Dramatization of the great discoveries of ancient Egypt, from the exploration of tombs in the early 1800s, to the unraveling of the Rosetta Stone to translate the ancient language on the tombs, to the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb.
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Series cast summary:
Neji Nejah Neji Nejah ...  Ay 3 episodes, 2005
Andrew Sachs ...  Narrator 3 episodes, 2005
Stuart Graham ...  Howard Carter 2 episodes, 2005
Julian Wadham ...  Lord Carnarvon 2 episodes, 2005
Caroline Langrishe ...  Lady Carnarvon 2 episodes, 2005
Alexandra Weaver ...  Evelyn Carnarvon 2 episodes, 2005
Laurence Fox ...  Leonard 2 episodes, 2005
Valentine Pelka Valentine Pelka ...  Pierre Lacau 2 episodes, 2005
Ali Halifa Ali Halifa ...  Carter's Reiss 2 episodes, 2005
Arkin Chandaril ...  Tutankhamun / ... 2 episodes, 2005
Nicola Liberos Nicola Liberos ...  Ankhesamun / ... 2 episodes, 2005
Lynsey Baxter ...  Sarah Belzoni 2 episodes, 2005
Elliot Cowan ...  Champollion / ... 2 episodes, 2005
Luke F Dejahang ...  Ramesses II 2 episodes, 2005
Tania Emery Tania Emery ...  Rosine Blanc / ... 2 episodes, 2005
Nevan Finegan Nevan Finegan ...  James Curtin 2 episodes, 2005
Yousseff Hagag Hagag Yousseff Hagag Hagag ...  Hamer The Reiss / ... 2 episodes, 2005
Hamdy Heykal Hamdy Heykal ...  Henchman 2 episodes, 2005
Matthew Kelly ...  Giovanni Belzoni 2 episodes, 2005
Joseph Long ...  Bernard Drovetti 2 episodes, 2005
Robert Portal ...  Henry Salt 2 episodes, 2005
Mahmoud Sabit Mahmoud Sabit ...  Alan Gardiner / ... 2 episodes, 2005
Badi Uzzaman ...  Caimakan 2 episodes, 2005
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Dramatization of the great discoveries of ancient Egypt, from the exploration of tombs in the early 1800s, to the unraveling of the Rosetta Stone to translate the ancient language on the tombs, to the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb.

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Drama | History

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Country:

UK

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English

Release Date:

30 October 2005 (UK) See more »

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Egypt See more »

Filming Locations:

Aswan, Egypt See more »

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GBP5,000,000 (estimated)
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(6 episodes)

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16:9 HD
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Classy series
16 February 2006 | by chrisatthekeyboardSee all my reviews

I very much enjoyed this classy, dramatic and involving BBC series on TV and having just watched the UK DVD set from beginning to end I can say that it definitely bears repetition. The best thing is that the series sheds light on characters (notably Belzoni and Champollion) who were fundamental to the rediscovery of Ancient Egyptian civilisation but whose stories are not well-known. I had no idea, for example, until I saw the wonderful last two episodes on Champollion and the race between the English and the French to translate hieroglyphs that it was Napoleon's invasion of Egypt that re-awakened European interest in the country and indeed started a craze for all things Egyptian. Even in the opening episodes telling the better-known story of Carter discovering King Tut's tomb the series seems to bring a freshness to the story and the character that makes it better than previous versions. All in all, this series seems destined to become a classic.


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