Sir Tony Robinson is a much-loved actor, presenter and author with a stellar career lasting over 50 years. Now, in his long-awaited autobiography, he reveals how the boy from South Woodford went from child stardom in the first stage production of Oliver!, a pint-size pickpocket desperately bleaching his incipient moustache, to comedy icon Baldrick, the loyal servant and turnip aficionado in Blackadder.
It wasn't all plain sailing, though. Along the way he was bullied by Steve Marriott, failed to impress Liza Minnelli and was pushed into a stinking London dock by John Wayne. He also entertained us with Maid Marion and Her Merry Men (which he wrote and starred in) and coped manfully when locked naked outside a theatre in Lincoln during the live tour of comedy series Who Dares Wins. He presented Time Team for 20 years, watching countless gardens ruthlessly dug up in the name of archaeology, and risked life and limb filming The Worst Jobs in History.
Packed full of incident and insight, No Cunning Plan is a funny, self-deprecating and always entertaining listen.
©2016 Sir Tony Robinson (P)2016 Macmillan Digital Audio
I feel I know Tony quite well now. His openness in sharing his success, let downs and blunders are so human, refreshing and entertaining. Thoroughly enjoyable.
Always been a fan of Tony Robinson after meeting him briefly at a party in islington many moons ago . Thoroughly enjoyed the book and learning about the time team who i had become a fan of all since its inception.
A great few hours in the company of an interesting man. Tony's long career takes in the original production of Oliver! and ends at the bottom of the sea with James Cameron. Off stage (and screen) he talks politics, has lots of wives and gets stoned a lot. The stories are told well and with plenty of self-awareness. As ever, Tony gives a great performance yet that maybe the book's biggest failing - he's essentially just an ordinary bloke taking the jobs that come along and this is, really, just another job. You're left wanting more insight into Blackadder, Maid Marion, the Greek Tales, etc and the ending comes quite suddenly. It's long but could have been longer.
Freelance photographer. I have an eclectic taste in music and books and often listen to audiobooks while at home editing photographic work.
At over 14 hours, this audio book is a great investment, and to have Tony Robinson read it himself is very much a bonus. Lots of detail about the author's early life can occasionally become a bore in some books. In this case Tony's tales of his childhood and upbringing, etc all give real weight to the book's title, and emphasise how he has often almost stumbled upon the great opportunities that have made him "a national treasure".
I enjoyed the whole thing a very great deal.
Tony Robinson's had a much more interesting life than just Time Team and Blackadder. This audio book is an enjoyable listed and his delivery is like he's chatting to you. I really enjoyed it from start to finish.
I've grown up with Tony's work and was very excited that his AB was on Audible.
It's funny, dramatic, incredibly revealing and, it seems, damn honest. You really can't ask for this type of book.
Tony's life has been extremely interesting and if you think for a second that he's only been Baldrick and 'that guy off Time Team' then you're in for a very pleasant surprise.
Whilst listening to Tony read, I began to realise he was the theatrical version of the Welsh singing legend Tom Jones - Tom has worked with everyone in the music business and likewise, so has Tony Robinson. I'm sure the '5 steps to Kevin Bacon' game could easily become '3 steps to Tony Robinson'.
This book made me laugh out loud many, many times and whilst there are very sad parts, Tony keeps the pace of the read and brings the light back as quickly as possible.
A thoroughly interesting book - I had high hopes for it which were surpassed.
Thank you Tony.
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