Robin Of Sherwood - Series 3 - Part 1 - Episodes 1 To 6  [DVD]
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Episodes 1 to 6 from the third series of the popular TV show based on the legendary outlaw. In 'Herne's Son (Parts 1 and 2)' the Merry Men have disbanded following the death of the original Robin of Loxley; however, when he learns that Marion has been abducted by Lord Owen of Clun, young Robert of Huntingdon (Jason Connery) dons the late Robin's trademark hood and, with the encouragement of Herne the Hunter, sets about regrouping Robin's band. 'The Power of Albion' sees Robert call upon Marion's medical skills when he is wounded during a raid. 'The Inheritance' has young Isadora ask Robert for his help when she and her father Agrivaine, guardians of a priceless treasure, fall prey to a pair of pillagers. 'The Sheriff of Nottingham' finds the Sheriff's position filled by Philip Mark (Lewis Collins), the infamous Butcher of Lincoln, who immediately sets about capturing Robin and his men. Finally, in 'The Cross of St Ciricus', Robert discovers a hidden connection between himself and the victim of a recent robbery.
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
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This has got to be by far the best television interpretation of the Robin Hood story since the origin Richard Greene series of the 1950's and 1960s which are classics and stand on their own without comparison.
I am and have been since a boy an avid collector of anything 'Robin Hood' and so I purchased the VHS complete set when they were released and they were one of the first that I upgraded to DVD. I have watched these episodes several times but this was the first time I have revisited them from beginning to end for several years over several consecutive nights.
There were three seasons, composed of 26 one-hour long episodes transmitted from 1984 until 1986. The show was shot almost entirely on location, mostly in the northeast and southwest of England in and around Bristol and its surrounding counties. Primary locations were the Blaise Castle Estate in North Bristol and Vassals Park to the south.
Robin of Sherwood is one of the best treatments of the core Robin Hood legend since The Adventures of Robin Hood, featuring a realistic period setting and costumes and introducing the character of a Saracen outlaw and was given a slightly mythical feel by the occasional mystical episode and the appearance of a Herne the hunter character who may or may not be real but gives Robin guidance and encouragement.
Michael Praed played Robin of Loxley in the first two seasons but the character was killed off at the end of season two and replaced with another 'Man in the Hood' played by Jason Connery. The outlaw band featured Ray Winstone, Clive Mantle, Mark Ryan and Phil Rose,with Judy Trott as Maid Marion. The Sheriff of Nottingham was excellently presented by Nickolas Grace and Guy of Gisburne by Robert Addie.
The third season end with a cliff hanger episode which was sadly never to be resolved as Goldcrest the shows financial backers ran out of capital and the fourth season was cancelled; HTV could not afford to finance it alone, and so Robin of Sherwood came to an unexpected and abrupt end.
Never-the-less this is probably the best 'Robin Hood' (with the exception of the movie Robin and Marion) made since the early 1980s and has stood the test of time both in the quality of production and the filming.
How surprised was I then when I watched this DVD and the second part and absolutely loved it. Connery's Robin [Robert] is somewhat different to Praed but watching this again he plays it very well and I really think he is as good as MP in the role. The series itself is entertaining. I didn't think the storylines had quite the same punch for me as the first two series but they are still very entertaining none the less and it still warrants five stars in my opinion. Good casting with the originals back in it, lovely scenery, well shot and as usual the haunting Clannad tunes will keep you glued to the TV.
is a good one and is refreshingly different from the firebrand
yeoman in Michael Praed. The episodes in the first part of this series
are quite good ( two of them are written by Antony Horowitz), but some
of the Arthurian stuff is plain nonsense and looks it. The episode
entitled the "Sheriff of Nottingham" is particularly good and entertaining. For those of you who dislike the seemingly anti-Christian
,pro-pagan element that Carpenter has introduced, the "Cross of st Ciricus" confounds that completely. In this series, also, Much the Miller's son comes of age which is nice to see.