The excavation of an entire city block on “POMPEII: THE NEW DIG” starting May 15 at 10 pm

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 PBS Joins BBC Two and Arte France as Co-Producer on Documentary Series


POMPEII: THE NEW DIG is a new three-part, three-hour documentary from Lion Television and independent distributor All3Media International, commissioned by BBC Two in a co-production with Arte France and PBS.

The series will premiere on Wednesday, May 15, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET on PBS,, and the PBS App. Additional episodes will air on May 22 and 29.

field scientists working on uncovering lost parts of PompeiiFrom the renowned creators of “Secrets of the Saqqara Tomb” and “Saving Venice,” POMPEII: THE NEW DIG follows the most extensive archaeological excavation in Pompeii for a generation. Nearly two years in the making, with exclusive access to the dig and the all-Italian team of archaeologists, the series follows the excavation of an entire city block, unearthing what life was like in Pompeii before the eruption and the horror faced by the victims, and those who survived when Vesuvius erupted in AD 79.

Remarkably, in the excavation, archaeologists uncovered a fresco that looked like a pizza. This artwork, dating back 2,000 years, was discovered in the Regio IX section of Pompeii’s archeological park, near Naples, where pizza originated. It was found on a wall in what seems to have been a hallway of a house, possibly connected to a bakery.

an ornate wall uncovered from Pompeii“We’re thrilled to continue our relationship with the accomplished teams at both Lion Television and All3Media International and collaborate on such a captivating show,” said Diana El-Osta, Senior Director, Multiplatform Programming and Development, PBS. “The recent excavation is unveiling valuable insights into Pompeii, showcasing there’s still much to discover. PBS viewers will get to join in on an intriguing 2,000-year journey, spanning from Pompeii’s ancient homes to the present day, and we can’t wait for them to watch.”

“We’re delighted to welcome PBS onboard as co-producer and broadcaster for US/Canada on Lion Television’s latest project,” said Jennifer Askin, SVP North America at All3Media International. “Infused with Lion Television’s trademark cinematic values and immersive storytelling, POMPEII: THE NEW DIG will take us right to the heart of a moment in history that has always fascinated audiences around the world. And by ensuring local experts play a central role, Lion Television is bringing true authenticity to the series, giving viewers a unique opportunity to join the archaeologists as they unearth more thrilling finds and add even more depth to the incredible story of Pompeii and its people.”