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Independent French TV production company Pernel Media is teaming with Vivendi Entertainment for what they call an 'epic’ series about the building of the ancient Egyptian Pyramids for Canal+ channels Planète+ and C8.

Samuel Kissous 27June2019Combining 4K fictional scenes shot on location in Morocco with the latest archaeological research shot in Egypt, the 6 x 45’ Secrets of the Pyramid Builders will take viewers into the heart of one of the greatest projects in the history of humanity: the construction of the Pyramids and the Great Sphinx of Giza.

Through interviews and VFX reconstructions, it will tell the story of the people who built the wonders of the ancient world and looks at what it took to achieve their epic feat. From the very first pyramid built by Djoser in Saqqara – until the last Pyramid of Giza, the series will emphasise the less known story of the women and men who lived and worked in the shadow of the pyramids and how this huge construction project lead to the creation of the first centralised administration in human history.

Secrets of the Pyramid Builders was co-written by Christopher Holt ( Wonders of the Solar System, Elizabeth I, The Real War of Thrones) and Sigrid Clement (The French Doctor of Kabul, SOS: Heritage in Danger), who also acts as series director. Alain Brunard (Pasteur, Marie Curie on the Front) is drama director for the series while Pernel Media president Samuel Kissous is executive producer. Vivendi Entertainment will distribute the series globally.

“Secrets of the Pyramid Builders is a hugely ambitious docudrama series that dramatically re-tells the true human stories behind these incredible structures,”Kissous (pictured) remarked. “The construction of the Pyramids was a project so huge that it shaped the first nation in human history 4,500 years ago, bringing together thousands of men and women and millions of tons of materials from across Egypt and colonised lands. Our dedicated team has worked tirelessly to bring back to life these incredible stories in a unique docudrama series the likes of which hasn’t been seen before.

Matthieu Porte, EVP international and development at Vivendi Entertainment, added: “We are glad to partner with Pernel Media and our sister channels on an ambitious project with such a global appeal. This will confirm Vivendi Entertainment’s position as one of the most active players in non-fiction distribution in Europe.”