Actor Robson Green undertakes an aquatic journey through the wild waters of Britain in this new two part documentary series for ITV1. From a decidedly shaky start in the Tyne to his ultimate goal to swim to Holy Island off the coast of his native North East, the programme charts Robson's adventures as he swims his way through lidos, tidal pools, lakes, rivers and seas. The journey is at times an emotional one as Robson talks about his late father who instilled his love of swimming in his son, and it is this memory that keeps Robson going during some of the extreme swims he attempts. He tells the programme that recent loss of his father has inspired him to attempt to swim to Holy Island. For Robson, the challenge is about reconnecting with his father, who regularly swam in the North Sea, and his own boyhood identity. Come rain or shine four million people swim in Britain'...
Runtime: 45 minutes
Robson Green's Wild Swimming Adventure - Lewis Pugh - Netflix
Lewis William Gordon Pugh, OIG, (born 5 December 1969) is a British-South African endurance swimmer and ocean advocate. He has been described as the “Sir Edmund Hillary of swimming.” He was the first person to complete a long-distance swim in every ocean of the world, and he frequently swims in vulnerable ecosystems to draw attention to their plight. Pugh is best known for undertaking the first swim across the North Pole in 2007 to highlight the melting of the Arctic sea ice. In 2010 he swam across a glacial lake on Mount Everest to draw attention to the melting of the glaciers in the Himalayas, and the impact the reduced water supply will have on peace in the region. He undertakes all of his swims, even those in the Polar Regions, according to Channel Swimming Rules – i.e. in just a Speedo costume, cap and goggles. In 2013 he was inducted into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame. In 2010 Pugh was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum for his “potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world through inspiring leadership.” In 2013 the United Nations appointed him as the UN Patron of the Oceans. In 2016 he played a pivotal role in creating the largest marine reserve in the world in the Ross Sea off Antarctica. The negotiations required consensus among 24 nations and the EU, a number of which had long standing disputes with one another. The media coined the term “Speedo Diplomacy” to describe his efforts swimming in the icy waters of Antarctica and shutting between the USA and Russia to help negotiate the final agreement. Pugh currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of International Law at the University of Cape Town.
Robson Green's Wild Swimming Adventure - Awards - Netflix
2017 - SAB Environmentalist of the Year 2017 - The Sunday Times Alternative Rich List for “people who represent the most inspiring side of humanity” 2017 – Appointed as an Adjunct Professor of International Law at the University of Cape Town 2015 – Doctor of Science (honoris causa) from Plymouth University 2015 – Selected by Men's Journal as one of “50 Most Adventurous Men in the World” 2015 – National Geographic Adventurer of the Year 2013 – Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts 2013 – Appointed as the United Nations Patron of the Oceans 2013 – Inducted into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame 2013 – Honorary Fellow of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society 2011 – Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, London 2011 – President's Award from the International Swimming Hall of Fame 2010 – Appointed a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum 2009 – Awarded the highest honour in South Africa – the Order of Ikhamanga (Gold Class) for his “exceptional sporting triumphs, humanitarian feats and creating consciousness about the negative effects of global warming”. This was only the third time a sportsman had received the honour. 2009 – Best Project for the Environment – Beyond Sport Awards 2008 – Out There Adventurer of the Year 2007 – Fellow of The Explorers Club, New York 2007 – Paul Harris Fellowship Award by Rotary International 2007 – Sports Adventurer of the Year Award by the French Sports Academy 2006 – Freedom of the City of London
Robson Green's Wild Swimming Adventure - References - Netflix