Prince Harry’s forthcoming journey to the South Pole will air in 2014 on ITV. Prince Harry, along and three teams of wounded servicemen and women representing the United Kingdom, the United States and the Commonwealth, with a combined team from Australia and Canada are presently preparing for one of the most extraordinary excursions in recent history: “Walking with the Wounded, South Pole Allied Challenge 2013.”
The three teams will race across the South Pole for 16 days totalling 335 km. The journey begins in November in Antarctica. The team’s goal is to reach the South Pole around 17th December 2013. The UK’s ITV has plans for two 60 minute broadcasts highlighting the trials, tribulations, personal stories and interviews of Prince Harry and the Walking Wounded as they journey across the South Pole. NBC is on board and will air a 60 minute show in the United States.
Prince Harry said in a statement during the launch of South Pole Allied Challenge 2013: “These men and women have given their all in the cause of freedom, in our cause, and that they should once again step into the breach, this time facing down the extreme physical and mental challenges of trekking to the South Pole, just underlines their remarkable qualities.”
Joining Prince Harry on the UK team will be British serviceman and arm amputee Ibrar Ali MC, Kate Philp, the first British service woman to lose a limb in combat, serviceman Duncan Slater, (who has undergone a double leg amputation) and Guy Disney who was a member of the 2011 Walking With The Wounded North Pole expedition. Also part of the UK contingent will be Conrad Dickinson, the teams guide and Richard Eyre, the team mentor.
“The team’s bravery, ambition and outright determination to be the first to reach the pole guarantees this will be a unique and compelling series,” Melanie Leach of the production company Twofour stated to the ITV Press Centre.