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|Codex Series 1: Channel 4 from Sunday 12 November 6.45pm & More4 Sunday 19 November 11.45am|
History-meets-mystery as Codex uses family entertainment to unlock our ancient past.
Each week 5 members of the public spend the night at the British Museum in London among its unrivalled collections of historical artefacts. Their challenge is to decipher the Codex a riddle written in a mysterious code.
To crack the Codex, the team follow a trail through the Museum, from the moonlit Great Court through the galleries to the Mummy stores and other spooky places.
En route they visit 5 major Artefacts on the theme of the week, and tackle a historical challenge directly related to each one. If they complete a challenge successfully and in time, 2 symbols in the Codex are turned into letters.
As well as earning letters, the team is also whittled down in a series of Head-to-Head challenges, also on the theme of the week.
After 5 Artefact Challenges, the sole surviving player returns to the Great Court, where the rest of the team and the viewers attempt to crack the Codex and decipher the riddle.
Finally, the surviving player enters the world-famous Reading Room and must use the riddle to decide which of 5 similar artefacts displayed is the only one to which the riddle refers.
If the finalist chooses the correct artefact, the team win the show, and a trip to a site of historical interest.
Channel 4 describes the show as a fresh and engaging combination of game show and historical mystery tour, a major collaboration between Channel 4 and the British Museum. Tony Robinson guides the contestants and viewers through darkened galleries as each episode visits a different period of history, shedding light on artefacts from Ancient Egypt, Imperial Rome, Mesopotamia, Ancient Athens, China and the Anglo-Saxons.
The series started with Mesopotamia and a special behind-the-scenes report with pictures and video is now online here for the China show.
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