National Geographic has lined up the hour-long program The Secrets of Christ’s Tomb: Explorer Special, which follows a team of scientific experts as they repair the Edicule enclosing the burial chamber of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem.
The Secrets of Christ’s Tomb: Explorer Special premieres on Sunday, December 3, at 9 p.m. It will air globally in 171 countries and 45 languages.
The program observes the collaboration among the religious community, architects, scientists and historians in their quest to restore, protect and reveal the mysteries of the tomb. Under the direction of Professor Antonia Moropoulou, chief scientific supervisor at the National Technical University of Athens, the process of fixing the crumbling Edicule structure is intensified by the deadline imposed by Church patriarchs: the Easter ceremony of the Holy Fire.
As the team discovers that the damage to the Edicule is more extensive than was previously thought, it becomes clear that the tomb itself must be opened, and the Church patriarchs will only allow it to be open for 60 hours. Dr. Fredrik Hiebert, archaeologist-in-residence for the National Geographic Society, and Tim Samuels, a correspondent with National Geographic, document and interpret the significance of what is revealed when the tomb is opened.
The Secrets of Christ’s Tomb: Explorer Special is produced by Pioneer Productions for National Geographic. For Pioneer Productions, the executive producer is Thomas Viner. For National Geographic, the executive producer is Bernadette McDaid.