The much-loved British archaeology series Time Team returns this evening for its first new episodes in almost a decade.
Premiering for free worldwide on the Time Team Official YouTube channel, the programme kicks off this weekend with an extended three-part extravaganza covering Time Team’s excavation of an Iron Age settlement in Cornwall. The episodes will air at 6pm (GMT) on 18th, 19th, and 20th March.
The following weekend, viewers can join Time Team for their excavation of a vast Roman villa situated on the estate grounds of a Tudor castle in Oxfordshire. This three-part special airs at 6pm (GMT) on 8th, 9th, and 10th April.
In the meantime, fans of the show can catch a glimpse of what to expect in a newly released trailer on the Time Team Official YouTube Channel, and find out more about both the Cornwall and Oxfordshire digs in Current Archaeology.
Exclusive additional previews, live aftershow events, and complementary content for each dig are also available on their Patreon platform.
Dr Gus Casely-Hayford OBE, an historian, curator, broadcaster, and inaugural Director of V&A East London presents the new series alongside Natalia Haynes, a classicist, comedian, author, and BBC Radio 4 presenter.
The show also welcomes back a host of original and regular Time Team members including Professor Carenza Lewis, Dr John Gater, Dr Helen Geake, Professor Stewart Ainsworth, Professor Henry Chapman, and Professor Suzannah Lipscomb, Naomi Sewpaul, Jimmy Adcock, Dani Wootton, Matt Williams, as well as newcomers Dr Derek Pitman and Lawrence Shaw.
Celebrating its return, Tim Taylor, creator and producer of Time Team, said: ‘I’m delighted with the new episodes – they really capture the spirit of the original shows and that thrill of discovery, while reflecting the advances in technology and approaches that have developed in the years since.’
Time Team credits the support of thousands of fans on Patreon for making it happen.
To celebrate the return of our national obsession, why not dig into our Time Team archives? Last year, we spoke to the creators of Time Team about what we can expect from its new incarnation, and chatted to original member Dr Carenza Lewis in our podcast, The PastCast. In 2011, we explored the history of Time Team and, following the announcement that its run on Channel 4 was ending, charted its immortal impact.
For your diary:
Iron Age Settlement with Fogou in Cornwall, premiering on YouTube Friday 18th March, Saturday 19th March, and Sunday 20th March at 6pm (GMT).
Roman Villa in Oxfordshire, premiering on YouTube Friday 8th April, Saturday 9th April, Sunday 10th April at 6pm (GMT).