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All six episodes from the first series based on the legendary outlaw. In 'Robin Hood and the Sorcerer (Parts 1 and 2)', Robin (Michael Praed) meets the men who will form his rebel band after being unjustly imprisoned by Guy of Gisburne. After making his escape, he rescues Lady Marion from sorcerer the Baron De Belleme. 'The Witch of Elsdon' sees the Sheriff of Nottingham (Nickolas Grace) attempting to use alleged witch Jennet of Elsdon to render Robin and his men powerless. In 'Seven Poor Knights from Acre', Robin 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, and finally in 'The King's Fool' Robin is invited to fight at the side of King Richard.
The 1984 incarnation of Robin of Sherwood had a crucial ingredient that the traditional tale previously lacked: magic. Creator Richard Carpenter combined his knowledge of Medieval England with a rich store of Arthurian-style folklore to create a world where wizards and witches rub shoulders with Norman knights and Anglo-Saxon peasants. Michael Praed's enthusiastic performance in the lead is matched by the sheer energy of all involved. There may be pauses for a spiritual tête á tête with forest demi-god Herne the Hunter, but swordplay and archery are never far behind. Wrapped in the forest's gorgeous greens and pools of shadow the show maintained a perfectly believable look, supported by what should have been (but wasn't) glaringly anachronistic music from Clannad. Best of all, however, is the crackling dialogue that still makes for compelling (and magical) viewing, especially when it comes from guest actors such as John Rhys-Davies as King Richard.
On the DVD: Contained here are all six episodes of Season One. The two-part pilot is a terrific introduction to the familiar characters such as Ray Winstone's roughhouse Will Scarlet and unexpected new ones such as Mark Ryan as Nasir, "the Boba Fett of Sherwood". Camaraderie on-screen and off was legendary. It's rare to see a cast having so much fun.
This exceptional three-disc box set features one of the best extras packages any TV show has been given. The original 4:3 picture is enhanced for 16:9, but the new Dolby Surround track is the real delight (the show was broadcast in mono). Quickie fare includes key cast biographies, Clannad's promo video, 175 photos and eight minutes of genuinely hilarious outtakes. The real meat comes from the misty-eyed yet fact-filled commentaries from creator Richard Carpenter and director Ian Sharp on four of the episodes. They're only just eclipsed by a brand-new hour-long documentary interviewing everyone involved. Finally, the 1983 Electric Theatre Show 25-minute documentary on the making of the show explores the character's origins and previous screen incarnations. The third disc includes everything shot for that documentary, adding up to several hours of raw footage.--Paul Tonks
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The cheesy title sequence kicks in (my fave bit is when we see Robin through the trees doing a pose facing the camera - makes me giggle each time as it looks so out of place), but after that the charm of the script and the characterization kicks in really well and we see a really good, darkly paganistic take on the RObin Hood myth starting to unfold. I am now half way through the 2nd series and astonishingly I think this series has held its own despite being some 30 years old now. Love it - mainly because you feel the comeraderie of the actors coming through the performances - alot of love went into this program.
Also encouraged me to give CLannad a serious listen. The soundtrack, Legend is brilliant and their new album Nadur is brilliant too.....if like me you are an 80s child then you soon realize how important this kind of series was in your youth....the look and sound brings back alot of memories.......and is really uplifting.....anyway I prefer this take on Robin and how it was written and directed much more than any other interpretation since - the team back in the day did a great job, re- introducing us to several familiar characters via several great, now familiar British actors in the process, who have each gone on to play their part in movie history.
There is a steller cast, all fabulous actors, including a young Ray Winstone. My favourite actor s Nikolas Grace, who plays the evil sheriff to over the top perfection.
The stories reflect realistic medieval like, but intertwinned with pagan folklore and mythology.
All episodes are well scripted, with atmospheric lighting.
The hauntingly beautiful music by Clannad is also spot on. Still as good now as when it was first shown 30 years ago.
There were a few casting/characterisation issues that 'niggle'; most notably Much the Millers son, but they don't detract from the enjoyment of the series.
Some excellent stories that I enjoyed immensely.
The image quality is not great but hey, this was broadcast a long time before digital and high definition.
Definitely worth a watch.
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