Join us for the first in our 'A Cup of Tea with' interview series, as journalist Hannah Macinnes, formerly of Newsnight, gets to know Ben Saunders, a leading polar explorer, just weeks before he leaves for his next expedition - to make the first solo and unsupported crossing of Antarctica. Watch the video for his 2014 adventure here.
Ben Saunders is one of the world’s leading polar explorers, and a record-breaking long-distance skier who has covered more than 3,700 miles on foot in the Polar Regions since 2001. In 2014 Ben completed The Scott Expedition – the longest human-powered polar journey in history, and the first completion of the expedition that defeated Captain Scott and Sir Ernest Shackleton, a 105-day round-trip from Ross Island on the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole and back again. Ben is also the third person in history to ski solo to the North Pole, and holds the record for the longest solo Arctic journey by a Briton.
Hannah MacInnes is a freelance broadcast journalist. Before going freelance she spent 7 years working for BBC Newsnight, the BBC's flagship news and current affairs programme, as Planning Editor and film maker. She chairs at various events, including for the How To Academy, and when not working can usually be found outdoors, either running or swimming.