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Shackleton (TV serial)

Shackleton is a 2001 British television film 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.

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Collector's Edition DVD cover
GenreBiography, drama
Written byCharles Sturridge
Directed byCharles Sturridge
StarringKenneth Branagh
Theme music composerAdrian Johnston
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English, Norwegian, German
No. of episodes2
Producer(s)Selwyn Roberts
CinematographyHenry Braham
Editor(s)Peter Coulson
Running time206 minutes
Original networkChannel 4
Original release2 January (2002-01-02) –
3 January 2002 (2002-01-03)
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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.


(In Order of Appearance)

Awards and nominationsEdit

Award Category Nominee Result
Golden Globe Awards 2002 [3] Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards 2002 [1] Outstanding Cinematography for a Miniseries or a Movie Henry 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 Special Peter Coulson (Part II) Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie Kenneth Branagh Nominated
Outstanding Miniseries Francesca Barra, Delia Fine, Emilio Nunez, Selwyn Roberts Nominated
Outstanding Sound Editing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special Kevin Brazier, Philip Barnes, Blair Jollands, Wayne Brooks Nominated
Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special Charles Sturridge Nominated
BAFTA Awards 2003 [2] Best Drama Serial Selwyn Roberts, Charles Sturridge Won
Best Costume Design Shirley Russell Won
Best Actor Kenneth Branagh Nominated
Best Editing (Fiction/Entertainment) Peter Coulson Nominated
Best Photography and Lighting (Fiction/Entertainment) Henry Braham Nominated
Best Production Design Michael Howells Nominated
Cinema Audio Society Awards 2003 Outstanding Sound Mixing for Television, MOW's and Mini-Series Dave Humphries, John Rodda (Part I) Won
Producers Guild of America Awards 2003 PGA Award Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television Selwyn Roberts Nominated
Royal Television Society Awards 2002 Best Art Director Lynne Huitson, Matthew Robinson Won
Best Production Design, Drama Michael Howells Nominated
Best Make Up Design, Drama Jeremy Woodhead Nominated
Satellite Awards 2003 Golden Satellite Award for Best Miniseries Nominated


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

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