Ancient Egypt: Life and Death in the Valley of the Kings

Series 1 - 2. Death

Radio Times
Review by:
David Butcher

Joann Fletcher told us last week how Kha and Merit, a Theban couple from 3,500 years ago, passed their days. This week she unravels the elaborate world of their death – more important for an ancient Egyptian, since this world was merely a dress rehearsal for the perfect afterlife.

The complexity and beauty of the Egyptian religious beliefs is fabulous: after your death Ma’at, the goddess of truth, weighs your heart on scales against her feather of truth. If it’s light and free, you proceed to the afterlife; if it’s heavy with sin, she tosses it to a hideous creature to be eaten – and that’s your lot.

About this programme

2/2. Part two of two. Joann Fletcher investigates the Ancient Egyptian attitude to death, revealing that to them life was just a dress rehearsal for the perfect afterlife that they were trying to reach. Joann clambers into rarely visited tombs, explores a treasure trove of long-buried objects and examines mummies to discover just why they spent a fortune preparing for death - and what they hoped to find when they got there.

Cast and crew


Joann Fletcher


Executive Producer
Bill Locke
Executive Producer
Cassian Harrison
Caterina Turroni
Series Director
Ian A Hunt