The History of Leith

June 1, 2008

Tony Robinson’s Crime and Punishment

There is a wonderfully Baldrick-ian moment during the opening episode of Channel 4’s new four-part history series, Tony Robinson’s Crime and Punishment. Robinson is strutting through a crowded market. He’s dressed in a fairly nondescript way, save for a mock medieval crown perched on his head. Without warning, Robinson thunders, ‘He who commits fornication with a nun, let him not be worthy of a consecrated burial ground!’ To his left an elderly man clutching a bunch of bananas looks on incredulously. Elderly banana man then turns to the lady standing alongside him and raises a bemused eyebrow, as if to say: ‘Did that fellow in the crown really just forbid us from fornicating with nuns?’ for more click here

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