Where The Wild Men Are With Ben Fogle

TV Plus (South Africa) - - 23 FEBRUARY -

In four-part sur­vival re­al­ity show Where The Wild Men Are With Ben Fogle (2013 -cur­rent), 42-year-old Bri­tish ad­ven­turer and au­thor Ben Fogle waves good­bye to comfy liv­ing and says hello to rough­ing it in the wild. We got the low­down on the show from the host about Western fam­i­lies who’ve turned their backs on civilised so­ci­ety and are start­ing new lives in the wildest of wild lo­ca­tions…

De­scribe Where The Wild Men Are in one sen­tence? It’s about peo­ple who have left the city for the wildest cor­ners of the world and live off the grid. What in­spired you to cre­ate the show? I’ve been on a num­ber of ex­pe­di­tions over the years – each of them in­spired me. I ac­tu­ally did some­thing sim­i­lar, where I went to live on an is­land for a BBC ex­per­i­ment called Cast­away 2000 (20002001) and I loved liv­ing on the is­land. I wanted to see how other peo­ple did some­thing sim­i­lar. What have you learnt from the peo­ple on the show? Ev­ery­body lives in unity. They are quite happy be­cause they’ve ful­filled their dream – many of us dream of a sim­pler life. Al­though sim­pler, it doesn’t mean that it isn’t harder, so while they don’t have to worry about mort­gages, they do have to worry about a sup­ply of food and wa­ter, for ex­am­ple. Where would you like to go ex­plore again? There’s this is­land that’s ac­tu­ally only ac­ces­si­ble from Cape Town called Tris­tan da Cunha. You can take a ferry or boat. There are only 300 peo­ple liv­ing there and it’s one of the most ex­tra­or­di­nary places that I’ve ever been to. I’d love to go back.

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