Trivia / Robin of Sherwood

  • The Danza: In the first season, minor outlaw Martin is played by Martin West.
  • Dueling Works: The show was scheduled directly against the Colin Baker era of Doctor Who for the teatime-adventure audience... and, in what was seen as a major sign of that era's dubious quality, regularly trounced it in the ratings.
  • Fountain of Expies: Nasir led to the creation of similar characters in several subsequent Robin Hood retellings, either due to a desire to make the cast more ethnically diverse or just because the later creators assumed that he was a traditional character.
  • He Also Did: Mark Ryan (Nasir) voices Bumblebee in Michael Bay's Transformers movies.
  • The Other Darrin: Baron de Belleme's girlfriends were recast in "The Enchantment", probably because they had to do some plot-relevant acting instead of sitting around looking hot.
  • Real-Life Relative: Edward of Wickham's son Matthew is played by Jeremy Bulloch's real son Robert. According to DVD extras, many of the child extras were real children of the cast and crew.
  • Throw It In:
    • An on-set accident in which Robert Addie's horse clashed heads with Jeremy Bulloch during a take was included in the finished show, reframed as a deliberate Kick the Dog moment on Guy's part.
    • During the filming of the quarterstaff fight between Robert of Huntingdon and Little John, Clive Mantle accidentally really hit Jason Connery over the head. Again, the blow was included in the finished show.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Paul McGann auditioned for Robin after Michael Praed left, but was considered too short.
    • Alan-a-Dale was intended to be a recurring character, but the production team and regular cast considered the actor's performance to be very poor.
    • A pitch for a Sequel Series set ten years later had Michael Praed's Robin Back from the Dead or Not Quite Dead.
    • There was supposed to be a fourth season but the series was discontinued. There were serious plans for this to include Guy killing Marion in order to ignite the final conflict. (Something which eventually did happen in the later BBC Robin Hood, to very controversial effect.)
  • Word of Gay: According to a DVD interview with Richard Carpenter, original Merry Men Tom the Fletcher and Dickon were a gay couple. Unfortunately, they were the ones who got killed off in the second episode.
  • Word of Saint Paul: According to Ray Winstone, Will Scarlet regularly used to go off and rob people on his own and not give the money to the poor, with the incident in "The Children of Israel" not being very unusual.


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