Tony Robinson has cunning plan to teach Bristol children history
BLACKADDER star Tony Robinson went back to the classroom to give pupils a history lesson full of intrigue and humour at two Bristol primary schools.
The Bristol-based author, actor and television presenter visited Shirehampton Primary School and Bishop Road School in Bishopston to promote his new range of history books for children.
He captivated his young audiences with a presentation in assembly about his latest title Weird World of Wonders: World War Two before signing copies of the book for children and their parents.
At Shirehampton Primary, the Time Team presenter addressed an audience of 300 children aged between six and 11. Following the presentation, more than 100 pupils and parents queued to meet the actor best known for playing the part of servant Baldrick in the BBC's Blackadder comedy series.
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Edward Powe, head of Year 5 and 6 at the school and its head of innovation, said: "He was promoting his history books, which the children seemed to really love and really respond to.
"There was quite a lot of enthusiasm for the event and there were lots of photos being taken.
"It was really encouraging for our school to promote the enjoyment of reading.
"We have done up the library and spent quite a lot on new books which are of a good quality."
Mr Powe said many of the pupils recognised Mr Robinson from the television.
He said: "A lot of the dads watch Time Team and quite a few of the pupils had heard of Blackadder.
"He is a tremendous storyteller and a good entertainer – the pupils were captivated by him.
"He told them that there was no such thing as a boring subject, only that the way of telling it could be boring.
"The hall was absolutely packed to the rafters – it was just as well we fitted everyone in."
Award-winning author Mr Robinson's Weird World of Wonders series is aimed at taking readers on through time, pointing out all the most important, funny, strange, amazing, entertaining and various eras along the way.
In the World War Two title, readers can find out how the Battle of Britain was won, what it took to be a spy and how D-Day was kept a surprise.