National Geographic has partnered with Emmy-nominated actor Joseph Fiennes and Sir Ranulph Fiennes, known as the “World’s Greatest Living Explorer”, on a three-part adventure docuseries set to navigate the River Nile.
Fiennes: Return To The Nile will serve as a test of grit, courage and determination as real-life cousins Joseph (The Handmaid’s Tale; pictured left) and Ranulph (right) embark on a journey across the river in Egypt to re-create the first expedition Ranulph undertook 50 years previously.
In 1969, Ranulph was the first to venture by hovercraft up the White Nile River that began in eastern Sudan and ended at Lake Victoria in southern Uganda as part of the White Nile Hovercraft Expedition.
In Fiennes: Return To The Nile, the project will set out to determine whether Joseph has what it takes to cut it as an explorer. Together the duo will crawl through the confines of a newly discovered ancient Egyptian tomb in Minya, get to grips with Tachtib – a traditional fighting technique using four-foot sticks – and come face to face with dangerous snakes and spiders.
Fiennes: Return To The Nile is produced by London-based Woodcut Media, in association with The Development Partnership. Joseph Fiennes serves as a producer on the series. It is slated to air in 172 countries and 43 languages when it premieres on National Geographic in 2019.
“Authentic, visceral and highly entertaining, Fiennes: Return To The Nile embodies National Geographic’s mission to inspire and ignite the explorer in all of us,” said Jules Oldroyd, SVP of international programming for National Geographic, in a statement.
The series marks Woodcut’s first commission with National Geographic.
Photos courtesy Pal Hansen and Gary Salter