Who would have thought that in this day and age, when prime time TV is laden with glamour, guts and Reality TV that one of the big five terrestrial broadcasters would capture the imagination of the nation with its investigation of Richard III's skeleton? Channel 4 commanded the attention ofÂ 3.7m viewers, twice its normal averageÂ for this slot on Monday, for its documentary on the legendary King and now as a result bookmakers Paddy Power are offering odds on the return of Time Team.
Ironically Channel 4 axed Time Team last year after a twenty year run in the belief that there was just not enough interest in things past. Paddy Power are offering odds of 4/1 that it will reappear in 2013. This could be a tempting little punt for the eagle eyed Novelty gamer. No other channel has found a pallatable format for an archeological theme, so the suggestion that Time Team should be resurrected seems timely and appropriate. Channel 4 have the knowledge, format and wherewithall to meet an obvious need with the British viewers and as the channel who has always sought individuality and edginess in its scheduling this could be a good choice for them.
Actor Tony Robinson, famed for his portrayal of Baldrick in Rowan Atkinson's Black Adder series,Â was the presenter of the last series, but mindful of the necessity for a revamp should it return, Paddy Power are offering another book on who would be the new presenter. Monday night's show was hosted by screenwriter Philippa Langley and on the back of her infectious enthusiasm and passion for the project she has gone straight to the top of the odds table at 6/1 to host the show.
Unsurprisingly the rest of the list contains a raft of serious broadcasting types who could win over the hearts and minds of the archeologically savvy.In second place is Dan Snow at 7/1 a man who already presents a variety of history based projects for the BBC, but has a gene pool that reflects credibility. His Father Jon Snow is only two places behind him at 10/1, suggesting that the Snow's CVs are in themselves proof positive that they are made for the position.
There are other names on the list that are less obvious on an intellectual level but perhaps have personalities that would draw a broader spectrum of folk to Time Team should it retuen. James May and Richard Hammond of Top Gear notoriety at 10/1 and 12/1 respectively could be just the enthusiastic clowns that Channel 4 would want to embrace but their BBC contracts could be prohibitive. Also there would be little petrol head adrenalinÂ action in the dust and bones of an archeological dig.
Make no mistake, Time Team did end last year and the presenters job does not even exist but the figures that Channel 4 bathed in on Monday could well be generating some hurried boardroom and production meetings as we speak. This is certainly a punt worth looking at
Odds plus a host of Novelty Betting Opportunities courtesy of Paddy Power
Channel 4 to announce a permanent recommission of Time Team in 2013 4/1
|Early Christmas For Novelty Punters If Outsider Mark Wright Wins Strictly Glitterball|
Caroline Flack Still Bookies Favourite
|Dark Horse Caroline Flack Surges To Favourite In Strictly Betting|
A Well Supported Mark Wright Could Sneak Second Place
|Strictly Judges Look Set To Let Mark Wright Go In Strictly Semi Final|
Jake Wood Back In Pole Position With Bookies
|Fleur East Set For Christmas Cheer With Pole Position In X Factor Winning Odds|
Italian Pet Andrea Likely To Leave X Factor Race First
|Cougar Currie Could Topple Top Three In Im a Celebrity Betting|
Kendra Wilkinson Tipped To Leave Jungle Next
|Ben Haenow Takes Pole Position In X Factor Winning Market|
Lauren Platt Tops X Factor Elimination Betting
|Fleur East Odds To Win X Factor Continue To Shorten|
Stereo Kicks Weakest Act In Competition
|Bullard Sykes Quickenden Head Celebrity Odds In The Jungle|
Vikki Michelle Favourite To Be Eliminated First
|X Factor Acts Fleur East Ben Haenow Position Cowell for Winning Return|
Only The Young Likely To Go Next.
|Melanie Sykes and Jimmy Bullard Lead Im a Celebrity Betting|
Gemma Collins And Craig Charles No Longer In Race
|Ben Afflecks Gain Set To Be Spielbergs Loss At BAFTAs Awards Ceremony|
Daniel Day Lewis Looks Unbeatable For Actor BAFTA
|Matt Lapinskas In Shock Skate Off With X Factor Winner Shayne Ward On Dancing On Ice Still Remains Favourite With Bookies|
Beth Tweddle Challenges For Top Spot
|Eddie The Eagle Edwards Lands In Pool Of Public Admiration On ITV Reality Show Splash|
Designer Linda Barker Impresses The Judging Panel
|Eastenders Matt Lapinskas Still More Viewer Support Than Olympian Beth Tweddle On Dancing On Ice|
Indulgent Pasquale becomes Tiresome
|Steven Spielberg And Daniel Day Lewis Set To Sweep Up At Oscars|
Will Ben Affleck and Argo Be Shut Out
|Man City V Crystal Palace Odds Citizens Bid To Make It Six League Wins On The Bounce|
Palace Have Won One Of Their Last Ten Outings
|Derby V Norwich Odds Rams Can Return To The Summit With A Win|
Back Martin To Net Anytime
|Activial Heads The Betting For The Ladbroke In Wide Open Renewal|
Hello George An Each-way Play In Ascot Showpiece
|Reve De Sivola Bids For A Long Walk Hurdle Hat Trick But Zarkandar Starts Favourite|
Reve De Sivola Aims To Emulate Big Bucks At Ascot
|Nottingham Forest V Leeds Odds Back Both Teams To Score At The City Ground|
Forest Favourites For Three Points On Home Soil
Betfred are amazingly offering double odds on your first bet with them, up to a stake unit of £10. In addition to this you can also claim a £25 free bet.
Open Account - Free £25 Bet With Betfred
Ladbrokes are one of the highest rated online bookmakers in the UK and are a superb choice for placing your bets. You can claim a free bet of up to £100 when opening a new account with Ladbrokes by clicking on one of the links on this site.
Bet £5 or more and Ladbrokes will match this with a free bet to the same stake unit.
Open Account - £100 Free Bet - Ladbrokes
Those looking for some online casino entertainment ought to check out all the latest UK Casino Sign Up offers from the top operators including 32Red and many of the sports betting casinos.
There is excellent information, should you be interested in playing online blackjack, roulette, the best progressives or slots - Online Casino Betting with the best introductory offers