Robinson's Tassie time walk

THE story of attempts in the 1950s to end the bitter rivalry between Launceston and Hobart will be told on Foxtel's History Channel when the second series of Tony Robinson's  Time Walks  screens next month.

The Launceston episode of  Time Walks , filmed over four days in April last year, is scheduled on the pay TV channel for Monday, February 10.

Other historical events covered in the filming included the first interstate cricket match in Australia between the Melbourne and Launceston cricket clubs in 1851, the anti-transportation campaign and the railway tax riots of 1874.

Members of the Launceston Historical Society and staff at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery were among locals who helped Robinson's research staff with story ideas.

The second, 10-episode series of Tony Robinson's  Time Walks  will also feature Canberra, Parramatta, Geelong, Townsville and Kalgoorlie.

Foxtel said the first series of  Time Walks  in 2012, which featured Australian capital cities,  had been a ``runaway success'' for the History Channel.

Launceston will be the second episode of the new series, which focuses on regional centres, starting on the History Channel on February 3.

The recently knighted British actor, comedian and television historian is best known for his role as the servant Baldrick in the 1980s comedy series  Blackadder , which also starred Rowan Atkinson.

He has since presented a number of history based TV programs including  Time Team, The Worst Jobs In History  and  Tony Robinson Explores Australia .

Robinson, 67, was knighted last June in the Queen's Birthday honours for his service to British politics and the public. Rowan Atkinson received a CBE earlier in the year.

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