Lost Cities Of The Ancients Piramesse Bbc 4

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Date: 8th May 2014


Not only was this a superbly interesting programme but, thank goodness, it didn’t have one of the new breed of ‘experts’ who walk into frame, say something, and then walk out of frame. They are experts and one cannot dispute the fact but most of them are not good presenters. There are some programmes I simply cannot watch (though I want to) because of the irritating presentation of the Expert who knows all there is to know about the subject but nothing about good presentation. Why do they all – or nearly all – have to wave their arms around like demented windmills and give some of their pieces to camera out of breath as if to add immediacy to the delivery.

There were a few irritations in the programme last night – the oft repeated shot of Rameses wearing a frown and the fact that one expert pronounced Piramesse differently from the (otherwise excellent) narrator – but that is just nitpicking. The programme was excellent – well put together and handled just like the mystery it certainly was.

At the beginning of the 20th Century an archaeologist found the lost City of Piramesse but there were big question marks over his discovery – the city was not found where it should have been. We were then treated to the unravelling of the mystery and I was gripped especially when on a couple of occasions I was ahead of the narrator as to the explanation of why this Venice of Egypt disappeared.

I’m not sure if this was a repeat but this is the kind of programme of which the BBC should be justly proud. If only they didn’t spend so much of the licence money on soaps and reality TV – isn’t there enough of that on the Independent Channels.

There are 2 more programmes in this series and I can’t wait.

In 1995 I visited Egypt on a Nile trip. The boat and the food were appalling (we did not get the superior accommodation for which we’d paid because they took our boat out of commission and just allocated rooms to a queue of people with my husband and I ending up in the bowels of the new/smaller/inferior boat) However the journey down the Nile visiting the temples was fabulous. Among those visited was the funerary temple of Queen Hatshepsut – the scene of a dreadful terrorist attack on tourists in 1997. I’d particularly wanted to see the remains because in 1988 I’d purchased a watercolour of it painted by a friend – the Artist Andrew Hewkin. I’ve always had an interest in Egyptian history.
Whilst on this trip I entered the tomb of Tutankhamun – my husband stayed outside – and a few months later he left me. Is there a curse attached to the Tomb?

I couldn't take the painting out of its frame but this will give you an idea of what it is like.



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