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Mysterious death of Tutankhamun explored in new BBC documentary

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A fascinating new BBC One documentary will explore the life of Tutankhamun and reveal a groundbreaking new theory about his sudden and unexplained death.
 
Tutankhamun:  The Truth Uncovered, presented by Dallas Campbell, will air later this year.
 
Since Howard Carter discovered his spectacular tomb deep below the Egyptian desert in 1922, Tutankhamun’s story has kept the entire world mystified.
 
This one hour special follows Dallas Campbell on a gripping journey to uncover what killed Tutankhamun. With state-of-the-art forensic science equipment, leading experts and stunning CGI, Dallas reveals extraordinary new facts about the boy king’s life and a remarkable new theory about his unexplained death.
 
Using new technology the programme carries out the first ever ‘virtual autopsy’ on the 3,000year old  remains, revealing that the pharaoh suffered from a genetic bone wasting disease and a club foot, making him unable to walk unaided.
 
With rare access to 2,000 CT scans of the pharoah’s mummified body, the programme creates the first scientifically accurate, full size image of the real Tutankhamun.  
 
Finally, with new DNA research, this compelling programme uncovers a shocking secret about Tutankhamun’s family background and presents a radical new theory to explain Tut’s sudden death.
Presenter Dallas Campbell, said: “Trying to navigate through the intense speculation and politics that surround one of the most famous characters in history is both daunting and thrilling in equal measure. Foolhardy perhaps! But using solid science and a truly multi-disciplinary approach we’ve finally been able to put to bed some of the myths and pre-conceived ideas that have surrounded his life and death, and hopefully add a new chapter that will ensure the Tutankhamen story continues to fascinate.”
 
 
Tutankhamun: The Truth Uncovered was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Controller, BBC One and Tom McDonald, acting Head of Commissioning, Science and Natural History. The Commissioning Editor is Aidan Laverty and the Executive Producer is Anne Laking The documentary is co-produced by STV Productions and Cream Productions, Canada for BBC One, Discovery Canada and Smithsonian Channel.
 
Alan Clements, director of content for STV Productions, said: “This is an epic detective story that uncovers the extraordinary truth of the boy behind the golden mask. For years, experts have speculated about the premature demise of Tutankhamen with theories of assassination, disease or a fatal accident. BBC One viewers will now discover brand new proof that points towards an alternative and groundbreaking theory.”
 
“This is a riveting documentary which truly brings to life the age-old mystery of Tutankhamun’s death,” said Kate Harrison, President, Cream Productions. “Through the power of CGI and progressive forensic and scientific tools, audiences will, for the first time, really understand the full scope of this legendary story.” 
 
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For further information, please contact the STV press office:
 
Claire Henry
0141 300 3417 / 07850 710 421
claire.henry@stv.tv 
 
 
Notes to editors
 
STV Productions
 
STV Productions is one of the UK’s leading content businesses, with ambitious plans for growth and expansion in the UK and overseas.
 
The company has a record of success across a range of genres including drama, factual and entertainment, producing a wide range of programmes for a variety of networks, including entertainment shows Catchphrase and Let me Entertain You for ITV and Fake Reaction for ITV2. Further commissions include ratings success Antiques Road Trip, including a celebrity version, for BBC One and Two, drama The Poison Tree for ITV1 and quiz shows The Link for BBC One and The Lie for STV and TV3. In 2013, STV Productions was awarded Best Single Documentary by BAFTA Scotland for Fire in the Night, a feature documentary for BBC Scotland to mark the 25th anniversary of the Piper Alpha disaster.
 
STV Productions also works in partnership with US production company, Kinetic Content, licensing original formats in their respective companies and developing new formats, such as the Perez Hilton Super Fan entertainment series for ITV2.