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Was this global romp with Dan Snow and Sarah Parcak a Doctor Who adventure or a documentary? It was hard to tell

Rome's Lost Empire (BBC1, Sun) wasn't so much a documentary as an adventure in time and space. We begin in Alabama, with an awkward proposition. Presenter Dan Snow, channelling a charming mix of Hugh Grant and Doctor Who, has been talking to archaeologist Sarah Parcak for all of two minutes when he pops the question: "Ok, this is the thing, Sarah. The bottom line is: are you going to come with me round the Roman empire?"

She is, of course. That will have been agreed in advance. They don't just send presenters door-to-door on the off-chance some historian will agree to tour the world with them. Although one day it'd be fun to watch a documentary where they did. Five minutes in: "So, will you come with me »

- Tom Meltzer

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