With Jonas Armstrong in the title role, this second series once more pits Robin Hood against the nasty Sheriff of Nottingham, played with utmost glee by Keith Allen. There’s also Lucy Griffiths’ Maid Marian, Gordon Kennedy in fine form as Little John and Harry Lloyd as Will Scarlett among the talented cast, who are clearly having a ball.
The show’s strengths are its commitment to outright entertainment, and a sense of humour that guarantees a good chuckle or two every episode. Mixed in with some fun action sequences, Robin Hood is at its best with your critical faculties set to neutral, and your brain set to simply enjoy some grand primetime fun. Granted, there are holes in the narrative you could ride a coach through, and not too much bears close inspective, but this second series builds well on the first, and sets the scene for a potentially explosive third season in 2009. And that’s well worth looking forward to. --Jon Foster