Tony's magical history tour

December 01 2017

The star of TV’s Blackadder and Time Team, Sir Tony Robinson, reveals many of Bristol’s hidden historical secrets in a DVD released this month.

The star of TV’s Blackadder and Time Team, Sir Tony Robinson, reveals many of Bristol’s hidden historical secrets in a DVD released this month.  

Director Martin Weitz says the rediscovered and reworked film is an extraordinary record of Bristol’s amazing history, capturing rare images of the city which could not be filmed nowadays; including access to the secret tunnels and rivers under the city centre and a scene shot inside the pump room of the 18th century Hotwells Spa.   

The film captures Tony’s passion for history combined with his sense of humour - for example when he goes on board the ss Great Britain, he gives a recitation of an poem about a roly-poly pudding in pure Blackadder style. 

There’s a breathtaking ascent to the top of the Cabot Tower and an eye-opening visit to St Mary Redcliffe Church where he meets up with his alter ego, Baldrick’s “old friend Queenie”. 

Tony Robinson also delves into the Slave Trade when he visits Henbury Churchyard, in search of the grave of Scipio Africanus, a young slave brought to the city. 

Sir Tony Robinson’s  famed History of Bristol  is available from selected retailers for £9.99. It can also be ordered online from Amazon.co.uk  and  from www.focusproductions.co.uk