The Mystery of the Rosetta Stone

Series 1 - Episode 5 The Mystery of the Rosetta Stone



Drama-documentary exploring the career of Jean-Francois Champollion, the linguist responsible for deciphering the Rosetta Stone. When the relic is moved to the British Museum, the French are left with only copies to work from. Champollion enters a race with Englishman Thomas Young to translate the hieroglyphics - and his recognition of demotic Egyptian letters on the stone sees him make the first breakthrough.

Cast & Crew

Jean-Francois Champollion Elliot Cowan
Jacques-Joseph Champollion Stuart Bunce
Jean Letronne Louis Waymouth
Thomas Young Christopher Good
Hudson Gurney Patrick Ryecart
Sir William Boughton David Quilter
Silvestre de Sacy Hugh Ross
Rosine Blanc Tania Emery
Zoe Catherine Bailey
General Hely-Hutchinson Mahmoud Sabit
General Menou Ikram Zalat
Abbot Michael Fitzgerald
Executive Producer Phil Dolling
Series Producer Paul Bradshaw
Writer Jonathan Rich
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