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Saturday 04 February 2012

John McCarthy visits 'The Heart of the Great Alone' an exhibition of polar photography at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace and, before an audience, introduces a discussion of Antarctica with the explorer David Hempleman-Adams and his daughter Amelia who has just returned from there. Joining them are the author Meredith Hooper and Frozen Planet cameraman Doug Allan.

Producer: Harry Parker.

  • David Hempleman-Adams

    has done 29 major expeditions around the world. David is the first person to successfully complete a solo expedition to Magnetic North Pole without the support of dogs, snowmobiles or air supplies; he has led several Arctic expeditions and in 1996 became the first Briton to walk solo and unsupported to the South Pole. David set up Cold Climate Expeditions to enable people to visit and experience some of the world's most spectacular and desolate environments. He has just returned from the South Pole.

    The Heart of the Great Alone
    David Hempleman-Adams (Author) Sophie Gordon (Author) Emma Stuart (Author)
    Publisher: The Royal Collection
    ISBN-10: 1905686439
    ISBN-13: 978-1905686438

    Exhibition: The Heart of the Great Alone
    Scott, Shackleton and Antarctic photography
    The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, London SW1A 1AA
    21 October 2011 - 15 April 2012

    Find out more about David Hempleman-Adam
  • Amelia Hempleman-Adams

    is David’s youngest daughter and at 16 the youngest person to ski to the south pole. Amelia loves the outdoors and especially skiing. Following in her sisters’ footsteps, Amelia joined her father’s latest expedition skiing to the most southerly point on earth - the Geographic South Pole. To prepare for the trip Amelia spent a morning at -25? in a freezer in a supermarket in Swindon, testing her equipment and getting an idea of the temperatures she would likely experience in Antarctica.

    Find out more about Amelia Hempleman-Adams
  • Doug Allan

    is a cameraman of natural history. He is an award-winning photographer for the BBC’s Life in the Freezer from Antarctica, Polar Bear Special from the Arctic, The Blue Planet, Planet Earth and most recently Frozen Planet. Doug’s passion for the Antarctic landscape and wildlife started 30 years ago when he worked with the British Antarctic Survey diving and collecting samples. He has been going back every year since. Doug has published some of his polar pictures and the stories behind them in his new book entitled Freeze Frame.

    Freeze Frame: A Wildlife Cameraman's Adventures on Ice
    Publisher: Tartan Dragon Ltd
    ISBN-10: 0957139209
    ISBN-13: 978-0957139206

    Find out more about Doug Allan
  • Meredith Hooper

    is a lecturer, historian, Antarctic expert and full-time writer of non-fiction and fiction for children and adults. Meredith was selected to visit Antarctica as a writer in 1994 by The Australian Antarctic Division. She made her second trip, again as a writer in 1998-99 at the request of the US National Science Foundation and in 2001-2002 she took part in their Antarctica Artists Writers Program. She has been several times since.

    The Longest Winter: Scott's Other Heroes
    Publisher: John Murray
    ISBN-10: 0719595800
    ISBN-13: 978-0719595806

    Find out Meredith Hooper
  • Music played at the start of Excess Baggage:

    Track: 1st Movement – Prelude Andante Maestoso)
    CD: Sinfonia Antartica
    Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Performers: London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Adrian Boult
    Label: EMI CDC7472162

    find out more about Sinfonia Antartica
  • Meredith Hooper, Doug Allan, John McCarthy, Amelia Hempleman-Adams, David Hempleman-Adams

    Meredith Hooper, Doug Allan, John McCarthy, Amelia Hempleman-Adams, David Hempleman-Adams

    photographer Julian Andrews

    The Royal Collection © 2012, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.



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