Words of Captain Scott

(Rochester, New York) - More than 100 years ago, explorer Captain Robert Falcon Scott and his companions set out on a journey to the South Pole. It was an epic expedition to the end of the Earth which would push them beyond the limits of human endurance and one from which they would never return. Eight months after their deaths, a rescue party found the bodies of Scott and his team on the Ross Ice Shelf where they had perished during an unforgiving and relentless snowstorm. Words of Captain Scott, airing Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 7 p.m. on WXXI-TV, is a briskly paced, creative and moving account of that tragic journey that continues to fascinate the public to this day.  The program uses readings from the diaries and letters of explorer Captain Scott, his companions, and those of his Norwegian rival Roald Amundsen as well as archival footage and atmospheric reconstruction to tell the story of their epic South Pole expeditions.

For the first time, Scott’s grandson, Falcon Scott, reveals the red leather case which was found on his grandfather's body. The case contained an unseen last letter from his wife, Kathleen, along with two photos of Kathleen and his son Peter. The contents of her letter and the last letter Scott wrote to her, when he knew he was dying, are juxtaposed to expose the true depth of their feelings and sense of loss when they were separated.

As the world commemorates the 100th anniversary of the race for Antarctic glory, Words of Captain Scott retells their story with the help of new information and in the light of modern medical knowledge. With Dougray Scott (Mission: Impossible II; Enigma) in the title role, and featuring Alistair McGowan, Max Irons, Lars Mikkelsen, Julian Ovenden, Charlotte Riley and Leo Bill, the stellar cast brings the adventurous spirit of the world's greatest polar explorers back to life.

Pictured: Captain Scott
Credit: American Public Television 



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