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Digging for Britain

  • Season 5
  • 3 episodes
  • Documentary
  • History

Summary

Highlighting the best archaeological discoveries from around the country.

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Episode 2: North

Summary

Alice Roberts visits archaeological digs in the north of Britain, where finds include evidence for the first Roman siege in the UK. There's also a look at Lindisfarne, which was violently sacked by the Vikings 1,000 years ago.
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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

In this episode we’re in that rather generic region, “the North”. Dr Alice Roberts links stories about Roman siege warfare near Lockerbie, the Viking sack of Lindisfarne, unusual Stone Age islands in Orkney and sad medieval burials in Lincolnshire, while welcoming archaeologists into the lab to look at their key discoveries.

I love the wobbly video work that accompanies some of the dig reports; these are archaeologists, not TV presenters, reporting their finds as they happen, occasionally with great enthusiasm – “It’s ridiculously exciting”, beams one. It may not be the perfect job for someone who doesn’t like to get dirt under their fingernails, but it sure looks like fun to me.

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PresenterProfessor Alice Roberts

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DirectorGemma Hagen
Executive producerEmma Parkins
ProducerGemma Hagen
Series producerGraham Cooper

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  • Episode 2

    North

    Summary

    Alice Roberts visits archaeological digs in the north of Britain, where finds include evidence for the first Roman siege in the UK. There's also a look at Lindisfarne, which was violently sacked by the Vikings 1,000 years ago.
    Recommended

    Review

    Rating: 4 out of 5.

    In this episode we’re in that rather generic region, “the North”. Dr Alice Roberts links stories about Roman siege warfare near Lockerbie, the Viking sack of Lindisfarne, unusual Stone Age islands in Orkney and sad medieval burials in Lincolnshire, while welcoming archaeologists into the lab to look at their key discoveries.

    I love the wobbly video work that accompanies some of the dig reports; these are archaeologists, not TV presenters, reporting their finds as they happen, occasionally with great enthusiasm – “It’s ridiculously exciting”, beams one. It may not be the perfect job for someone who doesn’t like to get dirt under their fingernails, but it sure looks like fun to me.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    PresenterProfessor Alice Roberts

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorGemma Hagen
    Executive producerEmma Parkins
    ProducerGemma Hagen
    Series producerGraham Cooper
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