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Egypt's Lost Queens

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What links Mary Poppins, Coast's Nick Crane and Egyptologist Joann Fletcher? The humble umbrella, which comes in handy as Fletcher strides through the temples of Egypt, pointing out four women who played key roles in this ancient empire.

And she's not discussing the usual suspects, Cleopatra and Nefertiti, either, which is refreshing. Instead she's looking at the likes of Hetepheres, the mother of the builder of the Great Pyramid, the great warrior Hatshepsut, consummate consort Nefertari and Arsinoe, who spread Ptolemaic Egyptian influence around the classical world.

Political turmoil means there are fewer tourists to get in the camera's way. So we get loads of gorgeous, uninterrupted vistas, while Fletcher is visibly thrilled to get rare access to the stunning tomb of Nefertari in the Valley of the Queens.


Professor Joann Fletcher explores what it was like to be a woman of power in ancient Egypt, examining four of the civilisation's most powerful female rulers through a wealth of spectacular buildings, personal artefacts and amazing tombs. As well as the women who held the title of pharaoh, many others played key roles in running the state and shaping every aspect of life.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Joann Fletcher
Executive Producer Bill Locke
Executive Producer Gillian Mosely
Producer Caterina Turroni


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