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BBC's Indiana Jones?



The BBC has been airing trailers that you have no doubt seen for its forthcoming genre show 'Bonekickers'. Whilst the trailers do little to whet the appetite, mearly serving to dish the cheese and offer glimpses of a substandard Indiana Jones rip-off I am willing to give this a go and hope that it has an intelliegnce and seriousness not afforded us by shows such as Doctor Who. The latest information with regards to the show states that..

From the multi-award-winning co-creators of Life On Mars and Ashes To Ashes comes a new BBC One drama that is groundbreaking in every sense.

Bonekickers is a highly original six-part series about a dynamic team of archaeologists, led by Professor Gillian Magwilde (Julie Graham) and featuring Dr Ben Ergha (Adrian Lester), Professor Gregory Parton (Hugh Bonneville), Viv Davis (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) and Professor Daniel Mastiff (Michael Maloney).

Set against the backdrop of Bath, a city steeped in 3,000 years of history, each week the team uncovers a compelling mystery from the past that tells viewers something profound and revelatory about the present. Archaeology has never been so dramatic.

Julie Graham (Dalziel & Pascoe, William And Mary) is Gillian, a feisty Celt who heads up a team of archaeologists, working out of Wessex University. Adrian Lester (Hustle, Ballet Shoes) is Dr Ben Ergha, a forensic expert who brings an objective understanding to the team, Hugh Bonneville (Miss Austen Regrets, Tsunami, Filth) is the encyclopaedic but terminally louche Professor Gregory Parton and Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Spooks, Trish Jones in Doctor Who) is the eager, young, post-grad intern, Viv Davis.

As a team their skills combine under a variety of imperatives to extract bodies, books, weapons and all manner of artefacts which lead them into an investigation of the past that will unlock dangers and mysteries in the present.

We shall indeed see what the Beeb digs up this time.

Bonekickers - Tuesday 15 July 9.00-10.00pm BBC ONE


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  • Elders (Admins)

I've seen the trailers for Boneknickers Boneknickers too! Great name!

Will watch this in July when it comes out!

Here's a trailer:


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Thanks for the trailer add Graham, at least people will know what I'm talking about now. They say the first episode deals with the unearthing of the true cross and as is always the case there are fan sites emerging already though how people know they will be fans before they have seen it I can never quite work out.

I am thinking that this is probably going to be a mix of Davinci Code and Indiana and the 9.00pm airing looks positive as I did wonder if this was to be aimed at the adult/child crossover audience like Who or Primeval.

I shall definately add this to my Sky+ list.

Best wishes,


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