Immortal Egypt Season 1
S01 E01Jan 4, 2016
The Road to the Pyramids Jan 4, 2016 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, 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.
S01 E02Jan 11, 2016
Chaos Jan 11, 2016 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.
S01 E03Jan 18, 2016
Zenith Jan 18, 2016 Joann explores the magnificent Colossi of Memnon, built under Egypt's greatest pharaoh - Amenhotep III.Joann explores the dizzying heights of Egypt's civilisation and the lives of the workers and artisans caught up in Egypt's most ambitious building project: the Valley of the Kings. But this golden age is threatened by the growing power of Karnak's priests. When Amenhotep's successors Akhenaten and Nefertiti strike back at the priests with a religious rebellion, it is their son Tutankhamen who tries to rectify it.By finding clues in Tutankhamen's treasure, Joann reveals how his early death was a chance for Egypt to start afresh and rewrite history. With the country restored to its former glory, Egypt's fate lay in the hands of Theban priest kings. Joann retraces their final act of desecration - decades of state-sanctioned looting of the Valley of the Kings. This lays Egypt bare, making way for a new era of foreign invaders.
S01 E04Jan 25, 2016
Invasion Jan 25, 2016 Joann discovers how Egypt's enemies exploited a country weakened by internal strife, ultimately leading to its destruction.Joann leaves Egypt and journeys south to Sudan where she finds the remarkable story of the forgotten Nubian Kings. For a century, they ruled Egypt from their southern homeland, even building their own pyramids to bury their kings.Back in upper Egypt, Joann finds the next group of invaders, the Saites, discovering how they had taken the Egyptian tradition of mummification to new extremes by preserving millions of animals. Finally in Luxor temple, she discovers Egypt's saviour and founder of one of the greatest cities on earth - Alexander the Great.