Rory McGrath joins archaeologist Paul Blinkhorn as they root around under the countrys greatest alehouses to reveal the juiciest stories from British history. The duo dig through time to expose the smuggling, carousing, the plotting and the violence that has shaped Britains turbulent past.
THE SIX BELLS: Rory and Paul travel to the Six Bells, St Albans in Hertfordshire, the only pub within the walls of the ancient Roman City of Verulamium. The team dig through 2,000 years of booze drenched history in search of what could be a major Roman building lurking under the beer cellar.
THE COMMAND HOUSE: The Command House is a pub that sits on the banks of the River Medway which over the past 400 years has proved to be the most crucial anchorage for both Elizabeth I and Admiral Nelsons fleet. As the dig progresses Rory and Paul reveal a picture of the sheer scale of the docks and find evidence of the vast warehouses used to store weapons such as canons and muskets.
YE OLDE SMUGGLERS INNE: A building has been on the site of Ye Olde Smugglers Inne, Alfriston in Sussex, for the last 700 years. However, the team have only been granted 5 days by the landlord to dig down to the darker times when the Sussex Coast was part of the Badlands of Britain and Alfriston was rife with organised crime, smuggling gangs and murderers.
YE OLDE REINE DEER INN: Rory and Paul take Pub Dig to Ye Olde Reine Deer Inn, Banbury, Oxfordshire. As Pub Dig peel back over 600 years of history they reveal the true extent of civil war destruction in the city and unearth the long lost dramatic remains of the x rated medieval world lurking beneath the streets of modern Banbury.
Audio: Dolby 2.0
Classification: PG (Mild themes and coarse language)
Number of Discs: 1
Region: 4 (Australia & New Zealand)
Released: 5th July 2012
Running Time: 181.0 mins