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Ben Fogle: New Lives In The Wild

Ben Fogle: New Lives In The Wild

Channel 5 2013

Adventurer Ben Fogle gets a taste of extreme escapism in this brand new series meeting those who have turned their backs on the daily grind. 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.Our intrepid guide also 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.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Ben Fogle: New Lives In The Wild

Ben Fogle: New Lives In The Wild - S4E1

#1 - Laos (Season 4 - Episode 1)

Ben journeys to southeast Asia to live with 31-year-old former city financier Jon Watkinson in his hand-made bamboo hut on a hidden jungle island on the Mekong river in Laos.

The episode was rated 8.62 from 13 votes.

Ben Fogle: New Lives In The Wild - S11E5

#2 - Oregon (Season 11 - Episode 5)

Ben visits an ex-photographer who lives an isolated life in the wilds of Oregon, harvesting weeds for nutrition. There, Ben experiences a Native American-inspired sweat lodge.

The episode was rated 8.45 from 11 votes.

Ben Fogle: New Lives In The Wild - S8E3

#3 - Ireland (Season 8 - Episode 3)

Judith rejected a modern way of life for one close to nature.

The episode was rated 8.40 from 10 votes.

Ben Fogle: New Lives In The Wild - S5E4

#4 - The Selkirk Mountains, British Columbia, Canada (Season 5 - Episode 4)

Ben meets former war correspondent Julius Strauss and his Estonian wife Kristin, the former bureau chief at Reuters. They gave up successful careers as journalists in Europe for a new life as grizzly bear guides in the Selkirk Mountains.

The episode was rated 8.36 from 11 votes.

Ben Fogle: New Lives In The Wild - S11E3

#5 - New Zealand (Season 11 - Episode 3)

Ben meets Lucy, who left Britain to start a new life with her husband Tim on New Zealand's north island. They now live with their two daughters in a yurt beside a river in the middle of 25 acres of woodland they have transformed into a farm. Ben discovers how the forest provides the family with everything they need, getting a taste of their daily routine of chopping wood and foraging for wild foods. He also discovers how the couple are providing their children with an alternative education and the campaign of activism Lucy has embarked on from their wilderness home.

The episode was rated 8.33 from 12 votes.

Ben Fogle: New Lives In The Wild - S11E4

#6 - Croatia (Season 11 - Episode 4)

As one of the world's most in-demand sporting coaches, 43-year-old Nikola Boric once travelled the world, welcomed everywhere he went. Now, he lives in a wooden cabin without electricity, water or heating, with just some pigs and goats for company. Experiencing Nikola's new life in the woods above the village of Kokocak on the edge of Papuk Nature Park, Ben tries to understand what drove Nikola to make a sudden decision to quit everything and retire to such a forgotten corner of the world, finding a new life of purity and self-sufficiency away from mainstream society.

The episode was rated 8.30 from 10 votes.

Ben Fogle: New Lives In The Wild - S2E1

#7 - Georgia Swamplands (Season 2 - Episode 1)

In this opening episode, Ben journeys to the swamplands of south Georgia in the USA, to live with 64-year-old Colbert, a former city fat cat earning big bucks in the world of high finance, who has turned Tarzan. Colbert now lives in his hand-built wooden cabin, totally off the grid and with no toilet – a far cry from the luxurious pad he used to own. From Colbert, Ben learns some of the vital skills needed to survive in this dangerous backwater, including skinning road-kill, spearing frogs, drinking swamp water and building a human nest. He also discovers that his host is a sex guru! Facing the dangers of living in the wild, humidity and mosquitoes, Ben embraces what it is like to truly live alone in one of the biggest swamps in North America.

The episode was rated 8.28 from 18 votes.

Ben Fogle: New Lives In The Wild - S2E4

#8 - Panama (Season 2 - Episode 4)

Ben journeys to Central America to live with Ian Usher, a 49-year-old British former dump-truck driver who sold 'his life' on eBay and bought a tiny island off the coast of Panama for £30,000.

The episode was rated 8.21 from 19 votes.

Ben Fogle: New Lives In The Wild - S1E4

#9 - Texas (Season 1 - Episode 4)

Ben heads to a remote part of Texas to visit an ex-city slicker.

The episode was rated 8.09 from 22 votes.

Ben Fogle: New Lives In The Wild - S9E2

#10 - Morocco (Season 9 - Episode 2)

Former festival director Karen has set up an artists' retreat in the heart of the Sahara. The impressive project required that she learn centuries-old techniques - and the art of patience.

The episode was rated 8.09 from 11 votes.

Ben Fogle: New Lives In The Wild - S4E2
#11 - Kimberley Region, Australia
Season 4 - Episode 2

Ben meets a 61-year-old widow from Europe who has lived alone in an isolated camp in the Australian bush for eight years.

The episode was rated from 12 votes.
Ben Fogle: New Lives In The Wild - S3E3
#12 - Utah
Season 3 - Episode 3

Bill and Bob Stone are twin brothers aged 72 who fled their adrenaline-junkie pasts for a tough subsistence lifestyle hidden away in Americaʼs Wild West. In this unforgiving landscape, even with one of them recovering from a stroke, they carve out an existence and fight the challenges associated with growing old. Ben joins these canyon-dwelling renegades in their remote, isolated home, deep inside some of the worldʼs most striking and wild terrain. There he joins the boys cattle-wrangling, rock climbing and sleeping in a cave. One of the twins even persuades Ben to do a skydive. Ben also discovers more about the Stone brothers and why they decided to cut themselves off from civilisation. Once parachute instructors, police informants and bounty hunters, they are now organic farmers and doomsday preppers.

The episode was rated from 13 votes.
Ben Fogle: New Lives In The Wild - S3E1
#13 - Namibia
Season 3 - Episode 1

For the first time on New Lives in the Wild, Ben heads to Africa and the deep desert sand dunes of Namibia. He lives with 50-year-old Gideon David and his young family in the largest conservation area on the continent. Gideon is a master bushman who quit a city career in life insurance for the dry and dusty desert. Ben embraces the harsh and relentless work of farm life in temperatures pushing 40 degrees. He tends over 150 animals, repairs baboon damage to water pipes and even learns how to castrate sheep with his teeth! Ben also witnesses the reality of life when one has to think about raising children in these conditions, from hand-washing nappies to learning vital desert survival skills and hunting and eating oryx.

The episode was rated from 16 votes.
Ben Fogle: New Lives In The Wild - S4E3
#14 - Appalachian Mountains
Season 4 - Episode 3

Ben ventures deep into the Appalachian mountains of Tennessee to live with the youngest 'wild' man he has visited to date.

The episode was rated from 17 votes.
Ben Fogle: New Lives In The Wild - S3E4
#15 - Swedish Arctic Circle
Season 3 - Episode 4

Ben journeys to the frozen north to live with 40-year-old Gaynor Leeper, a former high-flying London communications manager who gave up her old life to become an Arctic dog musher. Ben joins Gaynor and her new husband Milos in their hand-built cabin, which has neither electricity nor running water. He also meets the coupleʼs ʻfamilyʼ of 40 Alaskan huskies. The trio embark on a tough trek driving their pack of dogs through the icy wilderness. Ben learns how to sled and how to manage both himself and the animals in temperatures as low as minus 30 degrees. Sleeping in tents during snowstorms and ice-fishing in order to have something to eat, Ben embraces life in one of the worldʼs harshest environments.

The episode was rated from 12 votes.
Ben Fogle: New Lives In The Wild - S5E3
#16 - Gadacs, Hungary
Season 5 - Episode 3

In 2015, South African Julia Pryke and her British husband Gareth Shone bought a derelict farmhouse in rural Hungary via the internet. Ben meets them and helps them to install a window and assist them in buying chickens at market.

The episode was rated from 14 votes.
Ben Fogle: New Lives In The Wild - S4E4
#17 - Ocean Living
Season 4 - Episode 4

Ben goes to see 47- year-old Rick, who lives on the ocean on a tiny sailing boat as a ʻsea gypsyʼ.

The episode was rated from 16 votes.
Ben Fogle: New Lives In The Wild - S4E5
#18 - Scotland
Season 4 - Episode 5

Ben meets a couple who along with their two teenage children have taken up a life of crofting on the island of Rum off the remote west coast of Scotland.

The episode was rated from 16 votes.
Ben Fogle: New Lives In The Wild - S11E2
#19 - Siberia
Season 11 - Episode 2

Ben meets a scientist in Siberia, who gave up his urban life to work in the Russian Arctic on finding ways to reduce the impact of climate change on the permafrost. His project makes use of steam machines and monster trucks, but away from his environmental work, he is working on the idea of bringing the woolly mammoth back from extinction.

The episode was rated from 10 votes.
Ben Fogle: New Lives In The Wild - S1E1
#20 - Australia
Season 1 - Episode 1

Ben travels to a remote island to live with a former Sydney businessman.

The episode was rated from 24 votes.

Last updated: nov 16, 2022


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