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Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild: Great Blasket Island (Channel 5 Tuesday 9 January 2024)



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In a brand new episode of Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild, we are taken to Great Blasket Island, located off the coast of Ireland, where Ben Fogle immerses himself in the extraordinary lives of Dan and Emily. The couple, who beat 40,000 other applicants, have become caretakers of this remote island on Europe’s rugged western frontier.

Ben delves into the couple’s journey as they adapt to the challenges of their newfound castaway lifestyle. Despite having no previous experience, Dan and Emily have transformed their lives and embraced the island’s rugged beauty. Ben witnesses their day-to-day tasks, from fixing a water pump and catching sheep to foraging seaweed and swimming with seals in the crystal-clear waters of the Atlantic.

The episode also sheds light on the island’s remarkable past and the significance it holds. Ben meets the man who chose Dan and Emily to run the island, gaining insight into the selection process and the couple’s unique qualities that stood out among the thousands of applicants. Together, they navigate the precarious process of getting essential supplies onto the island, overcoming the challenges posed by the surrounding cliffs and violent storms.

Great Blasket Island acts as a reminder of the awe-inspiring power of nature and how it can nourish the spirit. Ben Fogle’s journey showcases the resilience and adaptability of Dan, Emily, and all those who have chosen to inhabit this remote and beautiful corner of the world.


Tune in to Channel 5 at 9:00 pm on Tuesday, January 9, 2024, to experience the captivating world of Great Blasket Island and witness the incredible journey of Dan and Emily as they embrace a unique way of life on Europe’s rugged western frontier, guided by the untamed power of nature.

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