The Unofficial website for Tony Robinson

Past Events

Worst Jobs In History Tour

 "Is there going to be another series of Blackadder?" " When Time Team leaves town what happens to the gardens you've wrecked?" "Are you that bloke with the mallet off Whack-a-Day?" People's curiosity knows no bounds.

In my show you can ask me anything you like. I want to tell you about my early life as a sickeningly precocious child actor in "Oliver", I want to show you where Baldrick's boils came from, recount my meteoric rise from lefty leaflet distributor to member of Labour's ruling NEC, and reveal the secrets of the groupies who knit Professor Mick Aston's stripy jumpers.

But more than that I want to talk about some of the Worst Jobs in History. I'm sick of telly programmes that show the Virgin Queen Elizabeth single-handedly transforming England in between snogging sessions with her latest court toy-boy. Most of our history is a million miles from that. It's the story of ordinary people doing crappy jobs for crappy wages. The Gong Scourer, the Pipe Roll Transcriber and the Tosher have all got fascinating stories to tell. And now's the time to tell them.

This show is the love child of Simon Schama, Alastair Campbell and Eddie Izzard. See it and you'll be the envy of your friends. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll sing along, you'll throw up. Miss it and you'll probably contract the Purples or the Rising of the Lights or some other symptom of the Great Plague, and die a slow, lingering death.

October 13th Wed        Brighton Corn Exchange
           14th Thurs       Brighton Corn Exchange
           15th Fri           Dartford Orchard
           16th Sat          Basingstoke Anvil
           17th Sun          Leeds City Varieties
           19th Tues        Tunbridge Wells Trinity
           20th Wed         Kings Lynn Corn Exchange
           21st Thurs       Colchester Arts Centre
           22nd Fri          Winchester Theatre Royal
           23rd Sat          Liverpool Neptune
           25th Mon        High Wycombe Swan
           26th Tues        Redhill Harlequin
           27th Wed        Bury St Edmonds Theatre Royal
           28th Thurs       St Albans Arena
           29th Fri           Coventry Arts Centre
           30th Sat          Stafford Gatehouse
           31st Sun          Worcester The Swan


Tony appears at many events, such as Book signings, Book Festivals and Archaeological events. Here are a few photos from some of these:


Cheltenham Literature festival: October 14th 2002 : A talk by Tony and Mick and book signing afterwards.


Waterstones bookshop Bristol: July 26th 2003 Book Signing for “ In search of British Heroes”


Leicester: 25th August 2003: Jewry wall museum YAC archaeological event in the afternoon and a Talk at the cathedral in the evening.