It has been my great pleasure this week to welcome back Ben Fogle and the team for another visit.
Back in 2015, Ben Fogle and the team spent a couple of weeks on board Calypso to get a taste of the sea gypsy lifestyle in the remote Marquesas Islands of French Polynesia for an episode of the popular TV show New Lives in the Wild.
This week, Ben and the team flew out to the far less remote islands of Fiji for a brief visit to catch up with the exploits of Calypso (now Calypso II, see here) to find out what has changed in the lifestyle of this particular watery wanderer and to shoot some footage for Return to the Wild – a kind of “where is he now?” section which will be weaved into the original documentary (in place of the less interesting parts) and re-broadcast under the new title.
Despite the brevity of the visit, it was heaps of fun. I hit it off really well with Ben and the crew last time, so it was a great reunion with lots of silliness and general piss-taking. The weather was totally uncooperative, but the actual vibe was great, so hopefully that will come across in the edit even if the beauty of Fiji does not get the recognition it thoroughly deserves in reality.
I don’t have the broadcast dates yet, but I will publish them as soon as they are available.
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