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"Where the Wild Men Are" on BBC Knowledge

 Photo Credit: BBC Knowledge

Photo Credit: BBC Knowledge

In this four-part series, adventurer author, broadcaster and writer, Ben Fogle, travels the planet meeting 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.

Each week, Ben spends time in one of the world's most remote locations, meeting the people who now inhabit these inhospitable corners of the planet after leaving their ordinary lives behind. In the Texan desert, Ben meets John, a former photographer from New York who now lives alone in a self-built tin shack.

In Alaska, Ben stays with Bretwood and Erin, a couple who walked the 4,000 miles from Seattle to set up home in the mountains. In Australia, Ben visits former businessman David, who, after losing most of his life savings in the stock market crash of 1987, relocated to Restoration Island. And finally, in New Zealand, Ben meets a man who quit the rat race at just 24. Robert has spent the last 30 years living in a remote part of New Zealand.

He wonders whether these extraordinary individuals and their incredible experiences might tempt him to move his own family out of London and away from the comforts of the city. Is it daring or downright crazy? Ben wants to discover the truth about life in tough, harsh conditions, where doing battle with Mother Nature is a daily reality.