Historic Launceston to take centre stage

PRINCES Square will be one of the locations for an episode of  British TV historian Tony Robinson's series Time Walks to be filmed in Launceston this month.

The Launceston Historical Society was last month asked to help Robinson's production crew  with story ideas for an episode on the city.

Society president Marion Sargent said yesterday that the public is being invited to take part in the filming over the weekend of April 27 and 28.

An segment on the end of transportation of British convicts to Tasmania, which was celebrated in Princes Square in 1853, will be filmed from 2pm on the Saturday.

``They'd like to see a lot of people there, people of all ages, to help recreate the Anti-Transportation League meetings,'' Ms Sargent said.

A modern day recreation of the 1874 Railway Riots in Launceston will be filmed from 10.30am in Charles Street on the Sunday.

``They're looking for people who are happy to interact with Tony on camera for this,'' she said.

Robinson's 30-minute Time Walks in Australia episodes are broadcast on Foxtel's History Channel.

The star of the hit comedy series Blackadder and presenter of the long-running archaeological series Time Team produced the popular Tony Robinson Explores Australia series in 2011.

The 66-year-old actor was also the host of the series The Worst Jobs in History which was screened in Australia by the ABC.

The Launceston Historical Society can be contacted at launcestonhistory@gmail.com for more information.

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