Walk­ing Through His­tory

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Satur­day, 7.30pm, SBS One Ac­tor and co­me­dian An­thony ‘‘ Tony’’ Robin­son ( Time Team, Black Ad­der) has made a ca­reer out of dig­ging up vil­lage greens and peo­ple’s back gar­dens to ex­pose long­for­got­ten Ro­man towns, and he’s at it again but with a dif­fer­ent theme. In this new se­ries he has aban­doned the car and taken off by foot. Here he am­bles along a 96km stretch of the Dorset coast be­tween Ab­bots­bury and Stud­land Bay — Bri­tain’s front­line dur­ing both world wars. Along the way he meets lo­cal his­to­ri­ans who fill him in on the vi­tal role this ‘‘ par­adise for walk­ers’’ played, es­pe­cially lead­ing up to D-Day in June 1944. World her­itage site Ch­e­sil Beach — a nat­u­ral shin­gle ridge stretch­ing 29km and one of Bri­tain’s nat­u­ral won­ders — was the site of tests for the bounc­ing bomb. The rolling hills and twist­ing lanes are dot­ted with hid­den bunkers and other de­fences to de­ter in­va­sion.

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