Programme looks at the man who captured on camera the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb

One of Egypt's famed King Tutankhamun's golden sarcophagus. Photo: AP Photo/Amr Nabil.

One of Egypt's famed King Tutankhamun's golden sarcophagus. Photo: AP Photo/Amr Nabil. - Credit: AP

While archaeologist Howard Carter was leading the great discovery of the tomb of Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun, who was the man behind the camera capturing in pictures one of the greatest archaeological moments of the 20th century?

Mustard TV viewers will be able to find out more about Harry Burton, the official photographer for M

Mustard TV viewers will be able to find out more about Harry Burton, the official photographer for Mr Carters Tutankhamun excavation during the 1920s. The hour-long programme, The Man Who Shot Tutankhamun, will be screened at at 9.30pm. Picture: MUSTARD TV. - Credit: Archant

On Monday Mustard TV viewers will be able to find out more about Harry Burton, the official photographer for Mr Carter's Tutankhamun excavation during the 1920s.

The hour-long programme, The Man Who Shot Tutankhamun, will be screened at at 9.30pm.

In the show presenter Margaret Mountford visits Egypt's Valley of the Kings to discover the story of an unsung hero of British photography.

She said: 'The discovery of his (Tutankhamun's) tomb in 1922 made the archaeologist Howard Carter a global celebrity but it was another member of Carter's team who played the crucial role in telling his story to the world.

Mustard TV viewers will be able to find out more about Harry Burton, the official photographer for M

Mustard TV viewers will be able to find out more about Harry Burton, the official photographer for Mr Carters Tutankhamun excavation during the 1920s. The hour-long programme, The Man Who Shot Tutankhamun, will be screened at at 9.30pm. Picture: MUSTARD TV. - Credit: Archant


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'He doesn't appear in the excavation photos because he was the man who took them.

'His camera made the world fall in love with the boy king Tutankhamun and helped fuel my own enduring fascination with this remote and mysterious culture.

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'I wanted to find out more about this photographic pioneer.'

She explores the places where the Lincolnshire-born photographer worked, including Tutankhamun's tomb, and she investigates how Mr Burton's photographs inspired a craze for Egyptian designs and made the archaeologist Howard Carter, who grew up in Swaffham, an international celebrity.

Mustard TV viewers will be able to find out more about Harry Burton, the official photographer for M

Mustard TV viewers will be able to find out more about Harry Burton, the official photographer for Mr Carters Tutankhamun excavation during the 1920s. The hour-long programme, The Man Who Shot Tutankhamun, will be screened at at 9.30pm. Picture: MUSTARD TV. - Credit: Archant

She also discovers why Mr Burton's images are still studied today by Egyptologists around the world, and she works with present-day photographer Harry Cory Wright to find out how Mr Burton pushed the boundaries of photographic art.

The programme, which has previously been screened by the BBC and available on BBC iPlayer, was directed and produced by Patrick McGrady.

Former Mustard TV managing director Fiona Ryder is one of the executive producers alongside Lucy Ward and Emma Cahusac.

The Man Who Shot Tutankhamun will be on Mustard TV on 9.30pm on Monday, April 10.

Mustard TV viewers will be able to find out more about Harry Burton, the official photographer for M

Mustard TV viewers will be able to find out more about Harry Burton, the official photographer for Mr Carter�s Tutankhamun excavation during the 1920s. The hour-long programme, The Man Who Shot Tutankhamun, will be screened at at 9.30pm. Picture: MUSTARD TV. - Credit: Archant

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