Ben Fogle: New Lives In The Wild

Series 1 - Episode 1: Australia

Ben Fogle and David Glasheen

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As the series begins, Ben travels to a remote island in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef to live with former Sydney businessman David Glasheen. David lost $10 million in the stock market crash of 1987, which also cost him his marriage and his home. With the last of his savings, David bought the lease on part of Restoration Island, which is a 40-minute boat ride from Lockhart River, the most inaccessible indigenous Aboriginal settlement in Australia.

Apart from his dog Quasi, he is now the sole inhabitor of the 100-acre volcanic island, living like a real-life Robinson Crusoe in a house made of recycled material. Although David collects barely enough rainwater to survive, he turns some of it into beer to trade with passing local fishermen for fish. It is a valuable lifeline for David, but before he and Ben can start trading, they must repair the only suitable boat that David has to get them out to the trawler men.

In one of the world's last remaining areas of genuine wilderness, Ben learns how to pick oysters and dance with the locals as well as finding out how it feels to truly live alone.

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