Fiennes: Return to the Nile

Hidden Treasures

Series 1 - Episode 1 Hidden Treasures



The explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes is 74, has had a double heart bypass, and cut off some of his own frostbitten fingertips on a polar trek. His cousin Joe Fiennes is an actor best known for The Handmaid’s Tale and Shakespeare in Love. Here “Ran” and Joe attempt to re-create the former’s 1969 expedition along the River Nile while the explorer teaches the actor a few survival skills.

It’s a curious arrangement, particularly as the two have only met a couple of times before, and Ran mostly remains inscrutable in the face of desperate punning from Joe ("fair enough" becomes "Pharaoh-nuff" and so on). But the Western Desert looks amazing.


Ranulph and Joseph Fiennes gather at Alexandria where they prep their Land Rovers for the voyage ahead, recreating Sir Ran's first expedition along the River Nile.

Cast & Crew

Contributor Ranulph Fiennes
Contributor Joseph Fiennes