Mud Men

Mud Men is a reality historical series that first aired in 2011. The series follows the presenters Johnny Vaughn and Steve Brooker who spend their time looking through the mud along the Thames River. During the series the pair finds historical items and then attempt to explore the history of the items they find. This can include such things as a musket ball, which they then track down the weapon that was used to fire it. They also find such things as shoes, clothing, and money. The pair explain how these rather ordinary items represent the lives of people, and the history of the area.

Tuesday 10:00 PM et/pt on History
3 Seasons, 26 Episodes
February 27, 2011
Documentary & Biography, Reality
Cast: Johnny Vaughan, Steve Brooker
Mud Men

Mud Men Full Episode Guide

  • The Mud Men get really down and dirty in Abbey Creek, an estuary of the River Lee in east London. Searching next to a sewer outlet built to clean up 19th century London, they discover hundreds of years of history that has been washed down the drains.

  • This episode of Mud Men comes from the heart of London as Johnny and Steve search the foreshore by the historic London Bridge. Their finds prove to be hot stuff as an incredible token from Pudding Lane leads them on a Great Fire of London adventure.

  • As the boys mudlark on a foreshore directly opposite the Millennium Dome. Only accessible by boat and untouched for over a year, it's no surprise when they find a wealth of fascinating history in the mud, with even Johnny proving to be successful.

  • The Mud Men pack their bags and fly off to the Channel Islands, Alderney and Guernsey, to learn about one of the great secrets of Britain's recent history.

  • The Mud Men visit the south bank of London just opposite St Paul's Cathedral. People once flocked to this seedy part of town, full of prostitutes and actors, for its unsavory entertainment such as cock fighting and bear baiting.

  • The Mud Men are given special access to search the Thames foreshore by the iconic Tower of London, a symbol of law and order in our capital city for nearly 1000 years.

  • At the mysterious Purton Hulks, a ship's graveyard 20 miles north of Bristol. Our fearless team battles against the most extreme mud ever encountered on the show, leading to a dramatic rescue as one of the production team gets stuck.

  • The Mud Men are on the River Thames in the east London Borough of Tower Hamlets, larking along a mile of beautiful foreshore from Limehouse to Wapping.

  • It's time for a road trip as Johnny and Steve head to the home of the industrial revolution, the West Midlands. Right in the heartland of heavy industry, Steve heads off to find out more about making padlocks, his personal obsession.

  • At the British Museum, the Mud Men see how medieval traders kept their accounts and tallies. Then, Steve heads off to New Billingsgate Market to find out about what went on in the original fish stalls.

  • Their explosive 17th century find sends the boys on a quest to discover more about the English civil war and its weapons, but first they must leave their mortar cannon ball at the National Army Museum to make sure they aren't carrying around a bomb.

  • Our Mud Men meet a team of archaeologists racing against time to excavate a Roman villa before the cliff it resides erodes into the sea. Then they discover what it was like to be a soldier in the Roman legion.

  • The Mud Men find rare trade tokens, a medieval brass strap end and a piece of controversial chainmail, which send Johnny and Steve to the Tower of London to discover how valiant knights dress for battle.

  • During World War Two, this bit of land was badly hit, as Germany tried to bomb the heart out of Britain's trade and shipping network. The Mud Men scrape up some incredible WWII artifacts which sends them back to the shooting range!

  • Searching London's oldest and largest dock, it's no surprise when the boys start pulling up Victorian booze bottles. The Mud Men find about about gin-soaked 18th century London and learn how to make the perfect Victorian cocktail.

  • The boys' finds on the foreshore include a piece of masonry that Steve is convinced comes from the original palace and a beautiful medieval tile which take them off to sample the life of the bishops in the middle ages and Tudor times.

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