What's on TV: Saturday, November 17
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What's on TV: Saturday, November 17

Drain the Pirate City

SBS, 8.30pm

Port Royal, Jamaica, sounds like the 17-century equivalent of Ibiza: a hard-partying place where its live-for-themoment inhabitants funded their lifestyle through piracy.

Drain the Pirate City.

Drain the Pirate City.

Well, perhaps not the piracy bit – but the city of 8000 people that was once known as one of the "wickedest places on Earth" certainly got its come-uppance on June 7, 1692, when an earthquake and tsunami destroyed the joint and left the Caribbean pirates either dead or homeless.

It takes only around five minutes into this rather ploddingly paced National Geographic documentary for the words "Captain Jack Sparrow" to be uttered, but there's sadly far less vision of the Pirates of the Caribbean ilk, much more vision of people poking at rusted things plucked from the sea and unimpressive graphics that together purport to solve a great mystery while in fact revealing there's little mystery to solve at all. Yo yo hum.