The miniseries Shackleton is ambitious, handsome and chilly - chillier than it needs to be. The dramatization of Sir Ernest Shackleton's 1914 expedition to Antarctica fits too snugly in the stuffy movie tradition of great-man biographies. Yet the four-hour production boasts two awesome assets.
As the stubborn, heroic Shackleton, Kenneth Branagh gives a blazing performance that often cuts through the cold.
And in a feat of moviemaking magic, the Antarctica scenes look credible and harrowing: The lavish production filmed in Greenland, Iceland and London studios, Shackleton is almost always fascinating to watch even when it falls short dramatically.
Go behind the scenes with Kenneth Branagh, director Charles Sturridge, and the rest of the cast and crew as they endure five weeks of dangerous shooting on the floes off Greenland. Like the Endurance itself, their Norwegian icebreaking ship (and base of operations) became trapped in the ice, and crew members actually had to carry shotguns to ward off polar bears!
A & E's landmark series sheds new light on the life and adventures of the legendary polar explorer whose leadership style has been embraced by 21st-century companies worldwide.
From the discovery in 1773 by Captain Cook to the extraordinary expeditions led by men like Robert Scott, Ernest Shackleton, and Raold Amundsen, THE HISTORY CHANNEL chronicles the epic adventures at the bottom of the world, while a visit to Antarctica today captures the continent's savage beauty and undiminished danger.