Channel 5 explores ‘The Mysteries Of The Pyramids’ in Wildflame docuseries

The Mysteries Of The Pyramids (Source: Wildflame Productions)

Paramount-owned UK broadcaster Channel 5 has ordered The Mysteries Of The Pyramids (working title), a new docuseries hosted by comedian Dara Ó Briain.

Welsh factual indie Wildflame Productions is behind the 2 x 60-minute title, which is being distributed worldwide by Silverlining Rights.

Ó Briain will be joined by archaeologist Raksha Dave and Egyptologist Dr Chris Naunton to explore the most compelling questions surrounding pyramids – including how they were built using massive chunks of stone, the true functions of the Egyptian pyramid’s true function and, if they were tombs, has no-one has ever discovered a Pharaoh in any of them.

They will also explore the more far-fetched theories surrounding the pyramids, including that one was a giant power station and that they were built for – or even by – aliens.

Denise Seneviratne, commissioning editor, non-scripted UK originals at Channel 5, said: “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.”

Ben Fox serves as executive producer on the series, while Ewen Thomson is series producer and director and Josh Key is producer.

This latest commission from Channel 5 follows orders for two royal-themed shows from Wildflame in February. The broadcaster picked up Clarence House (w/t) and St James’s Palace (w/t) from the indie, with both to also be distributed by Silverlining Rights.

Other Channel 5 commissions from Wildflame have included feature-length doc Frogmore House: Royal Retreat and also Michael Ball’s Wonderful Wales.

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