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The Three Voyages of Captain Cook
Dr Nigel Rigby explores the voyages of the famous explorer.
Further Than Any Other Man
The Three Voyages of Captain Cook Episode 1 of 3
The achievements of Captain Cook's first voyage of 1768-71, in which he literally put New Zealand and the eastern coast of Australia on the map.
Born in 1728, son of a farm labourer in Yorkshire, it's extraordinary that James Cook rose to become the leader of this first voyage of discovery, sponsored by the Admiralty and the Royal Society.
In the first of three programmes, Dr Nigel Rigby of the National Maritime Museum reassesses the life of this complex man.
Terra Australis Incognita
The Three Voyages of Captain Cook Episode 2 of 3
How Captain Cook's second voyage to the South Pacific amounted to a negative achievement in many ways - and demonstrated that there was indeed no great Southern Continent in temperate latitudes.
In the second of three programmes, Dr Nigel Rigby of the National Maritime Museum reassesses the life of this complex man.
This Melancholy Affair
The Three Voyages of Captain Cook Episode 3 of 3
After the astounding success of his first two voyages, few imagined that Captain James Cook would go to sea again.
In the last of three programmes, Dr Nigel Rigby of the National Maritime Museum, learns that Cook, already 48, wanted to find the fabled North West Passage between America and Asia, probably motivated by the prize of £20,000.
He died in the attempt, killed on Hawaii in 1779.
Reader: Bill Wallis
Music composed and performed by John Metcalfe.
Producer: Mark Smalley
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2002.