Time Team - Season 18

Sunday 5:45 PM on Channel 4 Premiered Jan 16, 1994 In Season


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Episode Guide

  • Buck Mill, Somerset
    Buck Mill, Somerset
    Episode 10
    Search for the Domesday Mill Horse owners Stephen and Stephanie Fry believe an 11th-century flour mill once stood on their land, and ask Tony Robinson and the experts to search for evidence. Mick Aston soon finds ample clues that suggest their theory is correct, including the remnants of mill streams used to power grindstones - but a problem arises when one of their finds does not fit in with the story.moreless
  • Llancaiach Fawr, South Wales
    The Mystery of the Manor Moat The team and experts head to Llancaiach Fawr manor, near Caerphilly, South Wales, to investigate an ancient moat. The team's geophysicists feel the site should provide them with the ideal conditions to determine what the ditch was originally designed to guard - but the project soon becomes one of the most baffling investigations in the programme's history.moreless
  • Mont Orgueil, Jersey
    Castles and Cannons Tony Robinson and the experts travel across the Channel to Jersey, where they search for the origins of Mont Orgueil Castle, an imposing fortress constructed during the reign of King John. Their excavation is complicated by the fact that a newer castle was built on top of the old foundations in Tudor times - and the entire site is located on a rocky outcrop with sides so steep that they can only be scaled by mountaineers.moreless
  • Groby, Leicestershire
    The House of the White Queen Tony Robinson and the team head to Groby Old Hall in Leicestershire - formerly the home of Elizabeth Woodville, wife of Edward IV - and discover a surprising array of archaeology beneath its gardens, including a medieval wall and possible evidence of a Norman castle. They are joined by author Philippa Gregory, who delves into the complex history of the Greys, the house's former owners and one of the most powerful dynasties in medieval Britain.moreless
  • Castor, Cambridgeshire
    Under the Gravestones Tony Robinson and the team embark on one of their most delicate missions to date, as they search for Roman artefacts beneath the graveyard of St Kyneburgha's Church in Castor, Cambridgeshire. With several reports of similar finds in and around the village, speculation mounts that they could find the remnants of a praetorium - a huge building that would have dominated the region's skyline during the period. However, as the experts start digging in other nearby locations, they discover that not all the evidence points to the same conclusion.moreless
  • Derwentcote, County Durham
    The Furnace in the Forest Tony Robinson and the team travel to Derwentcote in Durham, where they explore the Industrial Revolution's impact on the region by digging through the undergrowth to search for old furnaces and forges. Their search is also helped by the diary of an 18th-century industrial spy, and records from the time help shed light on how the area's cottage industries gave way to the power of expanding cities such as Sheffield.moreless
  • Les Gellettes, Jersey
    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
  • High Ham, Somerset
    High Ham, Somerset
    Episode 3
    Romans on the Range The experts are given an opportunity to dig at an army firing range in High Ham, Somerset, as they investigate a set of mosaics first discovered 150 years ago. Initial searches suggest the remains of Roman villas could be located on the site, and the team begins to build up a picture of the highs and lows of life in Roman society - until the weather threatens to bring the excavation to a premature halt.moreless
  • West Langton, Leicestershire
    Saxon Death, Saxon Gold Tony Robinson and the archaeologists excavate a site in Leicestershire which they believe contains an Anglo-Saxon burial ground. Though their initial search for a cemetery proves fruitless, more digging leads to the experts uncovering evidence of several types of funeral, as well as a highly valuable piece of jewellery - and one member of the team volunteers to take part in a re-creation of a cremation ceremony from the period.moreless
  • Tottiford Reservoir, Devon
    Reservoir Rituals The first stone henge to be discovered in Britain for a century would be cause enough for major celebration, but there's double bubbles as Tony Robinson and his hardy team of archaeologists celebrate their 200th dig, in the first episode of this new series. The site is the bed of a Devon reservoir with a strange assortment of prehistoric remains. Luckily for the diggers the reservoir has been specially drained, but they still face three days of wading through thick, sticky mud as they piece together the story of thousands of years of rituals performed in this beautiful secret valley high up on Dartmoor. The Team slowly uncover a network of monuments that suggest that they have found a major prehistoric site. But the best discovery is left until the last day when they unearth the remains of that stone henge. It's the perfect end to a milestone in the programme's history.moreless
  • TT Special 52 Isle of Dogs, London

    Brunel's last launch.

    Nowadays, London's East End is synonymous with the 2012 Olympic Games. Cutting-edge engineering and design have transformed the Olympic Park. But 150 years ago, the world was watching for a very different reason, although the spectacle on display was as high-tech as anything on offer today.

    The East End was once home to the most advanced shipbuilding industry - and best workers and shipyards - in the world.

    A century and a half ago, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Britain's most famous engineer, was about to launch a ship five times bigger than any that had ever been built before, the most revolutionary vessel the world had ever seen: the SS Great Eastern.

  • TT Special 51 Southampton, Hampshire

    The Way we Lived

    Tony Robinson and Mick Aston dig out the best bits of over 200 Time Team episodes to tell the story of how our domestic lives have changed over 10 millennia.

  • TT Special 50 Caistor St Edmund, Norfolk

    Boudica's Lost Tribe

    Boudica is revered as one of the greatest female warriors in history. Tony Robinson traces her story and follows a major excavation in Norfolk that may hold the key to uncovering what happened to Boudica's tribe after they were defeated by the Roman army.

    Boudica's tribe, the Iceni, used to make exquisite torcs: jewellery that required metalworking skills more advanced than anywhere else in the world; and they left behind some of the greatest treasures of prehistory.

    When the Romans threatened their way of life, the tribe dared to take on the full might of the Roman Empire. But the tribe's revolt failed and as Boudica disappeared from history so did the Iceni.

  • TT Special 49 London, England

    Looking Underground

    Tony Robinson and geophys boffin John Gater look back over 200 digs at the extraordinary achievements of cutting-edge geophysics technology, which has uncovered lost Roman villas, tombs, temples and ancient monuments, as well as a host of old broken tractor bits and enigmatic ditches.

  • TT Special 48 Bamburgh, Northumberland

    Castle of the Saxon Kings

  • TT Special 47 Mametz, Somme, France

    The Somme's Secret Weapon

    In the half-light of dawn, on the frontline of the Somme battlefield on 1 July 1916, a small metal nozzle pushed its way up through the ground in No Man's Land to point at the German front line.

    On the signal, a terrifying stream of burning oil shot out of the nozzle, drenching the German trenches in flaming diesel. The soldiers that didn't flee would have burned alive.

    It was the day the British army launched an all-out assault in northern France. Along the 16-mile front, tens of thousands of soldiers died and the only ground that the British forces captured was around the village of Mametz, where historian Peter Barton believes that a top-secret and terrible weapon, known as a Livens Flame Projector, was deployed.

    Although there are plans and secret war diaries, not one piece of this weapon exists in any museum in the world.

    Tony Robinson joins a unique dig near Mametz, delving into the past to find out whether or not this weapon really was deployed and, if so, whether it really worked in the way that was described. And, employing the skills of the Royal Engineers, a replica Livens Flame Projector fires up for one last, terrifying, time.

  • TT Special 46 Market Bosworth, Leicestershire

    War of the Roses

    The Battle of Bosworth was the decisive battle of the Wars of the Roses. It was the beginning of the end of three decades of treason, rebellion and dynastic warfare. Against huge odds, Henry Tudor won the day to take the English Crown. It was a turning point in English history, the end of the Middle Ages and the savage beginnings of the country we recognise today. For five years, a team of archaeologists have been combing this blood-stained ground. What these archaeologists have found is changing the entire understanding, not just of this iconic battle, but the very nature of warfare at this time.