"THE LAST PLACE ON EARTH," Sunday, 8 p.m. (50) (24); 9 p.m. (28) (15)--Forever and ever, it seems, public TV's "Masterpiece Theatre" has been about the only place on earth where Americans could consistently find superior miniseries.
Good stories and good acting, thanks to the British.
And now, to start its 15th season, "Masterpiece Theatre" brings us a six-part dramatization of the brutal, grinding race by Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen and British Navy Capt. Robert Falcon Scott to reach the South Pole.
Beginning with Sunday night's 90-minute premiere, the miniseries traces the stories of the two men from the raising of funds for their expeditions through their separate arduous treks across the frozen Antarctic wasteland.
The Norwegian used dog teams and skis as transportation. Scott used ponies.
Amundsen won the race. Scott arrived more than a month later, on Jan. 17, 1912, then perished in the snow with the other four members of his team on their return home.