The History Channel will premiere its latest locally-produced series, Tony Robinson Explores Australia next month.
Robinson, who has previously appeared in Time Team and Ned Kelly Uncovered as embarks on a case study of our past, looking back upon our earliest explorers, white settlement, indigenous Australians, multi-culturalism and our role in two world wars.
In this exciting new 6 x 60 minute series, iconic British actor, comedian and television host Tony Robinson – best-known for his role as Baldrick in television series ‘Black Adder’ as well as popular history series, ‘Time Team’ – takes us on a quirky romp through time and place and reveals a history that will surprise and sometimes challenge what we know about our land down under.
Throughout this colourful series, amazing stories of conflicts, hardship and discovery are revealed for the first time, as Tony brings his energetic and very funny hosting talents to the screen.
Filmed on location around Australia in November and December 2010, Tony is also joined on his mammoth journey by some of Australia’s foremost historians and writers, including Tim Flannery, Thomas Keneally, Eric Wilmott, and Geoffrey Blainey.
From the search to identify the Great Southern Land, through the colonial trials and tribulations, right up to the establishment of a dynamic modern Australia, Tony Robinson covers a huge amount of ground as he reveals the key events and major influences that define Australia – and Australians – today.
For example, the first Englishman to step ashore was not Captain James Cook but a pirate, a century earlier. And, if the evidence of an amateur Egyptologist is given any credence, the first person from the northern hemisphere may have visited Australia thousands of years before that!
Airing weekly over six fascinating episodes, Tony will retrace the steps of the earliest explorers, delve into the harrowing stories of the early days of white settlement, find out how indigenous Australians responded to their invaders, look at the turning points in Australia’s development and explore the influence of multi-culturalism and two world wars on Australia’s relationship to Britain – the Mother Country.
Tony will also discover that, in some ways, Australia is more British than Britain – and in others, Australia is of course worlds apart.
It airs from Tuesday, May 3 at 7.30pm on History.