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Tony Robinson and wife Louise Hobbs
Waiting in the easyJet queue who do you think I spotted as I was double-checking everything in our bags on the way to Italy?
I was hunched over a half zipped-up suitcase when all of a sudden I heard the familiar voice of the narrator of “Tales from Fat Tulip’s Garden”. Yes, the voice so familiar to me from a daily ritual of coming home from school and watching ABC for kids. I recognised it instantly and turned around to see standing behind me in the queue Tony Robinson and his daughter - in the same queue as me at Gatwick airport. Yes, Baldrick, from Blackadder, just there.
Before, I could introduce myself and ask to be taken in a photo with him, I was called to the counter to check-in. But as it happened it didn’t matter, because Baldrick, I mean Tony Robinson, was in fact also flying to Pisa, presumably for a Tuscan break. So I saw him again in the security queue, again in the queue to board the plane, again at the baggage carousel in Pisa and again milling outside the airport on the phone to his friend in Tuscany who hadn’t picked him up (or someone anyway). But, seeing so much of Tony Robinson, it slowly dawned on me that he wasn’t in fact travelling with his daughter. Standing behind him in the security queue I watched his hand wander up the mysterious lady’s top and stroke her back and I realised all of a sudden that he was travelling with his partner!
The childhood, uncle-like figure that I had known from “Fat Tulip’s Garden” was dissolving before my eyes into a caricature of a lecherous old man! So although I never got in a photo with him, I did manage this Paparazzo-style photo of him with his better half.
Unfortunately, my paparazzi-skills need brushing-up. Perhaps, my journalism skills as well, a quick google search will reveal that Tony Robinson has been married to Louise Hobbs, who is two years younger than his daughter, since 2006. Presumably a happy couple - well who can argue with that?