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1911: The Conquest of the South Pole

Duration: 09:49

Roald Amundsen tells the story of being the first man to reach the South Pole.

Both the British and the Norwegian expeditions reach Antarctica in January 1911. They both spend much of the year training and preparing for their attempts on the Pole. Amundsen is so keen to steal a march on Captain Robert Falcon Scott that he sets off too early and is beaten back by impossible winds and temperatures of 40 degrees below freezing. In November he tries again, at about the same time as Scott. On the 15th of December Amundsen gets to the Pole – 33 days before his rival. This film tells the story of the race from the point of view of Amundsen, rather than the more familiar perspective of Scott.

Available since: Thu 29 Dec 2011


Brian McCardie
Director of photography
Neville Kidd
Selina Wagner
Carolynne Sinclair Kidd
Executive Producer
John Archer
Clara Glynn

This clip is from

1911 Review of the Year

Explores the headline events of 1911 including the theft of the Mona Lisa in Paris.

First broadcast: 13 Jan 2012

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