Archaeologist and writer Neil Oliver follows in the footsteps of four of the worlds greatest explorers – all of whom happen to be Scottish.
Episode 1: Livingstone.
In this episode he travels down the Zambesi to reveal David Livingstone’s moral mission to reshape British values and bring commerce, Christianity and civilisation to the African continent.
Episode 2: Speirs-Bruce.
In the second programme he charts the remarkable story of William Speirs Bruce, one of Britain’s great but least-known explorers. In an era when exploration became harnessed to national prestige, Bruce bucked the trend and set out to conquer Antarctica to advance scientific knowledge.
Episode 3: Muir.
Today Neil recounts the life of the father of the modern conservation movement and one of the founders of America’s National Park movement – 19th-century adventurer John Muir.
Episode 4: Blake-Glover.
In the last of the series, Neil travels to Japan to uncover the extraordinary story of Thomas Blake Glover. Blending adventure with commerce, Glover was a rogue trader who helped rebel samurai clans overthrow the shogun and lay the foundations for one of the most aggressive and powerful economies in the world.