Less than 24 hours after ITV announced plans to produce miniseries Tutankhamun, Channel 5 has acquired the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to Tut, the six-hour Ben Kingsley fronted event series which is being produced for the US Spike network. The series will debut on Channel 5 this Summer.
Penned by Michael Vickerman, Tut is set to tell the story of King Tut’s rise to power as the youngest Pharoah in the history of Egypt and his struggle to lead the country to glory, while his closest advisors, friends and lovers scheme for their own nefarious interests. The drama series is produced by Muse Entertainment and stars Ben Kingsley (Iron Man 3), Avan Jogia (Twisted), Alexander Siddig (Game Of Thrones), Kylie Bunbury (Twisted), Peter Gadiot (Once Upon A Time In Wonderland), Sibylla Deen (Tyrant), Iddo Goldberg (Salem) and Nonso Anozie (Dracula).
Hailed as Spike TV’s first scripted effort in close to a decade, the project is expected to be the first in a wave of drama projects for the US network as look at re-stabling themselves in the genre. At the time Ben Kingsley was cast, Sharon Levy, Spike TV’s Executive Vice President of Original Series, said that the project was “the biggest and most ambitious project in Spike’s history”.
‘Tut is event television at its best”, said Channel 5’s Acquisitions Manager Sebastian Cardwell, who brokered the deal for the miniseries with Muse Distribution International. “The series reveals the story behind one of history’s biggest figures and is filled with epic high drama. I’m sure it’ll be a hit with Channel 5 audiences.’