All3Media International Signs Deal with PBS for New Pompeii Series


PBS has acquired the U.S. broadcast rights for Lion Television’s upcoming factual series Pompeii: The New Dig from All3Media International.

The new three-part series follows the biggest excavation of Pompeii in a generation, revealing buried secrets and unsolved mysteries that have been hidden beneath volcanic ash. During the dig, archaeologists’ discoveries include a fresco dating back 2,000 years that looks like a pizza.

The series also reveals what happened to named survivors and traces their modern-day descendants living in Italy.

Pompeii: The New Dig is slated to premiere on BBC Two in the U.K. on April 15. On PBS in the U.S., it will debut on May 15, with additional episodes airing on May 22 and 29.

The series is co-produced with ARTE France, in association with All3Media International. Through the deal, PBS is also a co-producer.

“We’re delighted to welcome PBS onboard as co-producer and broadcaster for the U.S. on Lion Television’s latest project,” said Jennifer Askin, senior VP of 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.”

Diana El-Osta, senior director of multiplatform programming and development at PBS, added, “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. 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.”