The Real Pompeii
This "documentary" was a joke, it was like let's make a Hollywood movie and then back it up with a documentary.
The massive ejecta debris which were the size of small trucks that smashed entire buildings and brought multiple raging fires to the city never happened and there is zero archaeological evidence to support it.
It there were there would multiple sites litterings the excavated ruins and bodies of those who had been struck by this bombardment.
And the giant tsunami at the end flooding the city with ships being floated thru the city streets in this tidal wave was unbelievable and never happened.
Also that "Slave Market" building was just for sensationalism there is zero evidence of this as it's function in all likelihood based on inscriptions, a fuller's urine basin it was if anything a wool/fabric market connected with the Fuller's Guild.
The modern name for this building just to ID it is the 'Building of Eumachia'.
The Pyroclastic surge/flow wasn't an accurate depiction of what they look like as it is not a dramatic wall of fire flowing down.
All the bodies recovered in the streets died of thermal shock and still had their flesh intact which later formed the voids from which the later plaster casts were made.
Because they found that one chained skeleton indoors that showed signs of burning in a house fire (some singed bones) that only shows his/her death and not what was found on all the other discovered bodies.
All I recall they mentioned 1st hand Pompeian accounts leading up to the eruption?
AFAIK the only 1st hand account was Pliny the Younger who was on the otherside of the bay who starts just after the 1st massive eruption and what was later told him by his uncle's men none of who ever made landfall near Pompeii.
Actually I couldn't wait to see this movie and was going to see it on opening day but after seeing this documentary tied to this movie and how inaccurate both were I decided to pass on it.
p.s. Hopefully I didn't confuse either the slave market or the burnt bones with another Pompeii documentary that followed in on the same or another channel? I don't believe I did though.
I was a bit disappointed with the tone of this show. It revealed some really interesting facts and tried to bring the city to life but I thought the narration was too heavy handed in trying to evoke emotion. How many times do you have to say that they didn't know what was coming? Also it was mentioned that survivors of Pompei wrote about what happened. It would have been really interesting to know how there were survivors, who were they and how did they survive? Even if they lack specific facts about them I think there should have been more said about that.