Ava on the Telly (Saturday 3rd Oct 2020, 8pm, Channel 4)

Hello folks, this is a long awaited post on my behalf.

Last November I took part in filming an episode about the Beaker period with TernTV, who have created the show ‘Bone Detectives: Britain’s Buried Secrets’ which is now airing season 2 on Channel 4.

The episodes follow the story of specific individuals from the past and explore their lives and the world they lived in. Ava was chosen as one of these individuals, and her story makes up the cnetral theme of the episode. The Ava episode, featuring a fantastic group of specialists including Tom Booth, Alison Sheridan, Neil Curtis and myself, will air on Channel 4 at 8pm on Saturday the 3rd of October. It will be available on All4 after this date/time as well.

We had a fantastic first day of filming, on location, with glorious weather. I cannot wait to see the footage of this as I think it will be really quite beautiful.

The studio, set up in the IMAG in Belfast, was surreal. I wasn’t a huge fan of the CSI vibe and the different coloured water in bottles, but working with Tori Herridge and Carla Valentine was very insightful and educational.

We were really lucky that both Highlife Highland and the Hunterian Museum allowed us to loan the human remains from both Achavanich (Ava) and Acharole (Aro). This is an opportunity to see the Beaker, the skeletal material, as well as 3D images of the skulls and the Acharole Beaker ‘in the flesh’ – for want of a better phrase.

With thanks to Malcolm Chapman at the Hunterian Museum, Lorna Cruickshanks at Highlife Highland, Jane Evans at the NERC for the isotope work, Angela Boyle for the osteological analysis, Hugo Whymark-Anderson at National Museum’s Scotland for the 3D modelling and Hew Morrison for permitting us to use the facial reconstruction’s of Ava.

7 Comments Add yours

  1. Adele Marie says:

    Reblogged this on firefly465 and commented:
    Can’t wait to see this.


    1. mayahoole says:

      Hope you enjoy it!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Adele Marie says:

        I am fascinated by all things ancient and live not too far from where Ava was discovered. thank you for finding her. xxx


  2. CarolCooks2 says:

    What a fantastic experience 🙂


    1. mayahoole says:

      Thanks, it was very exciting working with the team at TernTV.


  3. Mavis & David Holmes says:

    Hi Maya – An informative and interesting programme presented so professionally. Well done. Made us want to visit area and find out more.


    1. mayahoole says:

      Really glad you enjoyed it; I hope you get to visit the area, it is absolutely stunning.


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