Tut, the brilliant new TV show inspired by the life and death of King Tutankhamun, is premiering tonight on the Spike channel. Tut is a three-night event. The cast includes Avan Jogia as King Tutankhamun, Sibylla Deen as Ankhe, Kylie Bunbury as Suhad, and Nonso Anozie as General Horemheb.
King Tut, also known as Tutankhamun, is the infamous boy king of Egypt who is considered one of the greatest rulers of all time. Avan Jogia does a great job of bringing King Tut to life. In fact, Avan Jogia brings just as much skill and intelligence to his television performance as the real Tut brought to managing his kingdom. During tonight's show, we also meet Ankhe, the queen and half sister to Tut. She is a proud and powerful woman who doesn't hesitate to let her king know that she is also running the empire -- not just him. Despite Ankhe's strong confidence, she has to compete with Suhad, a beautiful half-Mittani/half-Egyptian woman who is King Tut's mistress. The sexual passion and chemistry between Tut and Suhad is electrifying and unmistakable.
Producers of the Tut TV series deviated from some of the historical facts, according to some historians who've complained that the real Egyptians were not white people with British accents but black people or people of color. Also, some of the events in Tut are highly dramatized to pique and sustain the viewers' interest. One thing is for sure -- this beautifully crafted period piece will have no problem sustaining the viewers' attention. The actors and actresses are all gorgeous, the visual effects are bold and thrilling, the dialogue is sensual, and the love scenes are mesmerizing. Make no mistake, Spike's Tut gives you explosives, beauty, fire, gold, and sex, all of the elements that intoxicate the viewer.
As tonight's premiere looms ahead, social media is abuzz as viewers express great excitement about tonight's show. But despite the excitement surrounding the beginning of tonight's epic event, many questions still linger about the true story of King Tutankhamun.
What was King Tut's Cause of Death
The short answer: No one really knows, but there has been a lot of speculation. The first discovery of his tomb in the early 1920s gives us some sort of indication. However, the latest discovery suggests that he may have died in a chariot accident. Early studies have suggested that someone killed King Tutankhamun. Others believe that he died of a leg infection or from some sickness, such as malaria. It appears, by all accounts, that he died in poor health -- most likely due to his incestuous family line. His death was quite mysterious and his burial was quick.
What happened to King Tut's wife and sister Ankhe, aka Queen Ankhesenamun after he died?
Exactly what happened to Ankhesenamun after her husband's death is also a mystery. What is known -- and we only know this because of a letter that was written -- is that Ankhe was very frightened after King Tut died. Feeling very much alone, she was eager to marry someone else but didn't want to marry anyone close to her. History suggests that she may have married King Ay, but there is no clear record to indicate that any formal marriage took place between them. She vanishes from history shortly after this. No one talks or writes about her, and historians believe that she may have died in her 20s, not long after she "married" King Ay. There is also no known record of where she is buried. Though recent finding suggest that she is buried in a tomb near the two children who died. These babies are believed to be the babies Ankhe had with King Tut. Ankhesenamun or Ankhe was also known by her birth name, which is Ankhesenpaaten.
To go deeper, check out Ancient Origins, Black Pharaohs, and News From The Valley of the Kings. You will not want to miss the premiere episode. Spike's Tut TV show doesn't disappoint. Be sure to watch this epic event tonight at 9/8 central.
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