Channel 5 has acquired the exclusive UK rights to U.S. network Spike’s epic tv drama, Tut in one of the most significant acquisition from one of its U.S. sister networks since its takeover by Viacom last year.
The six-hour mini-series, shot entirely on location in Morocco, tells the story of one of the most extraordinary rulers in human history, the Pharaoh Tutankhamun, his rise to power and his struggle to lead Egypt to glory, while his closest advisors, friends and lovers scheme for their own interests.
The series stars Academy Award® winner, Sir Ben Kingsley as Vizier Ay, the Prime Minister of the Egyptian Empire and introduces emerging young actor Avan Jogia in the title role of Tut. The cast also includes Sibylla Deen (‘Tyrant’), Alexander Siddig (‘Game of Thrones, DS9, and because you can’t have a drama based in the Middle East without Alexander Siddig popping up somewhere!), Kylie Bunbury (‘Under the Dome’), Peter Gadiot (‘Matador’), Iddo Goldberg (‘Salem’) and Nonso Anozie (Zoo, Dracula).
Created by Muse Entertainment and distributed by Muse Distribution International, the series will premiere on Spike in the U.S. on 19th July, with its UK premiere following shortly after.
The acquisition of Tut further strengthens links between Channel 5 and Spike U.S. with the two Viacom-owned channels having closely collaborated on the launch of Spike UK, which debuted in April as the latest addition to Channel 5’s portfolio of channels and features a mix of Channel 5 factual output and Spike’s entertainment. Since launch, Spike UK has outperformed more established channel brands, particularly amongst young audiences, attracting a 0.46% share of viewing amongst 16 to 34-year-olds.
Channel 5’s Acquisitions Manager, Sebastian Cardwell, who brokered the deal said: ‘Tut is event television at its best. The series reveals the story behind one of history’s biggest figures and is filled with epic high drama. I’m sure it’ll be a hit with Channel 5 audiences.’
About the Tut TV Show
Thrust into power after the murder of his father, Tut is forced to marry his strong willed, ambitious sister in order to maintain the dynasty. In love with a commoner, he struggles to protect her from the jealous queen. Although Tut rules as Pharaoh, he is exploited by a shrewd Grand Vizier, a ruthless military general and a scheming High Priest who all look down on him as someone they can control. But through unexpected twists and turns, Tut strives to overcome the odds, rising from a manipulated ruler into an unlikely hero who triumphs over his enemies, both from within and without, leading his kingdom to greatness. Tut opens up a fascinating window into a life filled with romance, epic battles, conspiracy and murder, proving Tut’s world was not far removed from the one we live in today.