No Cunning Plan – An Evening with Tony Robinson

No Cunning Plan – An Evening with Tony Robinson

Last Thursday, I spent the evening in the presence of none other than Baldrick! Oh okay, I attended An Evening with Tony Robinson organised by the wonderful Booka Bookshop in Oswestry to promote the paperback release of his autobiography, No Cunning Plan.

Tony Robinson arriving on stage.
Tony Robinson arriving on stage.

Perhaps best known for his role as Baldrick in the Blackadder TV series and presenting Time Team, Tony Robinson is a man of many talents. He’s an actor, writer and TV presenter, with a career lasting over fifty years. Yet, whilst he’s no spring chicken, Tony seemingly has endless energy!

Bouncing out of his seat and across (and on more than one occasion, jumping off) the stage, wildly gesticulating, he tells of times gone by, both personal and professional. There were stories of skipping school and going down the library (not something most kids who skip school do!), getting to play the Artful Dodger in the original stage production of Oliver! (and forgetting some of the words to “Consider Yourself”), working with John Wayne, the beginning and end of Blackadder and so much more.

Tony Robinson

Tony Robinson on stage

Tony Robinson on stage

If you ever get the chance to see the man himself, go! This wasn’t my first time in the presence of Tony (and hopefully it won’t be the last). He’s hilarious, honest and fascinating.

Tony Robinson on stage

Tony Robinson at Oswestry

At the end of the evening, I got to have my photo taken with Tony, and my book dedicated (I hope he didn’t miss his dinner reservation whilst meeting us lot!).

Me with Tony Robinson
Me with Tony Robinson

No Cunning Plan by Tony Robinson is out now in paperback, hardback and Kindle (via Amazon).

Signed first edition hardback copies of No Cunning Plan are available at Booka Bookshop.

Thanks again to Booka Bookshop for hosting yet another wonderful event.


  1. Hi Nikki,

    I’m not much of a one for reading memoirs, biographies or autobiographies, however I do enjoy the ‘Evening With…’ events!

    I was never a fan of Black Adder particularly, however I did enjoy ‘Time Team’ and ‘The Worst Jobs In History’.

    Whilst I also may not share his Labour political activist views, I’ll bet he could keep an audience enthralled much more than any politician.

    You managed to bag some great photos and obviously thoroughly enjoyed the evening 🙂


  2. Kelly says:

    You’ve had some great outings lately! I still think you’re so fortunate to have this wonderful bookstore that has such varied and interesting events.

    He looks like he’s having as good a time as the audience must be!

  3. Jo says:

    I bet that was a really interesting evening, he always comes across as a larger than life character and I can imagine his talks are fascinating. Glad you had a good time.

  4. Anca says:

    I used to watch Time Team and I would love to read his book. I looked online and I can get it from the local library. I will get it for sure. It seems you had a lovely evening.

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