Pompeii: The Last Day

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Pompeii: The Last Day
GenreDocudrama
Written byEdward Canfor-Dumas
Directed byPeter Nicholson
Starring
Narrated by
Composer(s)Ty Unwin
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
Production
Executive producer(s)Michael J. Mosley
Producer(s)Ailsa Orr
Running time90 minutes
DistributorBBC
Broadcast
Original channelBBC One
Original airing20 October 2003
Chronology
Related shows
External links
Website
 
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Pompeii: The Last Day
GenreDocudrama
Written byEdward Canfor-Dumas
Directed byPeter Nicholson
Starring
Narrated by
Composer(s)Ty Unwin
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
Production
Executive producer(s)Michael J. Mosley
Producer(s)Ailsa Orr
Running time90 minutes
DistributorBBC
Broadcast
Original channelBBC One
Original airing20 October 2003
Chronology
Related shows
External links
Website

Pompeii: The Last Day is a 2003 dramatized documentary that tells of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius on 24 August 79 AD. This eruption covered the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum in ash and pumice, killing all those trapped between the volcano and the sea. The documentary portrayed the different phases of the eruption. It was directed by Peter Nicholson and written by Edward Canfor-Dumas.

Production[edit]

The film was directed and produced by the BBC in co-production with TLC.[1][citation needed]

Awards[edit]

Sound supervisor Simon Farmer won the 2005 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Sound Editing for Nonfiction Programming (Single or Multi-Camera) for this production.[2][3]

It was the highest rated specialist factual programme of the year with an audience of 10.3 million and a 40% share.[5]

Plot[edit]

The documentary tells the story of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius from the point of view of assorted inhabitants of Pompeii and Herculaneum whose names and occupations are known, including a local politician and his family, a fuller, his wife, and two gladiators. Historical characters included Pliny the Elder and his nephew Pliny the Younger.

It draws heavily on the eyewitness account of Pliny the Younger as well as historical research and recent discoveries in volcanology. Extensive CGI was used to recreate the effects of the eruption.

Death throes[edit]

Most of the people who were in Pompeii when the fourth pyroclastic surge hit died instantly or slowly suffocated to death.

Cast[edit]

Depiction[edit]

A computer-generated depiction of the eruption is inaccurate. The depiction of the Temple of Jupiter, facing the forum, and the Temple of Apollo, across the portico to the left, are inaccurate, and the shown state of the porticoes around the forum is also at least questionable, as they all appear intact during this recreation of the 79 eruption; it is widely known that at least the Temples of Jupiter and Apollo had been destroyed 17 years before, during the 62 earthquake, and that they had not been rebuilt by the time the city was finally destroyed in the 79 eruption.[citation needed]

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