Now, for the love of Jehovah, can we please go to the pub?
— Professor Gregory "Dolly" Parton
A BBC 1
series that aired at 9pm Tuesdays from 8th July to 12th August 2008.
A show that could be described as Time Team
meets Waking the Dead
meets Indiana Jones
, 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.Reviewed
by Diamanda Hagan
, who emphasizes that the history is composed of storylines with no regard for actual history.
This show contains examples of:
- Adventurer Archaeologist: The protagonists are supposed to be this, in a professional, academic-like manner.
- Ancient Conspiracy: One per episode.
- Artistic License - History: This show is practically built on this trope. Do not try holding a drinking game.
- Episode two the characters find a slave ship that is dated about a decade after slavery was outlawed in England.
- Episode four Magwilde calms that 4000 years 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 know human settlements, Skara Brae, was built of the coast of Northern Scotland, is still standing and they had a working drainage system.
- Arc Words: Follow the gleam.
- British Brevity: A six-episode series.
- Church Militant: An evil example.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: 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.
- The Faceless: Henry Timberdyne.
- Fail O'Suckyname: As Diamanda Hagan noted in her review of the final episode, the Disciples of Good Use is the "worst name for an evil conspiracy EVER".
- Or the team's media-whoring Head of Department/comic relief, Daniel Mastiff?
- Faux Action Girl: 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.
- Hollywood Atheist: Both Magwilde and Dolly.
- Knight Templar: The first episode focuses on these guys.
- Lowest Cosmic Denominator: Marduk and Tiamat receive this treatment in "Cradle of Civilization."
- Myth Arc: Involving Excalibur.
- Nice Hat: Parton's hat is inspired by Indy's.
- Off with His Head!: The infamous decapitation scene from the first episode.
- Public Domain Artifact: Excalibur, The Round Table [of Arthur], the True Cross.
- Punny Nickname: Gregory Parton being called "Dolly", after the singer Dolly Parton.
- Room Full of Crazy: Magwilde has one concerning Excalibur.
- Sinister Minister: 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 very American-style fundamentalist televangelist that barely even exists in the UK, and one that would probably not even get a TV show like the one he appears in.
- Too Dumb to Live: 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.
- Unfortunate Names: Dr. Gillian Magwilde and Professor Gregory "Dolly" Parton.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Edward Laygass is killed in the first episode. He is relatively famous in this universe and no one seems to care that he died and that the Bonekickers team is completely responsible for it.