History Series / MaidMarianAndHerMerryMen

6th Apr '16 11:53:51 PM PaulA
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* AnachronismStew: Virtually everything that happens. Despite being set in TheDungAges, it still manages to have a Rastafarian (identified as such), a telethon, belief in space aliens and sell-by date laws. Amongst many other examples.
** One episode contains numerous references to PaulMcCartney and his then-wife Linda.



* PurelyAestheticEra: Virtually everything that happens. Despite being set in TheDungAges, it still manages to have (among many other examples) a Rastafarian (identified as such), a telethon, belief in space aliens and sell-by date laws. One episode contains numerous references to Music/PaulMcCartney and his then-wife Linda.



* ShoutOut: Plenty. Not least of which- ''Hang on! We're playing [[SonicTheHedgehog Chronic The Hedgehog!]] It's the first time we've ever got up to level four! And he hasn't been zapped by the crabs once!''
** In the same episode, Robin is [=DM=]ing live action ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', and devises the Maze of Mystery. Which, for some reason, involves him [[TheCrystalMaze shaving his head, wearing a leopard-print coat, and playing the harmonica]].

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* ShoutOut: Plenty. Not least of which- ''Hang ShoutOut:
** "Hang
on! We're playing [[SonicTheHedgehog [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Chronic The Hedgehog!]] Hedgehog]]! It's the first time we've ever got up to level four! And he hasn't been zapped by the crabs once!''
once!"
** In the same episode, Robin is [=DM=]ing live action ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', and devises the Maze of Mystery. Which, for some reason, involves him [[TheCrystalMaze [[Series/TheCrystalMaze shaving his head, wearing a leopard-print coat, and playing the harmonica]].
6th Apr '16 11:40:20 PM PaulA
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* SilentTreatment: Near the end of the episode "Tunnel Vision", Gary and Graeme decide to express their dissatisfaction with the mess the Sheriff got them into by collectively ignoring him. The Sheriff has coincidentally just come into possession of an artifact claimed to make its owner invisible, and thus is led to believe that the artifact actually works.
6th Apr '16 11:39:32 PM PaulA
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Prince John, technically the leader of the forces of oppression (or "Ye Baddies", as the credits had it), was usually portrayed as an unstable raving lunatic, leaving the actual scheming to his [[TheDragon Dragon]], the Sheriff of Nottingham. The Sheriff's two {{Mooks}}, Gary and Grahame, were almost as stupid as Rabies.

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Prince John, technically the leader of the forces of oppression (or "Ye Baddies", as the credits had it), was usually portrayed as an unstable raving lunatic, leaving the actual scheming to his [[TheDragon Dragon]], the Sheriff of Nottingham. The Sheriff's two {{Mooks}}, Gary and Grahame, Graeme, were almost as stupid as Rabies.



* KeepAway: Used as a spoof of Rugby. Just to add to the spoof, they're using an actual egg.
** With ''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny running commentary]]'' by Graham.

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* KeepAway: Used as a spoof of Rugby. Just to add to the spoof, they're using an actual egg.
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egg. With ''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny running commentary]]'' ''running commentary'' by Graham.Graeme.



* MinionWithAnFInEvil: Garry and Grahame. They're inept to the point Marian and co quite like them when they're not pursuing them on Nottingham's orders.

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* MinionWithAnFInEvil: Garry and Grahame.Graeme. They're inept to the point Marian and co quite like them when they're not pursuing them on Nottingham's orders.



* TerribleTrio: The Sheriff, Gary and Graham.

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* TerribleTrio: The Sheriff, Gary and Graham.Graeme.



* YouMeanXMas: Invoked and parodied. The Sheriff of Nottingham and his henchmen, Gary and Grahame, invent a public holiday called "Bloopy" in order to get out of trouble with King John, and every single cynical thing ever said about Christmas applies to Bloopy as well.

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* YouMeanXMas: Invoked and parodied. The Sheriff of Nottingham and his henchmen, Gary and Grahame, Graeme, invent a public holiday called "Bloopy" in order to get out of trouble with King John, and every single cynical thing ever said about Christmas applies to Bloopy as well.
21st Nov '15 5:10:28 AM DaibhidC
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** In the episode "The White-ish Knight", the mysterious knight gets his own theme tune which goes "Aah-ah, aah-ah, the White-ish Knight", in a way not completely dissimilar to Music/{{Clanaad}}'s ''Series/RobinOfSherwood'' theme.

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** In the episode "The White-ish Knight", the mysterious knight gets his own theme tune which goes "Aah-ah, aah-ah, the White-ish Knight", in a way not completely dissimilar to Music/{{Clanaad}}'s Music/{{Clannad}}'s ''Series/RobinOfSherwood'' theme.



* StockholmSyndrome: King John's torture victims are horrified by the idea of leaving the torture chamber and going to live in the world with all its stress and fast carts and modern technology (like pointy sticks)

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* StockholmSyndrome: King John's torture victims are horrified by the idea of leaving the torture chamber and going to live in the world with all its stress and fast carts and modern technology (like pointy sticks)sticks).
21st Nov '15 5:07:46 AM DaibhidC
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* HeyItsThatGuy: Barrington the Rasta is [[Series/RedDwarf the Cat]], and the Sheriff is [[Series/BlackAdder Baldrick]] (but [[PlayingAgainstType acts more like Blackadder]]).



* NonSingingVoice: While certain actors, such as Danny John-Jules, provide their own singing voices, several characters are dubbed over in the song numbers by professional singers. The show doesn't even try to hide this fact -- most of the singing voices sound nothing like the characters' speaking voices and Marian notably gets a distinct American accent when singing. This is mostly ignored but occasionally [[RuleOfFunny played for laughs]] and on occasion {{Lampshaded}}, such as when Marian interrupts a song number by telling the peasants to "stop miming!"



* PlayingAgainstType: Tony Robinson's most famous role is the imbecilic BumblingSidekick Baldrick in ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'', a complete 180 from the savvy, intelligent Sheriff. In fact, one gets the feeling that Robinson fancied playing Blackadder for a change (ith Gary and Grahame as his Baldricks).


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** In the episode "The White-ish Knight", the mysterious knight gets his own theme tune which goes "Aah-ah, aah-ah, the White-ish Knight", in a way not completely dissimilar to Music/{{Clanaad}}'s ''Series/RobinOfSherwood'' theme.
16th Nov '15 7:53:11 AM FF32
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* PlayingAgainstType: Tony Robinson's most famous role is the imbecilic BumblingSidekick Baldrick in ''{{Blackadder}}'', a complete 180 from the savvy, intelligent Sheriff. In fact, one gets the feeling that Robinson fancied playing Blackadder for a change (ith Gary and Grahame as his Baldricks).

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* PlayingAgainstType: Tony Robinson's most famous role is the imbecilic BumblingSidekick Baldrick in ''{{Blackadder}}'', ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'', a complete 180 from the savvy, intelligent Sheriff. In fact, one gets the feeling that Robinson fancied playing Blackadder for a change (ith Gary and Grahame as his Baldricks).
1st Mar '15 3:54:03 AM SeptimusHeap
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** In the same episode, Robin is [=DM=]ing live action ''DungeonsAndDragons'', and devises the Maze of Mystery. Which, for some reason, involves him [[TheCrystalMaze shaving his head, wearing a leopard-print coat, and playing the harmonica]].

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** In the same episode, Robin is [=DM=]ing live action ''DungeonsAndDragons'', ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', and devises the Maze of Mystery. Which, for some reason, involves him [[TheCrystalMaze shaving his head, wearing a leopard-print coat, and playing the harmonica]].
7th Dec '14 2:10:54 AM IronLion
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* YouMeanXMas: Invoked and parodied. The Sheriff of Nottingham and his henchmen, Gary and Grahame, invent a public holiday called "Bloopy" in order to get out of trouble with King John, and every single cynical thing ever said about Christmas applies to Bloopy as well. Also, Shrove Tuesday (Mardi Gras) becomes "P-p-p-p-p-p-p-pancake Day!"
** Shrove Tuesday ''is'' known as Pancake Day/Pancake Tuesday in the UK, and doesn't share many similarities with Mardi Gras despite it being celebrated for the same reasons.

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* YouMeanXMas: Invoked and parodied. The Sheriff of Nottingham and his henchmen, Gary and Grahame, invent a public holiday called "Bloopy" in order to get out of trouble with King John, and every single cynical thing ever said about Christmas applies to Bloopy as well. Also, Shrove Tuesday (Mardi Gras) becomes "P-p-p-p-p-p-p-pancake Day!"\n** Shrove Tuesday ''is'' known as Pancake Day/Pancake Tuesday in the UK, and doesn't share many similarities with Mardi Gras despite it being celebrated for the same reasons.
5th Aug '14 2:45:46 PM MarkLungo
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''Maid Marian And Her Merry Men'' was a children's SitCom made by TheBBC, based on RobinHood and written by Tony Robinson, who also played the Sheriff. Calling it [[LighterAndSofter a kids' version of]] ''{{Blackadder}}'' is trite and obvious but also, to a certain extent, true. Only much more surreal.

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''Maid Marian And Her Merry Men'' was a children's SitCom made by TheBBC, Creator/TheBBC, based on RobinHood and written by Tony Robinson, who also played the Sheriff. Calling it [[LighterAndSofter a kids' version of]] ''{{Blackadder}}'' ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' is trite and obvious but also, to a certain extent, true. Only much more surreal.



** Shrove Tuesday IS known as Pancake Day/Pancake Tuesday in the UK, and doesn't share many similarities with Mardi Gras despite it being celebrated for the same reasons.

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** Shrove Tuesday IS ''is'' known as Pancake Day/Pancake Tuesday in the UK, and doesn't share many similarities with Mardi Gras despite it being celebrated for the same reasons.
16th Dec '13 10:11:05 AM Nemmington
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* BritainIsOnlyLondon: Averted, with the series being possibly the only example of Britain is Only Nottinghamshire. Throughout the course of ''Maid Marian'' there is a grand total of three locations: Nottingham Castle (apparently the most important place in England, as the king lives there), Worksop and Sherwood Forest. Justified, as sitcoms generally work better over limited spaces.



* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: In the first episode, the Sheriff displays a childish sadism that would be more typical of King John in later episodes -- the later Sheriff typically acts villainous out of fear (for what the King might do to him), greed (for what he personally can get out of a situation) or sheer annoyance from being SurroundedByIdiots rather than gleeful ForTheEvulz.
** In the same episode, the Sheriff also makes references to a "Mrs. Nottingham," but there's no indication anywhere else in the series that he's married or has any sort of family.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first season is the only one with a complete story arc (beginning with the band forming and ending with the return of Richard). It also has more references to familiar stories of Robin Hood; later on, as the characters developed, the series became less of a Robin Hood parody and more of a sitcom with a Robin Hood theme.
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In the first episode, the Sheriff displays a childish sadism that would be more typical of King John in later episodes -- the later Sheriff typically acts villainous out of fear (for what the King might do to him), greed (for what he personally can get out of a situation) or sheer annoyance from being SurroundedByIdiots rather than gleeful ForTheEvulz.
** Episode 1 also depicts Nottingham Castle as being more heavily populated than usual: we see a doorman and there is a mention of torturers in the prison; later in the series, it appears that all of the castle's duties are handled by Gary, Graeme and the Sheriff. In the same episode, the Sheriff also makes references to a "Mrs. Nottingham," but there's no indication anywhere else in the series that he's married or has any sort of family.


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* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: King John gets this treatment, as per usual for Robin Hood adaptations, but in this case it also happens to Richard I. The two monarchs are portrayed as being as bad as each other, the only difference that Richard is more popular - and so goes about his evil in a smug, swaggering manner, as opposed to John's shady bullying.
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