I’ve noticed searchers for “Bonekickers” have been coming to look in The Attic….so….
Best Of This Week’s Tv: Far-Fetched, Extreme Archaeology Series – Which Is Based On Fact Bonekickers Friday, BBC1, 9pm
The series may seem absurdly far-fetched [!] but is actually based on fact, with expertise provided by series consultant Professor Mark Horton, Head of Archaeology at Bristol University and a specialist in the archaeology of ancient societies around the world.
I reserve judgement on what is “the best of this week’s TV” and on what is “based on fact” until I’ve seen it. Could Mark Horton’s career and credibility amongst his peers be hanging by a thread by Tuesday night at 10pm???
“I tended to get all the research vocab, none of which I could remember, but I did have the best line of the entire series which is, ‘Don’t mess with me, I’m an archaeologist’, so I’m very proud to have that,” he adds with a laugh.
From: Keeping up with the boneses
Timesonline: Life on Mars creators unveil Bonekickers
It would be so easy to make fun of this muddy new drama, but let’s not be hasty: it might just be the first hit TV drama based around a team of glamorous West Country archaeologists. Besides, its reference points are The Da Vinci Code and CSI – both famously bonkers, but also runaway worldwide hits. Our heroes are led by “feisty Celt” Gillian (Julie Graham) and each week they unearth mysteries from the past that make trouble in the present. Tonight they excavate a site in Bath where relics of a skirmish between Saracens and Christian knights have been found. Gillian’s approach to the dig? She sits on her haunches and whispers to the ground, “Come on . . . give up your secrets” . And it does: before long they are scrambling to keep a major find from a religious nut (Paul Rhys) who wants a new holy war. It’s a loopy caper, but it’s hard not to get sucked into the action. Just be prepared to splutter in disbelief at the plot holes and over-the-top dialogue. The bigger worry is, you can’t help feeling either of Graham’s main co-stars, the excellent Hugh Bonneville or Adrian Lester, would have made a better lead, and with this sort of thing, a main character you can cheer for is make or break.