Tony Robinson 'frustrated' at Channel 4 decision to axe Time Team
TV star Tony Robinson has admitted Channel 4’s decision to axe its archaeology series Time Team has left him “frustrated”.
The show, which has been exported to more than 36 countries, comes to an end this month after almost 20 years.
Bristolian Mr Robinson, 66, who shot to fame as Baldrick in Blackadder, told the Radio Times: “I’m quite philosophical. They’ve treated me pretty well.” But he later said: “I am a bit frustrated.”
He said that, with repeats, more people watch Time Team than ever before, while the “the series we’ve just made is one of the best”.
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Time Team’s discoveries have included the remains of the first Spitfire to be shot down during the Battle of Britain and a chieftain’s brooch in the centre of a Viking boat burial in Scotland.
But ratings are reported to have dropped in recent years, from a height of two-and-a-half million.
A row erupted last year when one of the show's former hosts, Professor Mick Aston, quit amid a 'dumbing down' row.
Professor Aston, who lives near Cheddar in Somerset, said he was 'really really angry' that there was 'a lot less archaeological content and a lot more pratting about' in the series they had just filmed.