English archaeology professor 'Dolly' Parton's team handles high-profile (notably relic) finds. Often those prove relevant in the present, as such and/or as symbol for a cause. So the team ... See full summary »
English archaeology professor 'Dolly' Parton's team handles high-profile (notably relic) finds. Often those prove relevant in the present, as such and/or as symbol for a cause. So the team runs personal danger, on top of their messy love - and other personal lives. Usually the story of the object is mainly told in an opening gambit and the episode's final. Written by
The series was poorly received by critics and viewers. The BBC was prepared to commission a second series, but the writers declined, feeling that they had taken a risk with the show but that it had not paid off. See more »
Having a moment to spare, I just thought I'd add something to the various comments about 'Bonekickers', even the though the show itself is ancient history now (weak pun intended).
I was personally connected with the show, right from its very inception, although I didn't actually work on it. The original idea was great fun, the pitch being to take 'Time Team' and turn it into an adventure show. I read the (unused) pilot script - it was very entertaining, with lavish historical recreations, devilish booby traps to imperil our heroes, OTT villains, and some ingenious uses of history, all delivered with a real sense of fun.
What really spoiled the show was the realities of TV production. It's a very, very long way from saying "hey, I've got a great idea for a show!" to getting that show broadcast, and on the journey 'Bonekickers' lost its way. It's a real shame because it could have been (and SHOULD have been) a great deal better than it turned out.
I'm glad at least a few people enjoyed it - and for those who hated it, I can only say that I think you (like me) would have much preferred the original concept for the show that now, sadly, will never see the light of day. But hey, that's show biz. Even Stanley Kubrick screwed up with 'Eyes Wide Shut' - it can happen to the best of them!
(BTW, my star rating is NOT for the show that was made, but for the show that I saw in my imagination when I read the unused pilot script.)
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