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Where the Wild Men Are with Ben Fogle

Series 2

About the show

A life less ordinary

Adventurer Ben Fogle meets more people who have turned their backs on the trappings of Western society and set up home in some of the most isolated locations on Earth.

We all occasionally dream of giving up the day job and moving away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. But some people take their desire to get away from it all to the extremes. In this returning series, Ben Fogle lives with different people who inhabit some of the most remote locations in the world.

This series sees Ben join British dump-truck driver, Ian, who sold ‘his life’ on eBay and bought his own primitive Caribbean island off the coast of Panama.

Colbert quit high finance and moved to the Southern Georgian swamplands. Access to his self-built cabin is via canoe. He survives by living off the creatures that inhabit this dangerous back-water.

‘Jungle Neil’ traded in his life as a cab driver in Florida to become a coconut farmer in the Philippines. Daily life might be tough, but the evenings are spent singing and playing the guitar.

Other ‘wild’ men include Steve, a 69 year old ex-fighter pilot who has set up home in the foothills of the Himalayas in northern India.

Ben wants to discover the realities of leaving it all behind – is it daring, or downright crazy?

Host

Ben Fogle

Ben Fogle

Ben is an English adventurer, author, producer and presenter.

He made his first television appearance by participating in the BBC reality show Castaway in 2000. The series followed a group of 36 people marooned on a Scottish island and tasked with creating a self-sufficient community for one year.

Ben has presented a number of TV shows including Extreme Dreams, Countrywise, Harbour Lives and Crufts.

He writes regularly for the Sunday Telegraph and is the author of six books, several of which have appeared on The Sunday Times bestsellers list.

Ben is a keen adventurer and sportsman. After deciding to take part in an Atlantic rowing race, he approached James Cracknell at a party and asked him if he wanted to join him in the challenge. The pair went on to row across the Atlantic in 49 days, setting the British pairs record. In 2009 they joined forces again to take part in a foot race to the South Pole, taking 18 days and coming second overall.

Ben lives with his wife Marina and their children, Ludo and Iona.

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Episode 8, Series 6

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Thursday February 6 at 20:25

Down Under: Wilderness Island, Australia

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Episode 1, Series 5

Friday February 7 at 00:30

Down Under: Wilderness Island, Australia

Ben begins his travels in the remote Wilderness Island, off Australia's north-western cape, to meet a man whose story is as remarkable as the landscape he inhabits. 1/8

Episode 1, Series 5

Friday February 7 at 11:40

Down Under: Wilderness Island, Australia

Ben begins his travels in the remote Wilderness Island, off Australia's north-western cape, to meet a man whose story is as remarkable as the landscape he inhabits. 1/8

Episode 1, Series 5

Friday February 7 at 15:35

Down Under: Wilderness Island, Australia

Ben begins his travels in the remote Wilderness Island, off Australia's north-western cape, to meet a man whose story is as remarkable as the landscape he inhabits. 1/8

Episode 2, Series 5

Friday February 7 at 20:25

Canada: Freedom Cove

Ben heads to the azure seas and pine-covered mountains of Canada, where artistic couple Catherine and Wayne live on a floating island they built themselves - a home they share with…

Episode 2, Series 5

Saturday February 8 at 00:25

Canada: Freedom Cove

Ben heads to the azure seas and pine-covered mountains of Canada, where artistic couple Catherine and Wayne live on a floating island they built themselves - a home they share with…

Episode 2, Series 5

Saturday February 8 at 06:35

Canada: Freedom Cove

Ben heads to the azure seas and pine-covered mountains of Canada, where artistic couple Catherine and Wayne live on a floating island they built themselves - a home they share with…

Episode 1, Series 7

Sunday February 9 at 21:00

Peru

After six years globetrotting, Scott and Casey gambled their life savings on a kite-surfing school in a remote stretch of the Peruvian coast. Ben learns what led them to this decision…

Episode 2, Series 5

Monday February 10 at 11:55

Canada: Freedom Cove

Ben heads to the azure seas and pine-covered mountains of Canada, where artistic couple Catherine and Wayne live on a floating island they built themselves - a home they share with…

Episode 2, Series 5

Monday February 10 at 15:40

Canada: Freedom Cove

Ben heads to the azure seas and pine-covered mountains of Canada, where artistic couple Catherine and Wayne live on a floating island they built themselves - a home they share with…

Episode 1, Series 7

Monday February 10 at 19:00

Peru

After six years globetrotting, Scott and Casey gambled their life savings on a kite-surfing school in a remote stretch of the Peruvian coast. Ben learns what led them to this decision…

Episode 3, Series 5

Monday February 10 at 20:30

Egypt

Ben journeys to North Africa to live with American widow Maryanne on the farm she's built on the edge of the Sahara. He discovers why she swapped her city abode for a simpler and tougher…

Episode 3, Series 5

Tuesday February 11 at 00:20

Egypt

Ben journeys to North Africa to live with American widow Maryanne on the farm she's built on the edge of the Sahara. He discovers why she swapped her city abode for a simpler and tougher…

Episode 3, Series 5

Tuesday February 11 at 11:55

Egypt

Ben journeys to North Africa to live with American widow Maryanne on the farm she's built on the edge of the Sahara. He discovers why she swapped her city abode for a simpler and tougher…

Episode 3, Series 5

Tuesday February 11 at 15:45

Egypt

Ben journeys to North Africa to live with American widow Maryanne on the farm she's built on the edge of the Sahara. He discovers why she swapped her city abode for a simpler and tougher…

Episode 4, Series 5

Tuesday February 11 at 20:30

New Zealand

Ben journeys off the coast of New Zealand's North Island to Great Barrier Island, where he meets a man who gave up his promising scientific career to embrace life in an off-grid,…

Episode 4, Series 5

Wednesday February 12 at 00:25

New Zealand

Ben journeys off the coast of New Zealand's North Island to Great Barrier Island, where he meets a man who gave up his promising scientific career to embrace life in an off-grid,…

Episode 4, Series 5

Wednesday February 12 at 11:50

New Zealand

Ben journeys off the coast of New Zealand's North Island to Great Barrier Island, where he meets a man who gave up his promising scientific career to embrace life in an off-grid,…

Episode 4, Series 5

Wednesday February 12 at 15:40

New Zealand

Ben journeys off the coast of New Zealand's North Island to Great Barrier Island, where he meets a man who gave up his promising scientific career to embrace life in an off-grid,…

Episode 5, Series 5

Wednesday February 12 at 20:25

Spain

Ben heads to a remote corner of Spain's Andalucían mountains to meet British couple Alan and Lorna, who have left their respective careers in Brighton to become alpaca farmers. He also…

Episode 5, Series 5

Thursday February 13 at 00:25

Spain

Ben heads to a remote corner of Spain's Andalucían mountains to meet British couple Alan and Lorna, who have left their respective careers in Brighton to become alpaca farmers. He also…

Episode 5, Series 5

Thursday February 13 at 11:40

Spain

Ben heads to a remote corner of Spain's Andalucían mountains to meet British couple Alan and Lorna, who have left their respective careers in Brighton to become alpaca farmers. He also…

Episode 5, Series 5

Thursday February 13 at 15:35

Spain

Ben heads to a remote corner of Spain's Andalucían mountains to meet British couple Alan and Lorna, who have left their respective careers in Brighton to become alpaca farmers. He also…

Episode 6, Series 5

Thursday February 13 at 20:25

Guatemala

Ben ventures deep into the jungles of Guatemala, once home to an ancient Mayan civilisation but also the 'new life' of Mike Merrill; a former sound engineer from Texas who is building…

Episode 6, Series 5

Friday February 14 at 00:25

Guatemala

Ben ventures deep into the jungles of Guatemala, once home to an ancient Mayan civilisation but also the 'new life' of Mike Merrill; a former sound engineer from Texas who is building…

Episode 6, Series 5

Friday February 14 at 11:55

Guatemala

Ben ventures deep into the jungles of Guatemala, once home to an ancient Mayan civilisation but also the 'new life' of Mike Merrill; a former sound engineer from Texas who is building…

Episode 6, Series 5

Friday February 14 at 15:35

Guatemala

Ben ventures deep into the jungles of Guatemala, once home to an ancient Mayan civilisation but also the 'new life' of Mike Merrill; a former sound engineer from Texas who is building…

Episode 7, Series 5

Friday February 14 at 20:25

Missouri

Ben travels to the Ozark Plateau in Missouri to meet Bo Brown, a wilderness expert who teaches Stone Age skills to modern day man. Ben learns how to make a spear and prepare foods like…

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