A museum curator hires two professors (one being Dr. Joseph Bell) to publicly unwrap an Egyptian mummy, but it proves to be a man's three-week-old corpse.


Simon Langton


Stephen Gallagher (screenplay)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Miles Richardson ... Everard Im Thurn
Charles Edwards ... Arthur Conan Doyle
Crispin Bonham-Carter ... Reuben Proctor
Ben Macleod Ben Macleod ... Innes Doyle
Mossie Smith Mossie Smith ... Mrs. Williams
Robert Ashe ... Senior Mover's man
John Sessions ... Prof. Rutherford
Ian Richardson ... Dr. Joseph Bell
Nick Haverson ... Local newspaperman
Simon Chandler ... Inspector Warner
Ian McNeice ... Haywood Donovan
Caroline Carver ... Gladys Donovan
Warwick Davis ... Randolph Walker
Sonia Ferrugia Sonia Ferrugia ... Pitch woman
Randal Herley Randal Herley ... Walter Ward


Doyle assists his friend Reuben Proctor who has recently acquired an Egyptian mummy. They arrange for a gala evening at the museum where two eminent professors - Doyle's mentor Dr. Bell being one of them - will unveil the embalmed remains of the Egyptian princess and perform an autopsy. To everyone's surprise, they find not a princess but a man who was recently murdered. As they investigate, Doyle and Bell uncover a group of expatriate rebels plotting to create havoc. They work frantically to stop them before they spread terror among the population of London. Written by garykmcd

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Like Dr. Bell and Doyle, Scottish physiologist Professor William Rutherford existed in real life, being the inspiration for another one of Doyle's creations: Professor Challenger. Like Challenger, the show portrays Rutherford as an aggressive, rude and pretentious man. See more »


The episode opens with a slide show performed by Mr. Im Thurn. With the first two slides, we can see their images as projected onto the screen while they are being loaded into the projector from the side. However, neither projected image conveys the actual movement of the slide into the projector. Also, as the first slide is being dropped into the projector's carrier, we can clearly see that it contains no image, in contrast with the projection of that slide, which does have an image. See more »

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"L'énigme de la momie" - French dubbed version (DVD title) See more »

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The most far fetched of the four but still excellent
4 March 2002 | by missrljaneSee all my reviews

I really do love this series. This is the third episode and is also quite strange. I find myself compelled to review every episode but it is becoming more difficult. I haven't seen the pilot episode as I was ill when it was screened but have since no desire as Doyle is not Edwards and do I want to see my hero portrayed by someone who will have to prove themselves to me all over again and may fail? I should hate to not like anything about Murder Rooms.

So this episode is a little over the top (the bit with Doyle being hunted down like a dog and the elephants) but hey- the acting, writing and directing makes anything believable.

The episode is about sins of the fathers beliefs but is rather conspiritist and ritualistic.

This is the episode where we meet Innes, Doyle's little brother who provides great brotherly strife and find out about their father.

Also Crispin Bonham-Carter puts in a short appearance before - ah, well I can't tell you. It's so hard to discuss murder mysteries. This is a great drama series and portrays Doyle in a very good light but as always the comedy is very sharp. This episode it comes from the circus folk and Doyle's dealings with them, the annoying man Bonham-Carter calls in, especially with the bomb evacuation and the brothers Doyle arguing, with Arthur regressing to childhood.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle = Brilliant at everything. Edwards and Richardson = exceptional in their roles. Murder Rooms = wow.

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25 September 2001 (UK) See more »

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