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Main castRobin Hood Michael Praed
Series OneRobin Hood and the Sorcerer
Robin, captured by Guy of Gisburne and imprisoned in Nottingham Castle, meets the men who are to follow him into Sherwood Forest. After his escape, he sets out to rescue the Lady Marion from the clutches of the evil Baron de Belleme.
Guest castYoung Robin Toby Lee
**Watch carefully at the end of the episode as Robin releases Marion from the pentagram. He hacks the chains with Albion, and a link flies off and hits Judi Trott in the face.
**As Robin pulls the arrow from Belleme's body there is a loud popping sound.
**At the point when Belleme sets Robin's bow alight, Praed mouths a very rude word.
**Someone called Robert de Belleme existed and was thrown out of England for sorcery and devil worship around 1300.
The Witch of ElsdonWritten by Richard Carpenter
Jennet of Elsdon and her husband Thomas are accused of witchcraft and sentenced to death by Abbot Hugo. The Sheriff of Nottingham offers to spare their lives if Jennet will use her powers to render Robin helpless and put him at the mercy of Gisburne and his men.
Guest castGregory David Goodland
Seven Poor Knights From AcreWritten by Richard Carpenter
Robin faces the wrath of the Knights Templars, seven fighting monks who are among the most feared warriors in Europe. Led by the fanatical Renald de Villaret, they believe Robin has stolen their sacred emblem.
Alan a DaleWritten by Richard Carpenter
Alan a Dale arrives in Sherwood threatening to kill the Sheriff. The object of his affections, Mildred, daughter of the Baron de Bracy, is being forced against her will to marry the Sheriff of Nottingham. Robin decides to help the young lovers.
**In one of the scenes, buzzing bees from a smashed beehive were supposed to thwart the Sheriff of Nottingham. Horseflies were said to produce a realistic swarm, so a suitable number were put in a box with a piece of meat to keep them quiet until their release. When the cameras rolled, only two flies shot out to swarm around the Sheriff; the rest were enjoying the meat. The scene was eventually completed - without the flies.
**The voice of Alan a Dale was dubbed. Apparently the voice artist used was Simon Shepherd.
**After spending a full day filming the mudfight scence, Michael Praed and Robert Addie were less than thrilled to be told that the footage had been destroyed and would have to be reshot.
**It is said that after filming the mud scenes, Praed and Addie would race back to the shower, there being only one available. It is said that Robert Addie always got there first.
The King's FoolWritten by Richard Carpenter
Robin rescues a strange knight from an ambush and earns the gratitude of the most powerful man in England, King Richard, recently returned imprisonment in Europe. Robin readily accepts an invitation to fight at the King's side in Normandy, but the relationship soon sours.
Guest castKing Richard John Rhys Davies
What they said about the first series...
ITV triumph with Robin Hood
The extent to which ITV has taken over from the BBC as the producers of high quality
is nowhere better illustrated than in it's output of programmes for childen writes
It began with Wurzel Gummage then the triumph of Metal Mickey and now it looks set for another triumph with Robin of Sherwood. It must have taken a great deal of self confidence to launch the new series with a two hour slot, but that confidence was amply justified. This is a brand new approach to what had become a very tired tale.
Richard Carpenter, the script writer, has turned his back on the image of Robin Hood and his Merry Men. Indeed so far most of Robin Hood's men are positively morose and with very good reason. The England they live in is a country under occupation. The Normans are the Mediaeval equivalent of the Nazi SS and the AngloSaxon people are torn between keeping their heads down or standing up to them and facing almost certain death.
It is no fun being an outlaw in such a situation and it is not much fun hiding in Sherwood Forest which really is a forest. In this version the outlaws lounge around on awkward hillsides among dense and uncomfortable greenery. Such realism is vital - for Richard Carpenter has also introduced myth and magic to the story. Robin, played by Michael Praed, is a man whose destiny is controlled by the forces of light and darkness, and in particular by Herne the Hunter, half man, half beast, who haunts the forest and turns a Robin who is essentially a young man forced by accident to rebel into a resistance fighter with a prophecy to fulfil.
It may owe a great deal to the current fashion for fantasy in children's literature and to something like Star Wars, but it is no less effective for that. Sadly, the least successful scenes were those in which young Robin rowed across a steaming pond to meet Herne the Hunter - a poor replica of Arthurian legends - but that was more than offset by the confrontation with the Baron de Belleme, superbly threatening and superbly played by Anthony Valentine, as the personal representative of the powers of darkness. With Judi Trott as a stunning pre-raphaellite Lady Marion, and I am pleased to say a lot of Yorkshire accents around, it is difficult to see how Robin of Sherwood can avoid becoming a classic of childrens television. Certainly if the remaining four episodes live up to this standard, and if Richard Carpenter continues to ignore the traditional version of what is a myth anyway, we are in for a treat, not to mention the children.
Why on earth British television should spent money buying badly made, unimaginative, poorly scripted American junk when homegrown talent can produce something like this is beyond me.
Having been a keen follower of Richard Greene's Robin Hood I can't help thinking that this new chap 'Robin of Sherwood' went to the wrong school. In days of yore, greenwood outlaws had a good tailor of quiet but obvious quality and a barber one could trust. Michael Praed, as the latest incumbant of Sherwood Forest, has chosen to forego the niceties one has come to expect of England's premiere legend and associate with a bunch of yahoos and ne'er-do-wells. Not that I am complaining. Two hours of Richard Greene would have been enough to plunge even the hardiest viewer into a deep and dreamless sleep, as much as I hate to say it. HTV's latest coproduction with Goldcrest (around the £2 mark) gets closer to the period feel. In those days and in those conditions, Robin and his men would have had little time or inclination to stop for a wash and brush up. Writer Richard Carpenter has woven an interesting tale and much of the length of Saturday's film was needed to set the scene for the rest of the series. Coming as it does from the producer who made The Professionals, the belief was obvious that actions speak louder than words. Robin did have his moment when rallying his men with a stirring speech about feudal oppression - "No voice, no justice, no England," but generally the dialogue was on the Bodie and Doyle level. The theme music from the Irish band Clannad who did so well for Harry's Game went for atmosphere and missed. When Robin faced his sworn enemy, Guy of Gisburne, the music suggested that they were going to kiss. But, not wishing to have an arrow (wrapped with a cloth bearing a threat scrawled in blood) thud into my desk I should add that I will be off to the woods next Saturday to catch Robin and the lads in pursuit of the Sheriff. It's a great story. HTV have got it 80% right and there's a long way to go. Neil Clements
They ushered him in with close-harmony chords and the low croon of the synthesiser... A Robin Hood for the eighties. Michael Praed is a beardless freedom fighter with the face and form of a pop star, a fustian figure in drap olive rather than natty Lincoln green. But he brings a marvellous authenticity to the title role in Robin of Sherwood, a raw and riveting new look at the old greenwood tale. This Robin is a spooky specimen, disciple and agent of the Lord of the Trees, who sounds like Tarzan but is in fact Herne the Hunter, the forest dwelling horned man of ancient legend. Avenging So the new Robin is not your regular Sherwood tearaway. He is the avenging spirit of Herne's prophecy : 'Beware the hooded one.' Hence Robin i the Hood - Robin Hood. Get it? Well, it was new to me. So, too, was the concept of the Merry Men as manifestations of something elemental and mystical like characters in a German opera. It was this excursion into the supernatural which added a thrilling new dimension to Richard Carpenter's free-ranging new series. In this fearless new version, King Richard is an out and out villain, Little John a bewitched bother boy, Maid Marion the kind of girl who invites a ruffianly stranger into her bedchamber, and the outlaws a rabble of dissident ragamuffins. Is this the old greenwood? Errol Flynn and Richard Greene wouldn't know the place.
....I liked the series Robin of Sherwood because it was full of sorcery and there was a lot of action. I think that Michael Praed, Judi Trott and the rest of the gang played their parts very well. I was glad to hear that they are making another series....
....My family and I all think that Robin of Sherwood is the best series on TV. All the characters are brilliant and they could not have chosen a better Robin. It's a shame the series wasn't on longer, but I hope there will be a lot more to come.....
....I am writing to congratulate ITV on their series Robin of Sherwood. I think that it's the best ITV programme ever. I like the idea of Gisburne being a stupid twit because it adds a funny touch to the programme. My favorite outlaw is Robin Hood and my second is Friar Tuck because he's very funny. I bet it was great fun making the series and I wish I could have been there....
....I thought Robin of Sherwood was great. I like Friar Tuck when he hits the Sheriff's men on the head with a big thick stick!....
....I agree that Robin of Sherwood is a brilliant series and was glad to hear there is soon to be another series screened. They couldn't have chosen a better Robin than Michael Praed.....
....I really enjoyed Robin of Sherwood and a prime example of terriffic actic was how anyone as nice as Robert Addie could play anyone as evil as Guy of Gisburne. I can't wait for the next series.....
The ProphecyWritten by Richard Carpenter
Prince John descends on Nottingham with a mysterious prisoner whose identity is closely guarded. Herne prophesises the death of King Richard and the existence of the strange prisoner. 'One close to you' he tells Robin. The outlaws devise a plot to free the captive not realising why or what impact his name will have on them all, especially Marion.
Guest castOld Prisoner Stuart Linden
The Children of IsraelWritten by Richard Carpenter
Guest castJoshua De Talmont David de Keyser
** Esther and Samuel are played by the children of comedienne Maureen Lipman
The EnchantmentWritten by Richard Carpenter
Guest castLillith Gemma Craven
Lord of the TreesWritten by Richard Carpenter
In the Sheriff's absence Gisburne hires a gang of ruthless Flemish mercenaries to help him destroy Robin and the outlaws. It is the time of the blessing and no blood must be shed in Sherwood.
Guest castBertrand de Neville Oliver Tobias
The Swords of Wayland (Parts 1 and 2)Written by Richard Carpenter
Robin and the outlaws leave Sherwood to defend a distant village from the Hounds of Lucifer, eerily clad horsemen who terrorise the neighbourhood. They are the servants of a powerful coven ruled by Morgwyn of Ravenscar. Morgwyn bewitches the outlaws to turn against their leader and Robin is alone locked in combat with the most powerful forces of darkness.
Guest castMorgwyn Rula Lenska
The Greatest EnemyWritten by Richard Carpenter
At Nottingham Castle, the Sheriff receives a suprise visit from Hubert de Giscard, herald to King John. De Giscard makes it clear that the King is losing patience with the Sheriff's inability to rid Sherwood of Robin Hood and his band. Lured into a fatal trap, the outlaws are seperated and Robin finds himself isolated and alone facing an army of soldiers. Nottingham's triumph spells tragedy for the outlaws, but can the son of Herne the Hunter be destroyed that easily?
Guest castArabs Mark Lewis and Stephen Dent
What they said about the second series...
Exit Robin Hood with death blow from Sheriff
Robin and the Naughty Nuns
There's nothing like a good, wholesome adventure story for a holy holiday weekend. And Robin of Sherwood, featuring a coven of naughty nuns, mass slaughter by the Hounds of Lucifer and other charming occult customs - blindness, madness, sexy satanic worship - was nothing like a good, wholesome adventure. But ITV's extra long Saturday trip down to the woods turned out to be the most exciting drama this Easter, with red cloaked, horned demons, avening outlaws in their designer greens and even a blue wax Satan. Rula Lenska as the awful abbess was something else. As the sword stroking lady of the cauldron, into which a cage load of Robin's not so merry men were due to be dropped, she was ace. I've never seen her act better. But then I've never seen her act. Michael Praed, the small, but beautifully marked Robin, had sharp blades waggled under his nose at every moment, then he had to jump from the cliffs miles down into the drink. Still, only a few more episodes and the poor lad is doomed to change faces. He drops out to be replaced by another actor. Will ITV do a Dynasty - invent an accident and bring in a medieval plastic surgeon? Watch this glen.
Herne's SonWritten by Richard Carpenter
Robin of Loxley is dead. The Merry Men have scattered - Marion having been pardoned by the King, has returned to Leaford. At Huntingdon castle, the Earl and his son Robert prepare to entertain in order to arrange a political alliance for the King. Among their guests are the Sheriff of Nottingham, his brother Hugo, Guy of Gisburne, the Welsh Marcher Lord - Owen of Clun, his followers, Sir Richard of Leaford and his daughter Marion. Young Robert is captivated by the sadness and serenity of Marion. Lord Owen becomes infatuated with her - he insults and then abducts her. Robert realises that the must gather his resources to deliver her from this fate - but he needs help from those who love her. With only Tuck remaining in Sherwood the task is destined to be long and arduous - but with Herne's help Robert is determined.
Guest castOwen of Clun Oliver Cotton
The Power of AlbionWritten by Richard Carpenter
Robert of Huntingdon has been living in the forest with the Outlaws, leading them as they return to their old ways. When Robert is badly wounded in a raid Marion is sent for in order to offer her medical expertise. On her return to Leaford she is arrested by the Sheriff of Nottingham. He is anxious to prove the identity of the band's new leader - being referred to as Robin Hood. The Sheriff also confiscates Albion from Marion. Robert of Huntingdon enters Nottingham in an attempt to dupe the Sheriff, save Marion and retrieve Albion.
Guest castSir Richard of Leaford George Baker
The InheritanceWritten by Anthony Horowitz
In an old castle live a young girl Isadora and her father Agrivaine, who is the guardian of a priceless treasure. Agrivaine forsees his own death in the Tarot cards, but it is a more immediate danger that troubles him. Raven, a one-eyed ruffian, together with Mortimer, Agrivaineís ex-steward, specialise in pillaging anything of value. Isadora seeks the help of Robin Hood.
Guest castAgrivaine Cyril Cusack
The Sheriff of NottinghamWritten by Anthony Horowitz
King John is tired of having his taxes stolen so he decides at last to replace the Sheriff. The new Sheriff, Philip Mark, is known as 'The Butcher of Lincoln' and his Saracen sidekick Sarak is not much better. Determined to catch the Outlaws, Philip Mark formulates a ruthless plan. He banishes his predecessor from Nottingham and the castle and leaves him deep in Sherwood Forest...
Guest castPhilip Mark Lewis Collins
The Cross of Saint CiricusWritten by Richard Carpenter
Robin and the Outlaws make their way to Croxden Abbey to give away their loot to Abbot Martin - a fanatical monk and custodian of the Cross of Saint Ciricus, which is said to have healing powers. En route they come across a Lady, a victim of a robbery on her way to Croxden. Thinking she is about to die, the Lady makes a confession to Friar Tuck and reveals a strange connection between herself and Robin.
Guest castLady Margaret Dorothy Tutin
Cromm CruacWritten by Anthony Horowitz
Much has been wounded in a forester's trap. His wound becomes infected and he is very ill. The Outlaws are miles away from any of their known safe villages, but happen across a kindly carter who offers to take them to his village Cromm Cruac. However, Gulnar - formerly the sooth-sayer to Owen of Clun, is not far away and has an old score to settle...
Gulnar Richard O'Brien
Elanor Claire Parker
The BetrayalWritten by John Flanagan and Andrew McCulloch
The Sheriff's incompetence has brought the King himself to Nottingham to collect his taxes. With him he brings Roger de Carnac, a ruthless man who devises a clever plan to destroy Robin's reputation and deal with the Outlaws once and for all. Coinciding with the King's visit, there seems to be a spate of attacks and pillaging in the villages surrounding Nottingham. Could they be connected?
King John Philip Davis
Roger de Carnac Matt Frewer
Adam BellWritten by Anthony Horowitz
Much is captured by the Sheriff who threatens to hang him. Then Adam Bell, an ageing outlaw, kidnaps Martin, the Sheriff's nephew. The Sheriff seems desperate to get his nephew back and with Much in prison he has something to bargain with.
Guest castAdam Bell Bryan Marshall
The PretenderWritten by Anthony Horowitz
A noble young man, rescued by Robin from the Duke of Gloucester's soldiers, wants to join his band. The powerful Duke and his daughter, ex-Queen Hadwisa, are plotting against the King. There is no natural heir to the throne, only a Pretender, Prince Arthur of Brittany - son of the Kingís brother. Is this the man Robin has just saved?
Guest castHadwisa Patricia Hodge
RutterkinWritten by Richard Carpenter
Little John intends to elope with Meg of Wickham, but their flight is halted by a mysterious mad pig lady who seems to have lost her charges. Lord Edgar, uncle to Robin Hood, comes to Nottingham to visit the King who is ill. While wandering through Sherwood rounding up pigs, Robin encounters his uncle who claims to have been looking for him. It appears that the Earl of Huntingdon - Robinís father - is in great danger...
Guest castLord Edgar Ian Ogilvy
The Time of the WolfWritten by Richard Carpenter
King John is raising an army against the Welsh. He orders all the food from the villages to be collected to feed his army. Robin and his band are unwilling to stand by and see their friends starve, so they prepare the Wickham villagers for action. Meanwhile at Grimston Abbey an old adversary of Robin's is practising his sorcery in most unusual ways.
Guest castGulnar Richard O'Brien