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Tony Robinson Wins Blue Peter Book Award On World Book Day

06/03/2014 17:42 | Updated 20 May 2015

Tony Robinson criticises Michael Gove as he wins literature prize on World Book Day

Sir Tony Robinson, famed for his role as Baldrick in Blackadder, has criticised Education Secretary Michael Gove's suggestions for the history curriculum. He was speaking after he was awarded a top children's literature prize for his latest historical children's book.

In January, speaking about the First World War, Michael Gove said history lessons should represent the conflict "in the right way" as "plainly a just war."

Tony, who presented the Time Team TV series and is well-known for his passion for history, has made it clear he is uneasy with Gove's stance on teaching history "in the right way."

He told The Telegraph: "I think it's very worrying to say that. Not that you don't want to imbue into kids a love of your country, because our country is wonderful in a whole variety of ways, but the idea that there is some ideological standpoint that you should start from when you're looking at a moment in history – that's not history, that's the kind of teaching which is deployed by some of the regimes that we tend to think of as the worst regimes in the world."

Tony has written 20 books for children and adults.

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