->''Now, for the love of Jehovah, can we please go to the pub?''
-->-- '''Professor Gregory "Dolly" Parton'''

A Creator/{{BBC}}1 series that aired at 9pm Tuesdays from 8th July to 12th August 2008.

A show that could be described as ''Series/TimeTeam'' meets ''Series/WakingTheDead'' meets ''Franchise/IndianaJones'', it involves a bunch of archaeologists who have increasingly ludicrous adventures, usually culminating in the destruction of whatever precious artifact they're after this week.

[[https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLOt8i0lTzwawHOmR3b1T1TQwpKUs9TFCY Reviewed]] by DiamandaHagan, who emphasizes that the history is composed of storylines with no regard for actual history.

!!This show contains examples of:
* AdventurerArchaeologist: The protagonists [[InformedAbility are supposed to be this]], in a professional, academic-like manner.
* AncientConspiracy: One per episode.
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: This show is practically built on this trope. [[SincerityMode Do not try]] [[TemptingFate holding a drinking game]].
** In Episode two the characters find a slave ship that is dated about a decade after slavery was outlawed in England.
** In Episode four Magwilde claims that 4000 years ago Egyptians and Greeks were much more advanced than the people in the UK who were doing nothing but "picking their teeth." They completely failed to mention that one of the oldest known human settlements, Skara Brae, was built off the coast of Northern Scotland, is still standing and they had a working drainage system.
** The entire Boudica episode is based around the idea that the Romans really captured her alive, but spread the story of her suicide to discredit her. Even leaving aside how utterly pointless this is, both the Iceni and the Romans considered a defeated leader committing suicide to be an honorable death and being captured alive the ultimate humiliation.
* ArcWords: ''Follow the gleam.''
* AtrociousAlias: As DiamandaHagan noted in her review of the final episode, the Disciples of Good Use is the "[[{{Narm}} worst name for an evil conspiracy]] [[YouSuck EVER]]".
* BritishBrevity: A six-episode series.
* ChurchMilitant: An evil example.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: They discover and subsequently destroy the true cross, along with causing the death of a leading politician/ religious leader, in just the first episode. Despite this and all their other history-shattering discoveries, it's a frequent plot point that the department has zero public awareness.
* TheFaceless: Henry Timberdyne.
* FauxActionGirl: Boudica, the Celtic Warrior Queen. They talk up her skills in battle throughout the episode, but in one flashback she's taken prisoner by one Roman guy without a fight, and in another flashback she's again menaced by a single Roman soldier and kills herself rather than be captured, again without even trying to defend herself. Her actress is also about five feet tall without a scrap of muscle on her body.
* HollywoodAtheist: Both Magwilde and Dolly.
* KnightTemplar: The first episode focuses on these guys.
* LowestCosmicDenominator: Marduk and Tiamat receive this treatment in "Cradle of Civilization."
* MythArc: Involving Excalibur.
* NiceHat: Parton's hat is [[ShoutOut inspired by]] [[Franchise/IndianaJones Indy]]'s.
* OffWithHisHead: The infamous decapitation scene from the first episode.
* OverarchingVillain: The aforementioned "Disciples of Good Use."
* PublicDomainArtifact: Excalibur, The Round Table [of Arthur], the True Cross.
* [[PunnyName Punny Nickname]]: Gregory Parton being called "Dolly", after the singer Dolly Parton.
* RoomFullOfCrazy: Magwilde has one concerning Excalibur.
* SinisterMinister: Edward Laygass combines this with a plan to take over the United Kingdom and expel non-Christians. Hagan notes in her review that he's a kind of [[WeAllLiveInAmerica very American-style]] [[TheFundamentalist fundamentalist televangelist]] [[ArtisticLicenseReligion that barely even exists in the UK, and one that would probably not even get a TV show like the one he appears in]].
* TooDumbToLive: The Muslim boy who goes to to meet the crazy Christian fanatic, Jack alone, in a deserted place, after Jack and friend threatened him and said he wanted to start a holy war with the Muslims. Did I mention that Jack thinks he is a modern day knight and carries a broad sword around with him? Yeah, this meeting goes about as well as you think it does.
* UnfortunateNames: Dr. Gillian ''Magwilde'' and Professor Gregory "Dolly" Parton.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Edward Laygass [[spoiler: is killed in the first episode.]] He is relatively famous in this universe and no one seems to care that he [[spoiler: died and that the Bonekickers team is completely responsible for it.]]