Nicholas Crane grew up on the coast of Norfolk. He is an award-winning writer, journalist, geographer and explorer who has presented BAFTA winning, BBC TV series CoastGreat British Journeys, Map Man and Town.

In Latitude he tells the true story of the world’s first scientific expedition; in the year 1735, the good ship Portefaix set sail across the Atlantic, carrying the world’s first international team of scientists to a continent of unmapped rainforests and ice-shrouded volcanoes. 

Beset by egos and disease, storms and earthquakes, mutiny and murder, they struggled for ten years to reach the single figure they sought: the length of one degree of latitude. An epic tale of survival and science set in mountain camps and remote observatories, in which an unruly gaggle of misfits made breakthroughs in rubber and platinum, gravity and fogbows, quinine and Inca archaeology, in a journey celebrated today as the first modern exploring expedition.

Chaired by Richard Moss, BBC Political Editor for North East & Cumbria

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