In mid October 2012 an all-points bulletin was emailed to Time Team staff. It announced that after 20 seasons and over 230 episodes the programme was being axed by Channel 4. A few days later news of Time Team‘s demise broke in the Guardian. It was a perfunctory end for a television institution that, over two decades, made British archaeology more accessible and popular than ever. Here we chart the highs and lows of a revolutionary format that aimed to bring archaeology to the people.

Photograph of three spades stuck upright in the ground, against a blue sky and rolling fields in the background. Phil Harding's hat hang's on one of the spade handles.

20 years is a long time in television. In the immediate aftermath of a programme’s cancellation it is traditional to attempt a post-mortem of what went wrong. But in this, as in so many other ways, Time Team bucks the trend. It is practically unheard of for a factual, specialist programme to spend two decades as the public face of its subject and become a national institution along the way. While Time Team unquestionably experienced problems, particularly in its final years, this much-loved show was an astonishing success, propelling modern archaeology into the public conscious as never before.  As Francis Pryor observed on his blog, in many ways the real question is ‘what went right?’

The beginnings of Time Team: season 1 stalwarts (from left to right) Mick Aston, Victor Ambrus, Phil Harding, Geraldine Barber, Carenza Lewis, Tony Robinson, and Robin Bush.
The beginnings of Time Team: season 1 stalwarts (from left to right) Mick Aston, Victor Ambrus, Phil Harding, Geraldine Barber, Carenza Lewis, Tony Robinson, and Robin Bush.

A brief history of Time Team

Time Team‘s genesis is a well-rehearsed story. Its prototype was Timesigns, a four-part series that aired in 1991. Exploring the archaeology of the Roadford Reservoir, Devon, this came about after Tim Taylor approached Mick Aston to present the series. With Phil Harding also on board, three members of the future Time Team core were in place. Yet despite bringing the past to life using the familiar ingredients of  excavation, landscape survey and reconstructions — including Phil felling a tree with a flint axe —  Timesigns is a very different beast.

Available to view on 4oD (, watching it now provides a salutatory lesson in just how revolutionary the Time Team format was. Slower paced, Timesigns has Mick talking directly to the camera in a style more akin to a history documentary or Open University broadcast. There is a focus on interesting, previously discovered, artefacts, while pipe music lends an almost mystical air to proceedings. Jim Mower (development producer, see his opinion piece here) believes that Phil Harding’s material was among the most innovative. Shots of him in woodland seeking out raw materials for a reconstructed axe allowed the audience to witness the hands-on practical process. Placing viewers at the heart of the action would become a Time Team hallmark.

While filming Timesigns,  Tim and Mick regularly discussed other ways to bring archaeology to a television audience. What proved to be the fateful conversation took place in a Little Chef on the Okehampton bypass. Mick mentioned that he had recently missed a train and, having a couple of hours to kill, decided to explore. During that time he deduced the town’s Medieval layout. Struck by how much could be learnt in a few hours, Tim wondered what could be achieved in a few days. When he took this pitch to various studios, however, no one wanted to know.

It was not the first time that a chance conversation with Mick had got someone thinking about television archaeology. A few years earlier Tony Robinson had joined a trip Mick was leading to Santorini as part of his adult education work for Bristol University. The pair bonded on the idyllic Greek island, where Mick’s aptitude for breathing life into the past convinced Tony that archaeology had untapped television potential.  But when he returned to Britain, Tony found the studios equally intransient.

The breakthrough came when Timesigns proved an unexpected hit. Suddenly Channel 4 was receptive to the idea of a major archaeology programme. Tim Taylor devised the name ‘Time Team’, and in 1992 a pilot episode was filmed in Dorchester-on-Thames. Never screened and reputedly lost in the Channel 4 vaults, this pilot captured a show that was as radically different to Timesigns as it was to later Time Team episodes.

Envisioned as a quiz show in the vein of Challenge Anneka — running on BBC 1 from 1989 to 1995 — the team were called on to solve archaeological mysteries while racing against the clock. Envelopes hidden at strategic points would set challenges along the lines of ‘find the Medieval high street in two hours’. Judged a misfire by Channel 4, it could have been the end.

Instead Time Team‘s format was radically overhauled. Shades of the quiz-show concept do survive into early episodes of Time Team proper. The onscreen introduction of team members and their specialist skills was a hangover from a time when participants would have varied from week to week, rather than coalescing into a core group. Meanwhile Tony’s role transformed from a quiz master to translator of all things archaeological for a general audience.

The final piece of the jigsaw fell into place during the fledgling Time Team‘s first episode. Filmed at Athelney, site of Alfred the Great’s apocraphal burnt cakes, the site was scheduled, precluding excavation. Instead John Gater, the programme’s ‘geophys’ wizard (see CA 252), surveyed the field. Despite the Ancient Monuments Laboratory having drawn a blank the year before, John’s state-of-the-art kit revealed the monastic complex in startling clarity. Best of all, the cameras were rolling to capture the archaeologists’ euphoria as the geophysical plot emerged from a bulky printer in the back of the survey vehicle.

National treasures

Mick Aston at a desk working through historic maps

As well as an arresting demonstration of the power of teamwork, Athelney showed how geophysics could be the heart of the programme. As Mick Aston observed ‘the geophys and Time Team have always gone hand in hand. It is the programme really. Geophysics gives you that instant picture you can then evaluate’. John has kept on top of technical advances, and the results of his survey of Brancaster Roman fort provide one of the outstanding moments in the forthcoming season 20. The breathtaking 3D model it produced of the buried structures persuaded English Heritage to commission a complete survey on the spot.

The original team brought an impressive breadth of skills to the programme. Victor Ambrus’ peerless ability to bring the past to life on the fly, for example, was harnassed after his artwork caught Tim Taylor’s eye in Readers’ Digest. The late Robin Bush brought a degree of historical expertise that would be missed almost as much as the man himself following his departure in 2003. Despite their varied talents and backgrounds it quickly became apparent that the team had a natural chemistry.

Time Team has sometimes been accused of peddling stereotypes to the public, but anyone who has met the archaeologists will know that they are not cynical media-savvy operators adopting false personas for the camera. Indeed, the only affectation on Time Team was Mick’s famous stripy jumper. Requested by a commissioning editor to wear more colourful clothing Mick turned up in the most garish garment he could find as a joke, only to be told it was perfect. Far from a media concoction, the unique individuals on Time Team were filmed going about their work with an honesty and integrity that has seen the series heralded as Britain’s first reality television show. There can be little doubt that part of the show’s early success stems from the audience warming to the group’s genuine passion for teasing out the past.

If there had been a mission statement for the show during those early days, it would have been the democratisation of archaeology. Rather than targeting the palaces and castles of the rich and famous, individual episodes modestly sought to solve simple, local questions. This was highlighted by having a member of the public read out a letter of invitation at the beginning, posing the question they wanted answered. The message was simple: this is local archaeology, it is your archaeology. Such an approach was perfectly realised by Graham Dixon, the director of the first few seasons. Schooled in observational documentaries, Graham followed the digs as they evolved. His technique fostered a sense of immediacy for viewers, placing them on the trench edge when discoveries happened and making them privy to key discussions.

Tim Taylor recalls that ‘some archaeologists were initially, quite fairly, a bit sceptical.’ One aspect that some treated with suspicion was the three-day deadline. Research digs usually ran for weeks if not months, and it was questioned whether anything approaching responsible archaeology could be achieved in a mere three days. Such speed was certainly not ideally suited to showcase all of the techniques available to modern archaeologists. Hundreds of pounds would be spent on scientific dating such as C14, with the results only coming back in time for a line of dialogue to be dubbed on months after filming had concluded.

Coincidentally, digging within a tight timeframe echoed contemporary changes underway in the profession. The implementation of Planning Policy Guidance 16 in 1990 enshrined archaeology within the development process and paved the way for today’s professional units. Obliged to cut evaluation trenches to meet the deadlines of multi-million pound construction projects, the 1990s saw a surge in short-term excavation projects. It led to an appreciation of just how much information could be quickly gleaned from comparatively modest trenching. The thrill of time running out also engaged viewers, and Time Team’s popularity was rewarded with increasingly longer series. Season 1, aired in 1994, had four episodes, while season 2 followed with five, and season 3 boasted six.

Golden Age

Seasons 9-12 are often seen as Time Team‘s golden age. Screening 13 episodes a year, as well as live digs and specials the programme was ubiquitous. Tapped into the national zeitgeist, its stars were household names and at its zenith Time Team was pulling in audiences of 3 — 3.5 million viewers. Now the format was safely established the programme was increasingly able to capitalise on its fame and access big name sites — ultimately even Buckingham Palace. While the allure of such sites created a powerful television spectacle, it also marked a move away from the programme’s humble local archaeology origins.

Time Team‘s status as a staple of the television schedule also wrought changes behind the scenes. The big step-change in output came between series 5 and 6 — in 1998 and 1999 — when the annual number of episodes leapt from 8 to 13. Such mass-production was only possible with more rigorous processes guiding filming. With the archaeologists at the height of their game, by now the team was so confident of the three-day regime that development producer Jim Mower describes their appearance on site as ‘like getting the A Team in’. Many a critic was silenced by seeing the team in action.

Tony Robinson, filming a piece to camera at Rise Hill.
Tony Robinson, filming a piece to camera at Rise Hill

Even after its star began to wane Time Team remained popular. An audience study in 2006 indicated that 20 million people watched at least one show that year. As late as season 18 the programme was pulling in a respectable audience of 1.1 million, partly because it had built up a loyal following, and partly because the team were still digging great sites. It was season 19 that changed everything. In 2011 the production centre for the programme moved from London to Cardiff. A political gesture aimed at building up regional television, Time Team was picked because it seemed a safe pair of hands. Jim describes this miscalculation as a ‘death blow’, which cost the show almost all of its behind the scenes staff. Expertise honed over 15 years was lost at a stroke, to be replaced by crew and production staff who knew neither each other nor archaeology. Despite some great new people who learnt fast, expecting them to produce the same calibre of product immediately was just too big a demand.

The 2006 audience survey also identified that Time Team‘s core audience consisted of families and people aged over 45 / 50. With Channel 4 keen to attract more supposedly affluent viewers in their 20s and 30s, season 19 also tinkered with the format. A number of archaeological old hands were sacrificed in favour of more youthful presenters. Disgusted, Mick walked out, explaining later ‘For some reason they didn’t think “oh, we’d better run that past Mick.” He’s the archaeological consultant, he might have an opinion about that’ (see CA 271). The changes proved too much, too fast, and viewing figures crashed to 700,000. While the yet-to-air season 20 promises a return to more-traditional Time Team values, it was too late. By the summer of 2012 Channel 4 no longer wanted ‘old’ Time Team. Jim summed up their approach as ‘messing with something perfectly fine, and when it wasn’t a success, blaming the people trying to make it work.’

Time Team‘s cost also made it vulnerable. Towards the end of its run an average episode would cost around £200,000 — a budget more on the scale of a small drama show in the eyes of television insiders — but over 20 years Channel 4 pumped £4 million directly into British archaeology. It is to the Channel’s credit that it did this despite much of that outlay being channelled into post-excavation work that never appeared onscreen. The money was well spent, and today only five Time Team sites remain unpublished — a record that shames many UK units and academics. Tim Taylor explains ‘because we’ve involved Wessex Archaeology in our work for the last 10 or so years the reports are really good quality. In terms of Cotswolds villas Time Team has probably covered more of them than anyone else. We’ve also done the landscapes around them, so if you want additional information then the Time Team reports contain that.’

And in the end

Time Team’s legacy leaves much to celebrate. It brought the money and expertise to investigate sites that would otherwise never have been touched. The Isle of Mull episode in season 17 is a great example of what could be discovered. With only some strange earthworks exciting the curiosity of local amateur archaeologists to go on, the programme was flexible enough to be able to take a gamble. The result was a previously unknown 5th-century monastic enclosure linked to St Columba. It enabled a local group to secure Historic Lottery Fund money to dig the site. Time Team excavations at Binchester’s Roman fort also helped kickstart a research project that is still in rude health (see CA 263).

Tony Robinson is proud of the programme’s success in making archaeology accessible. ‘I think we’ve brought it into the forefront of people’s attention. Prior to us, by and large archaeology was something you could only really appreciate if you read books with long words in them. Now everyone knows the word “geophys”. We always joke about that, but I think it’s indicative of how people understand archaeology is a process. People understand it isn’t treasure hunting — well, we probably still have some way to go with that one!’ Tim points to ‘Over 230 films that have been seen in 36 countries. People seem to enjoy them. So we manage to get something enjoyable, which at the same time is also useful. That’s fairly unusual.’

Anyone who visited one of their digs while shooting was underway will have seen the devotion it inspired in members of the public. And the journey is not quite over yet. With Season 20 airing next year, and a series of one-off specials running into 2014, there is still new Time Team on the way. While viewing it might be a bittersweet experience we should enjoy the moment while we can. We may not see its like again.

This feature was published in Current Archaeology issue 274.

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  1. pauline perrins
    March 10, 2015 @ 5:29 pm

    Comment above to An Aussie !


    • Jan-Marie Jasper
      July 9, 2019 @ 2:53 pm

      So do I want time team to come back


  2. paul tressel
    June 2, 2015 @ 3:12 am

    I am trying to get a contact e-mail address for Tim Taylor (IV) because a group of archeologists in Canada would like to see a Time Team Canada started and we need advice and any other help from the expert. Can anyone help us with the contact? Regards, Paul Tressel


  3. Martyn F
    August 7, 2015 @ 1:41 pm

    Time Team was a massive part of my life, I’m still watching it even now on more 4 :O

    Its one of those few things in life that meant so much, really looked forward to every episode. Will there ever be a time when I wouldn’t watch Time Team repeats? NEVER. The team are irreplaceable, such a huge whole left in life once the program ended.


    • Jan marie jasper
      August 13, 2015 @ 9:40 am

      I watch time team on more 4
      And I really enjoy watching
      All the repeats are still amazing


      • Edwin Wright
        June 11, 2019 @ 10:38 am

        I also watch ime team every day without fail


  4. K Killigrew
    April 8, 2016 @ 11:23 am

    Sunday afternoons will never be the same, a wonderful programme. Spoilt in the end by “Fixing something that wan’t bust”.


    • Doreen Agutter
      February 5, 2020 @ 8:45 pm

      I watched all but episode 1. A relative alerted us to Time Team husband and I were long term enthusiasts. I had drawn him into the subject a few years after we married but I had the privilege of degree training. I thought the programmes inspiring and my grief was genuine at its loss of experts like Mick Aston and the programmes’ ending.The occasional sighting of a long lost member like Carenza Lewis in a published Report makes me wish for the experience as it unfolded once again. I still enjoy my archaeology despite my age not being able to take part in the reality. I recommend Current Archaeology to young and old as a way of covering all eras and defining ones particular interests in the subject.


  5. Anne Nicelyt
    July 28, 2016 @ 3:04 am

    just found TT on Acorn streaming. Have watched 8 seasons and enjoying them all. Love the show and all the characters – especially Phil!


  6. John Paxton
    September 9, 2016 @ 7:14 pm

    Time team is currently repeated on more-4 each midweek day and sometimes Saturdays, but I still miss fresh episodes and the original presenters and everyone should put pressure on c4 for more episodes even if it were one a month !


    • Jan marie jasper
      September 9, 2016 @ 7:55 pm

      Yes I agree I miss fresh episode aswell please come back


    • Terry Gallagher
      September 29, 2016 @ 9:08 pm

      Yes I agree, the quality of weekend television is terrible – give us back some interesting programs


  7. Carol Leach
    September 14, 2017 @ 6:44 pm

    Still record and watch the show love it all I can say is Bring back Time Team


  8. Rob Martindale
    October 15, 2017 @ 9:03 pm

    Yeah. Spent many an hour intrigued by the whole show and the people on it. Brilliant. Brought up 3 kids on it. I’m retired now and would love to get involved in archeology at some level. Inspiring stuff.


    • Dee Weightman
      October 16, 2017 @ 12:35 pm

      Try Dig Ventures, an online crowd-funded Archaeology site. Raksha Dave from Time Team is part of it.


  9. Andrew White
    October 18, 2017 @ 11:44 am

    Possibly my favourite television programme. I was disappointed with the change in format, it was like losing family. Finding it was to completely end, not, as I’d hoped, to revert to its more successful format I was quite heart broken.
    If I’d been younger when the programme first started I would have loved to have studied archaeology to work in such a fascinating area, I had little knowledge of or interest in archaeology before. and I’m so grateful to all the Time Team members for a wonderful 20 seasons.


  10. Rebecca
    October 19, 2017 @ 11:24 am

    Beautifully expressed, Andrew. I share your sentiments totally.


  11. Debi
    November 2, 2017 @ 1:03 pm

    We live in USA. Discovered Time Team after visiting U.K. In 2014. Loved the history of U.K. So my husband looked for more info. Found Time Team on You Tube. It’s our favoite show. It has also helped me find out more about my own history that goes back to U.K.


  12. Ozzie John
    December 3, 2017 @ 4:44 am

    Have caught onto Time Team on the History Channel. I record episodes that I cannot watch on the day. What a great show. The UK is lucky that it has such a long history. Not that I want to live there though am quite happy to be an Australian. My nana came from England in 1901. All the others as far back as 1828 from Ireland and Scotland. Yes as convicts and bloody proud of it.
    Mary-Ann Ochota caused the Time Teams slow demise as she and the behind the scene executives strangled a Team that had worked played and laughed together over so many years making not good but great viewing. I am wondering how many viewers watch the Time Team now. 2017


  13. Caroline
    January 9, 2018 @ 7:46 pm

    My husband and I decided to get rid of our tv when we had 2 young sons. Reason: we hardly spoke to each other and what we were watching on tv was hardly worthwhile. Still, we liked to watch something online every now and than rather than read a book, play a game or just talk to each other and that’s when my husband showed me the first episodes of Time Team, which he remember from his youth. And really, TT changed my life! The way Phil, Mick, Tony and company have made an impact on my life, you have no idea. With my boys now being 8, 6 and 4 years old, we are still watching the episodes and in our holidays we try out some of the things we’ve seen on TT. My oldest son and my husband dream of being as good in tapping flint as Phil! 🙂 Too bad for the changes they made, these new guys tried hard, but you can’t replace what the “old” team had, the magic, the small things,… Still, I’m grateful for what they achieved and for what it has meant to me and still does. Thank you, Time Team!!! Always will be in my heart! xx


    • Michael
      July 26, 2018 @ 7:28 pm

      Ozzy John has it right, Anne Marie put a wall in to TT and it showed in every show afterwards, when you see the fun they all had prior to he joining, she should be ashamed of her achievement in dissolving a great show. Maybe one day she will say sorry to us all.


  14. Toni sharkey
    March 10, 2018 @ 1:59 am

    Hi. The time team has brought history, archaeology, geophys and a devoted team of professionals into my life. I rue the fact that as a child we used encyclopaedias 20 years out of date. Thank you time team, one and all, I constantly watch the reruns on the history channel here is oz. and use my iPad to follow through my own enquirers. Thank you, thank you, I’ve loved the passion, warmth, fun, humour and absolute professionalism that you all have brought to history. I often wish you could all come to my back yard 1 acre) and help me find the many many pairs of secateurs buried therein. Cheers. Toni Victoria australia


  15. Michael
    April 9, 2018 @ 8:12 am

    Time Team brought so much into my life, being bed ridden, television being a large part of my life now. Team Team gang were so funny with their understanding of each other and professional approach to their subject, their knowledge of it all and portrayal to the audience was so entertaining, and Tony added an open view to a usually flat subject, with his level headed approach to academics and gave it life. my point in this is, ‘why try to fix it if it ain’t broke’ change is not always as good as a rest. now I rely on repeats. very sad.


    May 17, 2018 @ 1:19 pm

    You wonder what kind of palsy comes over TV programers when they occasionally axe the best shows, shows with strong, solid substance!!! Shows that actually ADD something GOOD to the mix. Strata indeed! This was a fresh ongoing series with a warm and positive vibe, an interesting treat on TV. Whichever fool(s) cut it, perhaps they are now also, gone…so please bring Time Team back… it was a great staple!


  17. Michelle Varran
    June 6, 2018 @ 8:03 am

    An absolute feast of mind, interest and the ever curiosity of young and old alike about “What lie underneath that humble plot of soil?”….TIme Team approached that “humble plot” we would all like to delve into….they bring that knowledge of ‘how” with them and together unveal little glimspes of anothers past which we back bring here, to today….as a reflection and connection….like a mirror between centuries and times…and sunrises and pleasant breezes of a long ago Sunday afternoon…


  18. John Potter
    July 8, 2018 @ 10:16 pm

    I thought it was the Bi..o presenter the doomed it for sure, brought in because we are all suddenly dumb. (and its cost increases)


    • Michael
      July 10, 2018 @ 6:05 am

      Was it one persons requirements that brought extras into the show, persons not wanted nor needed, also not as talented as a walnut. I wonder how Tony felt with this introduction, as he had been doing the job for so long, and never once boring.


  19. dolly
    July 22, 2018 @ 6:20 pm what my 11 year old gran daughter is looking into training for…..shows like these are needed more


  20. sue
    August 25, 2018 @ 8:27 am

    We love Time Team and are astonished at its demise. My grandson is a budding archeologist and watches it over and over again. He is 10. His Uncle, my brother, has to dig up a dig with him when he comes on holiday and he is in there like a professional. Its amazing. And they have taken it off and broken up a brilliant team. All the best shows are taken off and all we are left with is the boring and so untrue Archers. Sad days.


  21. Martin W
    September 7, 2018 @ 12:11 pm

    Miss TT so much. A unique combination of expertise, enthusiasm and humour. I would love to see as many of the team as posible brought together for specials or even to tell us what they are involved in now.


  22. David Warnock
    October 7, 2018 @ 9:56 pm

    Back in the olden days(late 70’s) I was accused of being an anglophile by the University of New Mexico professor who was trying to recruit me, an English Major, into his new American Studies department. It seems there was no need for one before Women’s Studies and all those other nonwhite studies. I had to think about it before I realized what he meant. My dad worked for the National Park Service and I was born quite near Chaco Canyon[(a universally important archeological site) in a Navajo mission(Christian) hospital]. I will watch Time Team episodes as long as I last. Hopefully, I will be able to visit some.


  23. Michael Russell
    October 22, 2018 @ 5:40 am

    Being well aired on the Yesterday TV Channel Monday to Friday throughout the day


  24. Ronald atkinson
    January 9, 2019 @ 2:15 am

    Time team proved that nothing I is really lost it us just covered up soil sand and water 3 cheers for the team ron atkinson


  25. Bonnie M Reeves
    January 17, 2019 @ 8:16 pm

    One of the best programs EVER. We are headed to the UK in May from the US to see some of the TT sites.


  26. April Gray
    March 9, 2019 @ 8:08 pm

    RIP Mick Aston
    I love time team. I would be very happy, if it was revived.

    I am team Ainsworth, so he would have to be brought back.


  27. Val Sharpe
    April 7, 2019 @ 11:21 pm

    I am watching as many of the daily episodes as I can on New Zealand’s History Channel.It makes me nostalgic for the British history and archeological sites. I continue to be in awe of the fantastic skill and enthusiasm of the presenters.May TT be always available to us.


    • Janeth Horwith
      July 18, 2019 @ 6:51 pm

      I miss Mick, too. He was the BEST!!


  28. lesley
    April 27, 2019 @ 10:44 am

    I too wonder why they stopped it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I have just retired and it would be perfect NOW


  29. Osborn F Melanie
    May 8, 2019 @ 5:53 am

    It makes me want to poke nyy head in and see the Geophys, operate the diggers to open a trench and pick up a trowel and start digging! Archeology isn’t aloof anymore…TT built a bridge between laymen and pros! Who was the idiot that canceled it???


  30. Marion Deaves
    July 8, 2019 @ 10:49 pm

    I want Time Team brought back. I am sure there are more sites for them to investigate. I was especially interested in the programme on Looe Island chapel as my grandparents once owned Looe Island and I had been there and walked over the chapel remains.
    Please bring Time Team back.


    • RK in Denver
      August 10, 2019 @ 9:55 pm

      They can’t bring it back. Some of the regulars have retired, some have moved on to other things, a few have departed for Tír nan Óg or the Field of Reeds…


  31. Janeth Horwith
    July 18, 2019 @ 6:49 pm

    My absolute favorite TV program! I watch Time Team on Amazon Prime here in Phoenix, AZ USA every day!! Some episodes I’ve seen over three times each. I’ve always adored darling Tony Robinson since his days as “Baldric”, and Mick (RIP), Phil (gotta love him!) and the entire bunch breathed fresh life into the sometimes boring subject of Archaeology. It encouraged me to study the Neolithic, Bronze and Iron Ages. I owe a debt of gratitude to the wonderful Time Team ensemble. If Tim Taylor or anyone at Channel 4 ever got the itch in their pants to dig it all up again (pun intended) it would be so awesome. And if you do, please include the adorable and hilarious Raksha Dave, dear Francis Pryor and Stewart Ainsworth, all of whom have places near and dear to my heart.


  32. Barb Dossetter
    October 13, 2019 @ 1:23 pm

    I’ve binge watched Time Team on YouTube and up to S17. Watching how the team coalesce over time and their skills mature. It’s brilliant and helps this Singapore based Brit to feel less far away. I’ve learnt so much and enjoying every minuteo


  33. Mike
    December 17, 2019 @ 5:30 pm

    If you had to justify the value of television as a medium that can inform as well as entertain, Time Team would be the perfect example. But it’s also the fact that they didn’t just impart accumulated knowledge, they made new discoveries as we watched.


  34. Rose
    January 25, 2020 @ 10:31 pm

    Oh! my gosh, I am from Chula Vista Ca. and I just came across the time team on my tablet in November 2019. All I can tell u is that I was hooked. I love archeology, and it was so educational seeing how it is done. Enjoyed Tony and the whole crew, felt like u were part of the dig and part of the crew, they were all like family. It is to bad that the show was cut, there are so much more to find, discover and educate us all. I really loved the show and learned so much.


  35. Lorna
    January 27, 2020 @ 9:59 pm

    TT has inspired me to take up the challenge of retraining at the age of 67 for a second career in Heritage and Museum studies. Thanks Guys!


  36. Enigma
    February 20, 2020 @ 12:34 pm

    I have been fascinated by archaeology since reading Golden Books “Lost Cities and Vanished Civilizations,” at the age of nine, but only recently stumbled across TIME TEAM quite by accident one night. Desperate for a good documentary to watch over a late dinner, I discovered Tony Robinson’s Time Team special on the Mesolithic and “Doggerland.” Immediately, I was hooked. I generally watch one episode a night, but on weekends I sometimes binge watch until my eyeballs beg for mercy. Learning? I’m getting to the point at which I can glance at a find in a digger’s hand and exclaim, “Oh! Southern Gaulish Samian ware,” or ” Green Glaze, 14th Century.” Observing how so many, different, recondite specialty fields come together — paleopalynography. paleo-osteology, finds experts, experts in the Bronze Age or Rome — I am as raptured as Phil squatting in a newly opened trench exclaiming, “Oooh! Arrr! Looky tha’!” For me, as a genealogist, an episode really takes flight when, in addition to the dig, Robin Bush, or Guy D., or Carenza bring out a mediaeval charter, the Domesday Book, or the A.S. Chronicle. That some suburban folks welcomed the Team to pull up their patio, knock down their potting shed, and bore holes in their rafters, used to amaze me. Not any more. The Team had a comradery like that of an elite military unit. With Mick in his amazing technicolor jumpers playing father and patient teacher, fielding Tony’s layman’s questions, Phil as the eccentric uncle who could dig with the instincts of a terrier after a bone, John and his whiz-bang geo-phys, and all the other “children” hard at work in their specialties, the programme wasn’t merely TIME TEAM — it was TIME FAMILY.


  37. Alan McTavish retired in Spain)
    April 26, 2020 @ 9:34 am

    Time Team repeats on You Tube are helping to keep me sane during the Covid19 lockdown


  38. James
    October 25, 2020 @ 11:22 pm

    I have been binge watching on YouTube whilst laid up with a medical issue. Tim Team has finally brought British history into focus for me. It is sad to read the mechanics of its demise and, worse, to see it played out on screen. The utterly ridiculous “Dig by Wire” (S19E01) would have put me off permanently had it been the first episode I had seen (What, helicopters don’t work on Gateholm?). Fortunately, it wasn’t. Leave it to an insular management team to screw it up.


  39. Sharron Erickson
    October 30, 2020 @ 6:55 pm

    I’m 78 years old. Because of Time Team I now want to become an archeologist. I live in Minnesota and am anxious to explore sites of the indigenous people who lived and continue to live here. I can’t believe how much I have learned during Covid lock down because of Time Team. Thank you.


  40. Loten
    November 26, 2020 @ 5:58 am

    I agree with you Sharon…


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