LONDON The mysteries of Ancient Egypt have always been a magnet for filmmakers, but edgy U.K. web Channel 4 may be about to reveal one of the Egyptians’ best kept secrets — how to make a mummy.
The broadcaster is behind a project that is scouting for volunteers prepared to submit their bodies for mummification.
There’s just one catch — applicants seeking smallscreen immortality must be terminally ill.
No, this is not a hoax. British shingle Fulcrum TV has placed ads in magazines inviting those willing to have their bodies turned into mummies to get in touch.
“We are currently keen to talk to some who, faced with the knowledge of their own terminal illness and all that it entails, would nonetheless consider undergoing the process of an ancient Egyptian embalming,” says the ad.
A Channel 4 spokesman confirmed the show was in development. “If the scientists are able to find a donor, we would be willing to follow the process,” says the spokesman.
Privately, Channel 4 insists the program stands little chance of being greenlit.
Details of the project emerged when an undercover reporter from British newspaper the Independent saw one of the ads and, pretending to be a volunteer, contacted Fulcrum.
According to the Independent, Fulcrum’s topper Richard Belfield told him that experiments on pigs had shown that the mummification process it intended to use on a human body worked and that scientists had been found to support the program.
It is enough to make Cleopatra spin in her grave — if only she had one.