Sir Tony Robinson filming at Christ Church Cathedral. This segment will focus on the Book of Gold as well as unearthing some other hidden treasures. Pic: Jonathan CarrollUPDATE: Saturday’s community day will now be held at Newcastle Museum from 11.30am due to bad weather.
THE story of Newcastle at war will be told in a new documentary series starring Sir Tony Robinson.
Sir Tony was in town yesterday filming for his new 10-part series, titled Tour of Duty, at Christ Church Cathedral.
The actor and comedian, best known as Baldrick from Blackadder, who previously visited Newcastle as the host of Time Walks said the new show, which will be screened in time for the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing next year, was about how Australia reacted to war.
‘‘We’re looking at the impact of wars, particularly the First World War, on towns and cities … how Newcastle behaved during the war, something about its heroes, what was happening on the home front, all those kinds of stories.’’
‘‘There’s just such a richness of stories here … for instance we’re here at the Cathedral today where there’s a whole chapel dedicated to those who fell in the First World War.’’
The show will also feature the Book of Gold, a commemorative book for Novocastrians who died during World War I – the outside of which is made from melted gold, much of it coming from the jewels of the women of Newcastle.
‘‘To come to Australia and think ‘What’s this Newcastle like’ and find so many similarities with Newcastle-on-Tyne and the way you’re regenerating yourselves so similarly in so many ways to Newcastle-on-Tyne I find terriblyfascinating,’’ he said.
On Saturday the show will hold a ‘‘community day’’ at Civic Park at 11.30am.
Residents are invited to share war stories or memorabilia that could make it into the show, and learn more about artefacts from historians there on the day.