Wednesday 29 Oct 2014
The Pyramids, the Sphinx and the tombs of the Pharaohs are all fabulous monuments from Egypt's extraordinary past. But, according to Dr Sarah Parcak, the astonishing antiquities already discovered are just a tiny per cent of what was actually left behind by the ancient Egyptians.
Sarah is a pioneer in a completely new approach to archaeology that uses satellites armed with powerful infrared cameras to see beneath the Egyptian sands, revealing the ghostly outlines of what she believes are ancient pyramids, temples and lost cities.
Sarah has already identified several sites she thinks are of huge significance – a veritable street map of the ancient city of Tanis, a possible 13th-dynasty pyramid on the plain of Saqqara, and a potential lost tomb at Abydos, a place of pilgrimage for 3,000 years.
Joining her on this Indiana Jones-inspired adventure are Liz Bonnin and Dallas Campbell (Bang Goes The Theory). They are with Sarah every step of the way to see if the buildings she has seen on her high-resolution images from space are really there – going back to the traditional techniques of excavation, guided by some of the world's greatest archaeologists.
If Sarah is right then her satellite images could be the beginning of a new era in archaeology which could redraw the whole map of Ancient Egypt.
Jack Dee returns as failed stand-up and serial liar Rick Spleen in a new series of Lead Balloon.
Written by Jack Dee and Pete Sinclair and now in its fourth series featuring the original brilliant ensemble cast, Lead Balloon follows the trials and tribulations of failed stand-up Rick Spleen who is still looking for that big TV career break to end all breaks. This series sees Rick's career hit an all-time low – even by his own dismal standards. From public humiliation on live TV to private embarrassment at a Comedy Workshop, it seems that everything Rick touches turns to mould.
In tonight's opening episode, Rick's career is at an all-time low: even his idea of writing a novel gets stuck on page one. When a Sunday newspaper wants to do an "At Home With" feature about his partner, Mel, Rick naturally tries to muscle in on the action. But when he decides that having a pet pig would look good in the photos, Rick proves that if nothing else, he's the prize-winning author of his own downfall.
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