Professor Mick Aston: Why I quit Time Team, and the danger of losing touch with our history | This is Somerset

I’ve decided to quit Time Team because Channel 4 decided to alter the format. There is a lot less archaeological content and a lot more pratting about. I was the archaeological consultant but they decided to get rid of half the archaeological team, without consulting me.

I think it has dumbed down. Let me explain why that is bad for archaeology in general.

This is sad, but inevitable unfortunately. The latest series of Time Team is currently airing on Channel 4, and while I’ve watched each show I can’t help feeling there’s something gone awry. Team changes have happened over years, but the core members have been there almost since the beginning to provide some kind of continuity. Once the new faces have bedded in, it’s been more or less business as usual.

Unfortunately, for various reasons, I don’t seem to be engaged by the current series in the same way I have been for most of the previous ones. I’ll still watch them, but I can’t help feeling that perhaps the changes this time round have gone too far. Perhaps, after 20 years, it’s time to let the show rest.

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  1. It’s been a bit of a puppet show recently anyway. Aston’s not been in every episode for a series or so. Last series, they changed the advertising timings so day 1 was effectively split in 2 so they could get another ad break in. Previously, an ad break divided the three days which worked nicely.

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