First-look preview: Max Irons & Sam Neill meet in ITV drama Tutankhamun

Max Irons stars as eminent British archaeologist, Carter.

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ITV has unveiled a first-look preview clip for new four-part drama Tutankhamun.

Starring The White Queen‘s Max Irons and Peaky Blinders Sam Neill, Tutankhamun focuses on the legendary personal story of Carter (Irons), a solitary man on the edge of society who became an iconic figure and an unlikely hero.

Set against the great sweep of ochre sands, looming cliffs and baking heat of Egypt’s Valley of the Kings, the story unfolds from 1905 when Carter, an eminent British archaeologist who we meet in his early 20’s, is fervently leading an expedition. Amidst the chaos scattered across the Valley floor, Carter’s grim determination to find lost antiquities is only too apparent. He has an easy manner with the Egyptian men who work alongside him, but when tempers fray Carter is hotheaded and puts the dig and his career in jeopardy.

The drama is written by leading screenwriter Guy Burt (Jekyll and Hyde, The Bletchley Circle), and also features Jonathan Aris, Amy Wren and Catherine Steadman in the cast.

Tutankhamun will air on ITV in the coming months.

Watch the trailer below…