Dara O’Briain fronts C5 Pyramids doc from Wildflame

Televisual, Pippa Considine 15th April 2024

Dara O’Briain fronts C5 Pyramids doc from Wildflame

Channel 5 is set to unearth The Mysteries of the Pyramids (w/t) with comedian and presenter Dara Ó Briain at the helm in a 2 x 60’ series produced by Wildflame Productions.

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Dara Ó Briain will be joined by archaeologist Raksha Dave and Egyptologist Dr Chris Naunton to explore the most compelling questions surrounding pyramids – ‘How were they built using massive chunks of stone, so heavy that even today a modern crane would struggle?’ or ‘What were the Egyptian pyramid’s true function?’; ‘If, as Egyptologists suggest, they’re tombs, why has no-one ever discovered a Pharaoh in any of them?’

They will also explore the more far-fetched theories surrounding the pyramids: Was one a giant power station? Were they built for, or even by, aliens? And the biggest mystery of all – why did the Ancient Egyptians start building them and then stop?

Denise Seneviratne, Commissioning Editor, Non-Scripted UK Originals, Channel 5 commented: “To this day The Pyramids hold so much mystery – I’ve always had a bit of an obsession with them. I think Dara Ó Briain will bring his unique blend of genuine curiosity and wit to this series and I’m delighted to be working with Wildflame to bring it to life.”

Paul Islwyn Thomas, CEO, Wildflame Productions added: “Wildflame has a huge amount of experience in presenting history in different ways for different audiences. We are incredibly excited to be working with Dara on this project, who brings such a fresh take on the amazing story of the pyramids to Channel 5. And we’re delighted to be growing our relationship with the channel as one of the leading Wales-based factual indies.”

Mysteries of the Pyramids (w/t), is a 2 x 60’ series commissioned by Denise Seneviratne – Commissioning Editor, Non-Scripted UK Originals, Channel 5 and will be produced by Wildflame Productions. Ben Fox serves as Executive Producer, Ewen Thomson is Series Producer and Director and Josh Key is Producer.

Debunking the many myths that encompass them, this definitive series will uncover the fascinating archaeological, historical, and scientific findings which tell the story of the Pyramids – revealing the secrets of these mega structures –- and will share eye-opening facts that will both surprise and captivate the audience.

Dara Ó Briain said: “What a joy to explore these great monuments to human ingenuity and effort; to sort out the amazing facts from the many, frankly, ridiculous fictions that surround them; but mainly to live out all my Indiana Jones fantasies, scrambling in sandy tunnels in search of treasure, just without all the Nazis or the snakes.”