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Tut is a Canadian-American miniseries that premiered on U.S. cable network Spike TV on July 19, 2015.

The three-part miniseries is based on the life of Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun. Tut was first announced by Spike in May 2014. The miniseries marks a return by the network towards scripted programming, and in particular, "event" series that cater to a "balanced" audience (in contrast to the remainder of Spike's programming at the time, which has typically skewed towards a male audience). Such event series have also been recently popular among other networks, such as History. Tut is produced by Muse Entertainment, best known for its other miniseries The Kennedys and The Pillars of the Earth.

In 1332 B.C.E Pharaoh Akhenaten (Silas Carson) has been poisoned by his most trusted servant. His nine-year-old son, Tutankhamun (played briefly by Kaizer Akhtar) is then thrust into the position of Pharaoh of Egypt and forced to marry his older sister Ankhesenamun (Sibylla Deen). But over the course of the following years, the Vizier Ay (Ben Kingsley) takes control of the important decisions that Tut is expected to make and ten years into his reign, a now teenage Tut (Avan Jogia) finds the country in economic turmoil and crops ruined by drought. Tutankhamun must use his power as Pharaoh to deal with a deadly plague spreading through his kingdom all while his enemies continue their plot to conquer Egypt, even if it means they'll have to eliminate him.


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  • Ancient Egypt: Well, obviously, specifically around the middle of the New Kingdom, on the heels of the Armana period.
  • Arc Words: "Fate is not what you are given, it is what you take."
  • Artistic License – History: For the sake of drama, the series takes many liberties with its source material.
    • Many of the characters are depicted as having full heads of hair, while it was custom in Egypt for both men and woman to shave their heads. Generally they wore wigs instead of growing their hair out.
      • While it isn't a stretch to believe that some of the Egyptians grew their hair out, since numerous mummies (some of them royal) have been found with their hair grown out, Tut, however, was not one of them, as his mummy is bald.
    • Anyone who's used to imagining Pharoah Tutankhamun as a sickly, disabled "Boy King" would believe that this series depiction of Tutankhamun as a warrior means that this trope was being heavily used; while there's no real evidence that Tutankhamun ever lead any significant campaigns against the Mittani, there is, however, plenty of evidence that is still being uncovered to this day that suggests that Tutankhamun was indeed a warrior king who fought battles.
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    • Ironically enough, it was Horemheb who would be credited with restoring Egyptian power in the region.
    • Though the series acknowledge the role of Akhenaten and how his death influenced events in Tutankhamun's life, it gets a number of details about him wrong.
      • Akhenaten is depicted as having his capital in Thebes, when he actually had the capital moved to his newly built city at Armana. A more minor example in how he also refers to his daughter as "Ankhesenamun" when he was believed to have named her something along the lines of Ankhesenpaaten, due to his veneration of Aten (she likely changed her name after her father's death as Tutankhamun did).
      • The series portrays Akhenaten as being poisoned, and though no one is entirely sure how he died, the most accepted position was natural causes. Though considering his actions, and how unpopular he likely was, the idea of him being poisoned is certainly not implausible.
    • Tutankhamun's seven vertebrae were actually fused together meaning he couldn't turn his head. Despite this, he is shown turning his head many times rather than just turning his entire torso in order to look at someone or something.
    • The Mittani are portrayed as the enemies of the Egyptian Empire, though by the time Tut took the throne, they had since been conquered by the Hittites, who became Egypt's new primary rival for regional dominance.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Between his name and skin tone, Lagus is suggested to be an Egyptian of Greek ancestry.
  • Dirty Old Man: Notably averted, as Ay is never indicated to have any sexual attraction to Ankhesenamun, and is only interested in her as a means to the throne. This doesn't stop Ankhesenamun from trying to invoke this trope.
  • Easily Forgiven: Averted for Ankhesenamun. Tutankhamun is understandably furious when he realizes that Suhad was murdered by his sister and orders for her execution.
    • Later on after he's mellowed a bit and has begun to die from the infection in his broken leg, he asks to see Ankhe and she says to him that she knows better than to hope for his forgiveness, but it's revealed that Tut has called off her execution and forgives her on the grounds that she's still his sister and asks her to stay with him until he dies.
  • Evil Chancellor: Ultimately subverted with Ay; while he certainly has great ambitions, he never does anything directly antagonistic against Tutankhamun or Ankhesenamun.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Anyone familiar with the life of Tutankhamun, even in passing, will know what's ultimately in store for him.
  • The Good King: Deconstructed. Tutankhamun sincerely wants to be one, if only to make up for the mistakes his father made, but the ambitions of those around him, and his own humanity make it progressively more difficult.
  • Incest Is Relative: Tut's wife is also his sister.
  • Oh, Crap!: Several occur during the course of the miniseries, but the most notable are:
    • Lagus realizing that the peasant he conscripted into aiding him with an undercover mission and unintentionally badmouthed the Pharaoh in front of, is King Tutankhamun himself. Luckily Tut found what Lagus had said humorous and actually decides to befriend the older man.
      • The full context behind this is that Tut snuck out of the palace disguised as a peasant twice, both times running into Lagus. The first time is because Tut fell for a trap (A man pretended to attack a woman) and was almost robbed at knifepoint. The second time (and the time he first meets Suhad) is at a trading center where a slightly suspicious Lagus forces Tut to aid him and a few other soldiers in an undercover mission to kill Mitanni spies. Afterwards a frustrated Lagus blames the Pharaoh for the Mitanni' acts, before taking it back upon realizing he said this in the presence of a stranger, to which Tut replies that they are no longer strangers and asks questions regarding the Pharaoh. Unaware that the young man he is with is Tutankhamun, Lagus reveals that the populace is convinced that the Pharaoh is a weak, sickly boy King "whose face is so scarred, it makes children weep' and whom some believe doesn't even exist. Lagus then reveals that several people, including General Horemheb, are working against him (Tut).
    • The biggest one occurs during the coronation when Ka realises that Tutankhamun's alive, and a betrayed Tut quietly declares him a traitor and stabs him.
  • Papa Wolf: There are a few points in the series where Lagus comes across as a non-related one on the account of the teenaged Tutankhamun; most notably when he is imprisoning Ankhesenamun after Suhad's murder, and his response to her pleas to protect her brother is that he's never going to let him out of his sight.
  • Royal Inbreeding: Tut's wife is also his sister.
  • Sexy Surfacing Shot: Grand Vizier Ay approaches Queen Ankhesenamun while she's bathing to discuss the possibility of them marrying. At the end of the conversation, she makes a point of slowly emerging from the water in front of him before turning him down. The audience only sees her Toplessness from the Back and Shoulders-Up Nudity.
  • Shown Their Work: Since time immemorial Egypt has been a melting pot and people of all hair and skin colors calling it home. This is not reflected so much in hair color but Tutankhamun is played by an actor of British-Indian and British-German descent, Ay is played by an actor of Gujarati and British descent, Horemheb is played by a British-Nigerian actor, Ankhesenamun is played by an actress of Pakistani and English descent and Akhenaten is played by an actor of English and Indian descent reflecting the kind of place Egypt has always been.
  • Sins of the Father: Akhenaten's detested religious reforms remain looming over everyone's heads during Tutankhamun's reign, and part of Tutankhamun's goal is to make up for the actions of his father.
  • Undying Loyalty: Upon realizing who he really is, Lagus becomes one of the first to sincerely develop this for Tut.
  • Your Cheating Heart:
    • Tutankhamun's relationship with Suhad averts this as both Suhad and Ankhesenamun are aware of one another, and historically Pharaohs had more than just one wife.
    • Ankhesenamun's brief lust-filled relationship with Ka however, plays this straight.

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