Digging for Britain – BBC2

The show travels to the north of the UK to look at the most fascinating archaeology uncovered in the region over the course of 2021.

In North Yorkshire, a team of community volunteers are digging down beneath Richmond Castle, one of the country’s oldest and best-preserved Norman castles, and what they find tells a rich 1000-year story, from its origins as a Norman stronghold to the intimate role it played as a prison for conscientious objectors during the First World War.

On the northern tip of the Orkney Islands, our dig diary cameras are present to witness archaeologists racing to unearth rare discoveries from an endangered Neolithic tomb before it erodes into the sea.

Ten miles east of Edinburgh, a team of keen volunteers are hunting for evidence of Scotland’s oldest railway – a pioneering, horse-powered wooden track that predates the era of steam trains by nearly a century.