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Petrie in Pink &
Tutankahmun
on Fire
Egyptology on TV
Dr Chris Naunton
The Egypt Exploration Society
Exploring and Inspiri...
The challenges of
translating research for TV
Subtleties & nuance ironed out
Definitive answers only required
3-words-per-second rule
‘it is likely / not impossible / the
most plausible scenario’ is
replaced with ‘it is’
‘we cannot rule out’ tends to
get l...
Need to lose the instinct
to cover all bases and
provide justification
Clear and concise,
aesthetically appealing
Televisi...
Aim is to grab the audience
and pass on as much info
as possible while you’ve got
their attention
Failure to compromise
wo...
Trusting the film-
makers
– they are really
good researchers,
writers etc.
And very
understanding and
willing to listen
Being a presenter
Opportunity to reach an audience
Fantastic privilege
Great fun
Importance of humour
Your work is no longer entirely in your hands...
Press & Media
promotion is part of the
job
– representing the
research in a less
controlled environment
Can sometimes be
something of a
dramatic / almost
fictional element to
things
Vital part of
our work
How to get involved
Build yourself a profile / reputat
www.ees.ac.uk
Petrie in Pink, Tutankhamun on Fire: Egyptology on Television
Petrie in Pink, Tutankhamun on Fire: Egyptology on Television
Petrie in Pink, Tutankhamun on Fire: Egyptology on Television
Petrie in Pink, Tutankhamun on Fire: Egyptology on Television
Petrie in Pink, Tutankhamun on Fire: Egyptology on Television
Petrie in Pink, Tutankhamun on Fire: Egyptology on Television
Petrie in Pink, Tutankhamun on Fire: Egyptology on Television
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Petrie in Pink, Tutankhamun on Fire: Egyptology on Television

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Petrie in Pink, Tutankhamun on Fire: Egyptology on Television

  1. 1. Petrie in Pink & Tutankahmun on Fire Egyptology on TV Dr Chris Naunton The Egypt Exploration Society Exploring and Inspiring since 1882www.ees.ac.uk
  2. 2. The challenges of translating research for TV
  3. 3. Subtleties & nuance ironed out Definitive answers only required 3-words-per-second rule
  4. 4. ‘it is likely / not impossible / the most plausible scenario’ is replaced with ‘it is’ ‘we cannot rule out’ tends to get lost! Understanding the need for compromise
  5. 5. Need to lose the instinct to cover all bases and provide justification Clear and concise, aesthetically appealing Television is entertainment for most – audience is not guaranteed, constant need to hold attention
  6. 6. Aim is to grab the audience and pass on as much info as possible while you’ve got their attention Failure to compromise would lose the audience entirely
  7. 7. Trusting the film- makers – they are really good researchers, writers etc. And very understanding and willing to listen
  8. 8. Being a presenter
  9. 9. Opportunity to reach an audience
  10. 10. Fantastic privilege
  11. 11. Great fun
  12. 12. Importance of humour
  13. 13. Your work is no longer entirely in your hands...
  14. 14. Press & Media promotion is part of the job – representing the research in a less controlled environment
  15. 15. Can sometimes be something of a dramatic / almost fictional element to things
  16. 16. Vital part of our work
  17. 17. How to get involved
  18. 18. Build yourself a profile / reputat
  19. 19. www.ees.ac.uk

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