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 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
Fuman Dar Fuman Dar ...  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


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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Release Date:

30 October 2005 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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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Marvellous and Original
5 August 2008 | by de_niro_2001See all my reviews

Many of us are familiar with the story of the discovery of Tutenkhamun's tomb but Egypt goes into it in much greater detail. Egypt presents the events that led to the story of the curse of Tutenkhamun in a level headed way. I wonder though, how true is the story about Howard Carter having a thing for Lady Evelyn Carnarvon? Mind you, when she's played by the lovely, slightly Keira Knightley-ish Alexandra Weaver who can blame him? Giovanni Belzoni was a colourful larger than life character whose priceless contributions to Egyptology are not well known to the general public. Thanks to him, marvellous Egyptian treasures such as the Head of the Younger Memnon are now in the British Museum. Thanks to CGI, Egypt shows us Abu Simbel exactly as it was found by Belzoni, half buried by the sandstorms of three millenia. CGI also shows us what these monuments looked like when they were newly built and it's very strange as hitherto it was hard to conceive of them as anything other than ruins. Although the discovery of the Rosetta Stone is well known this series tells us about another name not known to many people, Jean Francois Champollion. I used to think that with the discovery of the Rosetta Stone translating the hieroglyphs would have been as straightforward as looking up a language dictionary. Egypt shows us that it wasn't as easy as that. Champollion deciphered their meaning and enabled the reason for the construction of the Great Pyramid at Gizeh to be discovered. I recommend buying the DVD very strongly. As another reviewer says, it can be watched over and over again. It's great.

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