Tony Robin­son’s Time Walks

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

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.

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