Bonekickers, Season 1
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Each spine-tingling episode is a window through to an exciting period of history, including the excavation of murdered 18th century slaves, the possible discovery of the True Cross, the looting of Babylonian relics from the Iraq War and the exploration of secret chambers underneath famous Roman baths. Using state of the art techniques and old-fashioned digger’s instinct, Gillian and her team — forensic expert and her former lover Dr Ben Ergha (Adrian Lester), the brilliant but lecherous Professor Gregory 'Dolly' Parton (Hugh Bonneville) and eager young intern Viv Davis (Gugu-Mbatha Raw) — piece together incredible stories and conspiracy theories from the past.
|1||VideoArmy of God||The archaeologists find themselves fighting for their lives when an apparent miracle makes them the target of dangerous religious zealots. Gillian doesn't give new recruit Vivian the warmest of welcomes, but leaves the eager young intern alone at their latest dig while the rest of the team has to attend an important function. The inexperienced Vivian allows a young hospice nurse to get too close and she hurts her hand on a chunk of wood at the site. The nurse later tells the press that a dying patient made a miraculous recovery when she touched him with the same hand, and to Gillian's fury, hundreds of people descend on the dig as speculation mounts that the wood was part of the True Cross that Jesus was crucified on. Radical religious leader Edward Laygass wants to find the Cross to strengthen his plan to drive out other faiths.||56:30||£0.99||View in iTunes|
|2||VideoWarriors||The team is caught up in a dangerous political storm when they uncover the bones of 18th century slaves on the banks of a major river crossing. The team uncover what appear to be the remains of slaves being transported from England to America, and their media-hungry boss Daniel Mastiff decides that the discovery could lead to another television venture for him. The publicity prompts the involvement of leading figures in the black community, including Doctor Sarpong who demands that the bones are taken back to Africa. When Doctor Sarpong is found murdered, the Bonekickers realise they are up against a powerful society who will do anything to cover up the truth.||58:06||£0.99||View in iTunes|
|3||VideoThe Eternal Fire||The team explores a mystery close to home as a cave linked to Warrior Queen Boudica is discovered near their UK base and Gillian and Ben find themselves in a race against time to escape dangerous gases when they're trapped underground. When a dig at the famous Roman Baths unearths a beautiful and ornate cave, it soon becomes clear that it was used to hold two prisoners. Team leader Gillian is convinced that Boudica wasn't killed in battle as believed, but was actually held captive for many years – could this be the place where she was hidden away? But who was the other one and what was their connection to the Warrior Queen? Unbeknown to the rest of the team, Gillian and Ben go back inside but are trapped as a tunnel collapses, and have to dodge centuries-old booby traps and toxic gases in their desperate bid to escape.||56:36||£0.99||View in iTunes|
|4||VideoThe Cradle of Civilization||A discovery in war-torn Iraq is the catalyst for the reunion of old friends. The rest of the team get a few clues to Gillian's own past with the appearance of Kahmil Hammadi, who studied alongside both Gillian and Ben many years earlier. Artefact dealer Max Garris has shown Kahmil a unique serpent necklace found by a photographer working in Iraq, and wants the Bonekickers team’s opinion on it. But when Max is found dead and Kahmil is the one to find him, the team start to believe that their "old friend" has many things to hide. They discover that the artefacts found by the photographer hold prophecies to various great wars throughout the centuries and Kahmil believes that if he possesses them he could unite the divisions in Iraq.||57:07||£0.99||View in iTunes|
|5||VideoThe lines of war||The team travels to western France to get to the bottom of a mystery that originally seems to date back to the First World War, but actually has its roots even further back in history. When a British tank inscribed with the name Joan is discovered underground, it looks like its occupants were murdered in a horrific war crime. But as the Bonekickers delve further into their research they find that, although the tank is British, the dead soldiers are both British and German. Gillian gets news that her mother is seriously ill, and despite the best efforts of Vivian and the rest of the team, refuses to leave the dig. The team uncovers a daring conspiracy involving two sets of enemy soldiers whose shared passion for the past which lead them to try and work together for peace in the midst of major conflict, a plan that could have changed the course of European history.||58:18||£0.99||View in iTunes|
|6||VideoFollow the Gleam||The team is called in to help with a dig run by a self-styled Indiana Jones figure, but their apparent discovery of King Arthur’s Round Table could be hiding an even greater treasure. The vain and conceited Michael Gift is a man more interested in being like Indiana Jones than making real archaeological finds. Once Gillian and her team get involved, they make what could be a significant discovery when they find the fabled King Arthur’s Round Table. Inevitably Gift steals the credit, but just as Gillian is about to confront him, she realises that their find has to be a fake. So just who has set them up and what are they really after? It soon becomes apparent the real treasure is King Arthur’s legendary sword Excalibur, and with the kidnap of Vivian it seems dangerous forces are at work to prevent Gillian, Ben and Gregory making a discovery.||57:28||£0.99||View in iTunes|
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The worst show the BBC have produced in a long time
(This review is based on episode one) If there were negative stars this would get about three. I still can't get past the abysmal script -it's awful. Then there is the props - the worst of which was probably the wobbly swords the baddies were carrying, although the ancient manuscript with bright white pages probably ran it a close second. But I really wouldn't care about the inaccuracies and completely unbelievable archaeology (digging at night - hoiking valuable artefacts straight out of the ground - then leaving them unpreserved lying around the 'lab'), if the plot, story and script (yes I still can't get over it) were not pants. The beheading scene could have been from a Python movie. And at the end when the team have survived a life threatening encounter, people have died and priceless relics have been lost - it's off down the pub. Well, cut out the middle man, save yourself some time, and go straight down the pub without watching this.
Very bizarre programme??
Well I am guilty of watching the first 2 episodes and have to say its a bit strange. They start off with a sort of cross between Time Team and Waking The Dead and then towards the end of the programme it suddenly changes to a Indiana come The Mummy extravaganza. It gets so far fetched that it becomes laughable. I mean the 1st episode we are supposed to believe that they suddenly find themselves in a secret chamber filled with crosses and one of them is supposed to be the cross that Jesus was crucified on...COME ON...Can we be even slightly realistic. I cannot bring myself to watch any more of them. For a supposedly adult themed drama its got more far fetched comedy moments than Blackadder, Open All Hours and Only Fools, put together. Miss it or regret it forever!!!!
Fantasic New Drama Series From The BBC
Although the title and the bad press for the first showing of Bonekickers due to the beheading scene, might have put some people off. I would recomenrd this fantasic new drama series from the BBC to anyone. The storylines are first class and so is the acting. Think The Da Vinci Code mixed with Indiana Jones but with a female and you've be on the right track.