Time Team: Tony Robinson visits Codnor Castle in 2008
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After repeat episodes of Time Team were aired during lockdown, fans raised funds to put towards making new shows. Last month, show creator Tim Taylor confirmed they had began work on two new YouTube episodes, with more in the pipeline.
Sir Tony Robinson, 74, began fronting Channel 4’s Time Team in 1994. The series spanned 20 years and included 59 one-off specials.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, he said he discussed the revival with the team, but won’t be a part of it.
He said: “I talked to them about it, I’m not going to do it mainly because of all my other commitments,” he confirmed.
“I wouldn’t be able to commit myself to do it and anyway, what’s important, is that it should feel new, it should feel different.”
The Blackadder star went on to say he believes the new episodes should feature younger presenters to bring in a more diverse audience.
“Given that there’s a number of the old archaeologists doing it, I think it’s a good thing to have younger presenters,” he added.
“I’m wishing them great luck.”
The actor and comedian had previously said he felt “lucky” to be part of such a successful show.
He told Yorkshire Post: “I mean who would have thought that a programme featuring three hippies digging up the ground and usually not finding very much would be cult TV for 20 years?”
During his time on the show, the host and his team were a part of three archaeological investigations in Royal gardens.
The event, timed to celebrate the Queen’s 80th birthday, included the team doing some digging at Buckingham Palace.
Intrigued about what they might find, Tony said he asked Prince Philip his thoughts about the investigation.
On his meeting with the late Royal and the Queen, he said: “I’ve met them both before, but with the Time Team we actually dug in the garden of Buckingham Palace once.
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“I said to the Duke of Edinburgh, ‘What do you think we will find?’ And he said ‘b****r all’ and he was right.”
He added of the Queen: “[She was] “brisk and professional”.
Elsewhere, Tim recently addressed the fans’ reaction to bringing back the show.
He told The Daily Mirror: “We were keeping in touch with fans and getting letters from Australia and all over the place.
“They kept asking us why we weren’t bringing ‘Time Team’ back?
“This is the first time a heritage TV show has been brought back by the fans. When they see the programme going out they will be thinking, ‘Crikey, I helped make that’.”
He added he hoped the episodes will bring in a “new generation interested in archaeology”.
According to the show’s website, the 2021 comeback will include a dig at a huge Oxfordshire Roman villa which may be “almost the size of Buckingham Palace”.
The team returning includes Carenza Lewis, Stewart Ainsworth, Helen Geake and John Gater.
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