Mercury (Hobart) - - TELEVISION - Don’t Stop The Mu­sic Pom­peii’s Fi­nal Hours: New Ev­i­dence

ABC, 7.40pm In this sprightly doco, we meet prin­ci­pal Lee Musumeci, who is on a mis­sion to em­power kids at her Perth school with mu­sic. Proven to be one of the most ef­fec­tive tools in en­hanc­ing learn­ing, a proper mu­si­cal ed­u­ca­tion has been out of reach for her dis­ad­van­taged stu­dents – un­til now. With the help of mu­si­cal ex­perts and a celebrity in Guy Se­bas­tian (pic­tured), they com­mence a state-of-the-art sing­ing and in­stru­ment pro­gram. SBS, 7.35pm This melo­dra­matic doc­u­men­tary fea­tures some quite dis­tress­ing scenes. It’s fas­ci­nat­ing stuff, but also quite stom­ach-churn­ing as one of the world’s most fa­mous nat­u­ral dis­as­ters is in­ves­ti­gated. But there’s thank­fully a bit of hu­mour among the death and destruc­tion. Premier­ing tonight, his­to­rian Bet­tany Hughes and ar­chae­ol­o­gist Rak­sha Dave ex­plore what life was like in the fi­nal days of the doomed an­cient Ro­man city of Pom­peii.

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