Benedict Allen

TV Presenter, explorer and author

Benedict is getting ready to film an exciting new film for the BBC so watch this space! 

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 technique has been to sink into remote communities, placing himself in the hands and at the mercy of these people and their environment, learning to survive from them alone. By single-handedly capturing his experiences on film he has created ground breaking, spontaneous and authentic programming. He says "To me exploration isn't about conquering natural obstacles, planting flags... It's not about going where no one's gone before in order to leave your mark, but about the opposite of that – about making yourself vulnerable, opening yourself up to whatever's there and letting the place leave its mark on you."

Benedict Allen's Explorer Showreel

In 2013 Benedict was included in the Daily Telegraph's list of Britain's "Great Explorers" – the only other living adventurer being Sir Ranulph Fiennes.

His presenting work includes the major eight-part reality epic Exhibition 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, Last of the Medicine Men and Ice Dogs. Recently, Benedict presented Adventures for Boys: The Lost World of Ryder Haggard, and was an expert contributor for BBC2’s Extreme Dreams.

Benedict Allen's Presenter Showreel

Benedict has written two bestsellers, his 10 books include The Faber Book of Exploration and Into the Abyss. He has written numerous articles for magazines and newspapers, and is a hugely popular corporate motivational speaker. Benedict inspires and invigorates a variety of audiences by skillfully translating his ‘against the odds’ survival for the global corporate ‘jungle’. In 2010 Benedict became a trustee and member of council of the Royal Geographical Society.

TEDxSalford – Benedict Allen – Surviving the Impossible


Pictures courtesy of: Channel 5, Steve Watkins & Martin Hartley.