London: A new documentary has been released marking the 60 years since Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay conquered Mount Everest.
This new film cleverly counterpoints Hillary and Norgay`s extraordinary triumph with the desperate tragedy of George Mallory and Andrew Irvine 29 years earlier, in their failed bid to conquer the peak.
The ITV film-makers have unearthed startling colour footage from Hillary`s base camp, as the duo left for their assault, and again on their return.
It shows a broadly smiling Hillary being congratulated by his worried colleagues, the Daily Express reported.
Together with the new footage there are photos, memoirs and private letters.
The 60-minute documentary features some of our best-known actors as they voice the real-life characters.
A cast, including Toby Jones, John Hannah and Jason Flemyng, tell the evocative stories direct to camera.