On 29th of May 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary and a Nepalese Sherpa, Tenzing Norgay, became the first climbers to conquer Mount Everest, the highest place on earth, and in so doing became heroes across the world. The climb, under auspices of the British Empire, was led by Colonel John Hunt, a true British Gentlemen. This fascinating programme is the definitive account of one of the last truly great 20th Century explorers and adventurers, for which Sir Edmund Hillary has granted exclusive access to his letters and photographs, and shares deeply personal feelings about the triumphs and tragedies of his life, including the deaths of his wife and daughter in an aircrash in 1975. Hillary talks candidly about the forces that shaped him and takes us behind the scenes of the great events that made him famous. This DVD includes archive footage of Hillary's descent as well as incredible footage of Everest itself.