23rd August 2006




A University of Lincoln graduate is to get a sense of royal history this weekend when he works with the production team on The Big Royal Dig at Buckingham Palace.


Tony Robinson and his Time Team will spend the weekend conducting an archaeological investigation at the Queen’s official London residence.


And Darius (24), who studied Media Production at the University of Lincoln, will be lending a hand to the production team by working as a camera assistant.


Shooting for the Big Royal Dig at Buckingham Palace begins tomorrow (Thursday) and continues until Monday 28th August.


The programme will be broadcast live on More4 every day between 12 noon and 6pm from Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.

“I was working as a camera assistant on the CBBC drama Living It when I met a director of photography who knew the company organising the Big Royal Dig shoot,” said Darius.


“Time Team is my favourite programme and eventually I want to be shooting hard news and documentary television so it’s going to be great experience for me.”


Darius, who originally comes from Capel St Mary near Ipswich, has worked on Sky’s Dream Team and for the Picture Canning production company.


“The Big Royal Dig is a really large production with at least eight camera operators and two assistants,” he says.


“A camera assistant typically assists the operator in preparing the camera ready to shoot, looks after the camera when not shooing and generally supports the operator with any requirements.”


The Big Royal Dig team hopes to discover the location and layout of the original Buckingham House, built for the Duke of Buckingham in 1703.


Find out more at www.channel4.com/history/microsites/B/big_royal_dig/


For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

01522 886042             07843 658943             jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

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