Viewers of long running Channel 4 series Time Team are today remembering the late Mick Aston, and marking the 1st anniversary of his death by promoting their campaign to have a Dig 4 Mick special.
Fans of the personality are continuing to urge Channel 4 to commission a one-off special ‘Dig for Mick’ episode in celebration of the life of Time Team regular Mick Aston who died a year ago today aged 66.
An online petition calling for the broadcaster to bring Tony Robinson and the remaining team together for a tribute show thousands of signatures and over 11,000 members of a tribute Facebook page for Aston. The idea is that the show would be in memory of the archaeologist with a dig taking place at a location Mick would have loved to investigate.
Time Team was axed as a series in 2013 with its original format seen as too expensive. The show continues to prove popular as repeats on More4 and Channel 4 continue to air Time Team branded programming, however with a new format which involve no digging and take on a more historic documentary format.
We know Channel 4 aired a tribute night to Mick shortly after his death last year, but this was merely repeated episodes of the programme with no extra interviews; as fans we were expecting a little more from Channel 4. Mick was absolutely central to the success of Time Team, a very recognizable Channel 4 face and champion of archaeology in general all over the world. – Lee Brady
The campaign to get Mick Aston a television special is headed by show fan Lee Brady who notes that as Mick Aston was such a renowned and respected archaeologist and professor, a final Time Team dig would be a fitting tribute to him for all fans, crew, family and friends to say “Thank You”.
We do know that a fan has consulted Tim Taylor, the man behind Time Team, about the idea and he is believed to be in favour of the project. We understand production costs are high, but we know Channel 4 are a great broadcaster who would hopefully agree to pay respect to a man for who he was, what he represented and what he achieved in such a fitting way. – Lee Brady
Channel 4 told us in September 2013 that the idea for a Dig 4 Mick Time Team Special had been passed on to the commissioning department but as yet no programme has been commissioned by the broadcaster. The idea has backing from crew and on-screen faces including Tony Robinson who has hosted the series for over its 21 years.
Mick Aston was Somerset’s first county archaeologist, teaching in numerous universities across the UK during his career. Born in the Midlands he began his foray into archaeology in the late 1960s – it was however 1991 when he first became a regular on Channel 4 along with fellow expert Phil Harding.