Time Team Digs - A History of Britain [DVD]
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Collection of eight specially-made programmes from the Time Team archaeologists, exploring the full history of the British Isles, from the Bronze Age to the Roman occupation, from the Dark Ages and Anglo-Saxon England to the modern country today. Featuring digs in Worcester, Dorset and Somerset, as well as South Wales and Scotland, Time Team presenters Tony Robinson, Mick Aston, Phil Harding and Carenza Lewis uncover Roman mosaics, Italian pottery and even a Spanish Armada shipwreck.
Time Team is the popular archaeological Channel 4 show fronted by Tony Robinson. The Time Team - Best Of DVD features the favourite digs of the team itself.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Its got some classic episodes on and if you're a fan, you'll know them all and why each individual teamer chose them. There is a bit of 'round the pub table' chat with Tony, Phil and Mick after each episode although I think this could've been substituted for a 'behind the scenes' featurette on each episode.
All in all, a good all rounder! Now please, channel 4, we would like to see all time team episodes made on DVD, this is just a tickler!
A great buy!
The format is excellent, neatly dividing the digs into time periods, the Bronze Age, the Iron Age, the Romans and so on, and the sites they're investigating are certainly worthy. That, perhaps, leads to the first problem with this DVD - there's no suspense. These are highlights, so you just know that the team is going to find something of interest, and that Tony Robinson is going to run over to the trench and be enthusiastic about it. Being highlights, Tony is forced to summarise each dig before showing more, which is the second fault - it's repetitive.
But it's the third fault that really lets this DVD down - with only 5-10 minutes for each programme you really lose out on the detail and the background information.
Still, if you like Time Team it's worth watching, and the serious light hearted approach to archeology is certainly entertaining.
The boxset is devoted, as the title suggests, to the digs that the team have done in people's gardens, rather than some of the larger scale sites they've excavated. The motive behind this seems to be to get across the Time Team message that archaeology is to be found (almost) everywhere and is (potentially) accessible to everyone. At one point Mick talks about digging in his own garden and finding remnants of the past there.
My only quibble was that the sound on my DVDs was rather poor in quality in places. I'm hoping/assuming this was a fault in my particular DVDs however and so haven't deducted any points for this problem.
This is not a series as such about the history of Britain, but, as is made clear by the DVD set's title, using Time Team digs to illustrate various aspects. It is cemented together by Tony Robinson's commentary and by his talking to one expert per programme to fill in the gaps and give a wider context. This does not really work, and this is most easily manifested in the last episode which addresses such disparate topics as a Tudor palace, the Armada, the Civil War, and the Industrial Revolution.
In his introduction Mick Aston remarks that at that point the team had produced 144 programmes over ten years. The subsequent episodes use some of these programmes as a means to try to explain more about the periods involved: the eight episodes therefore address 1. the Bronze Age; 2. the Iron Age; 3. the Roman invasion; 4. Roman Britain; 5. the Dark Ages; 6. the Norman Conquest ; 7. Medieval England; and 8. The Modern Age.
It is notable that there is no episode addressing the Neolithic or earlier eras (but there is some mention of these in the first programme on the Bronze Age). Also, the episode on the Norman Conquest is more concerned about its results rather than the conquest itself.
One complaint about Time Team as a series is the lack of a wider context on both regional and national levels. This set might have provided just such a context, but, alas, I felt this expectation was not met.Read more ›
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