British TV is Brilliant! Here’s 7 Recommended Non-Fiction Shows To Check Out – Video Clips Within

british-tv.001British TV is my favorite TV. About two years ago I experienced a revelation. I discovered an absolutely awesome British television program called Time Team (Watch clip below).

With an interest in history and archaeology, Time Team literally turned out to be my favorite TV show of all time.

The basic premise is that the Time Team gets three days to dig a site that has relatively little, if any history of being dug, and they dig it. The show has a highly engaging host (Tony Robinson) and a fantastic, expert archaeology team.

They make all sorts of discoveries in every episode, and at the end of the program they summarize what they learned into a story and visual recreation of the site. There are lots of Roman sites, prehistoric sites, medieval sites and even some more modern sites. There are so many layers of history in the United Kingdom, and I really appreciate how the show sheds light on ancient human life.

Time Team ran for 20 years and just ended in 2014. According to their wikipedia page, there are 280 episodes (including specials) to watch. So if you ‘dig it’ you’ll have an abundance of shows to watch and enjoy.

Since discovering my favorite show of all time, I’ve gone on to find a number of other great British shows, and it turns out that I REALLY, REALLY like British content.

Below are 7 of my recommended British TV shows and mini-series to check out. Most of these are available to watch online (for free) in Canada/US.

Know of any other great non-fiction shows? Please leave a comment.

1. TIME TEAM

ABOUT
“Time Team was a British television series that originally aired on Channel 4 from 16 January 1994 to 7 September 2014. Created by television producer Tim Taylor and presented by actor Tony Robinson, each episode featured a team of specialists carrying out an archaeological dig over a period of three days, with Robinson explaining the process in lay terms…The sites excavated ranged in date from the Palaeolithic to the Second World War.” source: wikipedia

WHERE TO WATCH
Season 20/21 available on TVO.org (WATCH HERE >>)
11 ‘Series’ (not specific seasons) available on AcornTV (7 day free trial)
(WATCH & SIGN UP HERE >>)

MORE INFO:
www.channel4.com/programmes/time-team
www.timeteamdigital.com/
www.youtube.com/user/timeteamdigital


2. BBC ANTIQUES ROADSHOW

ABOUT
“Experts invite members of the public to bring along their antiques for examination.”

WHERE TO WATCH
Official segment clips available online:
www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006mj2y/clips
Airs on PBS – check local listings (For example >>)

MORE INFO:
www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006mj2y


3. ESCAPE TO THE COUNTRY

ABOUT
“A series which helps prospective buyers find their dream home in the country”

WHERE TO WATCH
Season 21 and one episode of Season 19 are currently available on CBC TV website and app. WATCH HERE >>
The show is also available to watch on GustoTV in Canada (INFO >>)

MORE INFO
www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006vb2f


4. ESCAPE TO THE CHATEAU

ABOUT
“Having ditched their London flat in exchange for rural France, this engaging and eccentric couple set out to transform a crumbling chateau into a showcase home and event space — all in time for their own wedding!”

WHERE TO WATCH
Season 1 & 2 currently available on CBC TV website and app.
(WATCH HERE >>)

MORE INFO:
www.channel4.com/programmes/escape-to-the-chateau


5. FAKE OR FORTUNE?

ABOUT
“Journalist Fiona Bruce teams up with art expert Philip Mould to investigate mysteries behind paintings.”

WHERE TO WATCH
Season 3 currently available on knowledge.ca (WATCH HERE >>)
Previously available on TVO.org (currently unavailable)

MORE INFO:
www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01mxxz6

6. MARTIN CLUNES: ISLANDS OF BRITAIN 


ABOUT
“Islands of Britain is a 2009 documentary series, filmed over the summers of 2008 and 2009, hosted by Martin Clunes, which visited a number of the islands that lie off the coast of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, as well as the Channel Islands.” –wikipedia

WHERE TO WATCH

(was available on AcornTV – currently unavailable)

MORE INFO:
www.amazon.com/Martin-Clunes-Islands-of-Britain/dp/B01BOAJBY0

7. RIVERS WITH JEREMY PAXMAN  


ABOUT
“In this four-part series, journalist Jeremy Paxman, a devoted fisherman, travels along great British rivers, meeting the people who make them what they are, unearthing their history and traditions, and exploring their wildlife.” -tvo.org

WHERE TO WATCH
Available on TVO.org (WATCH HERE >>)

MORE INFO:
tvo.org/programs/rivers-with-jeremy-paxman

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