The remarkable story of the chance meeting that transformed penniless, ostracised archaeologist Howard Carter into a household name following his discovery of the tomb of the boy-king, Tutankhamun.
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Series cast summary:
Max Irons ...  Howard Carter 4 episodes, 2016
Jonathan Aris ...  Herbert Winlock 4 episodes, 2016
Sam Neill ...  Lord Carnarvon 4 episodes, 2016
Amy Wren ...  Evelyn 3 episodes, 2016
Leon Clingman ...  Arthur Mace 3 episodes, 2016
Stefan Erasmus Stefan Erasmus ...  Dig Foreman 3 episodes, 2016
Susan Danford Susan Danford ...  Lady Carnarvon 3 episodes, 2016
Vere Tindale ...  Harry Burton 2 episodes, 2016
Nicolas Beaucaire ...  Pierre Lacau 2 episodes, 2016
Martin Hutson ...  Merton 2 episodes, 2016
Alexander Tops Alexander Tops ...  Telegraph Operator 2 episodes, 2016
Waleed Elgadi ...  Selim 2 episodes, 2016
George Jackos George Jackos ...  Hamid 2 episodes, 2016
Adam Neill ...  Arthur Callender 2 episodes, 2016
Nahum Hughes Nahum Hughes ...  Fadil 2 episodes, 2016
Ernest St.Clair ...  Murtaaz 2 episodes, 2016
Catherine Steadman ...  Maggie Lewis 2 episodes, 2016
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Young, penniless and ostracized archaeologist, Howard Carter, whose obsession is to find the legendary tomb of the boy-king, Tutankhamun, in the so-called Valley of the Kings is hired by British aristocrat, Lord Carnarvon, to do just that. However, many things stand in their way - the outbreak of WWI, Arab rebellion against the British rule, Carnavorn's thinning patience and wallet, the noisy press, the new Egyptian laws that abolished their right to a finder's fee, as well as Carnavorn's charming rebellious daughter, Evelyn, who befriends and seduces somewhat naive Carter. Eventually, Carter achieves his greatest dream only to lose everything else.

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The past isn't a game.

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Drama | History | Romance

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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK

Language:

Arabic | English

Release Date:

16 October 2016 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Tutankamón See more »

Filming Locations:

South Africa

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(DVD)

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Color

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

The title is referring to the Egyptian pharaoh of the 18th dynasty (ruled c. 1332-1323 BC), who died at the age of 18. His tomb was discovered in 1922 by archaeologist Howard Carter who was under the employment of Lord Carnarvon. See more »

Goofs

Carter refers to Lord Carnarvon's daughter as Lady Evelyn Carnarvon. Whilst the title is Carnarvon the family name was Herbert. She was Lady Evelyn Herbert. Carter would have known of this. See more »

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[first lines]
Selim: Mr. Carter! Sir! Sir. Mr. Carter. There is a door.
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Not bad, but there's not much to it
30 November 2016 | by cheroldSee all my reviews

The harshest reviews here have been by people criticizing the series historical inaccuracies, but all I know about the discovery of King Tut's tomb I know from a little light reading after watching the series, so I really don't care if there were no Rolls Royce's in Egypt at the time.

But purely as a historical drama, the series isn't especially well constructed. I don't mind the romance between Carter and Lady Evelyn because it most likely never happened but rather because it overshadows the actual story of the tomb. The problem is that the script never makes me care about that relationship, yet focuses on it so much that I feel the science is completely underserved.

I was also a little bothered by the portrayal of the Egyptian government as officious, soulless bureaucrats. I'm not saying they weren't, but I think the history of Egypt, Britain, and artifacts is a rather complicated one and this strikes me as a simplistic approach.

Overall, this feels like a script written by someone who wasn't convinced that Carter's discovery of the Tomb was particularly compelling, and thus ginned it up with romance and conflict and attempted to shape it into a conventional and fairly forgettable little drama.

On the other hand, the story is scenic, the actors are likable, there are good moments, and overall the series kept me entertained until it fizzled at the end.


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