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Season 16 Episode 2

Scargill Castle, County Durham.

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Aired Sunday 5:45 PM Jan 11, 2009 on Channel 4
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Scargill Castle, County Durham.
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The Wedding Present Tony Robinson and the team investigate a very unusual wedding present, Scargill Castle in Durham. When two archaeologists married, groom Neil Hammond gave his bride Caroline a ruined castle as a wedding present. However, the castle was reputed to have been a medieval stronghold in a violent era of battles between English and Scottish kings. The team spend three days exploring the history and layout of the site in order to paint a true picture of what the castle looked like in its prime.moreless

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    Niall Hammond

    Niall Hammond

    Landowner

    Guest Star

    Caroline Hardie

    Caroline Hardie

    Landowner

    Guest Star

    Richard K. Morriss

    Richard K. Morriss

    Historical Buildings Expert

    Guest Star

    Ian Powlesland

    Ian Powlesland

    Digger/Archaeologist

    Recurring Role

    Kerry Ely

    Kerry Ely

    Digger/Site Supervisor

    Recurring Role

    Raysan Shakir Al-Kubaisi

    Raysan Shakir Al-Kubaisi

    Graphical Artist

    Recurring Role

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      • Tony: Two archaeologists are gonna get married, right? And one of them wants to buy the other a wedding present. So what does he get her? A silver trowel? A pair of floral wellingtons? Not even close. He buys her this. This wreck was all that remained of Scargill Castle, a stronghold, in a lawless, violent landscape that was fought over for centuries by English and Scottish kings. Now after ten years of loving restoration, the gatehouse looks like this. And the new owners know that the Scargill family was once a powerful dynasty, they played host to a king, and they lived here for over 400 years. And yet in spite of all this obsessive investigation, no-one knows what Scargill Castle looked like in its prime. There's only one way to reveal a true picture of this home of the lords of the wild frontier, isn't there? And that's to dig it, and we're quite good at that, aren't we?

      • Tony: I'm still reeling from the fact that it's not a castle and it's a rubbish gatehouse. I'm not telling Caroline, I think I'll leave that to Mick.

      • Mick: It looks as if there's a big corner of a wall or something in there look, we need an area dug to check that out.
        Tony: Well we don't need a separate hole Mick, why don't we just link the two into one big hole?
        Mick: Fine, fine…(walking away) He's shouting at me again.

      • Mick: So what do we think it is?
        John: It could be a capped well, it could be a dovecote
        Mick: Somebody said a pond or a well.
        John: I'm slightly concerned that it's not actually round.
        Mick: Oh, right.
        John: I'm slightly concerned it might be an artefact of the processing.
        Mick: So it may not be a circular structure?
        John: It may not be. I'm just flagging for the record
        Ian: So we're looking for a circular square that may or may not be a dovecote or a well?
        John: Yep, that's it.
        Mick: Bomb crater?

      • Ian: It's a big hole in the ground, and…someone's put a cow in it.

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