Having starred in one of Britain’s favourite comedies and then brought archaeology to the masses, you’d think Tony Robinson wouldn’t have too many regrets.
But there is one. Back in 2006, Tony, for once, found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time.
If you were one of the viewers tuning in to The Big Royal Dig, which took place live over the August Bank Holiday of that year, then you will remember the three-day jamboree of archaeology that saw experts rubbing their hands in glee at the thought of being let loose on Buckingham Palace, Holyrood House in Edinburgh and Windsor Castle.
Tony was at Buckingham Palace, but later wished he’d been elsewhere. “I would have liked to have been at Windsor Castle, because the archaeology they dug up there was of national importance,” he says.
Windsor Castle was supposedly the site of a mysterious structure, Edward III’s Round Table building, which carried with it the magic and majesty of a lost treasure. There were hints as to where it could be, but it was only after a lot of earth had been shifted that the archaeologists could confidently place it. The team believed they had uncovered evidence of England’s earliest known theatres – over 200 years before Shakespeare was even a twinkle in his father’s eye. This updated programme returns to Windsor Castle to follow up the story.
This was the episode where a jousting re-enactor died during filming, last year