The BEST Episodes of Time Team
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Dec 5, 2019
Network: Channel 4
In this popular and (literally) groundbreaking programme, Tony Robinson and a team of experts travel the country to investigate a wide range of archaeological sites of historical importance.
#1 - Manchester - Rubble At Mill
Season 13 - Episode 3
Rubble at the Mill - The birth of the Industrial Revolution in Manchester. The team set to work uncovering Manchester's first cotton mill, built by one of the fathers of the Industrial Revolution, Richard Arkwright. Over three days the team uncover the remains of a complex factory as they search for the heart of the first mill: a revolutionary steam engine that was decades ahead of its time.
#2 - Glendon Hall, Northants - The Bodies In The Shed
Season 13 - Episode 1
The Bodies in the Shed - Glendon's lost graveyard. Tony and the team return for a new series, visiting Glendon Hall in Northamptonshire to unravel the mystery of the human skeletons found under an outbuilding. In November 2004 Martin Hipwell was working in the garden converting a Victorian brick shed. He had to stop rather suddenly because as he dug up the old floors he came across a whole host of human skeletons. He contacted the local unit, Northampton Archaeology, who revealed 11 burials inside one of the buildings. They removed seven sets of human remains. But in another barn the builders discovered yet more remains. They left these undisturbed and Martin got in touch with Time Team. Before Martin carried on his building work he wanted to know who these people were and where they lived. All these burials were aligned east-to-west. They were closely packed and some had been buried on top of others. The density of the burials, the orientation and the lack of finds and gravestones suggested that these were the graves of medieval Christian peasants. Bone analysis indicates that these people suffered from lives of hard labour and poor nutrition. Could they have been inhabitants of the lost medieval village of Glendon? And what happened to Glendon's church dedicated to St Helen? Could the piles of old architectural stonework in the garden be a clue?
#3 - Syon House, London - In Search Of The Brigittine Abbey
Season 11 - Episode 1
The team are at Syon House in Chiswick, West London, one of the country's best-preserved stately homes. Few people know that in its grounds once stood a 16th-century abbey.
#4 - Heroes' Hill, Knockdhu, Co Antrim - Heroes' Hill
Season 16 - Episode 3
Working with archaeologists from Queen's University in Belfast, the Team takes up the challenge to unlock the prehistoric secrets of the headland at Knockdhu, County Antrim.
#5 - Rise Hill, Cumbria - Blood, Sweat and Beers
Season 16 - Episode 5
Time Team visits the Yorkshire Dales to investigate the Risehill camp settlement, inhabited by the Victorian railway navvies during the construction of the Settle-to-Carlisle railway On a wind- and rain-swept Yorkshire moor – 'the most exposed site Time Team has ever dug on,' according to Tony Robinson – lie the remains of a settlement built by a tough, nomadic community that existed on the very edge of society.
#6 - Applecross, Scotland - Scotch Broch
Season 13 - Episode 13
Scotch Broch - Iron Age life at Applecross near Skye. Tony and the team journey to Applecross in the north west of Scotland to excavate a broch, a monumental stone tower that was amongst one of the largest Iron Age structures in Britain.
#7 - Burslem, Stoke-On-Trent - Wedgwood's First Factory
Season 6 - Episode 1
Everyone knows the name of Wedgwood when it comes to pottery, and this is what they have in mind, this blue and white design, it’s famous throughout the world. But few people know that it was here in Burslem on the outskirts of Stoke-On-Trent, that Josiah Wedgwood’s climb to fame and fortune first began. This is actually the site of his first factory, which was at the heart of the pottery industry when it took off in the eighteenth century, but does any of it remain under the paving stones of present day Burslem.
#8 - Turkdean, Gloucestershire - Roman villa
Season 5 - Episode 4
Tony Robinson and the team return to the site of a previous dig in 1998 which unearthed a Roman villa in the Cotswolds. They discover that the villa dates from the very first days of the Roman occupation. Amongst their new finds is an entire, untouched Roman water course.
#9 - Mont Orgueil, Jersey - Cannons v Castles
Season 18 - Episode 8
Tony Robinson and the Team head across the Channel to Jersey to investigate the origins of Mont Orgueil Castle: a fortress that came to symbolise the Channel Islands' bond with Britain. The massive castle that dominates the shore today is a Tudor structure built on earlier foundations, and it's that early castle, built by King John, that the Team are looking for.
#10 - The Lost Castle of Dundrum
Season 20 - Episode 9
Tony and the Team search for the remains of a renegade knight's Norman castle in one of Northern Ireland's most picturesque spots. King John sent John de Courcy to Ireland in 1170 as part of his invasion force, but de Courcy rebelled against his king's orders, instead establishing his own small kingdom and building a fine castle to defend it. King John refused to tolerate his disobedience and sent the loyal Hugh de Lacy across the Irish Sea to defeat him. De Courcy's castle was rebuilt, and much of its replacement is still standing. But the experts are convinced that some of what remains dates from de Courcy's time, and the archaeologists set out to find the lost structures. But as they survey and dig within the huge castle walls, they are in for a big surprise. It seems the site was occupied by tribal chiefs for many centuries before anyone had even heard of the Normans.
#11 - Isle of Man - Finds on the Fairway
Season 14 - Episode 1
Finds on the fairway.The Time Team are on a golf course on the Isle of Man to investigate the remains of a keeill - a small stone chapel. Although thought to have been built by the Vikings, new finds suggest there is much more to this site than just the Vikings
#12 - Wierre-Effroy, France - One Of The First Spitfires Lost In France
Season 7 - Episode 3
One of the first spitfires lost in France. It was on 23 May 1940 that a young English pilot climbed into the cockpit of his Spitfire to join a formation of aircraft flying across the Channel to help defend troops retreating in the face of the Nazi advance. Paul Klipsch, aged 24, had never flown in a combat mission before; he was never to do so again. The young pilot was shot down over northern France. He had become one of the first of the 1,500 Royal Air Force pilots who were to give their lives during the early period of the Second World War. The RAF's combat report recorded simply that he had been 'Killed in Action'. The place where his plane came down, in a farmer's field outside the small French village of Wierre-Effroy, near Boulogne, has always been known. Two brothers, Auguste and RenÃ© Mierlot, had seen it shot down by a Messerschmitt 110, at about 6pm that May evening. They remembered it well because half an hour later German troops entered their village. Despite the Nazi presence, local people retrieved Paul Klipsch's body from the remains of his aircraft and buried him in the village cemetery. His grave, now marked with an RAF headstone, remains there to this day. But while the time and place of this young pilot's death had long been known, we still knew little about how and why his Spitfire crashed. Time Team decided to see what could be revealed.
#13 - Groby, Leicestershire - House of the White Queen
Season 18 - Episode 7
Groby Old Hall in Leicestershire was once home to the legendary White Queen: Elizabeth, the wife of Edward IV. The Team are here to help the new owners, who have saved the house from dereliction, to find out what has gone on in their garden over the centuries. It's full of tantalising glimpses of archaeology: a medieval wall with a window, carved stones and what looks like the remains of a Norman castle.
#14 - Castor, Cambridgeshire - Under the Gravestones
Season 18 - Episode 6
The Team face one of their strangest challenges ever: digging through a church graveyard in search of what could be one of the largest Roman structures ever built in Britain. Tony Robinson and his band are here at the request of the Reverend William Burke, vicar of the historic St Kyneburgha's church in Castor, Cambridgeshire. Under very close supervision, the Team must dodge the thousands of burials in the graveyard to get to an ornate mosaic floor that was reportedly discovered almost 200 years ago. It could be the missing link in a village that is crammed with massive Roman walls and old reports of exquisite finds.
#15 - Codnor Castle, Derbyshire - Gold In The Moat
Season 15 - Episode 1
The crumbling ruins of Codnor Castle are a sad remnant of the imposing home of the De Grey family - knights who saw action in almost every important medieval battle including the crusades and Agincourt. Today Codnor Castle lies in ruins and there's almost nothing known of how it looked in its prime. As the remains above ground get an overdue renovation, the Time Team risk the dangers of hidden mine shafts in the Derbyshire coalfields to dig into the heart of a building that once dominated the landscape to trace the castle's history. It lives up to the team's hopes as they strike gold with a 600-year-old gold noble coin as well as uncovering a huge round tower and, for the first time in the history of the programme, a drawbridge.
#16 - Barra, Western Isles - Bodies In The Dunes
Season 15 - Episode 3
The Team travel to the windswept island of Barra, 50 miles off the west coast of Scotland, for a unique rescue dig. This Hebridean outpost is famous for its strip of unusually fertile sand dunes all round the coast, land that has been home to settlers for the last 4,000 years. When a storm ripped apart one of the dunes, it revealed Bronze Age graves and the remains of ancient houses. The team must also work in the face of the fierce Barra winds to preserve a collection of Iron Age ornaments before they become lost forever, including the remains of a cooking pot, and tools crafted from animal bones and whale rib.
#17 - High Worsall, North Yorkshire - Medieval Village
Season 5 - Episode 8
In this episode, the 'Time Team' are in Worsall, near Middlesbrough. The archaeology fanatics have just three days to solve the mystery of why the population of a medieval village disappeared into thin air.
#18 - Ipswich, Suffolk - Back-Garden Archaeology
Season 11 - Episode 11
The team search for the remains of the largest Roman villa in East Anglia, digging up a suburb of Ipswich where Basil Brown first uncovered Roman remains back in the 1940's.
#19 - Esher, Surrey - The First Tudor Palace?
Season 13 - Episode 4
The First Tudor Palace? The team visit Penny Rainbow's Surrey home that is all that remains of a palace that was grand it inspired the design of Hampton Court. Over three days they piece together the story of a site that evolved into one of the most stunning buildings of early Tudor times.
#20 - South Perrott, Dorset - The Puzzle Of Picket's Farm
Season 12 - Episode 10
Thirty years ago the Legg family took over this farm in West Dorset, almost immediately they discovered that one end of this field was difficult to plough and they put it down to the stony soil. But then earlier this year Roman finds started to crop up all over the field. Roof tile, pottery, Roman coins, broaches, what’s going on? The Legg’s are itching to know. Is there a Roman building here that could account for their broken ploughs. Time Team’s got just three days to find out and let them know.
#21 - Islip, Oxfordshire - Birthplace Of The Confessor
Season 13 - Episode 10
Birthplace of the Confessor. The team descend upon the sleepy Oxfordshire village of Islip, the birthplace of Edward the Confessor, for one of the most challenging and intriguing excavations of the series. The villagers of Islip are celebrating the millennium of Edward's birth and want the team to discover the location of a medieval chapel dedicated to their famous former resident.
#22 - Alfoldean, Sussex - The Taxmans' Tavern
Season 13 - Episode 12
The Taxman's Tavern - A Roman Mansion. Time Team travel to Alfoldean in Sussex to uncover a Roman coaching inn, and the story of the whole settlement. Atrocious weather and the sheer scale of the site push the team's resources to the limits.
#23 - Reedham, Norfolk - Bombers in Reedham Marshes
Season 6 - Episode 8
February the 21st 1944. 800 American bombers are returning from a raid on targets in Germany. It’s three o’clock in the afternoon, they’d been in the air for five hours and finally, they’ve left the last of the enemy fighters and flak batteries behind. Everyone relaxes as they pass over the Norfolk coast. Then... Tragedy. They were just minutes away from safety of their base when suddenly one of the bombers collided with another, and the two planes came plummeting down to earth somewhere round here in the Reedham Marshes. All 21 crewmembers were killed. So what exactly happened? We got just three days to try and shed some light on the mystery.We’re gonna be excavating one of the planes in the hope that its carcass may yield some clues if there’s any of it left, and we’re gonna try and find out as much as we can about the two crews and the events that led up to the crash.
#24 - Radcot, Oxfordshire - Anarchy in the UK
Season 16 - Episode 7
The Team are in Radcot, Oxfordshire, where they hope to uncover a long-lost fortress built in the 12th century during one of the bloodiest episodes of English history. The tiny hamlet of Radcot in Oxfordshire stands on a strategic crossing on the river Thames. Competing armies have fought over control of the crossing from at least medieval times through to the English Civil War.
#25 - Westminster Abbey, London - Corridors of Power
Season 17 - Episode 1
In the first episode of the new series, Tony Robinson, Professor Mick Aston and the Team investigate one of Britain's greatest historic landmarks: Westminster Abbey. Surrounded by the sights and sounds of Parliament Square, the archaeologists have three days to pin down the location of a lost sacristy, a stronghold that was built by Henry III almost 800 years ago and is said to have housed the biggest collection of treasure this side of the Alps. Under the watchful eye of the Abbey's clergy and numerous tourists, the diggers' attempts to find this important building are continually thwarted by the driving London rain and centuries of later building work.