Search for the Nile

  • 1972
  • 1 Season

An Emmy-winning miniseries about the search for the source of the Nile in the mid-1800s, produced by the BBC and filmed in Africa. Using journals and letters, it delivers rich characterizations and a high regard for authenticity as it dramatizes the arduous trek across Africa of Sir Richard Francis Burton and John Hanning Speke, leaders of Britain's Roy (more…)

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Season 1, Episode 4 The Great Debate

First Aired: February 15, 1972

Part 4: “The Great Debate,” set in 1864. Samuel and Florence Baker leave Khartoum for a three-year journey into Africa's interior to prove their theory about the Nile's source. Baker: Norman Rossington. Florence: Catherine Schell. Speke: John Quentin. Burton: Kenneth Haigh. Livingstone: Michael Gough.

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