Englishman, Captain Robert Falcon Scott , and rival explorer, Norwegian, Roald Amundsen, undertake an awesome and dangerous 1,500 mile trek across the desolate frozen wastes of Antarctica, to be the first to plant their country's flag at the pole. Amundsen won the race, but it was Scott who has to reap the glory. After the bitter disappointment of coming second, all five members of the British polar team perished on the return journey. The tragedy turned Scott into a national hero, hailed as an inspiration on succeeding generations. With a screenplay by award-winning dramatist Trevor Griffiths , The Last Place on Earth is a powerful and frank account of the race of the pole. Directed Ferdinand Fairfax, this series features outstanding performances from Martin Shaw, Stephen Moore, Michael Maloney , Bill Nighy and Max Von Sydow.