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Adventure; To the Ends of the Earth


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To the Ends of the Earth
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Real-life stories which transport viewers on journeys set in remote mountain villages, endangered waterways, and through treacherous terrain. Each saga is filled with suspense and surprise for the modern day explorers who personify the spirit of discovery that lies at the heart of every ADVENTURE. See individual episodes for further descriptions. Series release date: 1987

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Three-Part Series: Airing October 22, 29 and November 5, 2006

"To the Ends of the Earth," William Golding's epic sea trilogy, is brought to stunning realization in this mini-series. Told through the narration of foppish aristocrat Edmund Talbot (Bendict Cumberbatch) the story follows the ship's gruff crew and colorful passengers as they sail from England to Australia, facing disasters at every turn. Using the tight quarters of the boat and its varied passengers as a microcosm of greater society, the narrative explores the good and bad sides of human nature in its tales of love, guilt, obsession, pride and defiance.

William Golding's diverse, complex and haunting trilogy of novels -- Rites of Passage, Close Quarters and Fire Down Below -- charts a dazzling and hazardous sea journey from England to Australia in 1812 and 1813, as experienced through the eyes of one young Englishman, Edmund Talbot. Talbot goes through his own rites of passage from youthful bravado to maturity, from arrogance to humility.



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Chicago: “Adventure; To the Ends of the Earth,” 01/26/1987, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 14, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_18CB113D836A4D879603A10CFC78F915.
MLA: “Adventure; To the Ends of the Earth.” 01/26/1987. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 14, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_18CB113D836A4D879603A10CFC78F915>.
APA: Adventure; To the Ends of the Earth. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_18CB113D836A4D879603A10CFC78F915
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