Time Team America is returning to the UK.
PBS America has picked up the UK broadcast right to the four episode second season of the U.S. series based on Channel 4’s hit archaeological format fronted by Tony Robinson. The second season of Time Team America will receive its UK premiere on PBS America on Tuesday November 10th at 6:35pm and will continue to air daily in the same time-slot.
Based on the C4 series of the same name, Time Team America follows scientists Joe Watkins, Allan Maca, Meg Watters, Jeff Brown and Chelsea Rose as they join forces with host Justine Shapiro to uncover historical secrets buried beneath the soil. The series combines technologically advanced tools and old-fashioned elbow grease to take viewers on a journey into the earth and back in time.
The first season of Time Team America initially aired state-side on PBS in 2009 and was subsequently acquired by Channel 4, who aired it under the title Time Team USA, that same year. After Channel 4 cancelled the original UK series it looked like that might be it for the franchise as a whole, but last year, PBS confirmed that they had commissioned a four episode second season, which aired on the U.S. public broadcaster across two weeks in August.
PBS America’s acquisition of the show’s second season comes just after they announced plans to launch on free-to-air platform Freesat later this month. They will be available on Freesat channel 160 from October 31st and, to mark the launch, PBS America will be airing a special Ken Burns Season, which includes such documentaries as: The Civil War (Re-Mastered 25th Anniversary Edition), Prohibition, The West, Jack Johnson: Unforgivable Blackness, Frank Lloyd Wright, Thomas Jefferson, Horatio’s Drive, Statue Of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge.