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Time Team: Tony Robinson visits Codnor Castle in 2008
Mr Robinson returns to screens tonight with another episode of The Secret Life of the Thames at 7 p.m. on Channel 5. So far, the show’s third season has seen the Blackadder star retracing the history of the river. across the capital, visiting Battersea, Greenwich’s Cutty Sark and the Port of London. The actor-turned-presenter will also head tomorrow night’s Channel 4 show Britain’s Forgotten Wars with Tony Robinson at 8:20 p.m. ET.
In the documentary, Robinson explores the forgotten conflicts he has experienced, including the Suez Crisis, the Bosnian War, the Korean War and the Mau Mau Uprising in Kenya.
As an actor, Mr. Robinson is best known for playing Baldrick in Blackadder, but has since screened a number of documentaries, many of which are historical, like Channel 4’s Time Team.
Yet on Channel 4’s UK show Real Monarch, which first aired in 2004, Mr Robinson surprisingly claimed that the royal family is illegitimate.
Mr Robinson, who was knighted by Prince William in 2013, said: “For me it all depends on the rules of the club.
Tony Robinson claimed the royal family is illegitimate
Tony Robinson is best known for playing Baldrick in Blackadder
“The monarchy is based entirely on blood and inheritance – there is an absolutely rigid system for taking the throne.
“The chain of power, wealth and privilege depends on two rules: one, you must be of the royal line, and two, you must be born legitimate.
“But what if the system goes awry? If the chain breaks?
“500 years ago, that’s exactly what happened.
Edward IV ‘has a “fatally flawed” claim to the throne, says Robinson
“Edward IV was king, but his claim to the throne was fatally flawed. “
Mr. Robinson claimed that Edward who reigned as king between March 4, 1461 and October 3, 1470 was not designed by his royal father Richard, Duke of York, but by an archer.
In the documentary, a document from Rouen Cathedral is presented by medieval scholar Dr Michael Jones which suggests that Richard and his wife Cecily Neville were 160 kilometers away during the five-week period in which the conception of Edward must have happened.
Dr Jones argued that the line of succession ran through Edward’s younger brother, George, Duke of Clarence.
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Tony Robinson told Mike Abney-Hastings he was royal
In light of this claim, the documentary appeared on the doorstep of a modest home in Jerilderie, New South Wales, Australia, to tell Mike Abney-Hastings he was royal.
When presented with the case, Mr Abney-Hastings, who died in the dark in 2012, said: “I was thinking *** bulls”.
He then told The Scotsman: “The more I watch the documentary the more convinced I am that they are right and that I should probably be the King of England.
“I don’t intend to run out there and claim palaces and crown jewels.
Tony Robinson received the title of Knight from Prince William in 2013
“I’m pretty happy in Jerilderie.
“I believe Australia should be a republic I’m not a mad monarchist.”
Mr. Abney-Hastings was born July 22, 1942 and raised in a small house in Sussex, before moving to Australia at the age of 18 to work as a jackaroo on ranches.
He said when the documentary filmmakers arrived he was mourning the loss of his wife, who died in 2002.
Mr Abney-Hastings said: “The documentary came at the right time for me.
“It gave me a bit of interest in my life after my wife died of breast cancer after a five-year battle.”
Mr Abney-Hastings then joked “this year was my annus horribilis” in reference to 1992, when the royal family suffered three divorces and a fire at Windsor Castle.
After his death, at the age of 69 in 2012, his eldest son Simon Abney-Hastings became the next magnet to the throne, according to Dr. Jones’ line of succession.
A wide range of historians have since disputed the accuracy of the claims made in the documentary.
Watch The Secret Life of the Thames tonight at 7 p.m. on Channel 5, and Britain’s Forgotten Wars with Tony Robinson tomorrow at 8:20 p.m. on Channel 4.