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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Tv - Graeme Blun­dell

EX­PLORE Pom­peii, the an­cient mum­mi­fied city, in Lost Worlds: The Ro­man Em­pire — Grandeur and Deca­dence ( Sun­day, 7.35pm, SBS), the fi­nal episode of this ter­rific se­ries. Re­cent ex­ca­va­tions re­veal he­do­nis­tic signs of de­cay. In Rome, where cir­cuses were the chief form of en­ter­tain­ment, elab­o­rate spec­ta­cles were a reg­u­lar event in a vain at­tempt to gain favour from what­ever gods would lis­ten to Ro­man needs. Run­away ele­phants were still a prob­lem, as were fires in the wooden seats. Bril­liant Aus­tralian ac­tor Aaron Ped­er­sen ( catch him in SBS’s doco- style The Cir­cuit ) is a sub­ject of Inside Aus­tralia ’ s My Brother Vin­nie ( Wed­nes­day, 8pm, SBS). This in­ti­mate ob­ser­va­tional doco cap­tures his lov­ing re­la­tion­ship with 34- year- old brother Vin­cent, who suf­fers from mild cere­bral palsy and an in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­ity. A be­hind- thescenes look at the brothers re­turn­ing to their home town of Alice Springs. Strait Up: Sto­ries From the Tor­res Strait — Marcy’s Play­ground ( Thurs­day, 7.30pm, SBS) is an ir­re­sistible look at a part of Aus­tralia few of us know. If you loved last year’s RAN ( re­mote area nurse), don’t miss this cross- plat­form pro­gram that is also train­ing young in­dige­nous film­mak­ers. Ver­sailles Sto­ries: Mag­i­cal Nights ( Fri­day, 7.30pm, SBS) looks at the mad­ness of con­tem­po­rary art, cul­mi­nat­ing in a two- night ex­trav­a­ganza in­volv­ing wall­pa­per, coloured trans­paren­cies and a gi­ant disco ball.

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