Time Flyers... history revealed from the air
only: BBC TWO Scotland, Tuesday 29 October, 7.30pm
Rest of UK: BBC TWO, Thursday 31 October, 7.30pm
Series of six
Flyers takes a fresh and original perspective on some of the most
famous and important archeological sites of Britain.
other popular programmes on archeology, this series reveals Britain's
history from above.
the latest techniques of aerial archaelogy combined with dig excavations
on the ground, the Time Flyers team of three intrepid archeologists
investigate exciting mysteries that have baffled researchers for
where there are no longer physical remains, outlines of what was
once there are often seen through spectacular crop marks and scars
on the landscape.
these, the team from Time Flyers each week identify a historical
site which can only be revealed from the air, and explore the essential
mystery at the heart of each subject.
three presenters making up the Time Flyers team are Mark Horton,
head of archaeology at Bristol University; Jo Caruth, a dig
archaeologist with Suffolk County Council; and Dave MacLeod,
an aerial archaeologist with English Heritage.
only do they have a tremendous amount of enthusiasm, they also posses
a formidable store of knowledge which they draw on to tackle the
of the stories focuses on an archaeological site that has either
been discovered or re-interpreted through aerial archaeology.
unique aerial perspective from a helicopter is combined with a dig
site on the ground.
sites chosen are important and large-scale, always interesting and
importantly, at the heart of each programme is a historical mystery
that the Time Flyers team set out to solve.
famous sites cover the length and breadth of the UK: from the extraordinary
Neolithic monuments around Stonehenge to the Roman Empire's very
first frontier (in Scotland); from Offa's Dyke on the Welsh borders
to a medieval village in Somerset that was finished off by the Black
breath-taking photography, Time Flyers brings alive the rich and
violent history of our past.
landscape of the British Isles is one of the most diverse in the
on the wild mountains, coasts and moorlands is a rich history, visible
not just in the buildings but in the shape of the landscape itself.
prehistoric monuments to the vast modern motorways which sweep across
the land, Britain is marked indelibly by the works of man. Nowhere
is this better seen than from the air.
Flyers is a BBC Scotland production for BBC TWO. The series producer
is Andrew Thompson.
Flyers - the episodes