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The Last Explorers
Into the great unknown they set forth: adventurers seeking glory and fortune, forging new routes and claiming vast territories. But the last explorers - intrepid men who came at the tail end of the 19th century's golden age of exploration - didn’t plant flags; they planted ideas. Ideas that gave birth to the modern world we know today. In this four-part series, writer and archaeologist Neil Oliver charts the voyages of a small group of Scots explorers who put an indelible stamp on the four corners of the planet. Using their diaries, photographs and letters, Neil follows in the footsteps of David Livingstone in Africa, John Muir in North America, William Speirs Bruce in the Antarctic and Thomas Blake Glover in Japan, to reveal the ideas they planted and the global impact they made.
Episodes
Ep 1
David Livingstone
Watch March 1, 8:00pm
Ep 2
William Speirs Bruce
Watch March 8, 8:00pm
Ep 3
John Muir
Watch March 15, 8:00pm
Ep 4
Thomas Blake Glover
Watch March 22, 8:00pm
David Livingstone
Neil Oliver travels down the Zambesi River to reveal how David Livingstone took the faith of his nation to the ends of the Earth and exploited his celebrity to end the slave trade. (1 of 4)
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Thu Mar 1, 8:00pm
Sat Mar 3, 5:00pm
William Speirs Bruce
Following in the footsteps of a scientific explorer who has become all but lost to history, Neil charts the story of William Speirs Bruce, one of Britain's least-known explorers. (2 of 4)
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Thu Mar 8, 8:00pm
Sat Mar 10, 5:00pm
John Muir
Neil Oliver tells the story of the father of the modern conservation movement and one of the founders of America's National Park movement. (3 of 4)
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Thu Mar 15, 8:00pm
Sat Mar 17, 5:00pm
Thomas Blake Glover
Neil Oliver travels to Japan to uncover the extraordinary story of Thomas Blake Glover. (4 of 4)
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Thu Mar 22, 8:00pm
Sat Mar 24, 5:00pm