Voyages of Discovery

Explorer Paul Rose takes us on a journey through the pioneering names and events in the history of world discovery.

This highly acclaimed and often repeated series was originally broadcast in winter 2006, the series was repeated as part of the Journeys of Discovery season on BBC Four and BBC Two in Autumn 2008.

The series is now running worldwide and can also be downloaded!

Paul's BBC News article

CIRCUMNAVIGATION

Ferdinand Magellan set out to find the westward route to the Spice Islands but his crew ended up circumnavigating the world.

THE MAKING OF CAPTAIN COOK

Paul Rose reveals the nautical adventures that transformed Captain James Cook from a naval nobody into a national hero.

THE ICE KING

In 1892 Fridtjof Nansen announced a seemingly suicidal plan to be first to the North Pole. He's now considered a forefather of polar exploration.

THE FIGURE OF THE EARTH

Rose tells the story of three 18th century Frenchmen who set off on a perilous mission to measure the shape of the planet.

HANGING BY A THREAD

When the USS Squalus submarine became stranded in the Atlantic in 1939, maverick designer Charles Momsen rescued the crew.

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