A Dying Man Offers to Become a Mummy to Help Solve One of Egypt's Most Intriguing Secrets

Categories: Network TV Press Releases

Written By

October 11th, 2012

via press release:


CURIOSITY: I Was Mummified, premieres Sunday, Oct. 21 at 9 PM E/P

(Los Angeles, Calif.) – A team of scientists are on a quest to solve one of the greatest mysteries of ancient Egypt – the art of mummification.  How do you perfectly stop time at the moment of death? What types of materials do you use?  And can it be done without modern-day chemicals?

In “I Was Mummified,” the latest episode of the ground-breaking series CURIOSITY, airing Sunday, Oct. 21 at 9 PM E/P on Discovery Channel, a team of researchers think they’re close to finding answers to these questions.  All they need is a body.  Enter Allan Billis, a 61-year-old cab driver with terminal lung cancer, who decides to donate his body to science after reading an advertisement in the newspaper looking for a volunteer to be mummified.

After 36 years of marriage, Alan’s wife Jan has become accustomed to surprises though was still thrown off at first.  “You’ve what?” Jan said, after hearing about his decision.   “And I thought, ‘Oh, here he goes again.’ That’s just the sort of thing you would expect him to do.”

Over the next three months, a carefully assembled team of experts will attempt to preserve Alan’s body by using techniques last practiced by the ancient Egyptians more than 3,000 years ago.  Will they be able crack the secret in stopping the body’s natural decay after death?  CURIOSITY will take viewers behind the scenes to see whether this unassuming man will become the world’s first modern-day pharaoh.

CURIOSITY, now in its second season on Discovery Channel, brings the ‘I wonder?’ moment to television with a unique array of provocative subjects.   The next episode, “Brainwashed,” airing Sunday, Oct. 28, explores whether we truly are in command of our own minds and follows a hypnotherapist and a group of scientists as they embark on an audacious experiment -- to see if ordinary people can be brainwashed and turned into assassins.

“I Was Mummified” is produced by Blink Films for Discovery Channel.  CURIOSITY is overseen by Vice President, Development and Production Howard Swartz and Senior Vice President, Development and Production Simon Andreae.  To learn more, go to www.discovery.com, on Facebook at Facebook.com/discovery and on Twitter @Discovery.   Intel is a presenting sponsor of “I Was Mummified.”

  • WTF

    this is crazy

  • USAmerica1st

    Check, please!
    (But isn’t it continually interesting when the new guys can’t figure out how the old guys did things with ease, like mummies and those Pyramid thingies.)

  • 1123.6536.5321

    Put him in quarantine amber instead so when the army of Kojak’s from year 2609 arrive in 2015 they can cut him out and use his disembodied head to experiment on instead of Desmond Thune’s head. I cant believe they cut Desmonds head off and keeping it alive by itself. Nooooooooooo!!! Damn you JJ for letting them do that to poor Desmond. The bald bastards better at least give him a cool cyborg body. Penny is not amused!

  • 1123.6536.5321

    He is a man, shouldnt he become a Daddy?

  • Mark Milton

    Scientist can disgusting and inhumane “people”

  • iggy

    Couldn’t they just use a dog or porpoise.

  • Other Than That Mrs. Lincoln How Was The Play?

    Why not get Freeze Dried? Theres a place that freeze dries your pets. Maybe they could branch out into people. LOL!

    “A Loving & Lasting Alternative”
    Pet Preservation through Freeze Dry Technology


    0 – 2 lbs. $325.00
    2 – 5 lbs. $550.00
    5 – 7 lbs. $650.00
    7 – 10 lbs. $775.00
    10 – 20 lbs. $60 each additional pound or part thereof
    Over 20 lbs. $60 each additional pound or part thereof

    Special poses and/or circumstances may result in higher charges

    50% deposit is required with arrival of pet, balance is due before return shipment

  • Other Than That Mrs. Lincoln How Was The Play?


  • Gale

    Bob Brier did it in 2001 By mummifying a body donor at the University of Maryland’s School of Medicine in Baltimore.

© 2015 Tribune Digital Ventures