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: