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Egyptologist Films Second Series

Tuesday May 28 2013


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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.

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Reply Posted by stevo on Tuesday May 28 2013 at 22:26
Congrats, Joann, really liked the first prog.
Just shows that town folk can have a bit of culture, despite popular belief...

Reply Posted by Tosh on Saturday June 1 2013 at 10:38
Good lass. Plant seeds in the soil that nourished you instead of slagging the town off. For anyone who hasn't seen Joann, it's great to hear accounts of ancient Egypt in Northern.