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Martin Compston and Ben Fogle back on the Beeb

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Martin Compston and Ben Fogle back on the Beeb

Both personalities return for new series of shows that proved rating winners in 2022…

In Martin Compston’s Northern Fling, the Line of Duty actor, along with his best friend Phil MacHugh, embarks on an epic Northern adventure – searching for all that it means to be from the ‘North’ starting in Shetland, then travelling the length of Norway to lift the lid on what we can learn from the most Northern of our Scandinavian neighbours.  This six-part commission is the sequel to the successful Martin Compston’s Scottish Fling, which followed the duo across Scotland.

Martin Compston:

“Me and my buddy, Phil MacHugh, are off again, this time  to Norway which means ‘Way of the North’…North for some conjures up images of cold bleakness and a tough life, but is it really that? I don’t think so.  We are heading to Norway to get some real northern exposure to the life and the people, at work and having fun.”

Scotland’s Sacred Islands with Ben Fogle has been re-commissioned for four new episodes, following the popularity of the first series broadcast last year. Ben Fogle will once again explore the stunning landscapes and spiritual belief across several beautiful islands. Complemented with spectacular drone footage, he will celebrate each island he visits, meeting the locals and learning how the island’s unique religious history is woven through the community today. As with series one, he will explore what it is about each island that touches his psyche more deeply and what makes each a place of spirituality and sanctuary.

Ben Fogle:

“I’m thrilled to be continuing my spiritual odyssey across some of Scotland’s most special and secret places. I travel the world meeting extraordinary people in beautiful lands but the Scottish islands have a magic all of their own. Their shared communities and deep connection with the land, air and sea are what I want to explore. What does it take to live and work in such harsh but stunning landscapes? Ultimately, what do people believe in and why does faith, in all its senses, play such a huge part in island life?” 

Both projects produced by Scottish-based company Tern, which is part of Zinc Media, are expected to broadcast later this year.

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