Chris Bonington, Robin Knox-Johnston, Alice Morrison and Jonathan Gornall join us to discuss their tales of adventure, courage and death-defying endurance.

We’re devoting this programme to Epic Journeys. And we don’t use the word ‘epic’ lightly: you’ll hear about Mount Everest and Timbuktu, cycling, sailing, running and climbing at the lowest – and highest – temperatures on Earth.

This week’s guests are some of the world’s greatest living, breathing, true-life adventurers and travel writers.

Chris Bonington has conquered Everest four times, and is Britain’s best-known, best-loved mountaineer, TV presenter and prolific author.

He’s joined by the world’s greatest living sailor, Robin Knox-Johnston, who is celebrating the 50th anniversary of his epic solo, non-stop navigation around the world.

Our next guest, Alice Morrison, is a marathon runner and cyclist, journalist and TV presenter – who has ‘conquered Morocco’ by setting up home there and running ultimate marathons across the Sahara and the Atlas.

Sailor, journalist and Middle East expert Jonathan Gornall completes our adventurous panel. He has attempted to row across the Atlantic in a small open-top boat and recently completed his novel, How To Build A Boat.

So why are these explorers prepared to risk life, love and limb to undertake their epic journeys?

All will be revealed in this week’s episode of The Words.