ITV’s four-part miniseries Tutankhamun, starring Max Irons (The White Queen) and Sam Neill (Alcatraz), will premiere on Sunday October 16th at 9pm, it has been announced.
Tutankhamun opens in 1905 when Carter (Irons), in his early-20s, is fervently leading an expedition. He has an easy manner with the Egyptian men who work alongside him, but when tempers fray Carter is hot-headed and puts the dig and his career in jeopardy. With his license to dig revoked, Carter spends years ostracised, dishevelled and living rough. A chance meeting with British aristocrat Lord Carnarvon (Neil) brings a change of fortunes. After years of searching for the tomb, Carter and Carnarvon successfully discover the last resting place of the boy-king in 1921 against all odds and at great personal expense.
The four-part event series wa penned by Jekyll & Hyde and The Bletchley Circle scribe Guy Burt and is set up at ITV Studios. The Body Farm’s Simon Lewis is serving as the series producer, while Hannibal Rising Peter Webber is the director. The executive producers are Francis Hopkinson and Catherine Oldfield. Amy Wren, Catherine Steadman, Jonathan Aris, Anthony Higgins, Rupert Vansittart, Vincent Grass, Nicolas Beaucaire, Waleed Elgadi and Martin Hutson also star.
TVWise’s UK Premiere Dates page has been updated with this new information.