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Re: Time Team axed

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Kath Atkin <[log in to unmask]>

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Mon, 22 Oct 2012 14:45:48 +0100

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As an 'ordinary' viewer, I found the Risehill Tunnel navvy camp 
excavation interesting.
Kath.

On 22/10/2012 14:13, Michael Haseler wrote:
> I used to love it.
>
> But it became a bit like Coitus interruptus ... just as they got to 
> the interesting bit they would withdraw and go elsewhere.
>
> And likewise ... nothing seemed to come as a result ... nothing 
> changed through all these series (except their grey hair).
> E.g. I went to Cornwall and saw Looe Island after I realised that Time 
> Team had dug there and found Roman Stuff. But there didn't seem much 
> point arranging to visit the island because ... there (probably) 
> wasn't anything to see (except the flooding of Looe).
>
> So, it was: "gang bang thank you viewer" ... and onto the next without 
> even as much as a cuddle let alone a long term relationship.
>
> Mike
>
>
> On 21/10/2012 19:15, Rowan wrote:
>> At the risk of pissing on the parade and upsetting a few people, I 
>> suggest that actually Time Team was well past its whatever date and 
>> needed culling. In 20 years it never moved on from capering from 
>> trench to trench. It both went round in circles and stood on the 
>> spot, twatting over 20 years at the same level but never leading the 
>> interested amateur beyond the Reality TV level of presentation or 
>> content.
>>
>> I am not a pro in the archaeology field, but an interested lay person 
>> of very long standing (my mother was a fan of Sir Mort) and felt that 
>> my intelligence was being insulted in all of the idiotic antics. This 
>> would have been fine if there had been other archaeological 
>> programmes on TV in the past 20 years which went beyond the 
>> Archaeology 101/raw beginner level into 102/201 programmes aimed at 
>> viewers whose attention span went beyond 5 minutes. But there weren't.
>>
>> What TT SHOULD have done is cut by half the number of 101 programmes 
>> and developed a higher level offering so that those who outgrew Time 
>> Team 1 could progress to Time Team 2 and increase their understanding 
>> and appreciation of matters archaeological. As an interested lay 
>> person of very long standing I would have loved a series of 
>> programmes which cut the caperings and simply presented to me, as the 
>> intelligent amateur, the whys and wherefores of excavations, new 
>> understandings, developments etc etc. Given its profile, TT should 
>> have done that but it didn't. So FAIL in my book.
>>
>> Regards
>>
>> R
>>
>>
>> On 21/10/2012 13:33, David Standing wrote:
>>> Tim Taylor's response.
>>>
>>> http://www.scribd.com/doc/110569680/Tim-s-Response-to-Guardian-Article-on-Time-Teams-Future 
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> On 21 Oct 2012, at 13:27, Longinus Sdapeze wrote:
>>>
>>>> What a shame. But had we seen this coming? A lot of the programmes 
>>>> had been
>>>>  'sexed-up' to make up for a lack of interesting finds. There is 
>>>> clearly
>>>> room for  this sort of programme but I would see it as one that 
>>>> would look at
>>>> recent  discoveries across the whole of the country at a range of 
>>>> sites.
>>>> Colchester is a  good example of things happening right now - if not
>>>> continuously. The Roman  circus site is now open to the public and 
>>>> interpretation is
>>>> beginning. Also an  adjacent car park is being developed and 
>>>> hundreds of
>>>> Roman period graves are  being excavated as part of the evaluation. 
>>>> More details
>>>> at:
>>>>
>>>> _http://www.camulos.com/circus.htm_ 
>>>> (http://www.camulos.com/circus.htm)
>>>>
>>>> What is needed is a visionary film maker to take this idea forward. 
>>>> Any
>>>> suggestions?
>>>>
>>>> Sdapeze
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> In a message dated 21/10/2012 08:34:31 GMT Daylight Time,
>>>> [log in to unmask] writes:
>>>>
>>>> It has  been announced that Time Team has been axed by Channel 4, 
>>>> though
>>>> they have  been commissioned to make a small number of one-off 
>>>> 'specials'
>>>> next year.  See:
>>>>
>>>> http://www.channel4.com/info/press/news/time-team-to-down-tools-in-2013 
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> http://pryorfrancis.wordpress.com/2012/10/20/time-team-the-end-of-the-road 
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> http://mikepitts.wordpress.com/2012/10/20/time-up
>>>>
>>>> It  is however good to see that "Channel 4 will increase its focus 
>>>> on new
>>>> and  innovative history programming; with new commissions with 
>>>> exclusive
>>>> access  to archaeological discoveries including the recently 
>>>> announced The
>>>> King in  the Carpark: Richard III and the brand new The People of
>>>> Stonehenge (w/t),  The Hood (w/t) - as well Attack of the Zeppelins 
>>>> (w/t)
>>>> with Hugh  Hunt."
>>>>
>>>> Mike
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> -- 
>>>> Dr Mike Heyworth MBE
>>>> Director, Council  for British Archaeology
>>>> E: [log in to unmask]
>>>> W:  http://archaeologyUK.org
>>>> T: +44 (0) 1904 671417
>>>> M: +44 (0) 7793  817510
>>>> Twitter: @mikeheyworth
>>>> -- 
>>>>
>>>> The CBA is a registered charity  in England & Wales (287815) & a
>>>> charity registered in Scotland  (SC041971). It is also a Company
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>>>>
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>>

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