Fogle seeks out the wild men

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Pay Television - Where the Wild Men Are,

Six­teen years ago Ben Fogle be­came part of the BBC re­al­ity series Cast­away, packed off to the wilder­ness of the re­mote He­bridean is­land of Taransay with 35 other vol­un­teers. There they gave up their home com­forts for a year to build a sus­tain­able, self-suf­fi­cient com­mu­nity.

For Fogle it was the be­gin­ning of what has be­come a suc­cess­ful TV ca­reer in which he, as the ami­able host, seeks out those peo­ple who have turned their backs on the daily grind of civilised ex­is­tence and have es­tab­lished new homes in some of the most iso­lated lo­ca­tions on earth. There they build the es­sen­tials for off-the-grid liv­ing: hunt­ing, for­ag­ing, bar­ter­ing and do­ing what­ever it takes.

It has been a highly suc­cess­ful ad­di­tion to the many sur­vival TV for­mats de­vel­oped in the past decade, cel­e­brat­ing those who live at the end of the road, or be­yond it, such as Duck Dy­nasty and Moun­tain Men. “The grass, of course, is al­ways Where the Wild Men Are greener, and while you shun the worries of the mod­ern world, the pres­sures of life in the wild are merely dif­fer­ent,” Fogle says. “Is there enough wa­ter? Will the ty­phoon blow my house down? Are there enough fish in the sea?”

In re­turn­ing series Where the Wild Men Are, Fogle jour­neys from the Mon­go­lian tun­dra to some bar­ren Hun­gar­ian land­scapes and to the deep Cana­dian wilder­ness. He be­gins his in­ves­ti­ga­tions by track­ing down Bri­tish-born for­mer punk rocker Lynx Wilden, who swapped her in­her­i­tance for a back-to-ba­sics lifestyle in the far reaches of North Amer­ica’s Pa­cific North­west. She tries to teach the will­ing Fogle “the tricks of the stone age”, with her mis­sion to en­cour­age us all to be­come pre­his­toric. But does her al­ter­na­tive lifestyle come at a price? Knowl­edge. Satur­day, 7.30pm, BBC

Ben Fogle, left, and Col­bert, one of the sur­vival­ists in the sec­ond series of

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