Walking Through History
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.