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Sir Ranulph and Joseph Fiennes head into the wild with National Geographic


Sir Ranulph and Joseph Fiennes head into the wild with National Geographic

Embracing the channel’s award-winning legacy of global exploration and a dedication to authentic storytelling, National Geographic proudly presents Fiennes: Return to the Wild…

This ground-breaking two-part documentary series premiers on Sunday 26th May at 8 pm, followed by the second episode on Sunday 2nd June at the same time. Featuring Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Joseph Fiennes, this captivating exploration of the Canadian wilderness promises audiences a blend of adventure, resilience, and familial bonds.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes:

“Completing this journey with Joseph and exploring the beautiful Canadian scenery has been more than just an adventure; it’s been a reunion of hearts and spirits. Together, we’ve rediscovered the strength of our bond and the power of shared experiences. Retracing the route of my 1971 adventure has been immensely fulfilling, made even more enjoyable by experiencing it with a family member. This has been a truly unforgettable journey for me, and I am delighted to be able to share it with viewers on National Geographic.”

Throughout much of Joseph’s life, Sir Ranulph’s adventures have taken him far from home, from conquering Mount Everest to braving the icy depths of the South Pole. Five years ago, Joseph had the privilege of joining his cousin Sir Ranulph on an extraordinary journey, retracing his daring 1969 expedition up the river Nile. This experience provided them with the opportunity to reconnect and reminisce on the moments they missed out on together, fostering a deep bond that laid the groundwork for their latest endeavour.

Now, Joseph eagerly anticipates the opportunity to embark on a new adventure with Sir Ranulph, tracing the footsteps of his pioneering 1971 expedition through the open expanses of Canada. As they journey through the picturesque landscapes, Joseph looks forward to delving deeper into the essence of his cousin, uncovering the man behind the legendary explorer.

Featuring rare archive footage of Sir Ranulph’s past expeditions, interwoven with modern-day footage of their Canadian wilderness adventure, Fiennes: Return to the Wild offers an intimate glimpse into Sir Ranulph Fiennes’ remarkable life. This is a unique opportunity to witness his unwavering determination and resilience as he reflects on past triumphs and challenges, from surviving Antarctica’s harsh conditions to navigating treacherous rivers.

And as their Canadian adventure unfolds, this exceptional series transforms into a heartfelt love letter from Joseph to Sir Ranulph. We hear Sir Ranulph candidly discussing his health, including his recent diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease, while the show uniquely addresses themes of male aging, frailty, and love, all delivered in a poignant and uplifting manner that is rarely seen on television.

Joseph Fiennes:

“Embarking on this adventure with Ran has been a profound journey of rediscovery and connection for me. It’s not just about conquering physical challenges; it’s about rekindling the bonds of family and embracing life’s unpredictable twists. I invite everyone to join us on this remarkable expedition, where we explore the depths of friendship, resilience, and the beauty of shared experiences.”

With beautiful cinematography and compelling storytelling, ‘Fiennes: Return to the Wild,’ which has been brought to screens with the help of show sponsor Destination Canada – Canada’s national tourism organisation, promoting the country’s attractions and destinations to travellers worldwide – promises to inspire and captivate audiences, inviting them to experience the thrill of adventure, the splendour of the natural world, and, most importantly, the enduring spirit of familial love that unites us all.

The documentary is a Woodcut Media and The Development Partnership co-production. 

Fiennes: Return to the Wild premieres Sunday 26th May at 8pm, exclusively on National Geographic

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