Tony Robinson’s Time Walks
Monday, 7.30pm, History Englishman Tony Robinson is still walking all over Australia in his new series. Tonight he’s in Bendigo, sounding a wee bit breathless here and there. Surely you would be too if you’d walked the walk and talked the talk to camera as much as Robinson has for this show. I’m not sure we need a narrowshouldered pommy comedian and TV presenter to tell us about Bendigo’s role in the goldrush, but if Robinson doesn’t do it, who will? Did you know there were 5000 shafts, some of them almost 2km deep, dug under Bendigo? And that each of these had side shafts dug out from it, creating a kind of honeycomb under the town? ‘‘ Even today,’’ Robinson says, with a straight face, ‘‘ Bendigo is like an enormous Malteser — except it’s not round and it’s obviously not covered in chocolate.’’ Here’s to you, Mr Robinson. Next week Newcastle, then Carlton, Brisbane, St Kilda, Woolloomooloo and Adelaide.