> Date: Mon, 22 Oct 2012 15:05:12 -0700
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> Subject: Re: [BRITARCH] Time Team axed
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> Can anyone give me some idea where I can get ahold of more than a few
> of the first 6 years (which fortuitously happened to be broadcast on
> the American Discovery Channel, a very
> poor substitute for your Channel 4)?
> I'd be most thankful for some leads (especially for episodes
> broadcast after 2000), preferably in boxed sets.
> Many thanks,
> Carol De Priest
> Tucson, AZ USA (in the great southwest desert, which is indeed
> getting warmer and warmer)
There have been several DVD boxed sets (only two or three discs each, though) available on Amazon.
Though you may have to be careful about the region they're set for. I'm okay, as I have a multi-region
DVD player, which can handle US formats, as well as UK ones (they're available on Amazon as well :o)
The boxed set which I have consists of the favourite episodes of all the principal crew (Mick, Tony, Carenza,
Phil, Guy etc)
I think Ian made the right point: Time Team was intentionally kept at introductory-level, as that was its purpose:
To introduce each successive generation to archaeology (and maybe get them to consider it as a career, as
well as a hobby). The complaint that it never went beyond 'archaeology 101' forgets that - over 20 years - the
show was constantly exposing new people (young & old) to the subject for the first time, who might never have
come into contact with it in any other way. But now that Channel 4 have first sabotaged, then cut it completely -
I suspect mostly to do with cost-cutting, due to falling advertising revenue during the recession - then it has gone
the way of extra-mural university departments, of the kind Mick ran at Bristol, and which Time Team was meant
to supplement, among other things.
It's interesting that you compare Channel 4 favourably to Discovery. I don't think most in the UK would :o)
Time Team was about the best show on Channel 4, and a rare cultural highpoint in the schedule; the rest of
their output consisting of 'Big Brother'-style 'reality' shows (which appeal to the lowest common denominator
in society, both in front of the screen and behind it). And now that it's gone, of course, that's its last saving-
grace, as far as I'm concerned. I shan't be watching Channel 4 any more... except for the American Football,
of course; must keep up with the Minnesota Vikings :o)