007 BBC Television docudrama based on the memoir of the same name by polar explorer Apsley Cherry-Garrard.


A pre-title sequence shows Apsley Cherry-Garrard in London in 1938 struggling with his perceived culpability in Scott’s death.

Cherry is completely incapacitated by a total collapse in 1946 and starts to recall his past. He arrives at the Natural History Museum in 1913 with eggs he collected in Antarctica. He recalls his discussion with Dr. Wilson 2 years prior when he had first suggested the expedition. Initially denied a place due to his poor eyesight a generous donation to the Terra Nova Expedition had changed Captain Scott’s mind and Cherry was signed on. Scott sets sail from New Zealand and sets-up camp at Cape Evans where they settle in for the winter. Dr. Wilson leads Cherry and Birdie on the gruelling 67mile trek to Cape Crozier where he had discovered an Emperor Penguin colony in 1902. Constructing a makeshift igloo 4 miles from the colony the trio collect the eggs. Dr. Wilson is badly burnt while rending penguin fat for the stove and they lose their tent in a hurricane.

After recovering the tent the trio begin the journey back to the Cape Evans camp. Delivering the eggs to the museum Cherry is summarily dismissed by the curator and the eggs later prove to be too advanced to be of use. Dr. Wilson and Birdie joined Captain Scott on his trek to the South Pole a few months later and perished along with him on the return journey. Cherry sets out on a rescue mission but was forced to turn back by Scott’s standing orders not to risk the dogs.

An epilogue, telling of Cherry’s mental anguish at failing to rescue his friends who were only 70 miles from One Ton Depot when he turned back, shows the perfectly preserved camp at Cape Evans and the remnants of the igloo at Cape Crozier.


*Mark Gatiss as Apsley Cherry-Garrard
*John Arthur as Dr. Wilson
*Lee Ingleby as Birdie Bowers
*Julia Dalkin as Angela Turner
*Ian Hallard as Wentworth
*David Ryall as Curator
*Barbara Kirby as Mrs Cherry-Garrard
*Alexander Kirk as Captain Scott

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