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Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild Sri Lanka – Naveen and Anke (Channel 5 6 February 2024)

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In the upcoming episode of “Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild,” adventurer and presenter Ben Fogle embarks on a journey to Sri Lanka, a stunning island nestled in the Indian Ocean. His destination is the country’s highlands, where he will be staying with Naveen and Anke, a couple who have chosen to leave behind one of the world’s largest cities for a simple off-grid lifestyle far from civilization.

As Ben delves into their story, he aims to uncover what prompted this courageous decision and how they have adapted to their new lives. The couple resides in the peaceful remains of a tea plantation, embracing an entirely off-grid existence. Fascinatingly, they have created glass pods that provide unique accommodations for intrepid travelers seeking an off-the-beaten-track experience.

Throughout his stay, Ben fully immerses himself in their way of life. He rolls up his sleeves to fix a burst pipe, learns how to render walls using cow dung—a traditional method—and makes supply trips to town. In doing so, he gains firsthand insight into both the challenges faced by Naveen and Anke during their transition and the small business they have established that sustains the local community.

While tracing their journey towards self-sufficiency amidst nature’s embrace, Ben discovers that despite encountering some difficult years along the way, his hosts now revel in a newfound work-life balance that brings them serenity and fulfillment.

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“Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild” offers viewers an intriguing glimpse into extraordinary lives lived on society’s fringes. Join Ben as he explores Sri Lanka alongside Naveen and Anke on Tuesday 6 February 2024 at 9:00 PM, on Channel 5.


Isabelle aka Izzy Jacobs is the UK previews specialist at memorabletv.com. Isabelle is particularly drawn to crime dramas, but she also has a not so secret love for all things reality TV. In addition to her work at memorabletv.com, Isabelle is also an avid traveler and a devoted foodie.

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