Dara O Briain explores the mysteries of the pyramids | In a new two-part Channel 5 series

Dara O Briain explores the mysteries of the pyramids

In a new two-part Channel 5 series

Dara O Briain is to unearth The Mysteries of the Pyramids in a new two-part Channel 5 show.

The comic will be joined by archaeologist Raksha Dave and Egyptologist Dr Chris Naunton to explore how the wonders were built using massive chunks of stone, so heavy that even today a modern crane would struggle.

And they will consider what their true function was. If, as Egyptologists suggest, they're tombs, why has no one ever discovered a Pharaoh in any of them? As well as more far-fetched theories, such as whether they might be a 'giant power station’ or built for aliens.

O Briain said: "What a joy to explore these great monuments to human ingenuity and effort; to sort out the amazing facts from the many, frankly, ridiculous fictions that surround them; but mainly to live out all my Indiana Jones fantasies, scrambling in sandy tunnels in search of treasure, just without all the Nazis or the snakes.'

Denise Seneviratne, commissioning editor for Channel 5 added: ‘To this day The Pyramids hold so much mystery – I’ve always had a bit of an obsession with them. I think Dara Ó Briain will bring his unique blend of genuine curiosity and wit to this series.'

Mysteries of the Pyramids production credits

Produced by: Wildflame Productions
Executive producer: Ben Fox
Series producer  and director: Ewen Thomson
Producer: Josh Key
Commissioned by: Denise Seneviratne, commissioning editor of non-scripted UK originals for Channel 5

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Published: 15 Apr 2024

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