BBC News - Mick Aston, ex-Time Team expert, dies aged 66 I see that wild-haired, rainbow-jumpered Prof Mick Aston has shuffled off this mortal coil. I used to be a huge fan of Time Team and seldom missed an episode. I used to enjoy Mick Aston's input. He was more measured and didn't seem as camera-conscious and show-offy as a couple of the others. Latterly, it went down hill with uncertain scheduling and dumbed-down research, content and presentation, a sure sign that it was struggling. I think that Mick Aston was of the same opinion and he hung up his Time Team trowel in disgust at the way the programme was being treated by the producers. I believe that Time Team itself has now folded, although we'll still be watching the repeats on Dave for the next 30 years or so. One day in the distant future, an archaeologist will unearth an ancient grave containing a skeleton encased in a multi-coloured stripey jersey and think, "What kind of tribal chief was this?"