Thursday, November 16, 2006

Review: BBC's Egypt series (
"The BBC's Egypt relives the bitter rivalry between Britain and France. . . . The desperate military, political and scholarly competition between the two European powers plays a large role in the six-part dramatised documentary series Egypt, which Bradshaw produced for the BBC.
The series devotes two episodes to each of three stories: Howard Carter's discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamen; Italian Giovanni Belzoni's explorations of southern Egypt on behalf of the British; and the race between the finest minds of Britain and France to unlock the secrets of the hieroglyphs."
See the above for the full review.

A summary is also available on the following site:
"The stories of Howard Carter, who made one of the greatest ever archaeological finds when he discovered Tutankhamen’s intact tomb, circus strongman and adventurer Giovanni Belzoni, who unearthed the 3000-year-old monuments of Rameses II, and Jean-Francois Champollion, who cracked the code of the hieroglyphs via the Rosetta Stone, are revealed in the handsome six-part documentary drama Egypt, which began on Seven and GWN last Sunday. Series producer Paul Bradshaw says the stories were so compelling that they derailed original plans for a series focused purely on ancient history. Instead, Egypt became a fully dramatised account of the men behind these critical discoveries."

1 comment:

Bry said...

Am in the process of reading Joyce Tyldesley's book 'Egypt' and look forward to seeing this series on DVD. Heading to Egypt too in Oct! Discovered your blog through a Google search for the BBC series - will be back for more.