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The Great British Dig: History In Your Back Garden: Vanished Buildings of Beningbrough Hall (S2EP4 Channel 4 Wed 19 Jan 2022)

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The new series of The Great British Dig continues, uncovering even more history hidden in our back gardens. Hugh Dennis and an expert team of archaeologists excavate the gardens of Britain, in an attempt to uncover lost history buried beneath our lawns and flowerbeds.

With the help of local residents, the team uncover mysteries that stretch over four millennia of time – from Bronze Age settlements and a lost Tudor Hall, to a Roman Fort and a World War II prisoner of war camp – and much, much more, as they reveal the exciting discoveries hidden underneath the petunias. The team of experts joining Hugh Dennis are archaeological scientist and lecturer at Newcastle University Dr Chloe Duckworth, archaeologist Richard Taylor and field archaeologist Natasha Bilson.

In this episode, Hugh and the team take on their biggest and poshest back garden ever when they dig in the gardens of Beningbrough Hall, a stately home in Yorkshire. The team have two big mysteries to answer about this Georgian stately home and its gardens; they’re looking for the remains of a vanished building, the only evidence of which lies in a painting – but did the building ever exist or was it just a flight of fancy?

Meanwhile, in the grounds of the house, our crack team search for evidence of the magnificent 17th-century gardens that once stood here. What did they look like? And does anything survive today? Using a variety of archaeological techniques and with the help of Beningbrough’s volunteers and neighbours, it’s the team’s biggest dig yet.

Dir: Rich Mathews; Series Prod: Audrey Neil; Exec Prod: Steve Wynne; Prod Co: Strawberry Blond TV

Airdate: Wednesday 19 January 2022 at 9.00pm on More 4

Season 2 Episode 4