History Series / RobinOfSherwood

14th Oct '17 7:28:05 AM Shadowgazer
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A 1980s television retelling of the RobinHood legend, with a large dose of Celtic mysticism. In this version, Robin is TheChosenOne, the spiritual son of pagan forest-god Herne the Hunter. Notable for being the first version to get away from the green-tights-and-hat-with-a-feather image in favour of something a band of 12th century outlaws might actually wear, for introducing the idea of a Saracen outlaw which was copied by later adaptations, and for portraying [[UsefulNotes/RichardTheLionheart King Richard]] as just as bad as Prince John, although that thankfully didn't catch on as much.

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A 1980s television retelling of the RobinHood legend, with a large dose of Celtic mysticism. In this version, Robin is TheChosenOne, the spiritual son of pagan forest-god Herne the Hunter. Notable for being the first version to get away from the green-tights-and-hat-with-a-feather image in favour of something a band of 12th century outlaws might actually wear, for introducing the idea of a Saracen outlaw which was copied by later adaptations, and for portraying [[UsefulNotes/RichardTheLionheart King Richard]] as just as bad as Prince John, although that thankfully didn't catch on as much.John.
9th Aug '17 5:36:43 PM Outis
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* DudeNotFunny: In "The Time of the Wolf" one of Gulnar's warriors, who worship the mythical Norse wolf Fenris as a god, jokes that the stores of food in the abbey they've seized "should keep the [[{{Pun}} wolf]] from the door". The other men burst out laughing but stop abruptly when they see the DeathGlare Gulnar gives them. Apparently even an evil sorcerer and leader of a murder cult won't tolerate blasphemy.
19th Jul '17 2:36:53 AM foxley
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* WeWereYourTeam: Happens between the second and third seasons - the merry men disbanded after the death of the original Robin and it takes the coming of the new one to pull them back together.
1st May '17 5:23:18 AM Kyrillion
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* CriticalResearchFailure: It's more likely to be a deliberate fudging of the facts given the attention to historical detail paid elsewhere in the series, but the depiction of Herne the Hunter as an medieval figure of pagan worship with worship stretching back to the Dark Ages misses the inconvenient point that Herne is a relatively modern invention. The figure wasn't first mentioned in writing until 1597 (by Shakespeare, of course) and even then he was described not as a pagan god or spirit but as the ghost of a human poacher. He was also associated with a particular locality - Windsor - that is no where near Nottinghamshire. His codification as the archetypal antlered pagan deity is largely a Victorian invention. Some historians have made the (rather wistful and farfetched) case for this romantic figure having real Celtic origins, though, so we can forgive the makers of ''Robin'' on the grounds they were writing according to a real, if marginal, theory.
1st May '17 5:22:54 AM Kyrillion
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* CriticalResearchFailure: It's more likely to be a deliberate fudging of the facts given the attention to historical detail paid elsewhere in the series, but the depiction of Herne the Hunter as an medieval figure of pagan worship with worship stretching back to the Dark Ages misses the inconvenient point that Herne is a relatively modern invention. The figure wasn't first mentioned in writing until 1597 (by Shakespeare, of course) and even then he was described not as a pagan god or spirit but as the ghost of a human poacher. He was also associated with a particular locality - Windsor - that is no where near Nottinghamshire. His codification as the archetypal antlered pagan deity is largely a Victorian invention. Some historians have made the (rather wistful and farfetched) case for this romantic figure having real Celtic origins, though, so we can forgive the makers of ''Robin'' on the grounds they were writing according to a real, if marginal, theory.
3rd Apr '17 10:00:57 PM mantis
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* ThatManIsDead: Will's backstory, related in the first episode; he changed his name after catching up with the mercenaries who'd raped and murdered his wife.
-->"My name was Will Scathlock. It's Scarlet now."
11th Feb '17 12:03:23 PM Outis
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* IfYoureSoEvilEatThisKitten: in the two-part final episode "The Time of the Wolf", Gisburne, captured by the murderous wolf cultists, accepts their invitation to join them because he's finally fed up with being the Sheriff's flunky (the last straw was when the Sheriff tried to blame Gisburne for a failure of his own, which would get him executed). Later they capture the Sheriff as well, and eventually tell Gisburne to kill him. He [[spoiler:fails the test not because he's unwilling to kill the Sheriff but because [[EvenEvilHasStandards he insists on doing it cleanly with a sword rather than butchering him with an axe]]. In the end they both escape and are reconciled]].
28th Dec '16 3:20:53 PM Exxolon
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The series are also known for putting Irish music group [[Music/{{Clannad}} Clannad]] on the map (apart from their theme from ''Harry's Game'').

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The series are also known for putting Irish music group [[Music/{{Clannad}} Irish music group Clannad]] on the map (apart from their theme from ''Harry's Game'').
28th Dec '16 3:19:41 PM Exxolon
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The series are also known for putting Irish music group Music/{{Clannad}} on the map (apart from their theme from ''Harry's Game'').

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The series are also known for putting Irish music group Music/{{Clannad}} [[Music/{{Clannad}} Clannad]] on the map (apart from their theme from ''Harry's Game'').
28th Dec '16 3:18:15 PM Exxolon
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There were plans for a fourth series, but the production company ran out of money; there were several attempts up until 2010 to revive it, including plans for a movie and several attempts to pitch a new series to ITV, none of which came to anything. Robert Addie, who played Guy of Gisburne, died in 2003 and Richard Carpenter died in 2012. Still all of the surviving cast were finally able to reunite in 2015 for [[http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2015-07-23/robin-of-sherwood-to-return-with-stars-jason-connery-ray-winstone-judi-trott-and-clive-mantle "The Knights of the Apocalypse",]] an audio drama based on an unfilmed script of Carpenter's. It was released in 2016.

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There were plans for a fourth series, but the production company ran out of money; there were several attempts up until 2010 to revive it, including plans for a movie and several attempts to pitch a new series to ITV, none of which came to anything. Robert Addie, who played Guy of Gisburne, died in 2003 and Richard Carpenter died in 2012. Still all of the surviving cast cast[[note]]Notably both Michael Praed and Jason Connery took part - Connery played Robert of Huntingdon and Praed peformed the "Spectral Voice" role marking the only time they'd worked on the same project within the franchise.[[/note]] were finally able to reunite in 2015 for [[http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2015-07-23/robin-of-sherwood-to-return-with-stars-jason-connery-ray-winstone-judi-trott-and-clive-mantle "The Knights of the Apocalypse",]] an audio drama based on an unfilmed script of Carpenter's. It was released in 2016.
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