Monday, June 04, 2012

"Mummifying Alan" wins TV award

This Is South Devon

A documentary which used the corpse of a recently deceased Westcountry taxi driver to illustrate how ancient Egyptians mummified bodies, has won a BAFTA.

Alan Billis, a taxi driver from Torquay, volunteered for the programme after seeing a newspaper advertisement. He died last year, aged 61, after a battle with lung cancer and his body was mummified using ancient techniques.

It is believed to be the first time in 3,000 years that these ancient mummifying techniques have been revived.
Speaking last year, Mr Billis' widow, Jan, said her husband took part because he wanted to give his grandchildren something extraordinary to remember him by.

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