SOME of Launceston's darker secrets will be in the spotlight next month when British TV historian Tony Robinson films an episode of his Time Walks series in the city.
The Launceston Historical Society and Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery have provided the program-makers with some ideas for the Tasmanian episode.
``I got a phone call from the producers asking for help and we've given them some ideas for walks in Launceston and things to look at,'' historical society president Marion Sargent said yesterday.
``We've been exchanging emails and they're supposed to be coming in April.
``We're looking forward to taking part in it,'' she said.
Filming for Robinson's first series of 10, 30-minute Time Walks in Australia programs started last year and are being broadcast on Foxtel's History Channel.
One episode featured Hobart.
The program blurb says that Time Walks will ``roam through the laneways; divulging the tales of crimes; recounting acts of bravery; and notable showdowns.''
Ms Sargent said some of the things they were interested in were Launceston's old cemeteries, jails, prostitutes and brothels and the old wharf area.
``They've chosen some but we don't know exactly which ones.''
The Tony Robinson Explores Australia series in 2011 was the highest-rating series ever on the History Channel.
The 66-year-old actor is probably best known for his role as Baldrick in the 1980s hit comedy series Blackadder with Rowan Atkinson.
He was the presenter of the TV archaeological series Time Team until it was axed last year and hosted The Worst Jobs in History TV series.