Time Team
specials
No. of episodes59
Release
Original networkChannel 4
Original release28 December 1997 (1997-12-28) –
7 September 2014 (2014-09-07)
List of episodes

This is a list of Time Team special episodes that aired between 1997 and 2014. These special episodes often depart somewhat from the regular Time Team format, by revisiting previous sites to do a follow-up story; travelling outside the UK to excavate other sites of interest; chronicling digs overseen by other organisations; or using information gleaned from other Time Team episodes to draw a more complete picture of ordinary life during a particular historical era. Other specials may focus on a dig with a particular holiday theme; a more complex excavation over a longer period than the standard three days; or a visit to a particularly famous historical site.

Most shows fit within a 1-hour time-slot (approx. 46–49 minutes of content), although some (e.g. episodes 3, 9, 26, 33, 35, 36) are longer at 1.25 hours of content, and some (i.e. episode 24) at 1.75 hours. Regular contributors include: presenter Tony Robinson; archaeologists Mick Aston, Phil Harding, Carenza Lewis, Helen Geake; historians Francis Pryor; Robin Bush, Guy de la Bedoyere, Sam Newton, Alex Langlands; illustrator Victor Ambrus; landscape investigator Stewart Ainsworth; geophysics John Gater, Chris Gaffney; surveyor Henry Chapman; and, Roman specialist Mark Corney.[1]

Episodes (1997-2000)

1997

Episode # Special # Episode Title Location Coordinates Original airdate
221"Christmas Special – Much Wenlock"Much Wenlock, Shropshire52°35′46″N 2°33′26″W / 52.59603°N 2.55719°W / 52.59603; -2.55719 (Much Wenlock Guildhall)28 December 1997 (1997-12-28)

1999

Episode # Special # Episode Title Location Coordinates Original airdate
442"Christmas Special – Barley Hall"Barley Hall, York53°57′40″N 1°04′57″W / 53.961241°N 1.082367°W / 53.961241; -1.082367 (Barley Hall)19 December 1999 (1999-12-19)
453"The Mystery of Seahenge"Holme-next-the-Sea, Norfolk52°58′05″N 0°31′07″E / 52.967997°N 0.518536°E / 52.967997; 0.518536 (Seahenge)29 December 1999 (1999-12-29)

2000

Episode # Special # Episode Title Location Coordinates Original airdate
594"The Real King Arthur"Tintagel Castle, Cornwall50°40′05″N 4°45′36″W / 50.667974°N 4.759928°W / 50.667974; -4.759928 (Tintagel)24 December 2000 (2000-12-24)
605"The Mystery of Mine Howe"Tankerness, Orkney58°56′18″N 2°51′06″W / 58.938400°N 2.851794°W / 58.938400; -2.851794 (Mine Howe)27 December 2000 (2000-12-27)

Episodes (2001-2005)

2001

Episode # Special # Episode Title Location Coordinates Original airdate
706"Coventry's Lost Cathedral"Coventry, West Midlands52°24′32″N 1°30′32″W / 52.409°N 1.508833°W / 52.409; -1.508833 (St. Mary's Priory and Cathedral)8 March 2001 (2001-03-08)
757"Island of the Eels"Ely, Cambridgeshire52°23′42″N 0°16′04″E / 52.395086°N 0.267727°E / 52.395086; 0.267727 (Island of the Eels)17 May 2001 (2001-05-17)
768"Dinosaur Hunting"Dinosaur Belt, Montana, US47°48′40″N 112°10′56″W / 47.811155°N 112.182327°W / 47.811155; -112.182327 (Dinosaur Hunting)30 December 2001 (2001-12-30)

2002

Episode # Special # Episode Title Location Coordinates Original airdate
909"The Big Dig in Canterbury"Canterbury, Kent51°16′37″N 1°04′54″E / 51.277013°N 1.081759°E / 51.277013; 1.081759 (Canterbury)15 April 2002 (2002-04-15)
9110"Londinium, The Edge of Empire"London51°30′54″N 0°05′35″W / 51.514915°N 0.093061°W / 51.514915; -0.093061 (Londinium)22 April 2002 (2002-04-22)
9211"The Wreck of Colossus"St Mary's, Isles of Scilly49°56′10″N 6°19′20″W / 49.935975°N 6.322117°W / 49.935975; -6.322117 (HMS Colossus)31 October 2002 (2002-10-31)

2003

Episode # Special # Episode Title Location Coordinates Original airdate
10612"Hadrian's Well"TBA51°30′54″N 0°05′35″W / 51.514915°N 0.093061°W / 51.514915; -0.093061 (Londinium)10 April 2003 (2003-04-10)
10713"Big Dig, The Hole Story"Canterbury, KentTBA29 December 2003 (2003-12-29)

2004

Episode # Special # Episode Title Location Coordinates Original airdate
12014"Sheffield Steel City"Sheffield, South Yorkshire53°23′09″N 1°27′56″W / 53.385858°N 1.465609°W / 53.385858; -1.465609
53°24′05″N 1°31′12″W / 53.401319°N 1.520046°W / 53.401319; -1.520046
53°22′55″N 1°28′31″W / 53.381912°N 1.475182°W / 53.381912; -1.475182 (Sheffield)
22 March 2004 (2004-03-22)
12215"The House in the Loch"Loch Tay, Perthshire56°34′19″N 4°04′58″W / 56.571940°N 4.082767°W / 56.571940; -4.082767 (Crannog in loch)19 April 2004 (2004-04-19)
12316"The Ten Million Pound House"Ightham Mote, Kent51°15′31″N 0°16′11″E / 51.258473°N 0.269655°E / 51.258473; 0.269655 (Ten Million Pound House)3 May 2004 (2004-05-03)
12417"D-Day"D-Day, Normandy49°19′27″N 0°35′44″W / 49.324187°N 0.595621°W / 49.324187; -0.595621 (D-Day)31 May 2004 (2004-05-31)

2005

Episode # Special # Episode Title Location Coordinates Original airdate
13818"King of Bling"Prittlewell, Essex51°33′13″N 0°42′30″E / 51.553514°N 0.708365°E / 51.553514; 0.708365 (Prittlewell)13 June 2005 (2005-06-13)
13919"Britain's Lost Roman Circus"Colchester, Essex51°53′00″N 0°53′48″E / 51.883429°N 0.896732°E / 51.883429; 0.896732 (Camulodunum)20 June 2005 (2005-06-20)
14020"Life on the Edge 1000 B.C."Washingborough, Lincoln53°13′45″N 0°26′25″W / 53.229263°N 0.440213°W / 53.229263; -0.440213 (Washingborough)27 June 2005 (2005-06-27)
14121"Journey to Stonehenge"Durrington, Wiltshire51°11′31″N 1°47′00″W / 51.191838°N 1.783245°W / 51.191838; -1.783245 (Durrington Walls)28 November 2005 (2005-11-28)

Episodes (2006-2010)

2006

Episode # Special # Episode Title Location Coordinates Original airdate
14222"The Big Roman Villa"Dinnington, Somerset50°55′05″N 2°50′58″W / 50.918038°N 2.849563°W / 50.918038; -2.8495638 January 2006 (2006-01-08)
15623"Buried By The Blitz"Shoreditch Park, London51°32′05″N 0°05′14″W / 51.534794°N 0.087354°W / 51.534794; -0.08735429 October 2006 (2006-10-29)
15724"Big Royal Dig"Windsor Castle,
Palace of Holyroodhouse and Buckingham Palace
51°29′00″N 0°36′15″W / 51.483333°N 0.604167°W / 51.483333; -0.604167 55°57′09″N 3°10′21″W / 55.9525°N 3.1725°W / 55.9525; -3.1725 51°30′03″N 0°08′31″W / 51.500833°N 0.141944°W / 51.500833; -0.14194431 December 2006 (2006-12-31)

2007

Episode # Special # Episode Title Location Coordinates Original airdate
16525"The God Of Gothic"Ramsgate, Kent51°19′41″N 1°24′35″E / 51.328172°N 1.409773°E / 51.328172; 1.409773 (Pugin)1 March 2007 (2007-03-01)
17226"Britain's Drowned World"TBA51°04′45″N 1°40′22″E / 51.079069°N 1.672726°E / 51.079069; 1.672726 (Britain's Drowned World)24 April 2007 (2007-04-24)
17327"Jamestown: America's Birthplace"Virginia, US37°12′37″N 76°46′50″W / 37.210397°N 76.780618°W / 37.210397; -76.780618 (Jamestown)1 May 2007 (2007-05-01)
17428"Secrets of the Stately Garden"Prior Park51°21′54″N 2°20′40″W / 51.36500°N 2.34444°W / 51.36500; -2.3444427 August 2007 (2007-08-27)

2008

Episode # Special # Episode Title Location Coordinates Original airdate
17729"Codename: Ainsbrook"Thirsk, Yorkshire54°13′59″N 1°20′35″W / 54.233°N 1.343°W / 54.233; -1.34314 January 2008 (2008-01-14)
18430"The Real Knights of the Round Table"Windsor Castle, Berkshire51°29′00″N 0°36′15″W / 51.483333°N 0.604167°W / 51.483333; -0.60416725 February 2008 (2008-02-25)
19031"The Lost Dock of Liverpool"Liverpool, Merseyside53°24′11″N 2°59′18″W / 53.403030°N 2.988416°W / 53.403030; -2.988416 (The Lost Dock of Liverpool)21 April 2008 (2008-04-21)
19132"Swords, Skulls and Strongholds"TBATBA19 May 2008 (2008-05-19)
19233"The Lost WWI Bunker"Flanders, Belgium50°52′19″N 2°57′34″E / 50.872053°N 2.959452°E / 50.872053; 2.959452 (Lost WW1 Dugout)10 November 2008 (2008-11-10)[2]
19334"The Mystery of the Roman Treasure"TBA26 December 2008 (2008-12-26)

2009

Episode # Special # Episode Title Location Coordinates Original airdate
20735"Henry VIII's Lost Palaces"EnglandTBA13 April 2009 (2009-04-13)
20836"The Secrets of Stonehenge"Stonehenge, Wiltshire51°10′44″N 1°49′34″W / 51.178889°N 1.826111°W / 51.178889; -1.826111 (Stonehenge)1 June 2009 (2009-06-01)
20937"Dover Castle"Dover, Kent51°07′47″N 1°19′17″E / 51.129628°N 1.321437°E / 51.129628; 1.321437 (Dover Castle)19 December 2009 (2009-12-19)

2010

Episode # Special # Episode Title Location Coordinates Original airdate
21538"Nelson's Hospital"Gosport, Hampshire50°47′10″N 1°07′26″W / 50.786°N 1.124°W / 50.786; -1.124 (Royal Hospital Haslar)17 May 2010 (2010-05-17)
21739"The Secrets of Westminster Abbey"Westminster Abbey, LondonTBA28 June 2010 (2010-06-28)
22040"The Real Vikings"TBATBA11 October 2010 (2010-10-11)

Episodes (2011-2014)

2011

Episode # Special # Episode Title Location Coordinates Original airdate
23141"Wars of the Roses"Bosworth, LeicestershireTBA16 March 2011 (2011-03-16)[3]
23642"The Somme's Secret Weapon"Mametz, Somme, FranceTBA14 April 2011 (2011-04-14)
23843"Castle of the Saxon Kings"Bamburgh, Northumberland55°36′14″N 1°43′19″W / 55.60389°N 1.72194°W / 55.60389; -1.7219424 April 2011 (2011-04-24)[4]
23944"Looking Underground"N/AN/A1 May 2011 (2011-05-01)[5]
24045"Boudica's Lost Tribe"N/AN/A4 May 2011 (2011-05-04)
24146"The Way We Lived"N/AN/A8 May 2011 (2011-05-08)[6]
24247"Brunel's Last Launch"N/AN/A10 November 2011 (2011-11-10)

2012

Episode # Special # Episode Title Location Coordinates Original airdate
25148"Searching for Shakespeare's House"Stratford-upon-Avon52°11′26″N 1°42′27″W / 52.19056°N 1.70750°W / 52.19056; -1.7075011 March 2012 (2012-03-11)
25549"Secrets of the Saxon Gold"TBAN/A22 April 2012 (2012-04-22)
25850"Rediscovering Ancient Britain"South Dorset Ridgeway, DorsetN/A17 June 2012 (2012-06-17)

2013

Episode # Special # Episode Title Location Coordinates Original airdate
27251"Britain's Stone Age Tsunami"N/AN/A30 May 2013 (2013-05-30)
27352"The Secret of Lincoln Jail"N/AN/A30 June 2013 (2013-06-30)
27453"The Lost Submarine of WWI"N/AN/A7 July 2013 (2013-07-07)
27554"1066: The Lost Battlefield"Battle, East Sussex, EnglandN/A1 December 2013 (2013-12-01)
27655"The Madness of Bedlam"Bishopsgate, City of LondonN/A1 December 2013 (2013-12-01)

2014

Episode # Special # Episode Title Location Coordinates Original airdate
27756"The Edwardian Grand Designer"Castle Drogo, Drewsteignton, Devon, EnglandN/A23 February 2014 (2014-02-23)
27857"Britain's Bronze Age Mummies"Low Hauxley, Northumberland, EnglandN/A2 March 2014 (2014-03-02)
27958"Secrets of the Body Snatchers"N/AN/A31 August 2014 (2014-08-31)
28059"The Boats That Made Britain"Dover, KentN/A7 September 2014 (2014-09-07)

Episodes (Revival)

2023

Episode # Special # Episode Title Location Coordinates Original airdate
28560"Digging Band of Brothers"Aldbourne, WiltshireN/A30 September 2023 (2023-09-30)

2024

Episode # Special # Episode Title Location Coordinates Original airdate
29161"Sutton Hoo Ship: Rebuilding a Legend (Part 1)"Sutton Hoo, SuffolkN/A1 June 2024 (2024-06-01)

See also

References

  1. ^ "Time Team Digs cast list". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 22 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Time Team Specials – The Lost WWI Bunker – Channel 4". Channel 4. Retrieved 27 June 2012.
  3. ^ "Time Team Specials – Wars of the Roses – Channel 4". Channel 4. Retrieved 22 June 2012.
  4. ^ "Time Team Specials – Castle of the Saxon Kings – Channel 4". Channel 4. Retrieved 22 June 2012.
  5. ^ "Time Team Specials – Looking Underground – Channel 4". Channel 4. Retrieved 22 June 2012.
  6. ^ "Time Team Specials – The Way We Lived – Channel 4". Channel 4. Retrieved 22 June 2012.