Digging Up Britain: A New History in Ten Extraordinary Discoveries
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Eddie Redmayne, Donald Sutherland, Sarah Parish, Mathew McFadyen and an all-star ensemble cast try to build a medieval cathedral, against a backdrop of political strife and religious turmoil. Every day, on a sandy beach or a rocky foreshore, fascinating evidence of Britain’s history appears and disappears as the tide rolls in and rolls back out again. Who knew you could have a Roman fort, a Viking burial ground or William the Conqueror's lost priory buried under the petunias?
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Possibly one of the most famous discoveries of British archaeology occurred in 2012 when archaeologists at Leicester University uncovered the remains of one of England’s most famous kings in a car park of all places. It’s a spin-off from the much-loved Horrible Histories series, and follows Robin and his companions (a suite of other historical ghosts) as they try to haunt a country house.Hugh Dennis said: “The Great British Dig is a fantastic format which combines finding out about the history of where you live and the surprising things that lie under your own back garden. In The Great British Dig, actor and comedian Hugh Dennis is joined by an expert team of archaeologists to excavate back gardens around Britain, in an attempt to uncover the lost history buried beneath our lawns and flower beds – recruiting local people to get digging too. Dr Alice Roberts visits archaeological excavations around the UK, linking together the results of digs and investigations the length and breadth of the country to build up a picture of the y.
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With a good blend of digging, romance and drama (plus an all-star cast), this emotional film is the perfect watch for a cosy night in! Read all Dr Alice Roberts visits archaeological excavations around the UK, linking together the results of digs and investigations the length and breadth of the country to build up a picture of the year in British archaeology. This documentary follows the discovery, alongside comedian Simon Farnaby, as the team chases the question that’s been under debate for centuries: what was Richard III really like?
The most exciting finds are brought into Alice’s new Digging Tent for further investigation and analysis to give insight into discoveries that span over 10,000 years of British history. Judging from the place in the credits might be Nick Gillam-Smith for this episode, mistitled as Series Producer only. What I love about Digging for Britain is that, when we set out to film the series, we have no idea what discoveries might come to light.
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The whole show opens with the famous Viking raid on Lindisfarne in AD 793 – the exact site we’ve been investigating for the last 4 years.
Dr Alice Roberts visits archaeological excavations around the UK, linking together the results of digs and investigations the length and breadth of the country to build up a picture of the year in British archaeology. The 11m x 7m (36ft x 23ft) floor has three panels showing a climactic moment from the Trojan war in which the Greek hero Achilles fights, kills and then ransoms the body of his Trojan opponent Hector.