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Season 18 Episode 4

Les Gellettes, Jersey

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Aired Sunday 5:45 PM Feb 27, 2011 on Channel 4
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Les Gellettes, Jersey
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Hitler's Island Fortress Tony Robinson gets to choose a site for investigation for the first time in the programme's history - and decides to take the team to Jersey, home to a German anti-aircraft battery built during the Second World War. As the experts explore the area, they realise their site was part of a far larger and more complex settlement, and discover shocking facts about the islanders' suffering during wartime.moreless

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    Bettany Hughes

    Bettany Hughes

    Historian

    Guest Star

    Martin Brown

    Martin Brown

    MOD Archaeological Advisor

    Guest Star

    Stuart Elliot (II)

    Stuart Elliot (II)

    Bomb Disposal Expert

    Guest Star

    Faye Simpson

    Faye Simpson

    Field Archaeologist

    Recurring Role

    Tracey Smith (II)

    Tracey Smith (II)

    Field Archaeologist

    Recurring Role

    Ian Barclay

    Ian Barclay

    Digger/Driver

    Recurring Role

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    • TRIVIA (1)


      • In keeping with the German Occupation theme of this episode the font used in all the graphics was Fraktur, the classic 'gothic' German script.


    • QUOTES (4)


      • Tony: Last year an amateur archaeologist was walking through these woods when he came across a load of lumps and bumps, and they were very lumpy and bumpy. He was told that this site played a crucial role in the defence of this island during the Second World War and he realised that they needed to be looked at before it was lost forever. So he called time team about and then said that no one has ever dug a site like this before, because although this is British soil, these defences aren't British, they're German. Part of the vast complex of defences built by Hitler to turn jersey into an island fortress.


        Oh and by the way that amateur archaeologist, was me. So I'm going to be under quite a bit of pressure over the next few days. I wonder how long before the archaeologists stop talking to me?

      • Stuart: (briefing to the assembled team) This is a T-75, so if you happen to tap this with your trowel I would suggest you stop tapping it and basically make your way away from it.



        Phil: So are you still happy to go ahead with this?



        Tony: I'm feeling slightly more cautious about the whole thing.


      • Phil: Ben, Martin.


        Martin: What've you got?



        Phil: Well it looks about 3 or 4 inches long.



        Ben: And sort of 20mm in diameter.



        Phil: …and about 20 millimetres in diameter.


      • Tony: There's 10's of 1000's of pounds worth of computers in here for the graphics, the geophysics, the GPS it's our technological epicentre ......and over here is a grown man in a sand-pit. Stewart, what are you mucking about at?



        Stewart: I don't think I've ever been described as a grown man before, Tony.


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