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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 Narrator (3 episodes, 2005)
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 Howard Carter (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Lord Carnarvon (2 episodes, 2005)
Caroline Langrishe ...
 Lady Carnarvon (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Evelyn Carnarvon (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Leonard (2 episodes, 2005)
Valentine Pelka ...
 Pierre Lacau (2 episodes, 2005)
Ali Halifa ...
 Carter's Reiss (2 episodes, 2005)
Arkin Chandaril ...
 Tutankhamun / ... (2 episodes, 2005)
Neji Nejah ...
 Ay (2 episodes, 2005)
Nicola Liberos ...
 Ankhesamun / ... (2 episodes, 2005)
Lynsey Baxter ...
 Sarah Belzoni (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Champollion (2 episodes, 2005)
Fuman Dar ...
 Ramesses II (2 episodes, 2005)
Tania Emery ...
 Rosine Blanc / ... (2 episodes, 2005)
Nevan Finegan ...
 James Curtin (2 episodes, 2005)
Yousseff Hagag Hagag ...
 Hamer The Reiss / ... (2 episodes, 2005)
Hamdy Heykal ...
 Henchman (2 episodes, 2005)
Matthew Kelly ...
 Giovanni Belzoni (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Bernard Drovetti (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Henry Salt (2 episodes, 2005)
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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30 October 2005 (UK)  »

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Aigyptos: Oi megaloi exerevnites anakalyptoun ton hameno kosmo  »

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£5,000,000 (estimated)
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Classy series
16 February 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See 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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