Secrets of the Stately Garden.
Tony Robinson spares us from having to leave the comfort of our sofa by taking a grand tour around some of Britain's finest stately gardens, where he visits extraordinary grottoes and fanciful follies, and uncovers sexy secrets concealed in apparently cal designs. He starts at Prior Park garden near Bath, where a two-year project is underway to reinstate Alexander Popes Wilderness and the 18thcentury Serpentine Lake and Cascade. But he also travels to the breathtaking Hadrians Garden near Rome, the inspiration for so much that we see in the traditional English garden
The Time Team archaeologists make a 400th-anniversary visit to Jamestown, Virginia, the first permanent English settlement in America. Jamestown is the birthplace of the United States and brought the country the English language, as well as the English legal and political system. Piles of perfectly-preserved 17th century finds are pulled up from a disused well, bringing the team closer to the men, women and children who founded this town, and thereby this country.
Britain's Drowned World
Until about 8,000 years ago Britain was part of the European continent. Then the ice melted, rivers flooded, seas rose and, hey presto, the land that joined us to France, Holland and Denmark disappeared under water. The excitable Tony Robinson and his team of eager archaeologists set about investigating the vast, flat landscape that's now under the North Sea and the English Channel. But it's one of the most difficult archaeological sites to work on. While the local fishermen regularly bring up ancient bones from the seabed, Robinson and co merely bring up their dinner. It's worth the discomfort though: vast mammoth bones, the jaw of a sabre-toothed cat, a lion's canine and sophisticated tools are among the treasures that enthusiasts have uncovered.moreless
Pugin - The God of Gothic
Augustus Pugin: the man who built the houses of parliament, and who's influence on British architecture remains to this day. Although French by birth, he is responsible for many of Britain's cathedrals and churches.
This special follows the progress of the restoration of his house in Ramsgate, and tells the story of the man who changed the the face of the country in just twenty years.