9:00pm Tuesday 14 December on BBC TWO

In a landmark film, BBC Two lifts the lid on this most famous of ancient towns to reveal Pompeii as it has never been seen before


Mary Beard, Cambridge Professor of Classics and author of Pompeii – The Life Of A Roman Town, gleans evidence from an extraordinary find in the ancient city of Pompeii to provide a fascinating new insight into the people who lived in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius before its cataclysmic eruption in 79AD.

In a dark cellar in Oplontis, a suburb of ancient Pompeii, the remains of more than 50 victims of the eruption are put under the microscope of forensic science. The remains are submitted to a barrage of tests that, together with a fresh look at other finds in the city, unlock a valuable scientific snapshot of Pompeiian life – and there are some surprises in store.

The programme features a visit to bars, dining rooms and an ancient cesspit, where viewers can see what really went through ancient digestive tracts.


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