Black Adder fans, here’s your chance to meet Baldrick!
Legendary British actor, comedian, historian and television host Sir Tony Robinson, returns to New Zealand this month, to film a brand-new series for SKY’s History Channel, Tony Robinson’s Tour Of Duty.
Tony Robinson’s Tour Of Duty follows on from two successful seasons of Tony Robinson’s Time Walks on History Channel, which most recently featured Wellington and Christchurch.
This brand-new, 10-part series will air on the History Channel early in 2015 and be part of the channel’s continued commemoration of the 100 years of service for those who fought for their country, from WWI to the present day.
Tony Robinson’s Tour Of Duty focuses on the lives of people who went to war and those who stayed at home, both heroes and ordinary people – and what war means to Kiwis and Aussies, then and now.
Throughout the series, Sir Tony will visit towns in New Zealand and Australia to meet the relatives and friends of those who fought in battle. He will encourage local residents to come forward with memories from their family’s role in the many campaigns, spread across a century of service to their countries.
The first part of each episode will feature Sir Tony exploring the town, telling war and homefront related stories and meeting locals along the way. The second half will focus on a community event hosted by Sir Tony in each town, which will bring locals together to share their family’s stories of wartime, display memorabilia and tell us what going to war means to them in the 21st century.
The New Zealand leg of Sir Tony’s Tour of Duty, will see him travel to Dunedin and Auckland with two community events, Sunday 30 March at Toitū Otago Settlers Museum and Sunday 5 April at Auckland’s War Memorial Museum. The public are welcome at both events.
Sir Tony Robinson was awarded a Knighthood in November 2013 for public and political services. He is best known for his role as ‘Baldrick’ on the cult British comedy series Blackadder, as well as his hosting role on long-running archaeology series Time Team.
DUNEDIN: Sunday 30 March, Otago Boys’ High School, 12.30pm to 5.30pm
AUCKLAND: Saturday 5 April, Auckland War Memorial Museum, 12.30pm to 5.30pm