Timewatch: The History of a Mystery (1996)
Close-up of Philippe de Cherisey's handwriting from his unpublished document "Stone and Paper" explaining that he was the creator of the "parchments" and that it was all a joke - Philippe de Cherisey also wrote in "Stone and Paper": "Alors je me sentirai tout a fait a l'aisle pour me declarer l'unique auteur de cette plaisanterie ... Que si aujourd'hui je ne serai qu'un demi-faceur, j'en serai bientot un complet" ("Therefore I feel completely free to call myself the sole author of this joke ... If today I am only a half-prankster, then shortly I will be a full one"). The decoding process of the "parchments" follows this handwritten declaration by Philippe de Cherisey (from the Discovery Channel satellite documentary Conspiracies On Trial: The Da Vinci Code, first aired on 10 April 2005. (http://priory-of-sion.com/posd/wikipedia.html)
Date Added: 10 years ago.
An edition of Timewatch that looks at the supposed revelation in certain "history" books which claim to provide clues to unsolved mysteries. Taking the claims of the writers of one of these books at face value at first, the programme then very carefully deconstructs the story, revealing it to be utterly false.
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