ITN Productions To Reveal London's Archaeological Series In 'mud Men'

History has commissioned ITN Productions to create Mud Men, a new 8 x 60′ series that makes archaeology accessible and reveals the astonishing, mud-covered history of London. It is ITN Productions first commission for History UK.

In the series, Johnny Vaughan embarks on an historical adventure to uncover a never seen before side of London’s rich history. The series explores the archaeological history of the River Thames with Johnny teaming up with expert Steve Brooker who has been searching for artefacts on the Thames foreshore for many years. Steve will be showing Johnny the tricks of the trade and together they recover lost items from London’s rich past.

Throughout the series, Johnny and Steve will have just five hours before the tide rushes in to search the banks of the River Thames for artefacts ranging from musket balls toslave manacles, medieval tiles to cursed bellarmine pots. Once in possession of their precious artefacts, each episode will see the pair embark on an adventure to discover more about how it was made, who used it and where, what it was used for and how it worked. Their quest will lead them to discover more about our shared history and the way Londoners used to live.

Emma Read, Executive Producer, ITN Productions said: “This dirty, hands-on history show will appeal to the adventurer in all of us and deliver a very different look at the past. As he makes a range of discoveries, Londoner Johnny Vaughan will give viewers a fresh perspective on his home city.”

Rachel Job, Co-Production and Acquisitions Manager, History said: “We’re looking forward to working with ITN Productions on what promises to be an engaging and entertaining series, not to mention a truly hands-on muddy adventure.”

The programme is executive produced by Emma Read and Philip Armstrong-Dampier. It will be broadcast in early 2011.

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