Building the Great Pyramid

Building the Great Pyramid is a docu-drama telling the story of how the Great Pyramid at Giza could have been built.

To fully utilize its docu-drama medium, the documentary recreates ancient Egypt through the eyes of the fictional builder, Nakht.

Through Nahkt, history unfolds as the documentary combines dramatic reconstructions, location shootings and CGI computer effects from the documentary’s production year – 2002.

The Great Pyramid of Giza (also known as the Pyramid of Khufu or the Pyramid of Cheops) is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the Giza pyramid complex bordering present-day El Giza, Egypt.

It is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the only one to remain largely intact.

Based on a mark in an interior chamber naming the work gang and a reference to the fourth dynasty Egyptian Pharaoh Khufu, some Egyptologists believe that the pyramid was thus built as a tomb over a 10- to 20-year period concluding around 2560 BC.

The Great Pyramid was the tallest man-made structure in the world for more than 3,800 years until Lincoln Cathedral was finished in 1311 AD.

Building the Great Pyramid
  • Info
  • Release date2002
  • Full runtime
  • Director(s)Jonathan Stamp
  • Production companyBBC