Mud Men

THE HISTORY CHANNEL – Thursdays from 5 July, 7.30pm

Mud Men Johnny Vaughan and Steve Brooker are off on more muddy historical adventures, mudlarking along the banks of the Thames, not for buried treasure but hidden history which could change our understanding of the past forever. Their excitement and fascination with history is evident as the extraordinary artefacts that they find propel them on quests to discover all about our shared British past. As well as scouring the Thames for finds, Johnny and Steve venture further afield on their Mud Men tour. They become “sandlarks” on the beach at Folkestone where they find 2000 year old Roman artefacts, hunt for buried treasure on a pirate adventure in Plymouth and try their hand at magnet dipping for evidence of the Industrial Revolution in Regent’s Canal.

THE HISTORY CHANNEL – Thursdays from 3 May, 7.30pm

The Thames has been the lifeblood of London for thousands of years; as a major site for trade, crime, industry and war. For food, drink death and debauchery and even as the capital’s giant rubbish bin. Britain’s most iconic river is one of the world’s richest archaeological sites and the Society of Thames Mudlarks has been finding the treasure there since 1976. Mudlarks are the only people legally allowed to dig on the foreshore of the Thames, but now licensed Mudlark and official “Mud God” Steve Brooker will show broadcaster & TV personality Johnny Vaughan the tricks of the trade. They will recover the “rubbish” and artifacts from the thick, black mud in which it is has lain enveloped for years, even centuries, to reveal a unique and original perspective on London’s rich history.