Fans launch petition to help save Time Team!

by Anna Howell


A petition with almost 5,000 fan signatures has been supported by celebrities to help save the Channel 4 archaeological series, Time Team.

Created by television producer Tim Taylor and presented by actor Tony Robinson, each episode features a team of specialists carrying out an archaeological dig over a period of three days, with Robinson explaining the process in layman’s terms.

This team of specialists has changed throughout the series’ run, although has consistently included professional archaeologists like Mick Aston, Carenza Lewis, Francis Pryor and Phil Harding. The sites that have been excavated over the show’s run have ranged in date from the Palaeolithic right through to the Second World War.

In October 2012 Channel 4 sent an all-points bulletin to Time Team staff announcing that after 20 series and over 230 episodes, the series Time Team was being axed.  Series 20 was screened in January–March 2013 and a number of specials are planned to be screened into 2014.

Now fans who believe that the shows axing has left a big hole in the history genre have put together a petition to stop the process.


One of stars who has come out to support the petition is John Challis (Only Fools & Horses, The Green Green Grass), who has been a big fan of Time Team for some time, and who believes that the show would help educate our younger generation on History & Archaeology.

Lee Brady, the petition creator , explained to Unreality TV:  “The Campaign is getting bigger by the days, whether we could get a new team on another TV Station or gather some of the past members like Phil Harding, Mick Aston & Tony Robinson for a new series, we are not sure as of yet.  We are still just building up the petition signatures before making any move, we want to do this right and at the right time. “


Do you think Time Team should be saved?  Leave your thoughts and comments below, and you can sign the petition here!  

Watch a clip from Time Team below:



  1. Maggie Parkes on May 2, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    I hated history at school but Time Team fired up my imagination and interest more than any book or teacher I’ve ever known. With the plethora of reality tv shows we have to contend with, surely there’s room for something as informative, interesting and lively as Time Team? It simply MUST return!

  2. David Glasgow on May 5, 2013 at 8:15 am

    Eventually everyone spotted the signs of programmers preparing the series to be offed. The daft moves and changes, not just the schedules, but the support team and on screen team too.

    Within the industry, word is spreading about exactly who made the stupid, clumsy decisions, and it is gathering a whispered reputation as a career stunting bollock-drop.

    ….. I must admit I got suspicious something was afoot when Time Team USA was billed as “coming soon” to channel 4 in association with CBS…. for years, but somehow never made it beyond a pilot? Was that really the beginning of the end? Not on the face of it a big issue, but associated with the same mealy mouthed PR, which treated Time Team viewers as if they are stupid. Alternatively, if they could get away with it, pretending nothing had happened or was happening everything’s fine!.

    In fact, think that the continuing radio silence from Channel 4 is interesting. The platitudinous press release, but otherwise nothing that really explains (or admits to) anything.

    Looks like only time will tell, perhaps in the form of a stunted career! You know who you are.

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