Time Team cancelled by Channel 4, but it may still have a future

Channel 4 announced the cancelling of Time Team this evening, as reported in The Guardian. There is more information on the official Time Team Facebook page, and a response from Tim Taylor.

The series has had its ups and downs lately, but I still think it’s a great shame. Viewing figures were down – could this have anything to do with the asinine scheduling, or rather lack of scheduling, of the last few years? There will be a last series (20) in the winter, and several Specials are lined up. There are also quite a few previous programmes available to watch on 4OD. And the excellent Time Team Digital site is well worth a look.

Added 20 October: I have just found that Wessex Archaeology has an excellent Time Team section on their website, with a large number of proper dig reports available to download.

And a bit later on 20 October: Francis Pryor has a response on his blog In the Long Run. And later still, here’s Channel 4’s Press Release. And on 21 October: Mike Pitts, editor of British Archaeology among many other things, has a blog post on the subject. I’m sure there will be something in the next issue of the magazine too.

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3 Responses to Time Team cancelled by Channel 4, but it may still have a future

  1. Robin Birch says:

    My wife and I have enjoyed Time Team for many years and hope very much that it may be possible for the Series to continue,,perhaps with another broadcaster , and no doubt with a fresh look at the format. But Tony Robinson is an admirable presenter and we hope that he can continue to be involved, and building on the best of what has been achieved hitherto.

    Robin and Jane Birch

    • DAVE COOPER says:

      I CAN NOT BELIEVE CHANNEL 4 ARE GOING TO LET TIME TEAM GO. I HAVE HAD THE PLEASURE OF WATCHING THE PROGRAMME SINCE IT FIRST HIT ARE SCREENS. EACH YEAR I AWAIT ITS RETURN. THE TEAM AND I HAVE BOTH AGED TOGETHER SO ITS LIKE A MEMBER OF THE FAMILY RETURNING. I COULD UNDERSTAND IF IT WAS GOING OFF BUT I KNOW HOW MUCH SKY TV USES IT 3TO4 TIMES A DAY THAT DOES NOT SOUND LIKE A TV PROG GOING OF THE BOIL IT MAY BE TIME FOR 4TO SEE HOW MUCH IT IS LOVED BY SKY WATCHES AND THINK ABOUT 4 AND SKY COULD COMBINE TO KEEP THIS GREAT PROG GOING FOR ANOTHER 20 YEARS

  2. Graham Francis says:

    I and a number of my friends are avid fans of Time Team, we have all commented on the attempts to “refresh” and “reinvent” the program over the recent couple of years. Why? I honestly believe that the older program’s as televised on a regular basis by channels other than 4 reflect why it has been and would be successful if a return to old values and old philosophies were looked into. Just like the digs looking into the past to find out what went on, we should take Time Team back to how it used to be targeting intelligent audience members and let us enjoy proper archeology well presented and carried out by archeologists not producers or new ideas.

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