Top picks of the week: a lost pharaoh and Britain’s Great War

We were excited to hear about the discovery of a previously unknown pharaoh this week

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The 3,600-year-old remains of King Woseribre Senebkay were found at the archaeological site of Abydos, proving the existence of a previously unknown dynasty. 

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But grave robbers had ripped apart his mummified remains, and had stolen many precious artifacts from the tomb.

Paxo’s War

Elsewhere, Jeremy Paxman’s four-part documentary, Britain’s Great War, kicked off the BBC’s World War I centenary coverage on Monday. Over the next four years the BBC will feature a range of dramas and documentaries about the conflict.

The first part of Paxman’s documentary focused on the early days of the war. It explained why war was declared, with images of politicians weeping at the imminent devastation and death. But it was the stories of ordinary men and women in Britain that really captured the atmosphere of the time.

Britain’s Great War continues on BBC One, and is available on iPlayer.

This coming week

We’re looking forward to the release of the new film directed by and starring Ralph Fiennes, The Invisible Woman. It tells the story of Charles Dickens, played by Fiennes, and his secret affair with the young Nelly (Felicity Jones).

It’s based on the book The Invisible Woman: The Story of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens by Claire Tomalin.

The Invisible Woman is released on 7 February 2014. 

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What about you? What are you looking forward to this week?