Religion played a major role in Egypt's success story. In the eyes of the people, daily religious observance guaranteed the annual harvest and the survival of mankind, as well as ensuring access to the afterlife.
Tutankhamun: Secrets Of The Boy King shows how new research is revealing previously unknown details about the real pharaoh behind the iconic gold mask. This film follows the Earl of Carnarvon - whose great-grandfather helped discover Tutankhamun's tomb in 1922 - as he travels across Egypt, examining recent finds that will change our image of the boy king forever.
For over 3000 years, Ancient Egypt was the world's most vibrant and puzzling civilisation. It flourished through war and peace. The Egyptians built great cities, enduring monuments, and advanced mathematics and technology. Their astonishing legacy survives to this day. This four-part series looks at what transformed a simple community of riverside farmers into a great empire, outlasting all others. Archaeologists have uncovered new clues from Egypt's very beginning, a 5000-year-old tablet that tells a fascinating tale of warfare just before the founding of the empire.
This second episode asks how Egypt maintained its relative independence for 3000 years. The program looks at the rule of Thutmosis III, who conquered more land than any other pharaoh, yet ultimately he had no interest in establishing an expanding empire abroad.
The final episode examines how Egypt's belief in the afterlife could be part of its long term success. It questions how a society apparently obsessed with death could survive for so long. We discover that Egypt's specific belief in the afterlife was essential to the longevity of her civilisation. The Egyptians liked their life so much, they wanted it to continue after their demise. Egypt's belief in the afterlife provided focus for the population for more than 3000 years.
Magnificent, awe-inspiring and mysterious, the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt has fascinated humankind for thousands of years. Naked Science looks at how and why it was built and examines the myths and legends surrounding one of the world's oldest man-made structures.