Tony Robinson's Cunningcast

Tony Robinson's Cunningcast

By Zinc Media Group

Tony Robinson is best-known for playing turnip-brained Baldrick who always had 'a cunning plan' in the iconic TV show Blackadder. He's presented countless documentaries throughout his 50-year career, including 20-years on Channel 4's Time Team, inspired by his passion for history and for digging deep into the past to understand more about the present. That's his thing!


In his cunningly curated history podcast, Tony is delving into the weird and wonderful stories that grab him and make him want to know more about the world around us. He’s asking: Why was Stonehenge built? What did the past smell like, was it horrible? Why were pies invented? Why do our dogs love us so much? When did tattoos stop being taboo? What do bones tell us about past humanity? Amongst other intriguing questions...

 

Along the way, Tony is joined by experts and special guests, including Miriam Margolyes, Stephen Fry, Raksha Dave, John Lloyd, Alice Roberts, Grace Neutral and David Mitchell who help provide some answers.


So join Tony Robinson as he hosts his cunningly curated history podcast. New episodes drop Thursdays.


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Episodes

A Wobbly History of JELLY, from Aristocratic Dining Centrepiece, to Kids’ Party Favourite

Today it’s all going a bit wobbly in Cunningcast Towers as we are talking about the history of jelly. Tony wants to rescue jelly from its place as a children’s party food because there was a time when making jellies was an art form and took pride of place on the tables of the wealthy. He’s invited leading food historian Annie Gray and jellymonger-in-chief Sam Bompas to help him out.Hosted by Sir Tony RobinsonX | InstagramWithSam BompasFood designer, one half of Bompas and Parr food design agency. www.bompasandparr.comX @bompasandparr IG @bompasandparr To buy jellies and kitchenalia:https://www.benhamandfroud.comAnnie GrayFood historian, Annie has worked widely across TV and radio talking about and recreating the food of the past, and has been the resident food historian on BBC Radio 4’s award-winning culinary panel show, The Kitchen Cabinet since its inception in 2012. She includes a recipe for Champagne Jelly in her ‘Downton Abbey Cookbook’. http://www.anniegray.co.uk/ X @DrAnnieGrayIG dranniegray Credits:  Series Producer: Melissa FitzGerald X @melissafitzg Executive Producer: Dominic de Terville Cover Art: The Brightside A Zinc Media Group production Follow: X @cunningcastpod Instagram @cunningcastpod If you enjoyed my podcast, please follow us and leave us a rating or review. Thank you, Love Tony x Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
22/02/24·49m 53s

What Do BONES Tell Us About Past Humanity With ALICE ROBERTS

Today Tony catches up with Alice Roberts to talk about her new book ‘Crypt’ and what developments in the extraction of ancient DNA from bones can tell us about the humans they once belonged to. They cover the syphilitic anchoress of All Saints Church, Fishergate, York; new findings about the Black Death and the bones in the Anglo-Saxon cemetery at Braemore, Hampshire; damage to the bones of the Mary Rose crew; 'the cockle amongst the wheat’ and new finds relating to the St Brice’s Day Massacre via isotopic analysis of human bones at St John’s College, Oxford as well as revisiting their Time Team days. ‘We experience the world through our bodies, and our lives are written into those bodies and into our bones. And this is what the skeletons of the dead say to us when we find them: listen to us, we have stories to tell.’ (‘Crypt’ 2024, Alice Roberts)Hosted by Sir Tony RobinsonX | IGWithProfessor Alice Roberts Biological anthropologist, author and broadcaster. Alice’s new book ‘Crypt: Life, Death and Disease in the Middle Ages and Beyond’ is available from the 29th Feb, 2024. X | IG Credits:  Series Producer: Melissa FitzGerald X @melissafitzg Executive Producer: Dominic de Terville Cover Art: The Brightside A Zinc Media Group production X @cunningcastpod Instagram @cunningcastpod If you enjoyed my podcast, please follow the show and leave us a rating or review. Thank you, Love Tony x Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
15/02/24·1h 10m

The History of Painting on Skin: Where Do TATTOOS Come From?

The art of painting on the skin, it’s fashionable now, but it wasn’t always so. To kick of the second series of his cunningly curated podcast, Tony and his special guests Matt Lodder and Grace Neutral discuss where we can find the oldest tattoos, what’s the history behind them, ancient and modern tattoo techniques, tattoo inks, queer tattoo history, body modification including tattooing eyeballs and when did tattoos stop being taboo?Hosted by Sir Tony RobinsonX | InstagramWithDr Matt LodderSenior Lecturer in Art History and Theory, and Director of American Studies at the University of Essex. Matt is the UK's foremost expert on the history of tattooing. His book 'Painted People: Humanity in 21 Tattoos' is out now.https://www.essex.ac.uk/people/LODDE23007/Matt-Lodder @mattlodder | @beneaththeskinGrace NeutralHand-poke tattoo artist, presenter and influencer. Grace runs Femme Fatale Studio, showcasing a wide range of tattoo styles from international artists.https://www.youtube.com/@graceneutral | @graceneutralhttps://www.femmefatalelondon.com/ | @femmefataletattoo Credits:  Series Producer: Melissa FitzGerald X @melissafitzg Executive Producer: Dominic de Terville Cover Art: The Brightside A Zinc Media Group production Follow: X @cunningcastpod Instagram @cunningcastpod If you enjoy my podcast, please follow the show and leave us a rating or review. Thank you, Love Tony x Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
08/02/24·1h 4m

Tony Robinson's Cunningcast Series 2 TRAILER

Sir Tony Robinson is back with another series of hit history podcast. Launching on Thursday 8th February 2024, Series 2 of Tony Robinson's Cunningcast will treat listeners to brand-new cunningly curated episodes including; ·   The history of painting on skin: where do TATTOOS come from?·   What do BONES tell us about past humanity with PROF ALICE ROBERTS·   Harry Houdini to David Blaine: conjuring up the history of stage MAGIC·   Who built HADRIAN’S WALL and why?·   From aristocratic dining centrepiece, to kids’ party favourite: A wobbly history of JELLY·   How does the past inform the future of CAR engineering and sustainability?·   Dr WHO at 60: exploring the history of Britain’s most famous time traveller with Ace, Aka Sophie Aldred.Follow us on social media and wherever you get your podcasts to make sure you don't miss an episode. X: @cunningcastpodInstagram: @cunningcastpod Hosted by Sir Tony RobinsonX | Instagram Tony Robinson's Cunningcast is part of the Acast Creator Network and is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts and other popular podcast platforms. Credits:  Series Producer: Melissa FitzGerald @melissafitzgExecutive Producer: Dominic de TervilleCover Art: The Brightside A Zinc Media Group production If you've enjoying Cunningcast, please leave us a rating or review. Thank you, Love Tony x Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
16/01/24·2m 0s

CHRISTMAS with Christina Rossetti: Tony explores the Pre-Raphaelite's Poetry and Reads GOBLIN MARKET

A Cunningcast Christmas treat: today Tony is reading his favourite poem ‘Goblin Market’ by Christina Rossetti, an often-overlooked member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, and he's discussing the context and history of Rossetti’s iconic work with Madeleine Callaghan, Senior Lecturer in Romantic Literature at the University of Sheffield.In his electrifying reading, Tony captures all the magic and strangeness of ‘Goblin Market’, which is set in a fairy-tale world where a fraught encounter takes place between the two sisters Laura and Lizzie and a band of sinister goblin merchants who tempt Laura with their ‘forbidden fruits’. Can Lizzie save her sister from the evil Goblin’s temptations?Hosted by Sir Tony RobinsonX | InstagramWithMadeleine Callaghan, Senior Lecturer in Romantic Literature at the University of Sheffield. Author of ‘Shelley’s Living Artistry: Letters, Poems, Plays’ (2017) and ‘The Poet-Hero in the Work of Byron and Shelley’ (2019) published by Anthem Press. Her latest book, ‘Eternity in British Romantic Poetry’ (Liverpool University Press), came out in June 2022.www.sheffield.ac.uk/english/people/academic-staff/madeleine-callaghanCredits:  Series Producer: Melissa FitzGerald X @melissafitzg Executive Producer: Dominic de Terville Cover Art: The Brightside A Zinc Media Group production Follow: X @cunningcastpod Instagram @cunningcastpod If you enjoyed my podcast, please leave us a rating or review. Thank you, Love Tony x Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
21/12/23·40m 45s

TRAILER: CHRISTMAS Episode and SERIES 2 announcement

Tony Robinson is pleased to announce his Christmas episode of Cunningcast is dropping on the 21st December and stay tuned for Series 2, starting in the new year.Follow us on social and hit the notification bell wherever you get your podcasts to make sure you don't miss out.X: @cunningcastpodInstagram: @cunningcastpodYouTubeHosted by Sir Tony Robinson X | InstagramCredits: Series Producer: Melissa FitzGerald @melissafitzgExecutive Producer: Dominic de TervilleCover Art: The Brightside A Zinc Media Group productionIf you've enjoyed series 1 of Cunningcast, please leave us a rating or review.Thank you, Love Tony x Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13/12/23·50s

Cunningcast S1 BEST BITS

Tony looks back at the best bits of Series 1 with Cunningcast’s series producer Melissa FitzGerald.  If you like the these best bits but haven’t heard the full episodes, have a wander back and check them out. Or if you listened first time and liked them so much that you want to hear it all over again, give us another listen...Follow us on social and hit the notification bell wherever you get your podcasts to make sure you don't miss out.Twitter: @cunningcastpodInstagram: @cunningcastpodYouTubeHosted by Sir Tony Robinson Twitter | InstagramCredits: Series Producer: Melissa FitzGerald @melissafitzgExecutive Producer: Dominic de TervilleCover Art: The Brightside A Zinc Media Group productionIf you've enjoyed series 1 of Cunningcast, please leave us a rating or review.Thank you, Love Tony x Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
22/06/23·38m 56s

MEN'S HEALTH WEEK: Living with PROSTATE CANCER

Tony has lived with prostate cancer for 10 years and yet he knows very little about it. 1 in 8 men in the UK will get prostate cancer and the risk of getting it rises with age, but men can also be pretty rubbish at getting medical concerns checked out, especially down in the nether regions. In this special episode, made to mark Men’s Health Week, Tony is having a frank chat about prostate cancer - the most common cancer in men - with leading urologist Professor Hash Ahmed. He also hears from his old friend in the ‘prostate club’, Stephen Fry. Hosted by Tony Robinson IG @SirTonyRobinson / Twitter @Tony_Robinson With Professor Hashim Ahmed / Twitter @LondonProstate1 FRCS(Urol) PhD BM BCh MA • Chair in Urology at Imperial College London and Consultant Urological Surgeon. If you are concerned about prostate cancer or prostate problems, you can find out more on the Prostate Cancer UK website, where they provide a range of information and support so you can choose the services that work for you. Find them online at ProstateCancerUK.orgCredits: Series Producer: Melissa FitzGerald @melissafitzgExecutive Producer: Dominic de TervilleCover Art: The Brightside A Zinc Media Group productionTwitter: @cunningcastpodInstagram: @cunningcastpodYouTube If you enjoyed my podcast, please leave us a rating or review.Thank you, Love Tony x Supporting @ProstateUK Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
08/06/23·55m 6s

TRAILER: PROSTATE CANCER and S1 BEST BITS special episodes COMING SOON

As we reach the end of Series 1, Tony Robinson is pleased to announce a special episode on PROSTATE CANCER in partnership with Prostate Cancer UK to coincide with Men's Health Week PLUS a special episode celebrating the BEST BITS of series 1. Coming soon.Follow us on social and hit the notification bell wherever you get your podcasts to make sure you don't miss out.Twitter: @cunningcastpodInstagram: @cunningcastpodYouTubeHosted by Sir Tony Robinson Twitter | InstagramCredits: Series Producer: Melissa FitzGerald @melissafitzgExecutive Producer: Dominic de TervilleCover Art: The Brightside A Zinc Media Group productionIf you've enjoyed series 1 of Cunningcast, please leave us a rating or review.Thank you, Love Tony x Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/05/23·1m 10s

The National CENSUS 100 Years Apart

Tony is a self-confessed Census nerd and today he’s having a nose around the newly released data from the 1921 census, alongside data from the 2021 census, to reflect on the National Census 100 years apart: what it says about us and why it matters.  Hosted by Sir Tony Robinson Twitter | InstagramWith:Jessamy CarlsonJessamy is a historian and an archivist who has worked at The National Archives for fifteen years. She was the research lead for the 1921 Census when it was released, and she has just finished her PhD in Sociology at the University of Essex. Instagram: @jessamycarlson @nationalarchivesukTwitter: @jessamycarlson @UkNatArchivesJon Wroth-Smith Director of Census Statistics at the National Records of Scotland (NRS). At the time of recording, Jon was Census Deputy Director at Office for National Statistics. Instagram @onsTwitter: @onsfocus Find out more about the 1921 Census here: https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20s-people/the-1921-census/  Head to https://www.ons.gov.uk/census/maps to find out more about what people's lives were like across England and Wales in March 2021. Credits: Series Producer: Melissa FitzGerald @melissafitzgExecutive Producer: Dominic de TervilleCover Art: The Brightside A Zinc Media Group productionFollow:Twitter: @cunningcastpodInstagram: @cunningcastpodYouTube If you enjoyed my podcast, please leave us a rating or review.Thank you, Love Tony x Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/05/23·48m 58s

Do our DOGS Really Love Us?

Tony really loves his dog Holly Berry, but does she really love him back? During lockdown there was a huge surge in the demand for dogs and the ‘pandemic puppy’ became something of a cliché. Now we are all going back to work, these dogs are being left home alone more often and the ‘post pandemic’ dog’s life is potentially very lonely. As a keen dog owner, Tony wants to know more about the history of dogs: dog evolution, keeping dogs as pets and why it is that we turn to dogs to bring us comfort in difficult times. Hosted by Sir Tony Robinson Twitter | InstagramClive Wynne / Twitter @caninecognition   Professor, Department of Psychology, Arizona State University. Clive is a behavioural scientist with a fascination for dogs and their wild relatives, he directs the Canine Science Collaboratory at Arizona State University in Tempe, he’s the Director of Research at Wolf Park in Battle Ground, Indiana, and the author of ‘Dog Is Love’.  www.clivewynne.com      Ingrid Tague  Professor of History at the University of Denver. Ingrid’s recent book, Animal Companions: Pets and Social Change in Eighteenth-Century Britain explains the rise of pet keeping as a widespread phenomenon in Britain. Credits: Series Producer: Melissa FitzGerald @melissafitzgExecutive Producer: Dominic de TervilleCover Art: The Brightside A Zinc Media Group productionFollow:Twitter: @cunningcastpodInstagram: @cunningcastpodYouTube If you enjoyed my podcast, please leave us a rating or review.Thank you, Love Tony x Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/05/23·33m 33s

KNIGHTS: What Would a Medieval Sir Tony Robinson have Looked Like?

Tony was knighted for services to culture back in 2013, and it got him thinking about the concept of Knighthood: where does it come from? How and why has it changed over time? What would a medieval Sir Tony Robinson have looked like? And what would his knightly duties have been? Hosted by Sir Tony Robinson Twitter | Instagram Featuring: Toby Capwell / Instagram @tobiascapwellTobias Capwell is an independent scholar of arms and armour, curator, author, lecturer, jouster, historical advisor, mailmaker and student of the martial arts. For TV, he rode from Canterbury to London with Tony and worked on ‘Worst Jobs in History: The Lance Maker’ with Tony. Most recently, Toby has completed his three-volume study ‘Armour of the English Knight’, after twenty-three years of work.Matt Lewis / Instagram @mattlewishistory / Twitter @mattlewisauthorHistorian, writer, presenter at History Hit and co-host of the ‘Gone Medieval’ podcast. Matt has written biographies of Henry II & Eleanor of Aquitaine, Henry III, and Richard III, and histories of The Anarchy and The Wars of the Roses.Credits: Series Producer: Melissa FitzGerald @melissafitzgExecutive Producer: Dominic de TervilleCover Art: The Brightside A Zinc Media Group productionFollow:Twitter: @cunningcastpodInstagram: @cunningcastpodYouTube If you enjoyed my podcast, please leave us a rating or review.Thank you, Love Tony x Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
04/05/23·48m 56s

Blackadder Part 2: Being JOHN LLOYD

This year is the 40th birthday of the TV show that changed Tony’s life. Since playing Baldrick in Blackadder, he’s still routinely asked in the street if he’d like a turnip. Blackadder was first broadcast on 15th June 1983, so today Tony has decided to test himself to see if he can find out something that he didn't already know about the series, with John Lloyd, who was the producer of Blackadder. John went on to create Have I got News for You and QI but, like Tony, it all started with the Adder. Hosted by Tony Robinson Twitter @Tony_Robinson / Instagram @sirtonyrobinson With John Lloyd CBE Creator, producer and comedy writer. John’s television work includes Not the Nine O’clock News, Spitting Image, all four Blackadder series and most recently QI. Whilst at the BBC he produced and created The News Quiz, To the Manor Born and Quote…Unquote. He also co-wrote episodes of the radio series of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy with Douglas Adams. John also presents The Museum of Curiosity on BBC Radio 4 which he co-created.CREDITS: Series Producer: Melissa FitzGerald @melissafitzgExec Producer: Dominic de TervilleCover Art: The Brightside A Zinc Media Group productionFollow:Twitter: @cunningcastpodInstagram: @cunningcastpodYouTube If you enjoyed my podcast, please leave us a rating or review.Thank you, Love Tony x Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
27/04/23·1h 13m

What Did The Past SMELL like?

Today Tony has followed his nose and chosen a topic which is often overlooked: what did the past smell like? Was it bad? Are we loosing smells to history? Tony doesn’t have a brilliant sense of smell so his two guests: smell historian William Tullett, and smell designer Tasha Marks, are on hand to help him out. Hosted by Tony Robinson @Tony_Robinson With Tasha Marks / Twitter @avmcuriosities / Instagram @avmcuriosities / www.avmcuriosities.com Award-winning artist, food historian and founder of AVM Curiosities®, a creative practice that explores the relationship between art and the senses, championing the use of food and fragrance as artistic mediums. Tasha’s projects range from olfactory curation and scented installations to interactive lectures and limited-edition fragrances for institutions including the Royal Academy of Arts, Victoria & Albert Museum, The National Gallery, The British Museum and Historic Royal Palaces. She has developed a diverse portfolio from recreating an Ancient Egyptian Beer, to manufacturing the scent of human breastmilk. William Tullett / Twitter @WillTullett / Instagram @williamtullett / www.williamtullett.com  Dr William Tullett is Associate Professor of Sensory History at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge and is currently part of the Odeuropa project. His first book Smell in Eighteenth-Century England is in paperback with Oxford University Press and his latest book, Smell and the Past, can be downloaded for free from Bloomsbury here. He is currently working on a big, bold, new history of smells from antiquity to the present for a wider audience.CREDITS: Series Producer: Melissa FitzGerald @melissafitzgExec Producer: Dominic de TervilleCover Art: The Brightside A Zinc Media Group productionFollow:Twitter: @cunningcastpodInstagram: @cunningcastpodYouTube If you enjoyed my podcast, please leave us a rating or review.Thank you, Love Tony x Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/04/23·39m 47s

CORONATIONS: Why Does the King Need a Stick and a Ball?

Tony remembers driving a matchbox royal coach under his dining table during Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation in 1953. Ahead of King Charles’s Coronation on May 6th 2023, he’s finding out more about where this extraordinary ritual comes from and what it all stands for with historian Kate Williams and HELLO!’s Royal Editor Emily Nash. Hosted by Tony Robinson @Tony_Robinson With Emily Nash / Twitter @emynash / Instagram @emilynashhello.HELLO!'s Royal Editor, Emily has covered the birth of ten royal babies, four royal weddings, two royal funerals and has travelled across five continents on tour with the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Emily is also the co-host of ‘A Right Royal Podcast’. Professor Kate Williams @KateWilliamsmeProfessor of Modern History at Reading University, Kate’s a specialist in modern history, royal and constitutional affairs. She's provided expert analysis for the State Opening of Parliament, the Diamond Jubilee, the 60th anniversary of the Coronation and the Royal Wedding. Kate is also a NYT bestselling author of six historical books.CreditsSeries Producer: Melissa FitzGerald       Exec Producer: Dominic de TervilleCover Art: The Brightside A Zinc Media Group production Follow:Twitter: @cunningcastpodInstagram: @cunningcastpodYouTube If you enjoyed my podcast, please leave us a rating or review.Thank you, Love Tony x Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13/04/23·50m 30s

Women in Politics with JESS PHILLIPS

When Jacinda Ardern stepped down from her role as Prime Minister of New Zealand in early 2023, saying she was burnt out and wasn’t able to do her job to the best of her ability anymore, it was surprising, not only because she is such a successful global leader, but the way she did it, with such humility, felt like a refreshing change. So how much harder is for women to stay at the top of their political game?  To have this discussion, Tony has called up someone he’s always got on with: Labour MP Jess Phillips. And to give us some context and background, he’s also invited Rainbow Murray, a Professor of Politics who researches politics and gender, into the studio.  Hosted by Tony Robinson @Tony_RobinsonFeaturing: Jess Phillips, MP @jessphillipsMember of Parliament for Birmingham Yardley since 2015. A member of the Labour Party, Jess has been Shadow Minister for Domestic Violence and Safeguarding in Keir Starmer's Opposition frontbench since 2020. Rainbow Murray @rainbowmurrayProfessor of Politics at Queen Mary University of London. Rainbow is an expert on gender and politics and has published widely on topics including leadership, access to politics, and parliamentary representation, in the UK and comparatively. CreditsSeries Producer: Melissa FitzGerald       Exec Producer: Dominic de TervilleCover Art: The Brightside A Zinc Media Group production Follow:Twitter: @cunningcastpodInstagram: @cunningcastpodYouTube If you enjoyed my podcast, please leave us a rating or review.Thank you, Love Tony x Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
06/04/23·1h 4m

Why Were PIES Invented?

Pies are one of life’s great pleasures: that delicious, crusty, warm, buttery foodstuff which Tony loves. Don’t you? Doesn’t everyone? The humble pie also has a history, and today Tony and his guests GBBO 2019 winner David Atherton and food historian Neil Buttery, are helping him get under the lid of the pie: what is it, where it comes from, how to make the best pie and they even get to eat some pie too… Hosted by Tony Robinson @Tony_Robinson Featuring David Atherton @nomadbakerdavidFood writer, Bake Off 2019 winner and co-host of Sticky Bun Boys podcast. Neil Buttery @neilbutteryFood historian, food writer, host of The British Food History Podcast and chef specialising in cooking food from our past. His new book ‘Before Mrs Beeton: Elizabeth Raffald, England's Most Influential Housekeeper’, was published in February 2023.CreditsSeries Producer: Melissa FitzGerald       Exec Producer: Dominic de TervilleCover Art: The Brightside A Zinc Media Group production Follow:Twitter: @cunningcastpodInstagram: @cunningcastpodYouTube If you enjoyed my podcast, please leave us a rating or review.Thank you, Love Tony x Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
30/03/23·43m 57s

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About STONEHENGE But Were too Afraid to Ask

Stonehenge is Tony’s favourite piece of archaeology – he’s had so many adventures there over his long and varied career digging up history, so the second of two Cunningcast launch episodes is all about Stonehenge.Around 5,000 years ago, ancient people began construction on this Neolithic monument and Stonehenge has been a mystery ever since - the big questions of why did they do it and how still leave us guessing. Whoever built it left no written record and few clues for us to piece together, but clues there are. In this episode, Tony is inviting some old friends onto the podcast - fellow Time Team presenter Raksha Dave, Professor Mike Parker Pearson and archaeologist Alison Sheriden - to find out more about the world’s most famous stone circle, which never stops surprising us.   Hosted by Tony Robinson @Tony_Robinson Featuring:Raksha Dave @Raksha_DigsField Archaeologist, Public Archaeologist and Broadcaster, recently appointed as President of the Council for British Archaeology London. Raksha's experience spans prehistoric times to the Second World War with primetime documentaries and series on BBC, Channel 5 and Channel 4. Mike Parker PearsonProfessor of British Later Prehistory, University College London. Mike specialises in British and European prehistory from the Neolithic to the Iron Age; Stonehenge and the British Neolithic; the Beaker people of Bronze Age Europe; the archaeology of the Western Isles (Outer Hebrides); the archaeology of Madagascar and the Indian Ocean; the archaeology of death and burial; public archaeology and heritage. Dr. Alison SheridenResearch Associate, Department of Scottish History and Archaeology, NMS; Honorary Research Fellow in Archaeology, University of Edinburgh; Vice President, Archaeology Scotland.CreditsSeries Producer: Melissa FitzGerald       Exec Producer: Dominic de TervilleCover Art: The Brightside A Zinc Media Group production Follow:Twitter: @cunningcastpodInstagram: @cunningcastpodYouTube If you enjoyed my podcast, please leave us a rating or review.Thank you, Love Tony x Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/03/23·57m 17s

Blackadder Part 1: The Legend That is MIRIAM MARGOLYES

This year is the 40th anniversary of Blackadder, the cult TV show that changed Tony’s life. He famously played the ‘turnip brained’ Baldrick, who always had ‘a cunning plan’. To celebrate this year's special birthday, Tony welcomes fellow Blackadder alumni, and dear friend of almost 60 years, onto the launch episode of Cunningcast - yes, it’s the legend that is Miriam Margolyes. Back in the day, before she was a national treasure, Miriam made a handful of standout appearances on Blackadder, including the Spanish Infanta in Series 1, Lady Whiteadder in Series 2, and Queen Victoria in Blackadder's Christmas Carol. In this special episode, Tony and Miriam recount stories from the series and discuss: where they first met, how she built her hugely successful career, the joys of travelling late in life, her new book, and most importantly… does she have a cunning plan?  Health warning: this being Miriam, the language does get a little fruity at times! Hosted by Tony Robinson @Tony_Robinson  Featuring Miriam MargolyesWriter, political activist, TV and screen personality, Miriam Margolyes received a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her role in Martin Scorsese's The Age of Innocence (1993) and portrayed Professor Sprout in the Harry Potter film series (2002–2011). She was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2002 New Year Honours for Services to Drama. Miriam has spent many years dividing her time between the United Kingdom, Australia and Italy. She became an Australian citizen in 2013. She has also written two books, Dickens' Women (2012) and her autobiography This Much is True (2021). CreditsSeries Producer: Melissa FitzGerald       Exec Producer: Dominic de TervilleCover Art: The Brightside A Zinc Media Group production Follow:Twitter: @cunningcastpodInstagram: @cunningcastpodYouTube If you enjoyed my podcast, please leave us a rating or review.Thank you, Love Tony x Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/03/23·52m 10s

Introducing Tony Robinson's Cunningcast

Tony Robinson is best-known for playing turnip-brained Baldrick who always had 'a cunning plan' in the iconic TV show Blackadder. He's presented countless documentaries throughout his 50-year career, including 20-years on Channel 4's Time Team, inspired by his passion for history and for digging deep into the past to understand more about the present. That's his thing!In his new cunningly curated podcast, Tony takes the long view on the big stories of the day and delves into other weird and wonderful stories that grab him and make him want to know more about the world around us. He’ll be asking: Why was Stonehenge built? What did the past smell like, was it horrible? Why were pies invented? Why do our dogs love us so much? Amongst other intriguing questions. Along the way, Tony will be joined by experts and special guests, such as Miriam Margolyes, Stephen Fry, Raksha Dave and John Lloyd who help provide some answers.So join Tony Robinson as he hosts his new cunningly curated podcast. New episodes every Thursday from March 23rd 2023.A Zinc Media Group production.Twitter: @cunningcastpodInstagram: @cunningcastpod Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
08/03/23·1m 45s
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