RealTime IT News

Channel Four's Time Team to Have "Interactive Weekend"

The UK's Channel Four announced that the popular archaeological TV show "Time Team Live" will have an interactive weekend, September 3-5. Viewers will be able to influence the making of the programme itself, say the broadcasters.

Headed by presenter Tony Robinson, six programmes from York will attempt to unravel 2,000 years of British history over a three days period.

When the programmes are not on-air, Internet coverage will still be available.

The whole event will follow archaeological digs at three sites in York, one of Britain's most ancient cities. Taking part in the show -- which has always provided compulsive viewing for anyone interested in the past -- will be archaeologists, geophysicists, historians, graphics experts and (essentially) diggers.

"It's a huge challenge technically," said Tony Robinson, who has proved that a serious TV career is still possible after playing sidekick to Rowan Atkinson in the comedy series "Blackadder."

"It's by far the largest show we have ever staged - we have a team of around 150 people, 12 cameras as well as the Interactive services team and their technical set-up. What's more we are transmitting live broadcasts in a city that will be teeming with tourists."

Tony Robinson explained that the programmes would try to paint a picture of York by showing what people were like during Roman, Viking and Medieval times.

"The great appeal of Time Team is that we try to make history accessible. The www.channel4.com coverage ensures that viewers can keep updated on these exciting developments throughout the weekend."