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PINK FLOYD: LIVE AT POM­PEII To­day, Sky Arts, 10.15pm

IT goes with­out say­ing that the mu­sic from this 1972 con­cert is al­most uni­ver­sally aw­ful. But it is still worth a look for the bril­liant shots of Pom­peii, the an­cient city in south­ern Italy de­stroyed by a vol­canic erup­tion in 79AD. Prob­a­bly best en­joyed with the vol­ume switched off.

SPY­ING ON THE ROY­ALS To­day, More 4, 10.25pm

AT the end of a week when Prince Harry and his bride vis­ited Ire­land, it’s per­fect tim­ing for a doc­u­men­tary about the roy­als and a US di­vor­cée. This two-part spe­cial ‘blows the lid on one of Bri­tain’s most con­tro­ver­sial es­pi­onage op­er­a­tions’, which cen­tred on Ed­ward VIII and Wal­lis Simp­son, inset above.

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT: THE MANWHO BUILT AMER­ICA To­mor­row, BBC4, 10pm

I THINK I am right in say­ing Frank Lloyd Wright is the only ar­chi­tect to have a song named af­ter him on a best-sell­ing al­bum. (So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright is on Si­mon & Gar­funkel’s Bridge Over Trou­bled Wa­ter.) Wright’s many cred­its in­clude the Guggen­heim Mu­seum in New York and Chicago’s Abra­ham Lin­coln Cen­ter. But this hour-long spe­cial also looks at his per­sonal life, in­clud­ing the 1914 mas­sacre when a ser­vant mur­dered Wright’s lover, her two chil­dren from a pre­vi­ous mar­riage and four oth­ers at the fam­ily home.

MARK KERMODE’S SE­CRETS OF THE CINEMA Tues­day, BBC4, 9pm

AC­CORD­ING to the pro­gramme blurb, this five-part se­ries pre­sented by Kermode, left, is ‘a fresh and per­sonal look at the art of cinema by ex­am­in­ing the tech­niques and con­ven­tions be­hind some clas­sic gen­res’. The gen­res in ques­tion are heist movies, hor­ror, com­ing-of-age sto­ries, sci­ence fic­tion and – for this opener – rom­coms.

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