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BBC Two England

On Thin Ice: 5/5

TV presenter Ben Fogle, Olympian James Cracknell and Dr Ed Coats are recovering at the halfway checkpoint after arriving in second place, just behind race rivals the Norwegians. After resting for 24 hours, the all clear is given. They start out well, racing hard in the face of temperatures that are dropping to -40°C and below, but within days both Ben and James succumb to frostbite. And then, on a particularly hard and cold day, they break down. James is almost at the point of no return and the team are forced to review their situation. They bravely head off again, only to find themselves in a crevasse field. With each step they risk falling through the thin snow bridges that conceal the hidden danger beneath. Their only escape route is to reach the South Pole as fast as possible.
Repeated on Tuesday at 12.20am
Showing in HD on the BBC HD channel tomorrow at 9pm
Moment of the week: page 5
BBC Two England

2nd House 2nd Run

The Man They Could Not Hang
In January 1885 John Lee , a young servant, was condemned to death in Exeter for the murder of his employer. For reasons that have remained mysterious to this day he could not be hanged: he was placed three times on the scaffold's trapdoors, but each time the executioner pushed the lever the doors became inexplicably locked. The only recorded failure in the history of the ' drop ' system - it made of Lee, convicted murderer, a popular hero, known all over the country. Melvyn Bragg relates the facts we know about John Lee to the popular versions of the legend.
Songs performed by members of FAIRPORT CONVENTION:
Dave Swailbrick , Simon Nicol Dave Pegg , Jerry Donahue Dave Mattacks
Broadsheet Ballads sung by MARTIN CARTHY
Written and produced by MARK KIDEL Editor BILL MORTON
BBC Two England

2nd House

The Man They Could Not Hang
In January 1885 John Lee, a young servant, was condemned to death in Exeter for the murder of his employer. For reasons that have remained mysterious to this day he could not be hanged: he was placed three times on the scaffold's trapdoors, but each time the executioner pushed the lever the doors became inexplicably locked. The only recorded failure in the history of the ' drop ' system - it made of Lee, convicted murderer, a popular hero, known all over the country. Over the years, John Lee's extraordinary escape from death has led to endless speculation.
Melvyn Bragg relates the hard facts we know about John Lee to the popular versions of the legend: the sensational illustrations of the Victorian Press, Lee's 'autobiography,' a silent feature film made in 1917, a cycle of rock songs, and intriguing stories still circulating in South Devon.
Songs performed by members of FAIRPORT CONVENTION:
Dave Swarbrick , Simon Nicol Dave Pegg , Jerry Donahue
Dave Mattacks , Sandy Denny Broadsheet Ballads sung by MARTIN CARTHY
Written and produced by MARK KIDEL Assistant editor TONY STAVEACRE Editor BILL MORTON






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