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Benedict Allen is an explorer, TV presenter and author. Described by the BBC’s Mark Thompson as being “part of the history of television”, Benedict is best known for being the first to record his arduous and treacherous exploits without a TV crew. His TV work includes the major eight-part reality epic Expedition on Africa (2009) for the History Channel, Unbreakable (2008) for Channel Five, and Travellers’ Century (2008) for BBC4. His six BBC series include Skeleton Coast, Edge of Blue Heaven, and Ice Dogs. He was an expert contributor for BBC2’s Extreme Dreams. Benedict is an accomplished author with ten books to his name including The Faber Book of Exploration and Into the Abyss. He has written numerous articles for a wide range of magazines and newspapers. He recently became a member of the Royal Geographical Society Council.