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Max Irons and Sam Neill to star in ITV period drama Tutankhamun

Published 21/09/2015

Max Irons will star in Tutankhamun
Max Irons will star in Tutankhamun

Max Irons and Sam Neill are to team up to tell the story of the hunt for Tutankhamun's tomb in a new ITV period drama.

The White Queen star Irons will play young British archaeologist Howard Carter, alongside Peaky Blinders star Neill as British aristocrat Lord Carnarvon in Tutankhamun.

Set in the early 1900s the four-part mini series tells the true story of Carter's quest to uncover the tomb of Ancient Egypt's legendary forgotten pharaoh.

After taking too many risks in his determination to uncover the last resting place of "the boy king" Carter had his licence to dig revoked by Cairo's Antiquities Service, and found himself destitute.

But a chance meeting with wealthy amateur archaeologist Lord Carnarvon, spawned an unlikely friendship and won Carter the financial backing to finally discover the tomb of King Tut in 1921.

The drama - written by Guy Burt, whose previous credits include The Bletchley Circle and The Borgias - is to be filmed on location South Africa from mid October.

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