Keeping spirits up: a Saturday evening toast on board the Endurance, during the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914-1917. Photograph: Frank Hurley/Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge/Getty Images

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The rescue team in a scene from Discovery’s ‘Shackleton: Death or Glory’

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