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A few weeks ago a friend came over for some socially distant muffins and tea. We had a wonderful time chatting in the backyard about all kinds of things. At one point she recommended a series called “Walking Through History”. The host walks around Britain and archaeologists and historians pop out of the surrounding country add information as he walks. Sounded like my cup of tea so I searched it out.
I didn’t actually binge watch it but over the next couple of weeks, I had seen them all. The host, Tony Robinson, seemed vaguely familiar, so I googled him. Turns out he is SIR Tony Robinson, an English actor and host and he seemed familiar because he played Baldrick in the “Black Adder” show a gazillion years ago. I read through his entire Wikipedia page and found that he has had a fascinating career of acting, presenting and writing and has made charity part of his life’s work.
I’m waiting for a DVD of Black Adder from the library (to re-watch) and have checked out Bad Kids: Naughtiest Children in History . It was very funny – a kids’ book about various ways in which kids are raised (and punished) in various cultures throughout history. There are quite a few children’s books about history in his bibliography.
Another thing that caught my eye in his biography was a television show that ran for 20 seasons on BBC called “Time Team”. A group of archaeologists and historians (and Tony Robison as presenter) go someplace in Britain (often invited by a town or home owner) to look into the history of some ruin – they give themselves 3-5 days and then present their findings. It took me a bit to find it, but eventually I did – on demand cable – all 20 seasons. It’s fascinating. I’ve watched 2 seasons so far.
So imagine my surprise when this morning, while reading In the Woods, a murder mystery that takes place in an archaeological site by Tana French (which has been on my shelf for a few years and I’m just getting to), I found this:
“How’s the dig going?” Cassie asked sociably.
One corner of Mark’s mouth twisted sourly. “How do you think? We’ve got four weeks to do a year’s work. We’ve been using bulldozers.”
“And that’s not a good thing?” I said.
He glared at me. “Do we look like the f***ing Time Team?”
French then adds a couple of sentences explaining Time Team for those readers who don’t happen to be binge watching it this week.
I’m sure a mathematician can probably explain the odds of this occurrence, but I’m thinking there just has to be magic involved. And maybe dragons.
For what kind of show would you like to be a presenter?