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Digging for Britain

  • Season 2
  • 4 episodes
  • Documentary
  • History
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Episode 1: Britannia

Summary

Alice Roberts spends a year visiting archaeological digs around the country, finding out about discoveries that shed new light on British history. In a Roman-themed first edition, she examines the mystery surrounding the skeletons of 97 babies found beside the Thames, a newly discovered town in rural Devon and a cult figure buried for 1,700 years beneath a fort.

Review

The smiley Alice Roberts strides out into a new Digging for Britain with revisits to sites we saw in the first series. Invariably, when she arrives at these extensive archaeological digs, it’s wet, muddy and generally miserable. But Alice just keeps on smiling.

She takes us back to the Yewden Roman villa in Buckinghamshire, site of a grisly find, the remains of 97 babies. Could the place have been used as a brothel, where unwanted tots were cruelly disposed of?

That was an early theory, but there could be a gentler explanation, according to experts. Maybe Yewden was a birthing centre, site of some rudimentary, well-meaning obstetrics.

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  • Episode 1

    Britannia

    Summary

    Alice Roberts spends a year visiting archaeological digs around the country, finding out about discoveries that shed new light on British history. In a Roman-themed first edition, she examines the mystery surrounding the skeletons of 97 babies found beside the Thames, a newly discovered town in rural Devon and a cult figure buried for 1,700 years beneath a fort.

    Review

    The smiley Alice Roberts strides out into a new Digging for Britain with revisits to sites we saw in the first series. Invariably, when she arrives at these extensive archaeological digs, it’s wet, muddy and generally miserable. But Alice just keeps on smiling.

    She takes us back to the Yewden Roman villa in Buckinghamshire, site of a grisly find, the remains of 97 babies. Could the place have been used as a brothel, where unwanted tots were cruelly disposed of?

    That was an early theory, but there could be a gentler explanation, according to experts. Maybe Yewden was a birthing centre, site of some rudimentary, well-meaning obstetrics.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    PresenterAlice Roberts

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorTim Robinson
    Executive producerJohn Farren
    ProducerTim Robinson
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