History Canada is examining mysterious mummies in its forthcoming six-part series Mummies Alive.
Produced by Miracles Decoded prodco Saloon Media and the UK’s Impossible Factual – and narrated by actor Jason Priestley – each episode of Mummies Alive is said to start out like “an ancient cold case,” with a search for clues and new leads. As the investigation unravels, high-tech animation is used to bring mummies alive.
The premiere episode features “The Gunslinger Mummy” (pictured), which has been on display at a Seattle curiosity shop since the 1950s. The body is said to be that of an American Wild West cowboy, killed 120 years ago in a saloon shootout, due to a supposed bullet hole in his stomach. However, using CT imaging technology and virtual autopsy techniques, investigators reveal the identity could be that of someone completely different.
“We like to look at each episode like a classic detective story,” said Saloon Media series producer Steve Gamester in a statement.
“It starts with a dead body and a lot of questions that need to be answered,” he continued. “Some mummies show signs of violence while others are found in spectacular places and linked to iconic events in history. Mummies Alive takes a close look what clues were left behind and pieces together a compelling story.”
Mummies Alive debuts on History Canada on April 19 at 10 p.m. EST/PST. The series will also air on Smithsonian Channel in the U.S. in June, on UKTV’s Yesterday channel, on SBS in Australia, and on German pubcaster ZDF and ZDFinfo.