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Peterboro, England-based indie pop combo system.drawing.bitmap Tulips was shaped in 1987 by guitarist/songwriter Tag D. and vocalist Sarah C., the second option exiting upon the discharge from the duo’s debut flexi-disc “You EXPOSED My Eye.” Undaunted, Tag D. constructed guitarist Sheggi Clarkson, vocalist Katie Eager, bassist Paulie and drummer Matt Johnson to create a new Body fat Tulips lineup which debuted in 1989 using the solitary “Where’s Clare Grogan Right now?,” issued independently Heaven Information imprint. Keen remaining the group soon after, with Clarkson presuming vocal responsibilities; the Four Tracks for Simon EP adopted later that yr, and in 1990 the music group resurfaced using the four-song Ferensway. Some EPs including 1991’s addresses collection The Tulip Explodes, 1992’s Nostalgia and 1993’s acoustic Albie preceded the discharge of the Unwanted fat Tulips’ long-awaited initial full-length record, Starfish, using the group quickly disbanding immediately after.

Quick Facts


Full Name Fat Tulips
Music Songs So Unbelievable!, I Promise You, You Opened Up My Eyes, If God Exists, Where's Clare Grogan Now?, My Secret Place, It's So True, Deadhead-Baby, Mr. So Incredible, Driving Me Wild!, To Put It Bluntly, Confessions of an English Girl, Double Decker Bus, Big Toe, Last to Know, A World Away From Me, So Surreal, Albie, The Sweetest Child, Take Me Back to Heaven, Like Christmas, Dance to the Sun, Catch Me by Surprise, On Virgin Isles, Reach for the Sky, Nothing Less Than You Deserve, On the Seventh Day, The Girl That I Once Knew, Is That Love?, Embers, The Death of Me, Ferensway
Albums Starfish, Early Years EP, Take Me Back to Heaven EP, Four Songs for Simon, Nostalgia, Ferensway EP, Driving Me Wild!, Albie EP, Where's Clare Grogan Now?


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#Fact
1 London, England: Activist [June 2013]
2 He was created a Knight Bachelor in the 2013 Queen's Birthday Honours List for public and political service.
3 He was Vice President of Equity, the British Actors Union, from 1996 to 2000.
4 He was consultant on children's programming for the London Symphony Orchestra from 1998 to 2000.
5 Was a member of the Labour Party National Executive Committee and Labour Party Joint Policy Committee, 2000-2004.
6 In 2000, he was awarded an honorary Masters of Arts degree from Bristol University for his services to theatre and archaeology.
7 He is an active member of Oxfam and Comic Relief.
8 Narrates Terry Pratchett's Discworld and non discworld audio books.
9 Along with Rowan Atkinson and Tim McInnerny, he is one of only three actors to appear in all four "Blackadder" series: The Black Adder (1982), Black-Adder II (1986), Black Adder the Third (1987) and Blackadder Goes Forth (1989).
10 His favorite songs are "I Can Help" by Billy Swan, "Bleeding Love" by Leona Lewis, "Chasing Cars" by Snow Patrol, "Beautiful" by Christina Aguilera, "Unfinished Sympathy" by Massive Attack, "Tangled Up In Blue" by Bob Dylan, "Shoulda Woulda Coulda" by Beverley Knight, "This Woman's Work" by Maxwell, "He's So Fine" by The Chiffons and "Falling Slowly" by The Frames. (Source: BBC Radio 2 "Tracks of My Years").
11 Has appeared on the British political debate programme, Question Time (1979), as a member of the Labour party.
12 Has written 17 children's books, most recently one on Kings and Queens.
13 Allergic to red wine, cats and feathers.
14 Lives just outside of Bristol, England and supports Bristol City Football Club.
15 He has one son and one daughter.


Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tony Robinson's Time Travels 2015 TV Series documentary associate producer - 10 episodes
Walking Through History 2013-2015 TV Series documentary associate producer - 16 episodes
Time Team 1994-2014 TV Series documentary associate producer - 269 episodes
Tony Robinson's Time Walks 2012 TV Series associate producer - 2012-2014
Unexplained 2008 TV Series documentary associate producer - 3 episodes
Time Team Digs 2002 TV Series documentary associate producer - 6 episodes
Licence to Live 1994 TV Movie associate producer

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Man Down 2016 TV Series Daddy
An Adventure in Space and Time 2013 TV Movie Eager Caveman Actor (uncredited)
Big Top 2009 TV Series Erasmus
Hotel Babylon 2009 TV Series Arthur Barnes
Hogfather 2006 TV Movie Vernon Crumley
Spider-Plant Man 2005 TV Short Robin
Doctors 2002 TV Series Edgar
Mrs Caldicot's Cabbage War 2002 Nick Reid
Big Bad World 2001 TV Series Paul
Tales from the Madhouse 2000 TV Mini-Series The Best Friend (Judas Iscariot)
Casualty 2000 TV Series Reg Podmore
Faeries 1999 Broom (voice)
Blackadder Back & Forth 1999 Short All Baldricks
My Wonderful Life 1997-1999 TV Series Alan
Knight School 1997 TV Series Godwin the Idiot
Holed 1996 Short Hugh
Discworld 1995 Video Game Nobby Nobbs Cut-Me-Own-Throat Dibbler Dean ... (voice)
Jeremy Hardy Gives Good Sex 1995 Video
Licence to Live 1994 TV Movie Paul Robbins
The Neverending Story III 1994 Engywook
Blue Heaven 1994 TV Series Kenneth Mills
The Easter Stories 1994 TV Series Peter
Maid Marian and Her Merry Men 1989-1994 TV Series The Sheriff Sheriff
Law and Disorder 1994 TV Series Chris Pringle
Minder 1994 TV Series Willie
A Woman's Guide to Adultery 1993 TV Series Marcus
Virtual Murder 1992 TV Series Roger Smith
Young Indiana Jones 1992 TV Series Pierre Duclos
Blood and Honey 1991 TV Movie Peter
Teenage Health Freak 1991 TV Series Headmaster
Jackanory 1985-1991 TV Series Reader
Science Stinks: Are You Curieous! 1991 Video Rumbo the Green Beast Avenger
Bergerac 1990 TV Series Shlomo Denkovitz
Toucan 'Tecs: The Adventures of Zippi & Zac 1990 TV Series Zac (1990-1993) (voice)
Blackadder Goes Forth 1989 TV Series Private S Baldrick
Nellie the Elephant 1989 TV Series Narrator / Character Voices (voice)
Blackadder's Christmas Carol 1988 TV Short Baldricks
This Is David Lander 1988 TV Series Brian Watts
Tickets for the Titanic 1988 TV Series Rev Timothy White
Blackadder: The Cavalier Years 1988 TV Short Baldrick
Black Adder the Third 1987 TV Series Baldrick, a dogsbody
Who Dares Wins 1984-1986 TV Series Various Roles
Babylon 1986 Short Voice of Speaker (voice)
Black-Adder II 1986 TV Series Baldrick
Screen Two 1986 TV Series Dr. Hamilton
Death of a Speechwriter 1986 Short The Speechwriter
The Lenny Henry Show 1985 TV Series
The Last Evensong 1985 TV Movie Architect
The Young Ones 1984 TV Series Dr. Not the Nine O'Clock News
Alas Smith & Jones 1984 TV Series
Jackanory Playhouse 1984 TV Series
The Black Adder 1983 TV Series Baldrick Baldrick, A Witch Brother Baldrick ...
Big Jim and the Figaro Club 1981 TV Series Titch
Chronicle 1981 TV Series documentary Captain Bowen Colthurst
Play for Today 1976-1981 TV Series Customs house officer / Matthews
Follow the Star 1979 TV Movie Chicago
Lieutenant Kije 1979 TV Movie Voice of Chancellor
The Boys and Mrs B 1977 TV Short Mark
Brannigan 1975 Motorcycle Courier
Horizon 1974 TV Series documentary Ernie
Doctor in Charge 1972-1973 TV Series Reginald Grace
Little Big Time 1973 TV Series Various roles
Black and Blue 1973 TV Series Reporter
Soap Opera in Stockwell 1973 TV Movie Reporter
The Darwin Adventure 1972 Man in the crowd
ITV Saturday Night Theatre 1971 TV Series Benny
The Man from the Moors 1961 TV Movie Stubbs

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tales from Fat Tulip's Garden TV Series short writer - 14 episodes, 1987 adaptation - 13 episodes, 1985 adapted by - 1 episode, 1985
Jackanory 1985-1986 TV Series adaptation of traditional Greek legend - 2 episodes
Tony Robinson's Cunning Night Out 2007 Video
The Worst Jobs in History 2004 TV Series documentary deviser - 1 episode
Fact or Fiction: Boudica 2002 TV Special
Fact or Fiction: Braveheart 2001 TV Special
Time Team 2001 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Behind the Scenes at 'Time Team' 2001 TV Movie documentary
The Real Macbeth 2001 TV Movie documentary
Tales from the Madhouse 2000 TV Mini-Series 1 episode
Maid Marian and Her Merry Men 1989-1994 TV Series by - 26 episodes
Blood and Honey 1991 TV Movie
Comic Relief 1991 TV Special uncredited

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Knight School 1997-1998 TV Series script consultant - 2 episodes
Blackadder Goes Forth 1989 TV Series script consultant - 6 episodes
Function Room 1985 TV Mini-Series script reader - 1985

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Maid Marian and Her Merry Men 1990-1994 TV Series performer - 7 episodes

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tony Robinson's Cunning Night Out 2007 Video

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Richard Dimbleby Lecture 2010 TV Series documentary thanks - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Imaginative Storytelling Experiences 2016 TV Short documentary Himself
Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two 2016 TV Series documentary Himself - Friday Panel
Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast 2016 TV Series Himself
Britain's Ancient Tracks with Tony Robinson 2016 TV Series Himself - Presenter
Loose Women 2008-2016 TV Series Himself
Tony Robinson's Time Travels 2015 TV Series documentary Himself - Presenter
Time Crashers 2015 TV Series Himself - Presenter
Tony Robinson's Tour of Duty 2015 TV Series Himself - Presenter
Britain's Best Loved Sitcoms 2015 TV Series documentary Himself - Actor & Broadcaster / Baldrick
Walking Through History 2013-2015 TV Series documentary Himself - Presenter
Tony Robinsons World War 1 2014 TV Series Himself - Presenter
Time Team 1994-2014 TV Series documentary Himself - Presenter
The Real Mill with Tony Robinson 2014 TV Series documentary Himself
You Saw Them Here First 2014 TV Series Himself
The Big Fat Quiz of the 80s 2013 TV Special Himself
Question Time 1999-2013 TV Series Himself
Jo Brand's Great Wall of Comedy 2013 TV Series Himself
Tony Robinson's Gods & Monsters 2011-2012 TV Series Himself - Presenter
When I Get Older 2012 TV Movie documentary Himself
Tony Robinson's London Games Unearthed 2012 TV Movie Himself - Presenter
Tony Robinson's Time Walks 2012 TV Series Himself - Presenter (2012-2014)
Tony Robinson Explores Australia 2011 TV Series documentary Himself
Mad and Bad: 60 Years of Science on TV 2010 TV Movie documentary Himself
This Week 2007-2010 TV Series Himself
Blitz Street 2010 TV Series documentary Himself - Presenter
Sidekick Stories 2010 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Richard Dimbleby Lecture 2007-2010 TV Series documentary Himself
Man on Earth 2009 TV Series documentary Himself - Presenter
Decoded: Dan Brown's Lost Symbol 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself - Presenter
Angela and Friends 2009 TV Series Himself
Live from Studio Five 2009 TV Series Himself
The One Show 2009 TV Series Himself
Chris Moyles Quiz Night 2009 TV Series Himself
Unexplained 2008 TV Series documentary Himself
Blackadder Rides Again 2008 TV Special documentary Himself
Catastrophe 2008 TV Series documentary Himself - Presenter
Blackadder's Most Cunning Moments 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself
Blackadder Exclusive: The Whole Rotten Saga 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself
Crime and Punishment 2008 TV Series Himself - Presenter
The Wright Stuff 2007-2008 TV Series Himself - Guest Panelist
The Paul O'Grady Show 2008 TV Series Himself
Breakfast 2001-2008 TV Series Himself
50 Greatest Comedy Catchphrases 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Worst Jobs in History 2004-2007 TV Series documentary Himself - Presenter
Tony Robinson's Cunning Night Out 2007 Video Himself
Timeshift 2007 TV Series documentary Himself / Himself - Broadcaster
Secrets of the Stately Garden 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself - Presenter
The Story of Jackanory 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself - 'Jackanory' Storyteller
The World's Greatest Comedy Characters 2007 TV Movie Himself
The Whole Hog: Making Terry Pratchett's 'Hogfather' 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
Airline UK 2004-2006 TV Series documentary Narrator
Richard & Judy 2004-2006 TV Series Himself
The Heaven and Earth Show 2006 TV Series Himself
The Daily Politics 2006 TV Series Himself
Wogan Now & Then 2006 TV Series Himself
Today with Des and Mel 2006 TV Series Himself
Tubridy Tonight 2006 TV Series Himself
This Morning 2006 TV Series Himself
The Ultimate Sitcom 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Funny Blokes of British Comedy 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
Titanic Adventure 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself - Presenter
Time Team's Big Roman Dig 2005 TV Mini-Series documentary Presenter
Britain's 50 Greatest Comedy Sketches 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Real Da Vinci Code 2005 TV Special documentary Himself - Presenter
The Comedians' Comedian 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 100 Greatest Christmas Moments 2004 TV Special documentary Himself
World's Worst Century 2004 TV Series documentary Himself - Presenter
Robin Hood: The First Outlaw Hero 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Time Team Big Dig 2003 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself - Presenter
The Sitcom Story 2003 TV Series documentary Himself
Living Famously 2003 TV Series documentary Himself
10 Years of Time Team 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself - Presenter
Time Team Digs 2002 TV Series documentary Himself - Presenter
Fact or Fiction: Boudica 2002 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Fact or Fiction: Braveheart 2001 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Vote 2001 2001 TV Movie Himself
Comic Relief: Say Pants to Poverty 2001 TV Special Himself
Trigger Happy TV 2001 TV Series Himself
Behind the Scenes at 'Time Team' 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself - Presenter
The Real Macbeth 2001 TV Movie documentary Presenter
Weird, Bad & Ugly 2000 TV Series Narrator (voice)
Maths 4 Real 2000 TV Series Himself
What a Performance! 1999 TV Series Himself
Laughter in the House: The Story of British Sitcom 1999 TV Mini-Series documentary Baldrick
Comic Relief: The Record Breaker 1999 TV Special Baldrick
The Jesus File 1999 TV Mini-Series Himself
History Hunters 1998-1999 TV Series documentary Himself - Presenter
Britain from the Air: Flying Through History 1999 TV Series documentary Narrator
Time Team Extras 1998 TV Series documentary Himself
Countdown 1997 TV Series Himself
The Saturday Night Armistice 1997 TV Series Himself
The Nose at Ten 1996 TV Series Himself
Wild About Essex 1995 TV Series documentary Himself, Presenter
Natural World 1991-1995 TV Series documentary Himself - Narrator / Himself - Presenter
Charter 88 Bad Government Awards 1994 TV Special Himself
Raiders of the Lost Nose 1994 TV Movie Himself
Comic Relief: The Invasion of the Comic Tomatoes 1993 TV Special Himself
The Good Sex Guide 1993 TV Series
Comic Relief: Behind the Nose 1992 TV Movie Himself
Comic Relief 1991 TV Special Himself
Stay Tooned 1990 TV Series Himself - Presenter
Going Live! 1989 TV Series Himself
Wogan 1989 TV Series Himself
Hysteria! Hysteria! Hysteria! 1988 TV Special Who Dares Wins
Comic Relief 1988 TV Special Baldrick
Tales from Fat Tulip's Garden 1985-1987 TV Series short Himself - storyteller / Himself - Storyteller
Come Dancing 1986 TV Movie documentary Who Dares Wins
Play Away 1971 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
My Favourite Joke 2011 TV Series Baldrick
The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: My First Adventure 2000 TV Movie Pierre Duclos
Norman Ormal: A Very Political Turtle 1998 TV Movie Himself (uncredited)
The Story of Bean 1997 TV Special documentary Baldrick (uncredited)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1991 BAFTA TV Award BAFTA Awards Best Children's Programme (Entertainment/Drama) Maid Marian and Her Merry Men (1989) · David Bell
· Richard Callanan


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#Quote
1 I'd love to do one again. I love those people even if they are toffs. They are the most inspiring bunch I've ever worked alongside. We had this idea that we would do a phone-round in the year 2010 and see how we felt. Tim McInnerny has already made noises that he doesn't want to do one. There is the argument that it is best left alone - that way it will stay in people's memories. There's also the argument - wouldn't it be good to get together for one last time? I think it is down to Richard Curtis and Ben Elton. If the recession hits Ben's book-sales and no one will give Richard money to make any more movies then maybe it will happen. There may be a silver lining to the Credit Crunch after all!
2 A lot of us saw The Black Adder (1982) in terms of problem-solving - 'Did that work in that episode?' and so on. We were very picky. A dozen paranoid perfectionists are not the most charming company. But my favourite series is still Black Adder the Third (1987) because I think it's so audacious to write a six-part comedy series about a period of history that most people know nothing about at all except that there were a bunch of kings who all had the same name.
3 You had a group of young men who were all intensely interested in history and in particular British history and had a very robust, almost tactile love for it which I think is expressed in [The Black Adder (1982)]. I don't think there was ever a pedagogic intent. But if people used it for educational purposes that was all to the good. As for the class relationship, yes, that was clearly there. Ironically I'm the grammar-school boy who left school at 16 and I was surrounded by all these swanky-heads who had been to public school and then to Oxbridge. There was quite a different class sensibility between me and them - I wouldn't be surprised if that was reflected in our performances.
4 The only work I had been able to do prior to that was work I'd been offered as a jobbing actor. Having done The Black Adder (1982), it gave me some status within the profession to do ideas I was interested in - I was just going to say 'which were more intellectual than Baldrick' but then a carrot is more intellectual than Baldrick. I'd always been an ideas person and The Black Adder (1982) meant doors opened for me to pitch my ideas.
5 There was never any bad feeling between Rowan Atkinson and I. There was bad feeling between the writers and the performers - the writers felt we were unilaterally altering the script and altering it for the worse. At end of the first day of rehearsals the writers would go away and by the time they came back we would have changed an awful lot of it. By the end, they felt we had run away with it. There were quite a lot of emotions flashing around about that.
6 I think everyone was pissed off with everyone else by the end of the fourth series - so there was no possibility of a fifth series straight away. By that time Ben Elton was already a successful novelist, Richard Curtis was interested in his movie career and Rowan Atkinson was talking about this other comic character [Mr. Bean (1990)]. A lot of sitcoms don't last more than four series. You could say it's mystic. With the first series you've got young ambitious people getting together to work on something as an ensemble. In the second series, they become successful. In the third series, they start to get pissed off with each other. And by the fourth series, they are only talking to each other via their lawyers.
7 We'd all had running conversations throughout the first series [of The Black Adder (1982)] as to what was wrong with it. As soon as we read the scripts we knew how we would change it. We all knew that it wasn't really working to have Blackadder as stupid as he was. So in the second series there was a feeling of 'Wow, we've got it'. Of course then it was up to me to interpret it. That's just the work you do as an actor. Even after we had done the second series we had no way of knowing whether it would be a sufficient step forward to ensure the BBC gave us a third series. I think probably once we'd made the third series, we were confident that there would be a fourth. But by that time various people were getting so successful, you couldn't guarantee they would be available.
8 It was around about the repeat of the second series that I began to get an inkling of quite how popular [The Black Adder (1982)] was. It also coincided with the time I was having children. I brought them up in Bristol and an awful lot of that time it wasn't as if I was popping in and out of the Ivy and the Groucho club. I was dealing with things like queuing up outside primary schools and driving children to the next games field. I remember going to Alton Towers with my kids one day and we were unable to go round it. My presence there caused chaos. I suddenly thought - I have to recalibrate what my life is!
9 At first I wanted to be an MP but now I think it would be crap.
10 Blackadder fans call out Blackadder's catchphrase 'I have a cunning plan', Time Team lovers want me to dig up their gardens, while Tories shout 'You Labour idiot'.
11 There is a century of socialism to be won. It will only happen if we make it happen.

#Trademark
1 London accent.
2 The character Baldrick from Blackadder.

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