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Genres: History
Station: BBC Two (GB)
Status: Ended
Start: 2016-01-04

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  • S01E01 - The Road to the Pyramids

    In the first episode, Professor Joann Fletcher goes in search of the building blocks of Egyptian civilisation and finds out what made ancient Egypt the incredible civilisation that it was.

    Joann sees how people here changed, in just a few centuries, from primitive farmers to pyramid builders and finds the early evidence for Egypt's amazing gods and obsession with death and the afterlife.

    On her search, Joann travels almost 20,000 years back in time to discover north Africa's earliest rock art, she discovers how the first writing was used to calculate taxes and explores one of the first stone structures on earth - Egypt's first pyramid. Joann ends her journey in the largest monument of them all - the Great Pyramid. Here, she explains how Egypt had now reached a pinnacle - the ultimate society, creating one of the wonders of the ancient world.

    Air Date: 04 January 2016 21:00 -
  • S01E02 - Chaos

    In the second episode, Joann explores how the Pyramid Age ended in catastrophe. In one of Saqqara's last pyramid complexes, Joann uncovers evidence of famine as the young Egyptian state suffered a worsening climate and political upheaval. With depleted coffers, Egypt was plunged into the dark ages and civil war. With the land fractured into many small states, Joann tells the story of small-town leaders rising through the ranks.

    In a little known tomb in Thebes, Joann uncovers stories of warriors who fought in the bloody battle which eventually would mark the reunification of Egypt. This burial represents the world's first recorded war cemetery and the rise of Thebes. The country was reborn, resuming grand building projects for Egypt's mighty kings and bejewelled queens.

    Joann reveals how settlers known as the Hyksos tried to infiltrate the government and take the throne. But their rule was short-lived as they were ousted by southern rulers who laid the groundwork for Egypt's largest empire.

    Air Date: 11 January 2016 21:00 -
  • S01E03 - Zenith

    Joann explores the height of Egpyt's civilisation and how the workers and artisans were caught up in the ambitious Valley of the Kings building project. Joann also explores Tutankhamen's treasure to find out what impact his death really had on the country around him.

    Air Date: 18 January 2016 21:00 -
  • S01E04 - Invasion

    Joann explores how the country was exploited by Egypt's enemies after it's weakening from internal strife and how this soon led to it's destruction. On her travels, Joann heads to Sudan to tell the story of the Nubian Kings, who ruled over Egypt from their Southern homeland. She also uncovers how the Saites took the Egyptian tradition of mummification and made it their own and tells the story of Alexander the Great.

    Air Date: 25 January 2016 21:00 -