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Travel Channel, Channel 5 partner to unearth mummified secrets

Discovery-owned adventure network Travel Channel and ViacomCBS’s UK commercial broadcaster Channel 5 have commissioned a six-part series set to decipher stories of Ancient Egypt’s famous mummies. Produced by London-based indie Blink ...
April 2, 2020

Discovery-owned adventure network Travel Channel and ViacomCBS’s UK commercial broadcaster Channel 5 have commissioned a six-part series set to decipher stories of Ancient Egypt’s famous mummies.

Produced by London-based indie Blink Films, Mummy Mysteries (or Mummies Unwrapped for C5) will chart a team of experts as they utilize modern technologies and criminological techniques to unveil new facts that led to the deaths of six of Ancient Egypt’s most important royals.

Each episode of the 6 x 60-minute series (pictured) will focus in on a single 3,000-year-old mummy – from the remains of Tutankhamun’s mother, to the so-called Screaming Mummy – to reveal ancient diseases, evidence of royal torture and agonizing punishments endured.

Mummy Mysteries Mummies Unwrapped is executive produced by Blink’s Andra Heritage and Justine Kershaw. It will be filmed and directed by Joseph Cunningham and Jess Reid. Michael Douglas is series editor. It was commissioned for Channel 5 by commissioning editor, factual, Lucy Willis.

“Mummies hold a fascinating appeal for people all over the world – both their physical remains and the stories behind them,” said Kershaw, creative director of Blink Films, in a statement. Mummy Mysteries will tell the gripping, eye-opening tales of some of the most famous embalmed bodies of all time, uncovering new facts and insights into the lives of the Pharaohs in Ancient Egypt.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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