32 episodes

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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    • History
    • 4.6 • 213 Ratings

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.
Tony Robinson's Cunningcast is part of the Acast Creator Network and is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.
Follow Cunningcast
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    DEMENTIA ACTION WEEK: A Defining Year

    DEMENTIA ACTION WEEK: A Defining Year

    To mark Dementia Acton Week, Tony is bringing you a special episode dedicated to the past, present and future of this difficult disease with his expert guest Fiona Carragher, Director of Research and Influencing at the Alzheimer’s Society. Dementia the UK’s number one killer, 1 in 3 people will develop dementia in their lifetime and yet most of us don’t know a great deal about it. But this is a defining year in the history of Alzheimer’s with two new drugs: Lecanemab and Donanemab which have been found, for the first time ever, to slow the progression of the disease.  
    Hosted by Sir Tony Robinson
    With
    Fiona Carragher, Director of Research and Influencing at the Alzheimer’s Society.
     
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    If you’re worried about yourself, or someone close to you, then check your symptoms today using Alzheimer’s Society’s symptom checklist. Visit alzheimers.org.uk/checklist or call the Dementia Support Line on 0333 150 3456
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    Executive Producer: Dominic de Terville
     
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    • 53 min
    BEN ELTON | Blackadder: The Lost Pilot

    BEN ELTON | Blackadder: The Lost Pilot

    Ben Elton is on Cunningcast today.  Ben was the co-writer on Blackadder Series 2, 3 and 4: they talk about Ben's comedy roots, working on The Young Ones with Rik and Ade and how Ben got the Blackadder gig via a near miss TV sitcom about Madness. They also chew over the highs and lows of working on Blackadder and how Ben and Richard Curtis created 'Adder speak'.
    Alongside Blackadder, Ben Elton cut his comedy chops on The Young Ones. He’s a stand-up legend on stage and TV and one of Britain's biggest live comedy acts. His stellar CV includes writing an incredible 17 novels, as well as the hit musicals ‘The Beautiful Game’; ‘We Will Rock You’ and the sequel to ‘The Phantom of the Opera’.
    Last year Blackadder turned 40, to mark the occasion, Tony made a TV show in which he tracked down the lost Blackadder pilot to discover the truth of Blackadder's beginnings. For the show, Tony interviewed many old friends and people who are central to making Blackadder the success it was. You are hearing Tony’s unedited, behind the scenes chat with Ben Elton, recorded for the programme. The show is called Blackadder: The Lost Pilot and you can watch it on catch up on Sky, Virgin & Now.
    Hosted by Sir Tony Robinson
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    With
    Ben Elton | https://benelton.live/
     
    Credits: 
     
    Series Producer: Melissa FitzGerald X @melissafitzg
     
    Executive Producer: Dominic de Terville
     
    Blackadder: The Lost Pilot is produced by Red Sauce
     
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    • 40 min
    A Cunning History of Dr WHO and the WHONIVERSE

    A Cunning History of Dr WHO and the WHONIVERSE

    Fresh off the back of celebrating 60 years of Dr Who last year and looking ahead to welcoming the 15th Doctor to the blockbuster show, Tony is joined by Sophie Aldred who played Dr Who’s assistant Ace and the writer, broadcaster and Dr Who superfan, Matthew Sweet. Together they look back over an incredible history of this abidingly successful show, sharing all the Whoniverse gossip from the very first episode starring William Hartnell as the Doctor; the cutting-edge soundtrack created by Delia Derbyshire; hearing how Sophie got the role as Ace aged just 24; though to the show getting cancelled in 1989 and the creative ‘wilderness years’ of Dr Who when it was off air but not out of mind; Russell T Davis’s reboot and the new Doctors for a new generation. We also get answers to the popular questions: was Tony ever in Dr Who? What kind of Doctor would he have made and is Baldrick the ultimate time traveller?
     
    Hosted by Sir Tony Robinson | @Tony_Robinson 
    With
    Sophie Aldred | @sophie_aldred
     
    Sophie played The Doctor’s companion Ace in the original television series (to Sylvester McCoy’s Doctor). She later reprised her role in ‘Ascend From Darkness’. She was in the last episode of Dr Who ‘Survival’, before it was cancelled in 1989.
     
    Matthew Sweet | @DrMatthewSweet     
     
    Journalist, broadcaster, author, and cultural historian. Matthew presented 'Dr Who: The Wilderness Years' on Radio 4 to mark its 60th anniversary
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    Series Producer: Melissa FitzGerald | @melissafitzg
    Episode Producer: Simon Hollis
     
    Executive Producer: Dominic de Terville
     
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    A Totally Tremendous History of the TURNIP (Baldrick’s Favourite Vegetable)

    A Totally Tremendous History of the TURNIP (Baldrick’s Favourite Vegetable)

    20 years after playing Baldrick, Tony is still stopped in the street and asked where my turnip is!  Turnips made him famous, so today Tony is talking turnips in history: have they always been so unloved, a food fit only for animals and peasants like Baldrick, or is this a recent British bugbear? And when did the potato steal their veggie crown? Tony’s guests today are food historians Rebecca Earle and Serin Quinn alongside a chef for all seasons who loves to cook with turnips, Oliver Rowe.
    Hosted by Sir Tony Robinson
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    With
    Professor Rebecca Earle | www.rebeccaearle.co.uk
     
    An historian of food at the University of Warwick, Rebecca is interested in how ordinary, every-day activities such as eating or dressing shape how we think about the world and how others view us.
     
    https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/history/people/staff_index/earle
    Oliver Rowe | www.oliver-rowe.co.uk/ | IG: @oliver_rowe_london
    Chef and author whose work focuses on local and seasonal food. Oliver’s book, Food for All Seasons, a personal wander through the food year is published by Faber and available online and from all good bookshops.
     
    Serin Quinn
     
    PhD student in the Department of History at the University of Warwick, interested in all things vegetable!
     
    https://theconversation.com/turnips-how-britain-fell-out-of-love-with-the-much-maligned-vegetable-201007
     
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    • 48 min
    HOWARD GOODALL | Blackadder: The Lost Pilot

    HOWARD GOODALL | Blackadder: The Lost Pilot

    Today Tony is talking to the composer Howard Goodall CBE, who wrote the now iconic Blackadder theme tune. Howard is one of Britain’s best-known composers of choral music, stage musicals, TV and film scores. He wrote the themes tunes for many hit comedy shows including Red Dwarf, Mr. Bean, The Vicar of Dibley, The Catherine Tate Show, 2point4 Children and Q.I. but like so many of the talent who worked on the show, it all started with Blackadder.
    Last year Blackadder turned 40, to mark the occasion, Tony made a TV show in which he tracked down the lost Blackadder pilot to discover the truth of Blackadder's beginnings. You are hearing Tony’s unedited, behind the scenes chat with Howard Goodall recorded for the programme. The show is called Blackadder: The Lost Pilot and you can watch it on Sky, Virgin & Now
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    With
    Howard Goodall CBE | www.howardgoodall.co.uk | @Howard_Goodall
     
    Credits: 
     
    Series Producer: Melissa FitzGerald X @melissafitzg
     
    Executive Producer: Dominic de Terville
     
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    • 23 min
    Building The Wall: An Enthusiast’s Guide to HADRIAN’S WALL

    Building The Wall: An Enthusiast’s Guide to HADRIAN’S WALL

    Marching 73 miles from coast to coast across the narrowest neck of England, Hadrian’s Wall was the north-west frontier of the Roman Empire for nearly 300 years and yet there is still so much we don’t know about it: only 5% of the wall has been excavated and 7% is viable today. Tony is joined by leading archaeologist Richard Hingley and Collections Curator for Hadrian's Wall and the North East at English Heritage, Frances McIntosh, to give him the low down on how and why Hadrian’s Wall was built, by whom and what it means to us today. 
    Hosted by Sir Tony Robinson
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    With
    Prof. Richard Hingley | https://richardhingley1.wordpress.com/
     
    Professor Emeritus in Archaeology at Durham University. An expert on Hadrian’s Wall, Richard is the author of Conquering the Ocean: The Roman Conquest of Britain (Oxford University Press) and Hadrian’s Wall: A life, (Oxford University Press). https://global.oup.com/academic/product/conquering-the-ocean-9780190937416?cc=gb&lang=en& | https://academic.oup.com/book/27846.
     
    Dr. Frances McIntosh | @englishHeritage | @wallcurator
     
    Collections Curator for Hadrian's Wall and the North East at English Heritage. An archaeologist by training, Frances specialises in Roman small finds, having completed her PhD on the Clayton Collection material, on display at Chesters.
     
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    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
213 Ratings

213 Ratings

Motorcycle drifter ,

Fantastic

Love the subjects in this podcast, love national Treasure Sir Tony and love the fact he asks what might be deemed by other “celebrity” interviewers as a daft or embarrassing question, buts it’s exactly the one you’re thinking yourself. Asked not for his lack of understanding, but that his natural affinity with his audience; which helps us along; a sure sign of his thoughtful intelligence. His recognisably warm and funny tone is something to treasure indeed.

johnbhoy1962 ,

A Broadcasting Hero !

The great thing about this Pod is the variety of subjects covered , including some you don’t think are for you, but end up being really fascinating
Tony is ( obviously) great , and his banter with Producer Melissa at the beginning of each pod is also a highlight
All that said , the History and Archeology based episodes are my favourites particularly the Stonehenge one from Season 1 , and the fabulous Alice Roberts feature from Season 2
Highly recommended !

reynolp ,

Alice Robert’s episode

This particular episode was one of the best pods I’ve ever listened too. Two people who love what they are discussing, who are fascinated by archaeology but are also fantastic communicators. You can really feel their enthusiasm for what they are talking about, as a listener you feel that you just happen to be sat with them chatting, ear wigging on their conversation. Please please do make a tv show with Tony and Alice talking about anything it will be joyous.

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