O’Hanlon’s Heroes – A series of discoveries through the 19th Century

Series Society & Culture Travel
2 x 8 x 50'
Roel van Broekhoven and Maaik Krijgsman
VPRO Television
Winner: Zilveren Nipkowschijf Award
HD available

He was born in the wrong century. Redmond O’Hanlon, the author of bestselling books like Into the heart of Borneo, In trouble again and Congo journey, decides to follow in the footsteps of his heroes: the explorers of the 19th century. The men who left everything behind to discover those blank spots on the map where no one had ever set foot before.

Travelling with O’Hanlon is a highly unpredictable event. Wherever he shows up things seem to change forever. The combination of his vast knowledge, his self mocking nature and his childish desire to go all the way makes following his journeys an often hilarious adventure.

In these two series of 8 episodes O’Hanlon will travel along the same path as his heroes, the explorers from the 19th century. He follows male ánd female explorers, like Lady Stanhope that were ahead of their time. He travels from  the desserts of Africa to Japan, from Angola  to the gold mines deep in the jungle of  New Guinea. He knows his characters as if they were his personal friends. More than adventure alone it will be a rollercoaster trip through the 19th century, the dreams, the hypocrisy and ignorance of Europe, the shock that came with the discovery of total different cultures.

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