Ben Fogle announces return to Scottish islands for new TV show

Jen Crothers
·2-min read
Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

TV presenter Ben Fogle is embarking on a pilgrimage to the Scottish islands - 20 years after he found fame on TV series Castaway.

Sacred Islands with Ben Fogle will see him travel around the country he has described as "the most beautiful place on Earth", taking in the Western and Northern Isles, to the Inner Hebrides.

He'll meet locals, learn about the islands' secrets - and spectacular drone footage will show off the islands' beauty from the air.

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

"Castaway changed me in so many ways," Ben explains. "I was not the star of Castaway, the island of Taransay was, the Outer Hebrides was, Scotland was. I’m still fascinated by Scotland’s islands. The remoteness, the peace, the wonder – I even named my daughter Iona after one.

"I’m lucky to have been to a lot of places but to me these islands are the most beautiful on Earth. This is where my roots really are, where I feel spiritually at home. This is my dream series. It’s like a personal pilgrimage."

The series begins filming in the spring, and will air later this year. It will premiere on BBC Scotland, and will then be shown on BBC One Daytime.

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Steve Allen, who commissioned the series for BBC Scotland, says, "We are delighted to welcome Ben back to BBC Scotland’s screens with this new series. It’s hard to believe 20 years has passed since Ben captured the hearts of the nation in Castaway where we watched him fall in love with the island and the whole island experience.

"This series will be an authored piece which will give audiences an insight in to the profound effect Ben’s 20 year love affair with Scotland’s islands has had on him and what it is that draws him back."

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