Egypt Month 2017

Throughout September HISTORY has curated an extensive selection of the best programmes on Ancient Egypt; from the The Man Who Shot Tutankhamun, Egypt’s Lost Queen, to the Private Live of the Pharaohs, and Egyptian Vice.

Embark on a journey when rulers were gods, innovation changed the world and mankind left its mark for eternity

Ancient Aliens – Series 10 Episode 4 The Pharaoh’s Curse

Friday September 1 at 12:30pm AEST & Saturday September 2 at 10:30pm AEST

According to legend, an ancient curse was placed upon the tomb of King Tutankhamun, and when that tomb was opened in 1922, a series of terrible events occurred.


Egypt Unwrapped – Series 1

Saturdays and Sundays at 4:30pm AEST from September 2 to September 24

Until now the Egyptian government believes less than 30% of Egypt’s ancient heritage has been discovered and the bulk of its history still lies buried beneath the sand. With access to archaeological sites across Egypt, this series follows experts who are searching for Egypt’s lost treasures and redefining the way we look at Ancient Egypt.

The series immerses us in the work of Egypt’s leading archaeologists and other experts who are transforming Egyptology, using the latest research to shed new light on key parts of 5,000 years of Egyptian history.

From the makers of the acclaimed and highly rated specialsEgypt’s New Tomb Revealed and Tutankhamun’s: Secrets of the Boy King, this series combines special access to sites across Egypt, the latest archaeological research, state of the art digital graphics by ZOO VFX and dramatisations to unlock and redefine Ancient Egypt. This is Egypt Unwrapped.


The Pharaoh’s Lost City

Saturday September 2 at 7:30pm AEST

Archaeologists in the central Egyptian desert have made an extraordinary find: an ancient cemetery where 1000 people from the Pharaoh’s lost capital of Amarna are buried. Why did this great city only survive one generation?


Rise Of The Black Pharaohs

Sunday September 3 at 8:30pm AEST

The Egypt of the Great Pyramids, the Sphinx and the Valley of the Kings was an empire of indomitable might. Yet around 800 BC, the impossible happened. Kush, a subject kingdom from the south, rose up, conquered Egypt and enthroned his own Pharaohs and ruled for nearly one hundred years.

These were the mysterious Black Pharaohs of what is today Sudan, the Nubian kings, whose reign has become legendary among Africans and written off as heresy by early archaeologists who refused to believe that dark skinned Africans could have risen so high. Follow the experts to learn the real story of the Rise of the Black Pharaohs.



Mondays at 7:30pm AEST from September 4 until September 11

Cleopatra – a queen…a seductress…a living Goddess…with a reputation that became legendary…we reveal the reasons why Cleopatra’s name still resonates through the centuries.
With sumptuous drama reconstruction and evidence from key experts including Bettany Hughes, Dr. Chris Naunton and Dr. Robert Steven Bianchi, we tell the true story behind Egypt’s most famous ruler.
How she survived a murderous and incestuous dynasty, secured her future by seducing the greatest leader Rome had ever seen and how her eventual fall from grace and ultimate death meant history would never forget her.
This is the story of the real Cleopatra.


Ancient Top 10 – Series – 1 Episode 1 Secrets Of Egypt

Monday September 4 at 8:30pm AEST

Think you know everything about Ancient Egypt? The secrets surrounding this incredible civilization have endured for millennia. The riddles of the Sphinx; Mummification; the Pyramids – the discoveries of Egypt have been among the highest profile archaeological finds in history. But with so many contenders, which Top 10 secret has had the biggest impact on our view of Ancient Egypt?


Tutankhamun: A Murder Mystery – Series 1

Friday September 8 at 9:30pm AEST

Egypt’s boy-king Tutankhamun died aged 18. Hastily mummified and placed in an unfinished tomb, his existence remained unknown until the tomb’s sensational re-discovery in 1922.


Egypt’s Lost Queen

Tuesday September 12 at 9:30pm AEST

PROF. JOANN FLETCHER explores what it was like to be a woman of power in ancient Egypt – from the realities and artefacts of everyday life to the remarkable leadership and influence wielded by women whose levels of freedom were unique in the ancient world.

Throughout Egypt’s history, women held the title ‘Pharaoh’ no fewer than 15 times, in addition to their numerous other roles of authority. Joann Fletcher wants to put influential women back at the heart of our understanding of ancient Egypt. Many of these women played key roles in running the state and shaping every aspect of life in ancient Egypt, and they have left behind them a wealth of stories, buildings, documents and personal artefacts to explore.

In this programme Joann Fletcher will focus on four of ancient Egypt’s most powerful women-rulers. They will provide the narratives, personal objects and locations, as well as acting as examples of the wider story of this ancient culture’s influential women – the challenges they overcame and the special place of women in this distinctive society.

Queen Hetepheres I (died approx. 2550 BC)
Pharaoh Hatshepsut (1508–1458 BC)
Queen Nefertari (died 1199 BC)
Pharaoh Arsinoe II (born 316 BC)


Egyptian Vice

Wednesdays at 7:30pm from September 13 until September 20

Think the ancient Egyptians were squeaky clean? Think again. They practically invented vices like kinky sex, drug binges, and reckless spending.

This two part series for Spike TV, narrated by Alexander Siddig, shines a light on the dark secrets of the ancient pharaohs, showing everything from their greed for gold and lust, to the darker, more sinister temptations they faced. The pharaohs would do anything to attain power – murder, incest, seduction, and political backstabbing were all in a day’s work. With high-end visuals and CGI, Egyptian Vice recounts some of the most dastardly tales that helped to define thousands of years of history.


Treasures Decoded – Series 1 Episode 2 The Sphinx

Wednesday September 13 at 10:30pm AEST

Using forensic testing and experimental archaeology, Treasures Decoded unlocks secrets that have remained hidden for centuries. It sheds new light on moments in history that have long been shrouded in myth-making.


Private Lives Of The Pharaohs – Series

Fridays at 7:30pm AEST from September 15 until 29 September

The civilisation of Ancient Egypt was the greatest the world has ever seen, continuing for 3000 years with one religion, one language and one evolving history. Egypt created the world’s first empire yet much of what we know about ancient Egyptian culture is pieced together from astonishingly little hard information, and many intriguing mysteries remain.

New scientific techniques are now enabling historians to uncover many of these hidden secrets. Behind them lie tales of power and intrigue, love and madness, passion and murder.


America Unearthed – Series 3 Episode 10 Egyptian Secrets Of NYC

Thursday September 21 at 6:30am AEST and 12:30pm AEST

Thousands of people walk through Central Park every day unknowingly passing by a crumbling relic that connects the Big Apple to ancient Egypt.


Ancient Egypt’s Greatest Lost City

Thursday September 21 at 6:30pm AEST

In the fading days of the Pharaohs, the city of Heracleion was the gateway to Egypt – an opulent and prosperous port city adorned with statues, sphinxes and home to the temple of Amun. But despite its importance, Heracleion was mysteriously wiped from the face of the Earth, after being consumed by the sea.

This lost city lay forgotten beneath the waters of the Mediterranean until 2000 when archaeologists discovered the city’s remains six kilometres off the Egyptian coast and only 10 meters under water.


Engineering An Empire – Series 1 Episode 9 Egypt

Friday September 22 at 8:30pm AEST

Twenty-five hundred years before the reign of Julius Caesar – a span of time longer than that which separates us from him – the ancient Egyptians were deftly harnessing the power of engineering on an unprecedented scale.


Ancient Discoveries – Series 1 Episode 4 Egyptian Warfare

Saturday September 23 at 9:30pm AEST

Explore ancient inventions and engineering that were previously believed to have been created only in modern times. Experts and archaeological digs continue to reveal new evidence into these inventions, which will be reconstructed.


Cleopatra: Portrait Of A Killer

Monday September 25 at 5:30pm AEST

Cleopatra – one of the greatest icons in history – Queen of Egypt, mythologised for her beauty, her love affairs with Julius Caesar then Mark Anthony, her cunning and her suicide. Now a remarkable world exclusive discovery reveals the dark and ruthless side of history’s great queen. In a story that is part epic historical drama, part CSI investigation – we reveal ‘Cleopatra: Portrait of a Killer’.

It’s a tale of sibling rivalry, of lust, incest, murder and power that destroyed an empire: an incredible true story about one of history’s greatest legends and a fight to the death with her sister that no Hollywood fiction could hope to match.

Mythologised as the greatest love affair in history, brand new forensic evidence shows Cleopatra and Mark Anthony’s passion spilled into cold-blooded murder. Through taut, stylish drama, and fascinating investigative documentary, this landmark television event will reveal the darker side of love and power in the ancient world. Based on exclusive access to the archaeologists and the skeleton – this is a remarkable chance to explore afresh one of the world’s greatest characters.


The Man Who Shot Tutankhamun

Monday September 25 at 7:30pm AEST

Margaret Mountford travels to Egypt’s Valley of the Kings to discover the story of an unsung hero of British photography – Harry Burton, the man whose images of the Tutankhamun excavation created a global sensation in the 1920s.

As she explores the spectacular locations where Burton worked, including Tutankhamun’s tomb, she investigates how Burton’s photographs inspired a craze for Egyptian designs and made the archaeologist Howard Carter an international celebrity. She discovers why Burton’s images are still studied today by Egyptologists around the world. And she works with a present-day photographer Harry Cory Wright to find out how Burton pushed the boundaries of photographic art to create his extraordinary and influential pictures of the world’s most famous archaeological discovery.


The Story Of Egypt – Series 1

Monday September 25 at 10:30pm AEST

The story of the world’s greatest civilisation spans 5000 years of history that has shaped the world. It is full of spectacular sites and epic stories; and an evolving society full of inventors, heroes, heroines, villains, artisans and pioneers.

Despite insatiable interest from viewers, no one has ever shown us how these extraordinary places, people and events fit together.

The series starts at the very beginning of Egypt when a handful of simple nomads were driven by climate change to settle along the Nile. As their society expands, they become organised, creating a government, written language, religion and tax system; culminating in some of the ancient world’s greatest creations – the Pyramids at Giza, Karnak Temple, the Treasures of Tutankhamun…

With the development of writing, so much of their daily lives and achievements are recorded for posterity, from military manoeuvres to multiple marriages. But this is also a story of drought and famine, civil war, ruthless politics, invasion and bloody murder as Ancient Egypt descended into chaos over and over throughout its existence. Professor Joann Fletcher uses a wealth of detailed evidence to re-tell some of the most famous episodes of Egyptian history; from the building of the pyramids to the burial of King Tut.

As she does this, Prof Fletcher also reveals how each event fits into the bigger picture. How the building of the pyramids helped bankrupt the nation which then split apart; how one warlord over-came his competitors to re-unite the country, leading to the unparalleled prosperity of the New Kingdom Pharaohs; how these great Pharaohs also faltered, leaving the country vulnerable to foreigners; and how this once great nation finally became the bread-basket of its conquerors.

In the Story of Egypt Joann brings alive the Ancient Egyptians and their history as nobody else can, ultimately revealing how and why Egyptian society rode a rollercoaster of success and failure for thousands of years.


Cleopatra’s Lost Tomb

Wednesday September 27 at 7:30pm AEST

Dr Kathleen Martinez, criminal lawyer turned maverick archaeologist is searching for Cleopatra’s lost tomb. Evidence of Egypt’s last queen has all but vanished from history but Kathleen is using her courtroom experience to turn detective and reopen the case of Cleopatra’s death.

She has a radical new vision about the real Cleopatra, the true queen behind the myth and the Hollywood glitz. But she also wants to crack the mystery of Cleopatra’s final resting place which despite centuries of searching has never been found. Scholars believe that Cleopatra was buried in ancient Alexandria, in her old city which sank beneath the waves more than a thousand years ago. But Kathleen has a controversial new theory on the location of her tomb and it flies in the face of conventional wisdom.

Kathleen’s obsession has led her to an overlooked temple site called Taposiris Magna 40 km west of modern day Alexandria. Previous archaeological teams have dug there and found little of interest. But this self- taught amateur, dismissed by the establishment is proving her critics wrong by unearthing stunning artefacts, a mysterious network of underground tunnels and even a vast city of the dead to rival the Valley of the Kings. All of her finds are dated to time of the Ptolemaic dynasty, Cleopatra’s infamous family line.

Now in, Kathleen has made her biggest breakthrough so far, a mysterious 35 metres deep shaft that has all the hallmarks of a royal burial shaft. Could Kathleen be closing in on Cleopatra’s final resting place? If she is right, Kathleen will have solved one of Egyptology’s greatest mysteries and established herself as the most important archaeologist in history.


Alexandria: The Greatest City

Thursday September 28 at 6:30pm AEST

Once the biggest and most influential city on the planet, founded by Alexander the Great and home to Cleopatra, Archimedes and the largest library in the world… How did this shining beacon for civilisation and knowledge meet its classical demise?

Featuring stunning visualisations from the major movieAgora, acclaimed historian Bettany Hughes looks at Alexandria past and present, unearthing archaeological gems and following in the footsteps of Hypatia, the city’s last great female philosopher and guardian of great Library of Alexandria – whose murder would bring down the curtain not just on an era but on the ancient world as a whole.


Great Mysteries And Myths – Series 1 Episode 5 The Tutankhamun Mystery

Saturday September 30 at 4:30pm AEST

“At first 1 could see nothing, the hot air escaping from the chamber causing the candle flame to flicker, but presently, as my eyes grew accustomed to the light, details of the room within emerged slowly from the mist, strange animals, statues and gold – everywhere the glint of gold”. With these words, Howard Carter described his first glimpse into the tomb of Tutankhamun, the greatest archaeological discovery ever made.

Nothing before or since has equalled the splendour and magnificence of the tomb he had uncovered in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings. But the Pharaoh’s tomb hid a darker secret which was to claim the lives of twenty-one victims.


Museum Diaries – Series 1 Episode 6 Ancient Egypt Mummified

Saturday September 30 at 5pm

Museum Diaries follows Rae Ostman, the Managing Director of the ROM’s Centre for Ancient Cultures, and Kiron Mukherjee, ROMKids Studio Assistant, as they plan, prep and execute an Ancient Egypt Weekend at the ROM. Various curators, preparators, interns and conservators are all involved in bringing together dynamic exhibits for this once a year affair.

Museum Diaries accompanies one of the ROM’s Educators and Egyptologists, Gayle Gibson, as she delves further into the results of a CT Scan performed on the ROM’s beautiful 3000 year-old mummy, Djedmaatesankh. Gayle visits the medical technician who was involved with the original scans and the painful causes of Djedmaatesankh’s death are revealed.