Bettany co-presents this new 6-part ITV series with Michael Beurk
Every day in Britain somebody somewhere unearths treasure. Artefacts, objects or treasures that have been left, lost or discarded by our ancestors, that reveal the remarkable story of how we once lived.
In this brand new series, ITV1 joins forces with the British Museum's Portable Antiquities Scheme to unveil the 50 greatest treasures discovered by the British public, extraordinary items and historical artefacts discovered by ordinary people that have shed light and in some cases dramatically changed our understanding of British history.
Transmitting on ITV1 across six nights, Britain’s Secret Treasures is presented by award-winning journalist Michael Buerk in his broadcasting debut for ITV, alongside historian and author Bettany Hughes, winner of this year’s distinguished Medlicott Medal for History.
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The series will map out the 50 key artefacts found by members of the public and recorded by the British Museum’s scheme in the past 15 years. Facing the daunting task of selecting which discoveries were included and determining their ranking on the list, was a panel of experts from the British Museum and The Council for British Archaeology. They have sifted through almost one million items to judge each one on its national importance, beauty and cultural and historic significance. From a human tool found in Norfolk dating back 700,000 years, to the Silverdale Hoard of Viking Treasure, these items hold incredible stories, many of which revolutionise our understanding of the past.
A host of guest presenters including John McCarthy, Michael Portillo, Myleene Klass, John Sergeant, Jon Culshaw, Brian Blessed, Gethin Jones and William Roache meet many of the members of the public who discovered the items, whilst ITV online will support the series during transmission with an appeal for people to send in photographs of new objects they may have found. These will be assessed by the British Museum throughout the week with a selection of new finds being revealed in the final episode.
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Britain's Secret Treasures was broadcast on ITV1 in 6 parts from Monday 16th July 2012.
Monday 16th July, 8 - 8.30 pm (30mins)
In the first programme, journalist John McCarthy discovers the story behind a Roman slave shackle found in Winchester, military historian Saul David discovers how dangerous an 18th-century toy cannon from Somerset could have been and Bettany meets the five-year-old boy who found a gold reliquary valued at 70,000 pounds.
Tuesday 17th July, 7.30 - 8 pm (30mins)
In this episode, Michael Portillo discovers that a cufflink from Rochester was one of the first-ever royal souvenirs, a 2000-year-old comb is put through its paces by hairdresser Nicky Clarke, Claire Barratt investigates the curious case of a medieval prosthetic nose, and there is a look at a token for a Roman brothel on the shores of the Thames.
Wednesday 18th July, 8 - 8.30 pm (30mins)
Bettany goes diving for Roman treasure, Michael Portillo investigates a two-headed 2000-year-old coin revealing a political coalition, John McCarthy tells the story of a jewel-encrusted cross, a jar full of gold coins found on a Hackney council estate reveals a story about the Nazis, and John Sergeant checks out a hoard of French coins which could be forgeries.
Thursday 19th July, 7.30 - 8 pm (30mins)
Part 4 includes a tale of murder and mystery behind a discovery of pilgrim badges in a river in Canterbury. Dave Crisp reveals how it feels to dig up 52,000 Roman coins, Brian Blessed unearths the story of a Roman bust found by a farmer in Oxfordshire, Gethin Jones is amazed by a Roman drinking cup with a leopard handle, and there is a look at a Viking curiosity revealing ancient runes.
Friday 20th July, 8 - 8.30 pm (30mins)
Jon Culshaw goes on the trail of some Viking treasure which gives a clue to the origins of the north/south divide, Dan Lobb reveals how a Bronze Age stash proves that the import and export business was thriving 3,500 years ago and, in Nottinghamshire, Anita Rani tells the story of a medieval chess piece - a 12th century metal knight.
Sunday 22st July, 7 - 8 pm (60mins)
Bill Roach goes on a spiritual journey to Kent to investigate a gold cup that is 3,500 years old. Michael Portillo investigates the discovery of a tiny silver badge in the shape of a boar, and Britain's number one secret treasure is revealed.
Broadcaster: ITV - 2012
awhhhh yes Britain's Secret Treasures.. Get in!
ALSO tim is at the pub so I can watch the final instalment of Britain'ssecret treasures ;) love it & don't care who knows it!!
Erm so anyone else been watching britain's secret treasures and enjoying it... #awks
Don't know why i'm watching this Britain's Secret Treasuresprogramme.. (and actually enjoying it.)
Britain's Secret Treasures! My god, I bloody love history! Such an urge to be in a museum, a library or on an archaeological dig right now!
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I really enjoyed Britain's Secret Treasure,tempted to get a metal detector now.Thanks @Bettany_Hughes
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Inspired to go dig up the garden to see if I can find my fortune whilst watching @ITV1's #SecretTreasures
Watching a marathon of "Britain's Secret Treasures" while cleaning. It makes me want to go metal detecting the next time I'm over there.
In awe at an axe found over 500,000 years ago!#britainssecrettreasures
@Bettany_Hughes loved Britains greatest treasure series. Well done.
Can someone please buy me a metal detector? After watchingBritain's Secret Treasures all week, I want to find me some treasure.
Fantastic find on #britainssecrettreasures 500,000 year old hand crafted hand axe found. #Evolution me up! #Atheism
Britain's Secret Treasures a great view, look forward to more ...
Britain's Secret Treasures makes me want to get a metal detector! That was such a good series, do it again! :)
@thekelpie Loved #secrettreasures! Michael! Even better as you come from Historic #Eltham! Another series ?
@Bettany_Hughes Loved #BritainsSecretTreasures but from website it seems illegal if you find anything on an historical site. Is that right?
#secrettreasures has done really well. So many fantastic stories
Settled down to watch Britain's Secret Treasures with a mug of Earl Grey. Delightful. #TGIF
I'm watching Britain's Secret Treasures with @jonculshaw and@danlobb. Aww Jon I love Silverdale. I used to take my dogs there. Happy days x
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Have decided to settle down and catch up with Britain's SecretTreasures on ITV - looking forward to it
isn't @danlobb Britian's Secret Treasure personified!
Loved watching Helen Geake of the Portable Antiquities Scheme on Britain's #secrettreasures
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Okay, so this Britain's Secret Treasures isn't exactly@wmarybeard but if gets people digging history, hurrah! #bst #itv
@Bettany_Hughes Britains Secret Tresure is a fantastic program a real gem (excuse the pun!)
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@britishmuseum I am really loving Britain's Secret Treasuresespecially love seeing the professionals in the museums doing what they do best
Last episode of Britain's. Secret Treasures on ITV excellent series@Bettany_Hughes
Particular reason for me being excited tonight #secrettreasures
Have also enjoyed Britain's SecretTreasures on ITV1 this week. ITV1 has gone upmarket in commissioning it
Britain's Secret Treasures is finally done. Great to see it has inspired so many children to be interested in archaeology #Secrettreasures
#secrettreasures BST has now been watched by 16 million people - almost twice the population of Australia!
#secrettreasures many of whom would never normally watch a programme that is archaeologically related.
Enjoying #BritainsSecretTreasures but how did Jon Culshaw get that DNA test? Would love to have mine done! @ITV @britishmuseum
loving britain's secret treasures on sky plus and loving it - might even get the metal detector out - needs a new battery though
Quiet Friday evening catching up on Britain's Secret Treasures, it's pretty good. I can't remember the last time I watched something on ITV.
Interested to see ITV Britain's Secret Treasures; but how can I watch it in the US? Hulu maybe?
Maybe you can be next to findbritain's secret treasures ;0)
ha, I have had a few people ask for treasure hunting books in library too I see why now!
there have been some amazing finds worth thousands! I can see some gardens being dug up in the school holidays lol
#secrettreasures amazing viewing figures last night 4.1million#treasurefans. @bettanyhughes @KlassMyleene @GethincJones@brianblessed
Good turnout at Finds day at #Abingdon museum , and lots of positive comments re. @ITV programme #secrettreasures@findsorguk
Love lazy days. Eating chocolate and catching up on Britain'sSecret Treasures #geekygeek
@KidzOutdoors brill programme
I love #britainssecrettreasures in ITV. What a fascinating programme !
Looking forward to the final of ITV's Britain's Secret Treasurestonight. We will reveal the top 10 artefacts as discovered by the public!
Friday night's episode of Britain's Secret Treasures had 4.1 million viewers - a series high, & 20% off all viewers at the time - stellar!
The You've Got The Love instrumental on Britain's SecretTreasures is good! x
Off we go again #BritainsSecretTreasures
Watching this Britain's Secret Treasures programme. I love this type of stuff
Thanks Dave Crisp for calling in the archaeologists to excavate the awesome Frome Hoard! #secrettreasures
Absolutely loving the #secrettreasures series. I haven't been to the@britishmuseum in ages, must take a visit soon :)
The Indiana Jones in me is coming out... Cant help but love Britain'sSecret Treasures on ITV! Staffordshire Hoard will be No.1 I reckon.
Loving Britain's Secret Treasures with @Bettany_Hughes!Makes you want to grab a metal detector and roam the countyside,or dig up the garden!
Really hooked on Britain's Secret Treasures. Makes me want to put on an anorak and go metal detecting!
@Bettany_Hughes have to say i love history... Did it at uni and you are one of my top 5 fav historians...
@Bettany_Hughes Britain's Greatest Treasures was fascinating...you should see some of the treasures we have in the Royal Mint Museum!
@Bettany_Hughes - enjoying the show but just not long enough....
#BritainsSecretTreasures now.....Geeking it up to the max tonight! Ha ha
I'm addicted to Britain's Secret Treasures. Why am I so weird :(
Actually really excited to watch Britain's Secret treasures...#geekmuch
Watching Britain's Secret Treasures on ITV1. Being very intellectual on a Wednesday evening! #BritainsSecretTreasures
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Am I sad that I'm actually liking this program 'Britain's SecretTreasures"? *facepalm*
Great to see a REAL looking ITV presenter on#britainssecrettreasures - Bettany Hughes - go girl!
finally managed to catch #SecretTreasures, just in time to hear about a Roman charm in
Enjoying the ritual and magic theme to tonight's #secrettreasures
#SecretTreasures is rather lovely, in a very ITV1 sort of way.
Loving Britain's Secret Treasures with the brilliant@Bettany_Hughes and co. Makes you wonder what's out there to be found...
Love @Bettany_Hughes. What a woman. She is Britain's REAL secret treasure. #Bettany #Hughes #Britain #Secret #Treasure
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Stuffing my face with fruitellas while watching @Bettany_HughesBritain's Secret Treasures
Really wanna buy a metal detector - any recommendations??#BritainsSecretTreasures
@Bettany_Hughes is the Nigella Lawson of archaeology and history, magnificent!
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Watching Britain's Secret Treasures like a nerd :P
I'm gonna guy me a metal detector and find some treasure!#BritainsSecretTreasures
Think I need to take up a new hobby, metal detecting there's bound to be loads of viking hoards around jarra! #Britainssecrettreasures
Such a cool kid watching Britain's secret treasures haha!
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@AshmoleanMuseum #secrettreasures a real find as a programme and the Holderness cross really well represented.
@Bettany_Hughes Hi Bettany.. Loving the programme - I would of kept back some if those coins lol x
#SecretTreasures on @ITV1 tonight was fab! looking forward to the next instalment http://www.itv.com/treasure/
tonights has been the best so far. Looking forward to tomorrow too!
@Bettany_Hughes Loving the series. Tempted to get the metal detector out tomorrow + see what the Vikings have left up here. :-)
@Bettany_Hughes Britain's secret treasures makes me want to go out and start hunting for myself, great show.
@Bettany_Hughes Really enjoying Britain's Secret Treasures.
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@Bettany_Hughes Just loving Secret Treasures !
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Watching #BritainsSecretTreasures like the little history nerd I am.
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Getting ready to see Michael Lewis on Britain's Secret Treasures now! #secrettreasures
Time for geek TV . #britainssecrettreasures Loving it.
I must admit to be slightly addicted to #britainssecrettreasuresespecially as there is a very early artificial nose on it tonight :)
Gutted to be missing Gethin Jones tonight on #secrettreasures
Once again some amazing finds and artifacts shown on#BritainsSecretTreasures
Nice to see @GaryBankhead reveal Durham's cloth seals on Britain's Secret Treasures #secrettreasures
You have to love a bit of Miranda Aldhouse-Green!!#britainssecrettreasures
I do love Britain's Secret Treasures on @ITV. I only wish each segment was longer! Give it a watch.
Following last nights Britain's Secret Treasures on ITV the Council for British Archaeology have posted this... http://fb.me/NLmta2Z0
BRITISH TV-DOCUMENTARY OF THE DAY- ITV 2012 Britain'ssecret treasures -episode 1...
cheers for the RT about #secrettreasures Let's hope the show increases public awareness of declaring finds!
Another great #SecretTreasures last night!
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right I'm going to watch #britainssecrettreasures I love that you can still find real treasure in the UK
Is Bettany Hughes the next Nigella? #BritainsSecretTreasures
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"Archaeologist,Helen Geek".Sometimes the jokes just write themselves #britishsecrettreasure #bst #britainssecrettreasures
#BritainsSecretTreasures already some great artifacts so really looking forward to the rest of the program's.
#britainssecrettreasures interesting . I feel like buying a metal detector:)
Watching #BritainsSecretTreasures makes me want to be an archaeologist!
The medal on #BritainsSecretTreasures, powerful stuff.
looking forward to #SecretTreasures on ITV soon! a few interesting items from norfolk as well...proud to be a country girl!
Enjoying @findsorguk and @britishmuseum #secrettreasuresprogramme on ITV, fantastic human stories behind the objects
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#secrettreasures That was great. I luv history esp when they bring it to life like that.
Yay! Getting my archaeological geek on with @Bettany_Hughes on ITV! :-D
@Bettany_Hughes brilliant show tonight
#BritainsSecretTreasures what an interesting programme.
George Humber's war medal was a lovely discovery, especially as his grandson knew nothing about his heroics. #britainssecrettreasures
Really enjoyed #secrettreasures this evening.
Great selection of stories on tonight's #secrettreasures. Loads more to come. Can't wait for @brianblessed to get a Roman makeover!
@britishmuseum loved the show #secrettreasures ! Alas, I've found no treasures of my own... I'll carry on looking and let you know!! ;)
#britainssecrettreasures I loved the story of the lost medal. So sad.
Ssh. It may only be ITV1+1, but @Bettany_Hughes is on. Sigh.
Wonder if the sale of metal detectors goes up tonight....#secrettreasures
@Bettany_Hughes enjoyed the show tonight, especially as you came to my home town Epsom.
Awesomeness from @britishmuseum: Think you've found Britain's greatest treasure? Send it in. http://ow.ly/cgTO4 #SecretTreasures
@Bettany_Hughes I have been watching Ms Hughes, thankyou
#britainssecrettreasures presented by @Bettany_Hughes and Michael Buerk was hit with viewers last night - 4m tuned in.
Great episode of #SecretTreasures last night
Check out @NickyClarkeUK creating some Iron Age hairstyles on tonight's #secrettreasures. Experimental archaeology at its most inventive!
Looking forward to Britain's Secret Treasures #secrettreasurepresented by @Bettany_Hughes and Michael Buerk on ITV1 starting Monday
@waylandtb @findsorguk @Bettany_Hughes @DrJaninaRamirez It looks like being really good, nice to have some good TV to look forward to!
@Bettany_Hughes can't wait!!
@Bettany_Hughes I'm looking forward to watching it
"@Bettany_Hughes: Britain's Secret Treasures begins tomorrow at 8pm. Will you be watching?" definitely!!
@Bettany_Hughes set recorder as I will at St John Ambulance training while it is being broadcast
Britain's Secret Treasures begins tomorrow at 8pm. Will you be watching? < Great presenter (ITV1).
@Bettany_Hughes looking forward to it at our house!
@Bettany_Hughes really looking forward to seeing friends and colleagues on the show! Will be a great spotlight on public-found artefacts.
@Bettany_Hughes will be watching,can't wait!good luck
@Bettany_Hughes looking forward to episode1 of BST tonight, it was fun to work on, especially the diving in the north east!
@Bettany_Hughes my tv is primed and ready for action
@Bettany_Hughes ur one too! X
looking forward to my pal @Bettany_Hughes new itv series on Britain's Secret Treasures 8pm tonight and wisely not clashing with corrie
@Bettany_Hughes Thanks for the reminder - will catch on ITV Player later :)
Got to get home for Britains Secret Treasures tonight 8pm @ITV1. loved the Telegraph piece @Bettany_Hughes.
@Bettany_Hughes set my Sky plus to record it, would Not want to miss my favourite historian :-)
@Bettany_Hughes cant wait about time @Itv had quality history series on instead of inane dross are you in whole series??
@Bettany_Hughes looking forward to it very much. Bob
#itvtreasures Michael Buerk was fab on @theoneshow talking about Britain's Secret Treasures tonight @ITV1 8pm @Bettany_Hughes@GethincJones
@Bettany_Hughes the series looks fab. looking forward to it big style.
Just seen first trailer for ITV's #secrettreasures...
I'v just seen the add with@Bettany_Hughes can't wait looks an excellent prog, right up my alley :)
50 greatest national treasures revealed! http://soc.li/mHOz2cK This series looks set to enthral us all next week!!! #secrettreasures #BST
Keep an eye out for my #Durham cloth seals appearing on ITV this week: http://finds.org.uk/secrettreasures/ #secrettreasures@britishmuseum @findsorguk
Roman ram figurine, part of Durham assemblage which features on ITV's #Secrettreasures will be on The One Show tonight. Get watching!
Take a peak at some of the amazing items that will be featured on Britain's Secret Treasures: http://ow.ly/cgTF9 #SecretTreasures
On ITV1 at 8pm ordinary people finding extraordinary things on Britain's #SecretTreasures
Don't forget to watch Britain's #SecretTreasures on ITV at 8pm,see what we do (& the great stuff we see) at the Portable Antiquities Scheme!
Just about to watch #SecretTreasures on ITV1 at 8pm to see the work of @portableant as part of the @FestivalofArch #archaeology
I can't wait to watch it. #britainssecrettreasures
If you're not out, fighting and fornicating. Watch Britain's Secret Treasures on ITV1 at 8pm tonight. #britainssecrettreasures