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    Lost Treasures 2

    I was leaving it your capable hands MIB as the thread looks nice and lively. Yup it's Leek and Holywell this Lewis Hamilton Free Week followed by the Liverpool ep. I just want to add to Gary's comment that forums like this do help us get the word out and so thank you once again for the opportunity.
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    Lost Treasures 2

    Hi James hey it's fine. I think Lost Treasures is such a wide brief that sometimes you run the risk of not doing enough or doing too much in the 27 minute slot available. I think you understand where we are coming from with our approach. By the way, there's a break this week. Some race on is it? The week after next it's Leek and North Wales and then the final one is Liverpool which is really a "greatest hits" of lost treasures as we approach the Capital of Culture thing. Footage of a lost ticket from the Titanic, the Williamson and Stephenson Tunnels and Liverpool Castle are in the can.
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    Aghhhh I give up I spelt Domesday wrong. Resign resign!! ok ok it's all been a horrible deam.
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    Thanks for the information Tony.
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    Peter, I am pretty sure that Thelwall was not mentioned in Doomsday and it's first proper reference was not until 1561.
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    Thank you for your comments and feedback. The Victorian reference was viable. Mark was saying that after animal fighting became illegal, it is likely that private events took place long afterwards. This sadly is still the case. Sometimes you just can't win and that's the downside of TV archaeology. We had been criticised for packing too much in. It's not case of ignoring Warburton but more about looking at heritage which hadn't previously received too much coverage (which Warburton has). We decided to do more of an in depth analysis of two towns, Lymm and Thelwall. I am sure if we did a survey of the work of other landscape historians and archaeologists in what is now known as the Greater Manchester area we'd have enough material for twenty towns. We chose the two. The point about Lost Treasures is that any of us could be digging over our gardens and discover Romano Celtic stone heads. It's not really about heralding the work of archaeologists and curators. Other programmes do that. Although we do often welcome their analysis as in Episodes 1 and 4 where the respective curators of The Viking Museum in Oslo and the Roman Museum in Ribchester were pivotal to our understanding of what had been discovered. This project is more about involving the local community and enthusing others eg schools, community groups, gardeners, builders, amateur historians and yes detectorists to keep a look out and share their discoveries and research with the rest of us.
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    Lost Treasures 2

    I am very good at missing TV progs myself if the truth be known. This next one is about the goodly town of Warrington which is where Mark is from of course. 6.05 Sunday Granada. If you haven't seen it Tony you can get a flavour via some of the clips at www.lost-treasures.co.uk James, Fred is generalising because the statistics have to be placed into context of a number of variables eg holidays, weather, sudden competition eg breaking news. What I do know is that Granada are delighted with these results. So we hope the series three will go to the network with a bigger budget, a research team and increased production resources. Basically folks we want full time jobs promoting history (again) and hopefully after three years we'll earn our spurs. Tis a venerable task methinks. Thanks for your comments and support. I will post reminders.
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    We have our ratings back and we got 29% against the network's 20%. So people in the region are watching us which is nice.
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    Lost Treasures 2

    Jean, thank you for your question. As Gary has said, the History Channel will be repeating the show soon but we don't know when yet. Meanwhile you can visit our website at www.lost-treasures.co.uk where many of the clips have been posted via You Tube. If you would like that full episode, I have passed on your question to our producer Phil Hirst at info@lost-treasures.co.uk This week we have a look at how the Romans handled the Celts and Brigantes in a journey which took us up to Hexham, Ribchester, Chester (of course) and Anglesey.
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    Mike, this is a ploy! My only explanation is that too much time was spent at the Cat and Fiddle pub at the end of a hard day's shooting. It's a weak excuse but one I will have to stick by until next week. Oh by the way, Sunday sees us not too far away at the lost castle of Dunham Massey where we follow the trail of the Templar Knights and ask what these guys doing these days. Thanks for your kind words Indy.
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    One day we hope to be able to extend the series to the network and apply some more ideas for the further involvement of amateur historians and archaeologists to our understanding of the past. For the budgets that are available in regional TV, Phil Hirst and the team have done a great job. Sadako, there are certain restrictions by ITV on what can go on the credits. Protocol if you will. If it's any consolation, I don't get on there either despite my pound of flesh but I'm sure you will agree it's a highly professional outfit which we're working for. Hope to meet you on location in a field soon
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    Good point and this aint a Victorian bashing session. The re-interpretation of history is an ogoing process and refects the priorities of the age. For example, Sir Thomas Malory defined our modern view of Merrye England back in the 15 c. In fact Victorian iconography is not a bad way of understanding why we want to overlay our view of ourselves on another age. In our century, Henry VIII is portrayed on TV as some kind of gangster by Ray Winstone. The recent Jane Austen series depicts late 18c England as some kind of Wags Boutique.
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    Thank you for the clarification Tony as I must admit that I am bit out of touch with KS1 and KS2 History now but thankfully my cynicism is unfounded. I'd also add my own Stuart period of interest to the list of Victorian fantasies in your PS. Never was a cleaner more sanitised civil war fought between those miserable yet righteous roundheads and the jolly but misguided cavaliers. I am hoping Phil, our producer will join us for discussion at some point. But I hope I am not jumping the gun by suggesting that your own work and those of your friends in the societies could well help us in future progs if you were interested. Maybe take a look at us on Sunday?
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    Forgive me for not coming on sooner to clarify time changes. 6 pm is now our proper time slot. Viewing figures were 19% which is 4% above what we were expected to achieve. So we are punching the air Viking style. This Sunday we follow the Celtic trail of the Cheshire Cat from Wirral through to Grappenhall, Stretton, Pott Srigley and the Macclesfield Road to the Druid sanctuary at Buxton. Tony, thanks for your comments and understand where you are coming from. TV is a funny game. I will share with you another dilemma of how to balance education with entertainment. I recall back in 1990, I was working for Liverpool Museum on the exhbition surrounding the Cuerdale Viking Hoard, Silver Saga. This was a serious academic led exhibition and I was Press Officer. Happily targeting the broadsheets, I was approached by a production company for a Saturday morning kid's programme Wac 90 presented by one Michaela Strachan. This confused me. Predictably we were asked to wear horned helmets so that Timmy Mallet could bash us with his hammer. For the uninitiated, and correct me if I'm wrong Tony, but horned helmets were a Victorian myth and there is no archaeological evidence that a Nordic helmet ever bore horns in anger. Although figuring our appearance might get a few feet through doors we agreed to do it providing we could bring some real Vikings into the studio. Regia Anglorum were recruited and we managed to compromise with them on modes of dress. All in all, apart from having to wear size 7 Viking leather wrapovers on size 13 feet, it all went OK and I even received a kiss from Michaela which was life enhancing and led me to an unprecedented desire for...more press coverage. Fast forward 2007 and Lost Treasures 2. Thankfully we have full control up to the point of final edit what goes in the programme. As you quite rightly say Tony there can be no watertight proof that our conclusions are watertight. What we can do though is get across the message that research, academic debate and the hunt for our past is not the sole domain of academics. All the TV prog does is to promote a healthy interest to pursue history further. In the absence of much ancient history in the primary and secondary curriculum, programmes such as ours can play a role. For re-enactments we are using reputable research-led organisations. Anyhow this wasn't meant to be a big post but I hope you enjoyed it. Thank you and good day
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    Not sure really. I think if the weeather's nice people go out and return around 5.30 so I guess we'll have to see. It's all about audience figures as you know. We did OK last time. In ep 1 we are on the Viking trail and speculating what lies beneath a pub car park in Wirral. Although the archaeology is scant it's likely to be a Viking merchant ship which got stuck in the marsh. There's also Elsie Lloyd who is the last witness to Sutton Hoo. She was a little girl when she saw these guys digging and out came a Saxon King with the regalia we all know and love. Oh and a Viking hogback residing in a village garden. Imagine digging borders and finding one of those
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