The Nile's source was the last great mystery for European explorers in the 19th century. The story of its discovery is one of heroism in the service of faith, greed, and obsession.
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1972  
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »
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Kenneth Haigh ...
 Sir Richard F. Burton (6 episodes, 1971)
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 Narrator (6 episodes, 1971)
John Quentin ...
 John Hanning Speke (4 episodes, 1971)
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 Isabel Arundell / ... (4 episodes, 1971)
Andre Van Gyseghem ...
 Sir Roderick Murchison (4 episodes, 1971)
Seth Adagala ...
 Bombay (3 episodes, 1971)
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 David Livingstone (3 episodes, 1971)
Ian McCulloch ...
 Capt. James Grant (3 episodes, 1971)
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The Nile's source was the last great mystery for European explorers in the 19th century. The story of its discovery is one of heroism in the service of faith, greed, and obsession. Written by Cleo <frede005@maroon.tc.umn.edu>

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Die Suche nach der Quelle des Nils  »

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Sir Richard Burton, Dr. Stanley Livingston, An historic race
29 November 2001 | by (los angeles) – See all my reviews

This is the first mini-series in my memory, and perhaps one of the greatest ever. Two men compete to be the first European to find the source of the Nile River. In the early 1970's one would never have imagined such a conquest to be so challenging and epic. The music, the settings, the acting, and the direction are all so brilliant, this tv movie easily holds the same place in my memory as "Lawrence of Arabia." If anyone knows how to get the BBC to re-air this film, they'd be doing a great service to television history.


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