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Return to the nile


This three-part series features the ‘World’s Greatest Living Explorer’, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, as he returns to the scene of one of his earliest feats – his 1969 expedition along the River Nile.

To mark the 50th anniversary of that quest, Sir Ranulph set himself a new challenge: to teach his famous cousin, actor Joseph Fiennes ('The Handmaids Tale,' 'Shakespeare in Love'), how to master the role of a lifetime.

For over 50 years Sir Ranulph has lived through countless escapades and life-threatening experiences. From summiting Everest to discovering a lost city in Oman, he’s accomplished more than most people could dream of.


His cousin, Joseph Fiennes, is an award-winning actor who shot to fame for his portrayal as William Shakespeare in ‘Shakespeare in Love’ and his formidable performance as Commander Waterford in the Emmy award-winning series ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’. But can Joseph cut it in Sir Ranulph’s world? Does he have what it takes to be an explorer?


Together, the pair navigate the claustrophobic confines of a newly discovered ancient Egyptian tomb in Minya. They grapple with Tachtib – a traditional fighting technique using four-foot sticks and come face to face with dangerous snakes and spiders, and they have the unique opportunity to spend the night in the Pyramid of Cheops.


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Directed By


Exec Producer

National Geographic

Woodcut Media

Matt Dyas

Spring 2019

Russ Malkin

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