BARNSLEY-born Egyptologist Dr Joann Fletcher is filming a second TV series.

It comes after the success of her BBC Two documentary Ancient Egypt: Life and Death in the Valley of the Kings.

The first episode of Dr Fletcher's documentary was screened in March and, including iPlayer figures, was watched by 3.19 million viewers - almost double the slot average.

Dr Fletcher has also been awarded the status of honorary visiting professor in the department of archaeology at the University of York.

She will deliver her inaugural lecture in the autumn term, and is working on her new television project alongside her ongoing teaching at York and her role as consultant archaeologist for Experience Barnsley.

Dr Fletcher said she was "overwhelmed" by the honour.

In March, she persuaded BBC producers to have the first screening of her documentary in her home town of Barnsley rather than London.