Wednesday, 7 June 2017
704 The Last Place On Earth
First viewed : March 1985
Again, I just dipped into this ITV serial, perhaps only the last episode. It was a dramatisation of the race between Scott and Amundsen for the South Pole in 1912 It was made by Central Television alone although it featured all Norwegian actors for Amundsen's party with the unknown Sverre Ankar Ousdal playing Amundsen. Martin Shaw played Scott and the series gave him that crucial opportunity to escape from his Professionals persona that would always elude Lewis Collins.
The series had an excellent cast ( including a young Hugh Grant in a minor role ) and high production values. Given the setting and how well known the eventual outcome was, it couldn't evade seeming a bit gloomy but it was impressive TV nonetheless.