Tutankhamun's Egypt

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Tutankhamun's Egypt tape label
Tutankhamun's silver trumpet
Tutankhamun's silver trumpet bell

Delia created music for the a 13-part[1] BBC documentary series Tutankhamun's Egypt written by Cyril Aldred, produced by Paul Johnstone and directed by Paul Jordan.[2]

As well as the title music, it seems from the Attic Tape titles that Delia also created incidental music for episodes of the series.[3] This page is about the title music.

It's a full-on Delian trip... starting with trumpet calls from a 1939 recording of the silver trumpet found in Tutankhamun's burial chamber, it then enters the mesmerising desert territory Delia mapped out so memorably in Blue Veils and Golden Sands.[4]

Isolationist ambience some 25 years ahead of its time.[5]

Roger Lamb helped create some of the in-programme cues for the series.[6]


Her papers contain the cue sheets for twelve programmes.

Her notes on the back of each sheet are for something else, as they are dated June 22 '72[7]and Tutankhamun's Egypt was broadcast starting on 2nd April 1972.[8] See The back of Tutankhamun's Egypt cue sheets.


See Egypt#Tapes.

Makeup tracks


The Performing Right Society's list of works by Delia Ann Derbyshire has:

Title: Tutankhamun's Egypt
Artist(s): Derbyshire Delia Ann
Publisher: Unpublished
Creation date: 1 January 1984


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There is also a book of the series by Cyril Aldred, published in 1972.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Excavation of Tutankhamen's tomb BBC R4 c1972 forum post on proboards.com
  2. Tutankhamun's Egypt programme 1 on genome.ch.bbc.co.uk
  3. DD237: "Scribes, Heiroglyphs" for episode 8.
  4. delia-derbyshire.org
  5. Peter Marsh reviewing the album BBC Radiophonic Music on bbc.co.uk
  6. DD161's notes.
  7. DD142422: Delia's notes on the back of Tutankhamun's Egypt cue sheets, dated "June 22 '72".
  8. DD142121: Tutankhamun's Egypt cue sheets for Programme One, "TX 2/4/72".
  9. The Tape Library List's entry for TRW 7529: "Egypt Series".