He was an international sensation, widely regarded as one of the greatest explorers of all time. But his brutal adventures in Africa also made him one of history’s more enigmatic figures—the probable inspiration for Conrad’s Heart of Darkness.

Who was Henry Morton Stanley? What drove this ambitious journalist, explorer, and colonial nation-builder who “found” Livingstone and penetrated the Congo? Was he a hero, or a dangerous megalomaniac with the blood of Africa on his hands?

Based on the acclaimed work, Stanley: Dark Genius of African Exploration, by Oxford historian Frank McLynn, Stanley is the epic story of one of the world’s most fabulous, conflicted adventurers.

Atalaya has teamed up with Oscar-nominated director Michael Radford (Il Postino, Merchant of Venice, 1984) to produce a sweeping multi-episode drama.


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