Pick of the week
The Exodus Decoded Friday, 7.30pm, History (611) Except for what’s left over from Christmas lunch, the pickings aren’t great this time of year. Not if, after too much brandy pud, you’re looking for something to watch on telly that’s entertaining but won’t challenge the grey matter. The theme here is in tune with the religious significance of the day but could be one for the record button. It cost $US3.5 million ($4.87m) to make, six years to research and three years to film The Exodus Decoded. Produced and narrated by investigative reporter Simcha Jacobovici, the documentary caused a controversy when it debuted in Canada and was then shown at the Jerusalem Film Festival in 2006. In it, the Emmy award-winning filmmaker (1997’s The Plague Monkeys) challenges the veracity of some biblical experts’ assertions. Jacobovici came to the conclusion that the Exodus occurred in 1500BC, 200 years earlier than scholars believe; that a volcanic eruption caused the 10 plagues of Egypt and the parting of the Red Sea 3500 years ago; that the lost Ark of the Covenant is in the National Archaeological Museum in Athens; and that the real Mount Sinai is not the one venerated today on Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula but is Gebel Hashem el-Tarif in northeast Sinai. All highly contentious conclusions. He and director James Cameron ( Titanic) make their case.