Robin Of Sherwood: Series 2 - Episodes 5-7 [DVD] 
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Closing three episodes from the second series based on the legendary outlaw. In 'The Swords of Wayland (Parts 1 and 2)', Robin (Michael Praed) leads his men to defend a distant village from swordsmen the Hounds of Lucifer. 'The Greatest Enemy' sees the Sheriff (Nickolas Grace) making a monumental effort to trap Robin after being threatened with dismissal by King John. When the band are successfully ambushed only Robin, Marian and Much manage to escape.
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.
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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.
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*
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.
Certainly writers remember Robin of Sherwood, concepts and characters from this series have been reused and recycled by other movies (hello, Mr. Costner), TV series and novels. Upon seeing it, a friend of mine remarked "Oh, so this is what every version of Robin Hood in the last 20 years has been stealing from!"
Great writing (by Richard Carpenter, mostly, not Richard O'Brien who was only a guest baddie in a few third series episodes), great chemistry by the cast. It does look a bit 1980s-dated now, but the important elements have stood the test of time better than nearly anything from that era.
This series is deservedly remembered.
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So good to remember this and just as much fun to watch now as it was in the eighties.Published 5 months ago by Melissa Cameron
I remember watching this series when it was first shown and from the first episode I absolutely loved it. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
A timeless classic never to be filmed ever again with so many top class actors
This box set captures the time line and will never be repeated. Read more
Richard Carpenter scripted series 1 and 2, and did so in very accomplished fashion. Without losing the flavour and spirit of the adventures he manages dialogue which is modern but... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Mr Peter T Smith
Was able to watch it, but quality a bit grainy, as filmed in the1980's. I had hoped with all the modern technology that the quality might had been better. Still good to watchPublished on 6 Mar. 2014 by Ange
I had the whole series on video but it was showing signs of age, this dvd set is a superb replacement with the added bonus of several extra options.Published on 4 Feb. 2014 by mr chris john barrett
I love the series, it's one of the best re-talk of the old story, and I have seen a lot of the adaptations, but I bought this for really stupid amount of money (my bad, of course),... Read morePublished on 30 Jan. 2014 by Donnar