Airdate: Tony Robinson’s Tour of Duty
Tony Robinson returns to the History channel as part of ANZAC commemorations.
The HISTORY channel continues ANZAC commemorations with Tony Robinson’s Tour of Duty airing later this month.
Hosted by Tony Robinson, this 10 x 60 minute series focuses on the lives of the people who went to war and those who stayed at home, both heroes and ordinary people. It gives audiences an opportunity to appreciate the collective sentiment about the Centenary in the hearts and minds of the wider community in Australia and New Zealand.
Produced by WTFN Entertainment it follows on from two seasons of Tony Robinson’s Time Walks for HISTORY.
Throughout the series, Tony travels across towns in Australia and New Zealand to meet the relatives and friends of those who fought in battle and asks local residents to come forward with memories from their family’s role in the many campaigns across a century of service to their countries.
The first part of each episode follows Tony as he explores a new town, telling war and homefront related stories and meeting locals along the way.
The second half features the Tour of Duty roadshow, a community event hosted by Tony in each town, where locals come together to share their family’s stories of wartime, show off some jaw-dropping memorabilia and tell us what Australia going to war means to them in the 21st century.
In Tony Robinson’s Tour of Duty, Tony visits, in order: Toowoomba, Newcastle, Auckland, Hahndorf, Bathurst, Launceston, Ballarat, Dunedin, Darwin and Fremantle.
Toowoomba marks the first stop on Tony Robinson’s Tour of Duty as he explores this charming Queensland town’s military history.
He revisits WWI, meeting the daughter of the first Aboriginal fighter pilot and meets the locals at the Tour of Duty roadshow, discovering some incredible relics including a medical kit from Gallipoli with remedies to make you squirm.
Sir Tony Robinson 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. He was awarded a Knighthood in November 2013 for public and political services.
March 31 at 7.30pm on HISTORY.