Wednesday, September 16, 1998 Published at 10:40 GMT 11:40 UK
Brian Blessed: Has searched for the Yeti
Actor Brian Blessed will travel to the North Pole with veteran explorer David Hempleman-Adams, who previously admitted using Lady Thatcher's autobiography as toilet paper on one of his expeditions to the Antarctic.
Speaking to Channel 5, Mr Hempleman-Adams said of his mountaineering partner: "He's the strongest man I know and I love his company. I would pay him to come with me."
But actor Brian Blessed is no stranger to the demands of an explorer's life either.
At the age of 53 Brian donned period clothes to recreate the journey of George Leigh Mallory, the explorer who disappeared near the summit of Everest in 1924, for the film Galahad of Everest.
He returned to Everest in 1993 to face the worst monsoon conditions on record and a 22,000ft avalanche.
Undeterred Brian spent 12 weeks in a quest for the Yeti, otherwise known as Big Foot, for a BBC production which was filmed last autumn.
The pair are due to embark on their North Pole expedition in April.
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