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The Curse Of King Tutankhamun’s Tomb (ITV Drama, Robin Ellis)



Period drama The Curse Of King Tutankhamun’s Tomb took us back to 1922 when Howard Carter (Robin Ellis) discovers the tomb of King Tutankhamun soon strange events begin to happen.

Publicity of the time made much of the fact that the production seemed to be dogged by ill luck or possibly even cursed (much like the curse said to surround the tomb itself). The series was filmed (with a two million pound budget) at the Valley of the Kings in Egypt and original star Ian McShane had to be replaced by Robin Ellis after the vintage car he was driving plunged 40 feet off the side of a cliff for no apparent reason. Although to be fair most mishaps were down to the usual vagaries of filming and it was mostly a good publicity opportunity given the subject matter.

Cast: Robin Ellis as Howard Carter; Eva Marie Saint as Sarah Morrissey; Harry Andrews as Lord Carnarvon; Wendy Hiller as Princess Velma; Angharad Rees as Lady Evelyn Herbert; Tom Baker as Hassan; Raymond Burr as Jonash Sabastian; Faith Brook as Lady Almina Carnarvon; Rupert Frazer as Collins; Stefan Kalipha as Daoud; Darien Angadi as Amed Nahas; John Palmer as Fishbait; Andy Pantelidou as Lieutenant; Alfred Hoffman as Stallholder; Rex Holdsworth as Doctor; Paul Scofield as Narrator

Writer: Herb Meadow / Costume: Joan Bridge / Book: Barry Wynne / Music: Gil Melle / Design: John Biggs / Executive Producer: Patrick Dromgoole / Producer: Peter Graham Scott / Director: Philip Leacock

UK / ITV – HTV – CBS / Stronmberg-Kerby / 1×95 minute episode / Broadcast 31 August 1980