The Search for the Nile (1971)

TV Mini-Series  -   -  Adventure | Drama
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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.

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1

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1971
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)
Barbara Leigh-Hunt ...
 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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25 January 1972 (USA)  »

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"Search for the Nile" is a greatly-missed gem
28 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Search for the Nile" was originally telecast on NBC in January of 1972. If I remember correctly, the network broadcast it immediately following its coverage of the Winter Olympic Games from Sapporo, Japan. (It was, and still is, very rare for any of the three major networks in the years before cable to broadcast anything from the BBC. PBS did pick it up later; has anyone contacted them?) Yes, the narrator was the incomparable James Mason. I also love the main title music for this superior docudrama. I was told the sheet music was available but have never found it. The composer's name is Joseph Horovitz.

Everything all the other respondents have written is true, this mini-series was one of the best histories ever made and I would also love to have it. As for Bob Rafelson's "Mountains of the Moon," don't bother. It doesn't even hold a candle to the original.


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