Secrets of the Dead

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Secrets of the Dead
Genre Historical documentary
Narrated by Roy Scheider (2000), Liev Schreiber (2001 – 2011), Jay O. Sanders (2012 – present)
Theme music composer Michael Montes & Jeff Heffernan
Country of origin United States United States
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 13
No. of episodes 57
Production
Executive producer(s) Jared Lipworth
Producer(s) Thirteen/WNET
Quickfire Media
David Johnson
Lucy Palmer
Five (UK)
Channel 4 International(UK)
Camera setup multiple
Running time 56 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel PBS
NJN
Original run May 15, 2000 (2000-05-15) – present
External links
Website

Secrets of the Dead is a PBS television series produced by Thirteen/WNET New York. The show generally follows an investigator or team of investigators exploring what modern science can tell us about some of the great mysteries of history. Most programs incorporate primary source material, first hand accounts, dramatic reenactments, and computer-generated imagery (CGI) to tell the story. PBS description: "Scientists seek to uncover celebrated mysteries of the past in this occasional British series.". The original series was made and produced in the UK and broadcast on Channel 4 from 1999. The series was purchased by PBS and re-edited, re-branded and finally re-narrated by various American actors. [1]

Episode topics have included the Titanic, D-Day, the Shroud of Turin, the Salem Witch Trials, Blackbeard's lost ship, and the first English translations of the Bible.

The series premiered on May 15, 2000, airing four programs in three days (the first episode, concerning the Extreme weather events of 535–536, was a two-parter).[2] Despite an irregular schedule, new episodes continue to air.[3]

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2000)[edit]

  • Ep. 1: Catastrophe! (Part 1: “The Day the Sun Went Out”) [05/15/2000](Narrated by Roy Scheider)
  • Ep. 2: Catastrophe! (Part 2: “How the World Changed”) [05/16/2000](Narrated by Roy Scheider)
  • Ep. 3: The Lost Vikings (05/16/2000)
  • Ep. 4: What Happened to the Hindenburg? (05/17/2000)
  • Ep. 5: Cannibalism in the Canyon (05/17/2000)

Home Video[edit]

This VHS is Released August 1, 2000.

Season 2 (2001)[edit]

  • Ep. 1: Witches Curse (06/26/2001)
  • Ep. 2: Murder at Stonehenge (07/03/2001)
  • Ep. 3: Death at Jamestown (07/10/2001)
  • Ep. 4: Day of the Zulu (07/17/2001)
  • Ep. 5: Tomb of Christ (07/24/2001)
  • Ep. 6: The Syphilis Enigma (07/31/2001)

Home Video[edit]

This VHS is Released July 31, 2001.

Season 3 (2002 – 2003)[edit]

  • Ep. 1: Search for the First Human (05/08/2002)
  • Ep. 2: Mystery of the Black Death (10/30/2002)
  • Ep. 3: Titanic’s Ghosts (11/20/2002)
  • Ep. 4: The Great Fire of Rome (11/27/2002)
  • Ep. 5: Tragedy at the Pole (01/15/2003)
  • Ep. 6: Bombing Nazi Dams (02/12/2003)

Home Video[edit]

This VHS was on December 3, 2002 and February 25, 2003.

Season 4 (2003 – 2004)[edit]

  • Ep. 1: Blood Red Roses (11/01/2003)
  • Ep. 2: Bridge on the River Kwai (11/12/2003) (11/18/2003 VHS)
  • Ep. 3: Killer Flu (03/3/2004) (03-2-2004 VHS)
  • Ep. 4: Shroud of Christ? (04/07/2004) (4/6/2004 VHS)
  • Ep. 5: D-Day (05/19/2004) (10/26/2004 VHS)
  • Ep. 6: Amazon Warrior Women (08/04/2004) (8/24/2004 VHS)

Season 5 (2005 – 2006)[edit]

  • Ep. 1: The Hunt for Nazi Scientists (10/19/2005) (10/18/2005 DVD/VHS)
  • Ep. 2: Gangland Graveyard (11/16/2005) (1/3/2006 DVD/VHS)
  • Ep. 3: Voyage of the Courtesans (11/23/2005) (11/22/2005 VHS; 01/3/2006 DVD)
  • Ep. 4: The Sinking of the Andrea Doria (07/26/2006) (9/19/06 DVD/Video)
  • Ep. 5: Umbrella Assassin (10/04/2006) (11/14/2006 DVD)

Season 6 (2006 – 2007)[edit]

  • Ep. 1: Dogfight Over Guadalcanal (11/8/2006)
  • Ep. 2: Battle for the Bible (04/25/2007)
  • Ep. 3: Herculaneum Uncovered (05/02/2007)
  • Ep. 4: Headless Romans (05/09/2007)
  • Ep. 5: Irish Escape (05/16/2007)

Season 7 (2008)[edit]

  • Ep. 1: Aztec Massacre (04/23/2008)
  • Ep. 2: Escape from Auschwitz (04/30/2008)

Season 8 (2008 – 2009)[edit]

  • Ep. 1: Doping for Gold (05/07/2008)
  • Ep. 2: Sinking Atlantis (05/14/2008)
  • Ep. 3: Executed in Error (10/01/2008)
  • Ep. 4: Blackbeard’s Lost Ship (04/22/2009)

Season 9 (2009 – 2010)[edit]

  • Ep. 1: Michelangelo Revealed (05/13/2009)
  • Ep. 2: The Airmen and The Headhunters (11/11/2009)
  • Ep. 3: Mumbai Massacre (11/25/2009)
  • Ep. 4: Japanese SuperSub (05/05/2010)
  • Ep. 5: Churchill's Deadly Decision (05/12/2010)
  • Ep. 6: Deadliest Battle (05/19/2010)

Season 10 (2010 – 2011)[edit]

  • Ep. 1: The Silver Pharaoh (11/3/2010)
  • Ep. 2: Slave Ship Mutiny (11/10/2010)
  • Ep. 3: Lost Ships of Rome (11/17/2010)
  • Ep. 4: Lost in the Amazon (04/20/2011)
  • Ep. 5: China’s Terracotta Warriors (05/04/2011)
  • Ep. 6: The World's Biggest Bomb (05/18/2011)

Season 11 (2012)[edit]

  • Ep. 1: The Man Who Saved The World (10/24/2012)

Season 12 (2013)[edit]

Season 13 (2013 - 2014)[edit]

  • Ep. 1: JFK: One PM Central Standard Time (11/13/2013) - narrated by George Clooney
  • Ep. 2: The Lost Diary of Dr. Livingstone (3/26/2014)
  • Ep. 3: Carthage's Lost Warriors (4/2/2014)
  • Ep. 4: The Lost Gardens of Babylon (5/6/2014)
  • Ep. 5: The Mona Lisa Mystery (7/9/2014)

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