Shackleton (TV serial)

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Genre Biography, drama
Written by Charles Sturridge
Directed by Charles Sturridge
Starring Kenneth Branagh
Theme music composer Adrian Johnston
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original languagesEnglish, Norwegian, German
No. of episodes2
ProducerSelwyn Roberts
CinematographyHenry Braham
EditorPeter Coulson
Running time206 minutes
Distributor A&E
Original network Channel 4
Original release2 January (2002-01-02) 
3 January 2002 (2002-01-03)
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Shackleton is a 2002 British television film. It was written and directed by Charles Sturridge and starring Kenneth Branagh as explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. The film tells the true story of Shackleton's 1914 Antarctic expedition on the ship Endurance . The cast includes Kevin McNally, Lorcan Cranitch, Embeth Davidtz, Danny Webb, Matt Day and Phoebe Nicholls (also the director's wife) as Lady Shackleton. It was filmed in the UK, Iceland and Greenland. The film used first-hand accounts by the men on the expedition to retell the story. Shackleton biographer Roland Huntford was a production advisor.


Shackleton was first broadcast in two parts by Channel 4 in January 2002. In North America the film was first broadcast by the A&E Network in April 2002. The film was nominated for seven Emmy Awards, [1] six BAFTA Awards, [2] and a Golden Globe Award. [3]


The films tells the true story of explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton (Kenneth Branagh) and his 1914 Antarctic expedition on the ship Endurance . The story begins with him planning the expedition and finding sponsors, particularly Sir James Caird. Shackleton's goal is to drive dog sled teams from one side of Antarctica to the other, which would make Britain the first nation to undertake such a trans-continental journey.

Once the expedition is underway, trouble arises due to thick sea ice and low temperatures. Endurance becomes trapped and eventually crushed by pack ice. Shackleton vows to find a way to rescue the men. He undertakes an epic journey across the ice, followed by 800 miles of the Southern Ocean and then an uncharted mountain range on South Georgia Island. He finds a whaling station from which rescue parties are sent to collect his entire shipwrecked crew. The otherwise failed expedition is made famous for every crew member surviving despite insurmountable odds.


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Awards and nominations

Golden Globe Awards 2002 [3] Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionNominated
Primetime Emmy Awards 2002 [1] Outstanding Cinematography for a Miniseries or a MovieHenry Braham (Part II)Won
Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special (Dramatic Underscore)Adrian Johnston (Part II)Won
Outstanding Single Camera Picture Editing for a Miniseries, Movie or a SpecialPeter Coulson (Part II)Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a MovieKenneth BranaghNominated
Outstanding MiniseriesFrancesca Barra, Delia Fine, Emilio Nunez, Selwyn RobertsNominated
Outstanding Sound Editing for a Miniseries, Movie or a SpecialKevin Brazier, Philip Barnes, Blair Jollands, Wayne BrooksNominated
Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic SpecialCharles SturridgeNominated
BAFTA Awards 2003 [2] Best Drama SerialSelwyn Roberts, Charles SturridgeWon
Best Costume DesignShirley RussellWon
Best ActorKenneth BranaghNominated
Best Editing (Fiction/Entertainment)Peter CoulsonNominated
Best Photography and Lighting (Fiction/Entertainment)Henry BrahamNominated
Best Production DesignMichael HowellsNominated
Cinema Audio Society Awards 2003Outstanding Sound Mixing for Television, MOW's and Mini-SeriesDave Humphries, John Rodda (Part I)Won
Producers Guild of America Awards 2003PGA Award Outstanding Producer of Long-Form TelevisionSelwyn RobertsNominated
Royal Television Society Awards 2002Best Art DirectorLynne Huitson, Matthew RobinsonWon
Best Production Design, DramaMichael HowellsNominated
Best Make Up Design, DramaJeremy WoodheadNominated
Satellite Awards 2003Golden Satellite Award for Best MiniseriesNominated

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  1. 1 2 "Primetime Emmy Awards". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. 2002. Retrieved 27 February 2014.
  2. 1 2 "BAFTA Awards". British Academy of Film and Television Arts. 2003. Retrieved 27 February 2014.
  3. 1 2 "Golden Globe Awards". Hollywood Foreign Press Association. 2003. Retrieved 27 February 2014.