Anybody see the Last Day of Pompeii on the Discovery Channel. Amazing special using modern geology and very cool computer animation to recreate the final hours of Pompeii and Herculaneum. The show's developers also took records and surviving artifacts found in the rubble (for example, historians knew who were some of the richest citizens to die in the disaster because of contemporary records, as well as names and titles from surviving frescoes) to write back stories about what the experience must have been like for those trapped in it.
Although I didn't completely dig the whole "day in the life of Quintus the Thracian," the thought of having my skin turned to charcoal and my brain boiled in split seconds from a super-heated cloud of volcanic dust was incredibly sobering.
I also learned some interesting tidbits, like what a Fuller's shop was all about.