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Treasures of Ancient Egypt
In this visually stunning three-part series, journalist and art critic Alastair Sooke tracks down ancient Egyptian treasures that deserve to be celebrated not just as antiquities, but as genuine masterpieces of art. Stepping aside from the well-worn usual clichés of this era – pyramids, hieroglyphics, the golden mask of Tutankhamun – Alastair presents a fresh understanding of Egypt as he reveals that its treasures were not just about wealth and luxury, they were also about faith, politics and death. This is the story of how pharaohs protected a unique culture by carefully managing its art; how that culture flourished and lasted over 3,000 years; and how its artistic traditions were transformed in the wake of countless invasions.

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Episodes
Ep 1
The Birth of Art
Watch January 1, 9:00pm
Ep 2
The Golden Age
Watch January 8, 9:00pm
Ep 3
A New Dawn
Watch January 15, 9:00pm
The Birth of Art
Alastair Sooke tells the story of ancient Egyptian art through 30 extraordinary masterpieces. Exploring how this civilization's art reflected its religion, he looks anew at the Great Pyramid, and the statuary and painting of the Old Kingdom. (1 of 3)
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Mon Jan 1, 9:00pm
Tue Jan 2, 12:00am
The Golden Age
Starting with troubling psychological portraits of tyrant king Senwosret III and ending with the golden mask of boy king Tutankhamun, Alastair Sooke explores architectural wonders, exquisite tombs and a lost city. (2 of 3)
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Mon Jan 8, 9:00pm
Tue Jan 9, 12:00am
A New Dawn
Alastair Sooke concludes the epic story of Egyptian art by looking at how, despite political decline, the final era of the Egyptian Empire saw its art enjoy revival and rebirth. (3 of 3)
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Mon Jan 15, 9:00pm
Tue Jan 16, 12:00am