THE DEAD COME BACK TO LIFE IN MUMMIES ALIVE
New Six-Part Series Narrated by Jason Priestley
Premieres Sunday, April 19th at 10pm ET on HISTORY
When most people think of mummies, they think of Ancient Egypt. In fact, mummies have been found all over the world, from different cultures and time periods. They represent our most precious human link to our distant ancestors and are now the focus of a new, groundbreaking series, Mummies Alive, premiering Sunday April 19th at 10 pm ET on HISTORY.
The series kicks off with an episode about ‘The Gunslinger Mummy,’ a mummy that has been on display at a Seattle curiosity shop since the 1950s. According to legend, he was an American Wild West cowboy, killed 120 years ago in a saloon shootout. He’s got what appears to be a bullet hole in his stomach, but using CT imaging technology and state-of-the-art, virtual autopsy techniques, investigators discover his story may have involved much more than initially thought. A notorious con man, the sideshow circuit, and a lesson on how to turn a buck using the myth of the Old West, all become part of the investigation.
“We like to look at each episode like a classic detective story,” says Saloon Media’s series producer Steve Gamester. “It starts with a dead body and a lot of questions that need to be answered. Some mummies show signs of violence while others are found in spectacular places and linked to iconic events in history. Mummies Alive takes a close look what clues were left behind and pieces together a compelling story.”
Every episode of Mummies Alive starts out like an ancient cold case, where there is a search for clues and new leads. As the investigation unfolds, the mummies come to life in exquisite animation, using the latest motion capture technology to achieve a hyper-real look. Colour returns to sunken cheeks, lungs fill with fresh air, and ancient eyes open to stare into the camera.
Mummies Alive is produced by Canada’s Saloon Media and the UK’s Impossible Factual in association with Shaw Media, and is narrated by Canadian actor Jason Priestley.
Mummies Alive main broadcasters are HISTORY Canada and Smithsonian Channel US. Additional international broadcasters include Yesterday (UK), ZDF (Germany), and SBS (Australia).
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About Saloon Media
Saloon Media is a leading factual-entertainment company specializing in smart, popular, returnable series. Saloon is behind the spectacular eight-part series Miracles Decoded for HISTORY in Canada, UK, Poland and India. Handsome Devils, a co-production with UK’s BriteSpark Films, gets inside the minds of 10 notorious, charming, lady-killers for Slice and Discovery ID US. With a Canadian broadcast premiere on Slice, and a record-breaking success on Discovery ID US, See No Evil is a co-pro with UK’s Arrow Media that delves into the world of crime and CCTV surveillance. Adding to its successful two-episode pilot and web-series is the 10-part Tornado Hunters series, with extensive and innovative online components. Tornado Hunters will reset the bar for “extreme weather” reality TV. www.saloonmedia.com.
About Impossible Factual
Impossible Factual is a UK-based independent television production company led by CEO Jonathan Drake and multi-award winning creative directors Paul Wooding and Steve Maher who between them have produced programmes including WW1: The First Modern War, Human Swarm, Blitz Street and The Great Martian War. With unrivalled production experience in delivering innovative and ambitious projects for both UK and international broadcasters, Impossible Factual has broken new ground in specialist factual programming, science, history and drama documentaries. Impossible Factual’s recent production credits include Hive Alive for BBC2 and WWII’s Greatest Raids for the National Geographic Channel/AHC. www.impossiblefactual.com.
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