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Robin Of Sherwood: Series 1 - Episodes 4-6 [DVD] [1984]

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  • Actors: Peter Llewellyn Williams, Ray Winstone, Mark Ryan, Clive Mantle, Judi Trott
  • Writers: Richard Carpenter
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Sound & Media
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Mar 2002
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005Q3VF
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 181,065 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Closing three episodes from the first series based on the legendary outlaw. In 'Seven Poor Knights from Acre', Robin (Michael Praed) has to take on the Knights Templar when their leader accuses him of stealing a sacred emblem. 'Alan A Dale' sees Robin and his men helping out a newly arrived minstrel with a broken heart, while in 'The King's Fool' Robin is invited to fight at the side of King Richard.


When Robin of Loxley transformed into Robert of Huntingdon in the third series of Robin of Sherwood, many viewers were understandably confused. Michael Praed left the series for reasons that never really became apparent while Jason Connery clearly wasn't a replacement chosen for similar looks or performance. Across the 13 episodes of the third series, Connery's choice became slowly apparent. The magical stories frequently dipped into darker territory as much as they aimed for uplifting humour. The new Hood was at ease with both, while reuniting the merry band and ultimately wooing the fair Marion all over again. Connery turned in a very confident embodiment of the character, clearly bonding well with the established team of actors. Guest stars lined up to contribute alongside him. Memorable appearances include those of Richard O'Brien, David Rappaport, Matt Frewer, Patricia Hodge, Ian Ogilvy and Lewis Collins. (It's fascinating to speculate how different things could have been if the close-second casting choice of Neil Morrissey had been pursued.) The strangest aspect of the series, however, is knowing in retrospect that everyone's confidence and merriment was for nothing. Scripts were written in readiness for the fourth series, but then the studio went bankrupt. Cliffhangers therefore remain that will confuse viewers far more than the lead's replacement. --Paul Tonks --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. J. Thorpe VINE VOICE on 28 Mar 2005
Format: DVD
This is probably the first series other than maybe repeats of the original Star Trek that really gripped me and it was something I just could not miss.
I always remember when I was a child getting excited each saturday afternoon waiting for this to come on and it was my first real escape into the world of Robin Hood.
But this is no standard Robin Hood like so many movies have done it. This is groundbreaking adding in new things that add to the rich tapestry of the Robin Hood legend.
It includes such things as the worship of the Celtic God Herne, something many of the rural people secretly still did back in those times and it had a Priest of Herne the Hunter who acted as a guide and wise man to Robin Hood. He saw Robin Hood's destiny.
There is also the addition of magic to this. It is never blatant and over the top. It is more subtle and adds to the stories rather than takes something away.
In all you get a vision of a truly mystical, supernatural Britain which is how many of the population would have seen it back then.
All the actors were also well cast and fitted well into the roles. I shall always think of the Robin Hood characters looking like these actors.
Of course there is still plenty of good action in each of the stories and gritty, realistic combat. Each story is well written and developed and explores many areas.
The Sheriff is a bit like a pantomime villain, yet despite this he somehow fits in perfectly and he can make you laugh whilst at the same time disliking him. Guy of Gisbon is a bit of a blundering fool in this yet at times you feel sorry for him.
Overall I think this is one of the best series out there and what's more it is British. It also is cheap so if you wish for something that is affordable and will give you many many hours of pleasure it is well worth buying.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Mar 2002
Format: DVD
This show is a true classic -- the best portrayal of Robin Hood yet to be seen in the eyes of many. It was made in the 80s, but that takes nothing away from it's content. "Robin of Sherwood" is not a fluffy show... it shows the hardships Robin and his men would've had to endure in Medieval Times, unlike other watered-down versions of Robin Hood. (Richard the Lionheart never knights and saves Robin from Prince John.) It's a British show, so of course our hero actually HAS a british accent. The acting is good, especially well is Michael Praed's (Robin Hood).
Robin of Sherwood combines adventure, a little romance, and even mysticism (the outlaws' protector and ruler of Sherwood is the god: Herne the Hunter). It's even enchanting.
Robin of Sherwood is my favorite show, and it is one of (if not THE) most historically accurate show to be put on the screen. It is, hands down, SUPERB, and WELL WORTH the money to purchase it.
Also, be careful not to fall off your chair when you first see Michael Praed. *wink*
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Jun 2002
Format: DVD
The series impressed when it was screened almost two decades ago, and still continues to do so toady. Fine ensemble acting, good interaction between the players and excellent story lines help keep it fresh. The haunting theme music and supporting pieces by Clannad add to the overall excellence.
Gritty action sequences help portray realistically the harsh living conditions of the past and not glorify them as most (if not all) other productions of this legend have.
Michael Praed certainly takes some beating in the lead role, and the support cast is excellent too. For me, he made a much better Robin than Jason Connery who took over for the third season of this series.
The series remains unsurpassed so far, and is quite likely to remain so if the two Robins (Costner and that dreadful American series) after Robin Of Sherwood are anything to go by.
Definitely worth purchasing.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By on 8 Sep 2000
Format: VHS Tape
It seems that every once in a while, something special comes along that graces that oft gazed at square box that is television. In the UK in the mid eighties, one particular programme of such distinction was the Richard Carpenter penned 'Robin of Sherwood' series which took a fresh look at the mythical outlaw and champion of the oppressed and interwove tales of magic and mysticism. The series, also dealt with a band of rogues who shared a mutual love and respect for each other that had not been as relatively well documented on celluloid previously. Added to that, the haunting presence of Ireland's premier Celtic songsmiths and their subsequent award-winning score and you have the recipe for a mouthwatering slice of TV history.
Carpenter, a veteran of period adventures like Dick Turpin and Catweazle had really reached his zenith here and this is clearly demonstrated in these particular episodes where Michael Praed (Robin) clearly at ease in the lead role is called upon to once more do the bidding of the Pagan forest God, Herne the Hunter and protect his brethren against the corrupt Norman dominated lands of Medieval England.
The first episode on this video 'Seven Poor Knights of Acre' is a real belter and sees Robin have to excercise his skills when Sherwood Forest is infiltrated by a ruthless company of Crusaders returned from the Holy Lands who seek the return of something they hold precious.
The second instalment on this video, 'Alan a' dale' is a rather weaker affair and deals with the presence of a minstrel blithely wandering around Sherwood in search of his lost love who encounters the Merry Men.
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