Ben Fogle

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Ben Fogle : biography

3 November 1973 –

Benjamin Myer ‘Ben’ Fogle, FRGS (born 3 November 1973) is an English adventurer, broadcaster and writer.



Fogle first came to public notice by participating in the BBC reality show Castaway 2000, which followed a group of thirty-six people marooned on the Scottish island of Taransay for a year starting 1 January 2000. The social experiment aimed to create a fully self-sufficient community within a year.


Fogle is a televison presenter working for the BBC, ITV, Channel 5, Sky, Discovery and National Geographic. He has hostedCrufts, One Man and His Dog, Countryfile, Country Tracks, Extreme Dreams With Ben Fogle, Animal Park, Wild on the West Coast, Wild in Africa and Ben Fogle’s Escape in Time. He made a film about the facial deforming disease noma for a BBC 2 documentary Make Me A New Face which followed the work of the charity Facing Africa and Great Ormond Street Hospital. In 2013, he presented his new show; Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild. Ben follows the story of people living in the complete wild and who are isolate from society.

He has made films about naval history and the Royal National Lifeboat Institute] (RNLI) for the History Channel and followed Princes William and Harry on their first joint Royal Tour in Botswana and made an exclusive documentary called Prince William’s Africa. He marked the centenary of Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s expedition to the South Pole with The Secrets of Scott’s Hut. He is popular on the motivational and corporate speaking circuit. His new series Swimming with Crocodiles will be on BBC2 and Storm City in 3D in Sky One and National Geographic. Fogle has recently become a special correspondent for NBC News in the United States.

Harbour Lives is an 8 part series for ITV1 following the Dorset Life.


Fogle appeared on the rural-affairs programme alongside John Craven from 2001 until 2008, during which time he reported on a number of the UK’s odd rural pastimes, including:

  • coracle racing
  • worm-charming championships
  • lawn-mower-racing championship
  • world stinging nettle eating competition in Dorset
  • oyster-eating championships in Northern Ireland
  • World Conker Championships in Northamptonshire
  • the alternative Scottish games
  • world tin-bath racing on the Isle of Man
  • bog snorkelling
  • Man versus Horse Marathon in Wales
  • Tough Guy Competition
  • Cooper’s Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake in Gloucestershire
  • morris dancing
  • Tar Barrels in Devon
  • Up Helly Aa in Shetland
  • Furry Dance in Cornwall
  • British Open Crabbing Championships in Walberswick, Suffolk
  • World Coal Carrying Championships in Gawthorpe, West Yorkshire

Extreme Dreams

He presented the BBC 2 series made by Ricochet in 2006 and 2007 and 2008 in which he selected five members of the public to go on expeditions of a lifetime. Destinations included expeditions to the Kaiteur Falls in Guyana, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Mount Baker in Uganda, Mount Roraima in Venezuela, the Black Cat trail in Papua New Guinea, the Inca ruins in Peru, the Sahara Desert of Libya, Across the Arctic tundra of Svalbard in the Arctic Circle and most recently a journey across the Andes of South America from the Equator in Ecuador to the Tropic of Capricorn in Chile. The series is currently showing in South Africa, Australia, Norway, Sweden, New Zealand and the United States.


Fogle was the first to cross the line in the pairs division of the 2005–2006 Atlantic Rowing Race in "Spirit of EDF Energy", partnered by Olympic rower James Cracknell. While competing in the 3000 mile race, the pair had their boat fully capsized by huge waves. They made landfall in Antigua at 07:13 GMT on 19 January 2006, a crossing time of 49 days, 19 hours, 8 minutes. After penalties, they were placed second in the pairs and fourth overall. The BBC series that followed the pair, Through Hell and High Water, won a Royal Television Society award in 2007.