Secrets in the Dust
Monday, 10.30pm, History A second season for Secrets in the Dust dawns this week. The program is about unearthing long-buried treasure and is not always set in the present. While my research suggests the first episode should have been all about Angkor Wat, the Hindu temple complex in Cambodia, the History channel is going instead with Atlantis: A Dive into History. To make it all seem more realistic, expensivelooking re-enactments abound. The first is of Greek sponge divers off the coast of Tunisia. It’s supposed to be May 1907, and, despite those terrific underwater helmets and air hose-equipped suits divers wore a century ago, the sponge collecting isn’t going well. The men have been at it for more than three hours with not a single sponge found. But what’s that, just under the surface? Good lord, it’s a head! But while it is supposed to be a priceless relic it looks like the kind frequently found in junk markets and the storage vaults of set designers. I guess they blew the budget on the terrific old boat, those leaden shoes for ballast and the antique diving suits. Have these deeply tanned but unwitting sponge hunters stumbled across the lost kingdom of Atlantis? I’ll leave that to you to find out. know why everyone has cutesy-pie nicknames, tune in.