Time Team

Season 19 Episode 7

Earls Colne, Essex

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Aired Sunday 5:45 PM Mar 04, 2012 on Channel 4
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Earls Colne, Essex
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The only Earl is Essex.

Property magnate Paul Whight has two very expensive hobbies. He collects and drives classic racing cars, which he keeps in the grounds of his second obsession - his beautiful stately home and garden in Essex.

Paul is so keen to know everything he can about the history of his home that he's rashly invited Tony Robinson and Time Team in to do their worst.

The site used to be owned by one of the nation's foremost families, the De Veres, who were better known as the Earls of Oxford.

In the twelfth century they founded a grand priory somewhere on this site, and centuries later they may well have built themselves a fine country house.

What's more, the most famous and dissolute Earl of Oxford - who some believe wrote Shakespeare's plays - might even be buried here.

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Alex Hollowood

Alex Hollowood

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Guest Star

Martyn Western

Martyn Western

Graphical Artist

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Glyn Jenkins

Glyn Jenkins

Graphical Artist

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Emma Wood

Emma Wood

Geophysicist

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Matt Williams (IV)

Matt Williams (IV)

Field Archaeologist

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Raksha Dave

Raksha Dave

Field Archaeologist

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  • QUOTES (3)

    • Tony: To be or not to be, that is the question. Don't worry I haven't gone all actor-y on you, this is Time Team and we're at Earls Colne in Essex. Underneath that lawn we're hoping to find a 12th century priory which was founded by one of the richest families in England. This could turn out to be the burial ground of one of the great English dynasties including one mysterious Earl whose rumoured to be either the inspiration for Shakespeare's Hamlet, or even the Bard himself. The stage is set. We've got just three days to find him; oh, and the priory.

    • Phil: How long's the trench?
      John: 10 metres.
      Phil: 10 metres, right. If this looks we good, presumably there's no good reason why we can't extend it along here.
      John: How can you talk about extending it, we've not even put the trench in yet.

    • Tony: Geophys have a mountain to climb. To survey the entire site and iron out the floor plan, we're talking 8 miles of trolley pushing.

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Tony: (after find the first skull) It's Yorick!


      Yorick is a fictional character in William Shakespeare's play Hamlet. He is the deceased court jester whose skull is exhumed by the gravedigger in Act 5, Scene 1. The sight of Yorick's skull evokes a monologue from Prince Hamlet.

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