New Pyramids Doc for Channel 5


The Mysteries of the Pyramids (w.t.), a new docuseries with comedian and presenter Dara Ó Briain at the helm, is being prepped by Wildflame Productions for Channel 5.

The 2×60-minute title will see Ó Briain, archaeologist Raksha Dave and Egyptologist Dr. Chris Naunton explore some of the questions surrounding the pyramids, as well as some of the more far-fetched theories.

Silverlining Rights is the exclusive worldwide distribution partner.

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.”

Denise Seneviratne, commissioning editor for non-scripted U.K. originals for 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 of 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.”