8:30pm Wednesday, January 23 on Prime
Rory McGrath joins archaeologist Paul Blinkhorn as they root around under Britain’s greatest alehouses to reveal the big stories from British history. The duo dig through time to expose the carousing, the plotting and the violence that has shaped Britain’s turbulent past. In the first episode, with the permission of landlady Jo Remmington, the Pub Dig team excavate two trenches in the car park of the sixteenth century Six Bells in St Albans. The ground under the pub is a good bet for fantastic archaeology (it lies within the walls of the old town of Roman Verulamium) but the finds are beyond their wildest expectations. Not only do they discover an 18th century lime kiln that was used to build the beautiful row of houses that surround the pub, they pushed the history of good times and boozing on this spot back by around one and a half thousand years.