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"Empires: Egypt's Golden Empire" The Last Great Pharaoh (2001)

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Empires: Egypt's Golden Empire: Season 1: Episode 3 -- During the reign of Amenhotep III, Egypt was the center for culture and learning in the ancient world. Egypt had reached dizzying heights, but it stood on the brink of a devastating fall.


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Justin Pollard (writer)
Bruce Robinson (writer)
Original Air Date:
18 November 2001 (Season 1, Episode 3)
During the reign of Amenhotep III, Egypt was the center for culture and learning in the ancient world. Egypt had reached dizzying heights, but it stood on the brink of a devastating fall. | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast)
Glynis Brooks ... (voice)

Keith David ... Narrator
Nicole Douek ... Herself - London University

Peter Egan ... (voice)

David Holt ... (voice)
Antonio Loprieno ... Himself - University of California, Los Angeles (as Professor Antonio Loprieno)

Diran Meghreblian ... (voice)
John Ray ... Himself - Cambridge University

John Shrapnel ... (voice)
Kent Weeks ... Himself - American University Cairo (as Professor Kent Weeks)
Paula Wilcox ... (voice)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Richard Bradley 
Ciara Byrne 
James Hawes 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Justin Pollard  writer
Bruce Robinson  writer

Produced by
Richard Bradley .... series producer
Ciara Byrne .... producer
Ron Devillier .... executive producer: Devillier Donegan Enterprises
Greg Diefenbach .... supervising producer: Deviellier Donegan Enterprises
Brian Donegan .... executive producer: Devillier Donegan Enterprises
Mary Habib Ebrahime .... producer
Cassian Harrison .... executive producer
Kirsty Hunter .... producer
Mikhail Romany Helmy .... producer
Sara Romany Helmy .... producer
Ramy Romany .... producer
Original Music by
Debbie Wiseman 
Cinematography by
Brian McDairmant 
Film Editing by
Richard Cox 
James Gould 
Keith Wilkinson 
Production Design by
Robert Foster 
Brian Sykes 
Costume Design by
Sue Yelland 
Production Management
Denise Glennon .... production manager: Devillier Donegan Enterprises
Rebecca Kelly .... production manager
Shahana Meer .... unit manager
Art Department
Christine Buttner .... graphic designer
Eddie Gachegua .... designer
Eddie Gachegua .... lead developer
Oli Novadnieks .... production buyer (as Olie Novadnieks)
Sound Department
Bob Jackson .... dubbing mixer
Paul Nathan .... sound
Visual Effects by
Mike Tucker .... visual effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Warren Harrison .... assistant camera
Warren Harrison .... camera operator
Jan Pester .... Steadicam operator
Editorial Department
Aidan Farrell .... colorist
Andrew Mitchell .... on-line editor
Other crew
Nicole Douek .... consultant
Hugo Godwin .... researcher
Rebecca Goldfield .... program developer
Heather Greenwood .... production coordinator
Ann Logan .... copy editor
Lisa Prososki .... consultant
John Ray .... consultant
Cassandra Sigsgaard .... production coordinator
Kate Spence .... consultant
Joyce Tyldesley .... consultant
Jake Wilson .... researcher
Jake Wilson .... translator
Series Cast
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Paul Brightwell ... Narrator

Series Crew
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Produced by
Carol Sennett .... executive producer: BBC
Film Editing by
Tony Lazzerini 

Additional Details

56 min


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This one is only about Ramses the Great., 15 October 2013
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

The series "Empires: Egypt's Golden Empire" is interesting. It also has great looking visuals, nice locations shooting and lots of experts on ancient Egypt. So, it is a quality show. However, as a retired history teacher, I also noticed that the academic rigor of the show was often suspect. In other words, the show never really admitted that many of their conclusions were educated guesses--theories designed to try to explain gaps in information. Again and again, this episode talked as if it was all factual--which is a problem for history of times as old as 4000 to 5000 years ago. I really wish that the show had used words like 'perhaps', 'possibly' or 'it would seem'--and had been much more truthful in the process.

This final episode of the series is only about one man--Ramses the Great. It talks a lot about his building program and efforts to create a legacy for himself. Some of this was pretty funny, such as his having his artists represent him as single-handedly defeating the Hittites. This is because the Hittites ALSO claimed victory with the same battles! However, the show ONLY talks about him--and this is a bit odd since the pharaohs would last another 1500 years or so. While the program seems to say that they were irrelevant and there was no empire, this isn't the case. Instead, it just seems like the show is a selective history--highlighting various leaders (some very relevant and some not). Because it wraps up by pretty much dismissing the rest of the dynastic history, I have to take a point off this one.

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