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.
It's great that Tony read this and that certainly adds a lot to the enjoyment of the story. His life is in a shiwbiz way fascinating and was surprised at the depth of his experience which I simply wasn't aware of.
Lots of interesting stories.
But just too many shiwbiz lovie moments for me and whilst In his personal life he was open to mistakes he rarely took responsibility in his professional one.
Yes. This was my first foray into Audible books, and I know that I am still getting used to what I can or cannot do while listening - some bits did pass me by as I got side-tracked. But on top of that, it was a very enjoyable listen, and I think, with a lengthy pause, it would go down well a second time - perhaps on a very long holiday drive, when my wife (who is a Time Team fan) would also get chance to listen.
Can't comment on this - I don't think I've ever read a "celebrity" autobiography before.
Baldric, of course. And it was good to hear in the autobiography what gave him the inspiration for the deadpan approach to playing this role. Also Robinson's description of how the final scene of Blackadder Goes Forth was achieved is excellent (as is the scene itself!)
Many parts of the book made me laugh out loud. But yes, there is a fair amount of pathos and sadness in the actor's life story: the ending of his two first relationships, and the deaths of his parents. These are, of course, things which many people go through, but it was quite poignant in places.
I can't imagine anyone other than Tony Robinson reading this book. It would have been nice to have had a little more about his Blackadder and Time Team days, but the emphasis on his early career was fascinating - he really was somebody who ended up accidentally in the right place at the right time, and so made it big. I'd certainly recommend the book to others.
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