OK, I've watched the programme and here is a short summary of the main points.
I took eight A4 pages of notes, but most of it is about the story of Akhenaton and the history and archaeology of the region which you probably already know. The new angle is this:
What the archaeos and physical anthropologist (Jerry Rose) found in the skeletons was a huge proportion of teenagers with spina bifida, or vertebraic cavities, plus 60 per cent had anaemia (adults 18-20 per cent). They said that spina bifida is genetic, but can also be caused by parasites or trauma, such as very hard work.
They showed these 100lb chunks of limestone used for the building of the palaces, temples and mansions of this enormous city by contemporary standards, 6 x 3 miles in diameter with 30-50,000 inhabitants.
The limestone blocks were chiselled out of an underground limestone quarry/cavern owned by Queen Nefertiti’s mother. Then they had to be dragged one-and-a-half-miles to the city in 40 degree heat.
The archaeos felt that the depictions of an abundant lifestyle shown in the pictures found on the walls of the courtiers’ mansions, with tables groaning with produce, was not the life of the workers. (So what else is new?) The workers subsisted on a diet of bread, onions, beans and beer, while the rich feasted on beef and geese.
The most extraordinary thing, and would have also been considered highly unusual at the time, was the traces found of 1800 offering tables to the god Atum which, according to paintings found, were all piled high with food.
The documentary makers have reached the conclusion that all this food was left to rot in the sun while the poor went hungry, but there was no proof of that. It’s quite likely that the food was redistributed as is done with offertory food to the gods in India.
They’re also still researching the idea that these illnesses could have been the result of a viral epidemic, especially as the city was abandoned so quickly and after only 20 years on habitation.
There was quite a lot on the archaeological ruins, and if you want to know more about that, please do ask me.