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Cunning plan to write a book is paying off

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: March 07, 2014

Sir Tony Robinson has won a Blue Peter Book Award

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That's a turnip for the books – Sir Tony Robinson, famed for his role as Baldrick in Blackadder, has landed a top children's literature prize.

The actor, also noted for his years fronting Channel 4's Time Team, has collected a Blue Peter Book Award in the factual category of the annual prize run by the CBBC show.

A panel of judges and young viewers had a say on the winner, with Sir Tony's Weird World Of Wonders: World War II book triumphing.

Newcomer Katherine Rundell, 26, was also a winner with her second novel Rooftoppers named best story.

Sir Tony's character Baldrick, who was noted for his love of turnips, once showed off his literary prowess by writing a semi-autobiographical story which read: "Once upon a time, there was a lovely little sausage called Baldrick and it lived happily ever after."

The actor and presenter – who has written more than 20 books – also won a Blue Peter prize in 2007 for his Worst Children's Jobs In History.

He said of his latest win: "If happiness is usually the size of a tennis ball, my feelings are the size of Australia.

"Blue Peter is a genuine stamp of approval and because children themselves do the voting, there's something very real about this win – it actually feels like a pat on the back from the readership themselves."

The programme's editor Ewan Vinnicombe, who also chaired the judging panel said: "Tony Robinson's Weird World Of Wonders: WWII is a worthy winner of the best book with facts. It's witty, clever and gives the reader an insight into an important historical event."

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  • StanStill  |  March 07 2014, 6:40AM

    I can never understand why this man ever got a Knighthood, he has never done much worth while, and appears to love himself too much. Perhaps he got it for his erstwhile love of the Labour Party.