Pole to Pole - Season 1

BBC Two (ended 1992)


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Episode Guide


  • Bitter End
    Bitter End
    Episode 8
    Despite being unable to reach Antarctica via his original route, Palin is undeterred and finds an travel company to take him to the South Pole from Chile.He must travel by airplane from Cape Town to Santiago via Rio de Janeiro and off to Punta Arenas. From there, he waits the weather conditions to improve. He makes a final flight to the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station and reaches the South Pole!moreless
  • Episode 8 - The Bitter End
    In the final leg of his journey, Michael finds he has to fly to Chile before finally making it to Antarctica. He flies to the pole on Day 140.
  • Episode 7 - Evil Shadow
    Bad news awaits Michael after he travels across South Africa to Zambia and Zimbabwe - while in Johannesburg he hears that there are no places on the only boat travelling from Africa to the Antarctic.
  • Episode 6 - Plains and Boats and Trains
    As Michael continues his travels from the North Pole to the South Pole, he goes animal spotting in Kenya; travels through Tanzania by train, arriving in Kigoma, Lake Tanganyika. It is here that Stanley greeted Dr. Livingston. Finally he travels by ferry to Mpulungu in Zambia.
  • Episode 5 - Crossing the Line
    Michael begins this episode by travelling to Addis Ababa, and then travels further south, crossing into Kenya at Moyale. Once in Nairobi he is kitted out for a safari.
  • Episode 4 - Shifting Sands
    At the beginning of this leg of his Pole to Pole journey, Michael arrives by ferry at Wadi Halfa in the Sudan. Next he crosses the Nubian desert on the Nile Valley Express, and continues by bus to Khartoum.
  • Episode 3 - Mediterranean Maze
    In the continuation of Michael's journey from the North Pole to the South Pole, he arrives in Istanbul. He crosses Western Turkey and the Mediterranean to the mouth of the Nile, and takes an overnight train to Luxor, followed by a luxury cruise to Aswan and finally a ferry across Lake Nasser to the Sudan.moreless
  • Episode 2 - Russian Steps
    Michael continues his travels from the North Pole to the South Pole. In this episode he arrives in Leningrad, Russia. His adventure takes him over the great plain of White Russia and the Ukraine to Novgorod and Chernobyl, and down the Dnieper to the Black Sea. He stops off for a mud bath in Odessa and then moves on to Istanbul.moreless
  • Episode 1 - Cold Start
    Michael starts his travels again, this time following the line of longitude 30 Degrees East. He starts by traveling through Norway and Finland to Tallinn finishing on a Leningrad train.