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  • Trivia

    • Tony is part of the UK Campaign "Save Kid's TV", to stop financial pressures ending commercial TV producing children's TV shows.

    • Tony's Charity work:

      * He contributed a Doodle to the National Doodle Campaign, which auctions off celebrity doodles for charity.* He contributed art to a Celebrity Art Auction in aid of The Dorset Wildlife Trusts (December 2007).
      * He is patron of Hopper Haven in Redditch, a charity for rehoming guinea pigs and rabbits.
      * He took part in the Memory Walk over Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol in 2008, in aid of Alzheimer's charities, on World Alzheimer's Day.

    • In 1999, Tony Robinson was awarded an honorary MA by Bristol University. In 2002 Tony was awarded an Honorary MA by the University of East London. In 2005 he received an Honorary Doctorate from the Open University and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Exeter. In 2006 he received an Honorary Doctorate from the Oxford Brookes University.

    • Tony was very active in the "Make Poverty History" campaign during the run up to the G8 summit.

    • Tony narrates the audio book versions of Terry Pratchett's Discworld collection. He also voiced the Mad Troll, Dunnyman in the video game, Discworld.

    • Tony supports Bristol City Football Club.

    • Tony has written over fifteen books for children.

    • Tony was the Vice President of UK Equity between 1997 and 2001.

    • Tony has featured on Question Time as a member of the Labour party. Question Time is a British political debate show. He is also a member of the Labour Party's National Executive Committee.

    • Tony is 5' 4" tall (163cm).

  • Quotes

    • (on the financial implications facing commercial TV's production of children's programming)
      However much many of us may welcome a ban on junk food advertising during the hours children watch television, the objective result will be a massive decrease in the amount of revenue available to be spent on high quality children's programmes. At best they will be replaced by wall-to-wall imported animation, at worst by nothing at all. Unless we move quickly to ensure children's television is properly funded, a central part of the modern child's world will be cheapened and debased.

    • (on how he feels about working with "Comic Relief")
      Tony: I think I'm just about the luckiest bunny I know!! I was a bit nervous the first time I went out to Africa, I thought why am I here, what role is there for a comedian off British television to be going into an African village where people have so little food that they might not be here in six months time. What can I say to them, what can they say to me?

    • (on researching his book "The Worst Children's Jobs in History")
      Tony: I never realised that when factories were originally built, there were places in them that were so tiny only children could work in them.

    • (on whether or not Britain going into Iraq influenced his decision to not stand again for the Labour National Executive)
      Tony: Although it worried me initially, I thought it was probably, erm, provided we could get a second resolution, a UN resolution, I was happy that we should do so. The longer it went on, the more worried I was and in the end I was very critical of our whole approach. But did I not stand again because of that? The answer is no.

    • (discussing the Legend of Robin Hood)
      Tony: I've always felt terribly sympathetic to the image of a noble man who understands the difference between right and wrong. Who finds himself in the middle of a tyrannical society, and is forced to go into hiding as to hold onto the key of goodness and to surround himself with like-minded people, who he can organize to keep the memory of goodness alive.

    • (on working on "Blackadder")
      Tony: For me, the series was like having tutorials with some of the finest lecturers. Richard Curtis, Ben Elton and Stephen Fry taught me how to write. I'd left school at 16, with four O-levels - the others were all English and classics graduates from our best universities. They were all very hard taskmasters, and without that training I'd never have had the self-confidence to write.

    • (on the benefits of laughter in therapy, in the context of his documentary on the care of the elderly in the UK)
      Tony: I have never thought that laughter was the opposite of seriousness. The opposite of seriousness is triviality which is a completely different matter. During the course of my film, we had a lot of laughs and I'm not embarrassed about that. It's one of the ways we recognize the humanity in each other.

    • (on passing his driving test at 17)
      Tony: I should never have been allowed to drive because I was always bumping into people and overshooting junctions.

    • (on how he thinks the public see him)
      Tony: You're the one who used to be funny and now does those boring programmes on archaeology.

    • (On the archaeology of "Time Team")
      Tony Robinson: Time Team has published more scientific reports on excavations than all of the university archaeology departments put together over the past ten years. An awful lot of archaeologists have dug sites and not published reports, or published 20 or 30 years later, or have lost their finds, or have only half published, or whose publication is slipshod. It's beholden on some of those who criticise us to look at their own practice before charging out to battle.

    • (when discussing the care of the elderly in the UK).
      Tony: Sorting out about how we care for the elderly should be a national priority, and it isn't. We live in a world where we shout from the rooftops about the state of school dinners and fox hunting. We've spent billions invading foreign countries. It's unforgivable for us to systematically ignore our old people any longer.

    • (on why he wanted to make a show called "The Worst Jobs in History")
      Tony: I was fed up with all the history programmes on telly being about kings and queens and noble people and how, by dint of their glamorous looks and position, they managed to transform the country they were living in. This always seemed to me complete nonsense and absurdly romantic. I always felt that the contribution that ordinary people made to the transformation of the country was equally valid.

    • (when asked about his feeling on his oft-repeated catchphrase "I have a cunning plan")
      Tony: I'm going on a tour with my one-man show - Cunning Night Out, if I really wanted to walk away from it I would have called it something different - so I guess there's a part of me that's only too happy to be identified with that catchphrase I think a catchphrase describes the way you felt when you first saw that series.

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