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On Thin Ice

On Thin Ice is a five-part BBC documentary series featuring Double Olympic gold medallist James Cracknell, TV presenter Ben Fogle and Doctor Ed Coats as they compete in the 2009 race to the South Pole - the first organised race since Scott and Amundsen almost 100 years ago. The challenge they face is immense: a 500 mile cross country skiing race to the South Pole, on the windiest, coldest, highest and driest continent in the world; winds of almost 100mph, constant daylight, temperatures as low as minus 50Âșc and a steadily increasing altitude up to the equivalent of 4,000m. If that wasn't enough, they must survive each other's company, day in and day out, for up to 45 days. And on top of that, they have to train their bodies to face the harshest conditions known to man, pull a sled behind them weighing almost 170lbs, escape deadly crevasses, stuff their bodies with over 6,000 calories a day, and ski for up to 18 hours a day. Have they got what it takes to win the race?

On Thin Ice, Episode 1
James Cracknell, Ben Fogle and Jonny Lee Miller attempt to race to the South Pole. The three polar novices attend the first race training session in Norway. Here, they start to learn basic cold weather survival skills needed to cope with the constant cold of Antarctica.

On Thin Ice, Episode 2
James Cracknell, Ben Fogle and Jonny Lee Miller come together to run the London Marathon - part of their training for the race to the South Pole. Jonny leaves the team, and Ed Coats join them as a third teammate.

On Thin Ice, Episode 3
While Ben Fogle undergoes an intensive course of treatment for a lethal tropical illness, James Cracknell and new third teammate Ed Coats keep training for the race to the South Pole.

On Thin Ice, Episode 4
After days of Antarctic blizzards, the weather finally clears and Ben Fogle, James Cracknell and Ed Coats, along with the other five teams taking part in the Amundsen South Pole Race, can make it to the start line.

On Thin Ice, Episode 5
After an extreme start to the race, Ben Fogle, James Cracknell and Ed Coats recover at the halfway checkpoint after arriving in second place, just behind their race rivals the Norwegians.


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