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Robin Of Sherwood: looking back at a modern TV classic

Llinos Cathryn Thomas Aug 5, 2016

Thirty years since it ended, we revisit much-loved 80s historical fantasy series Robin Of Sherwood...

The Robin Hood legend has been retold in countless ways, but one of the most memorable of modern times is Richard Carpenter’s hugely influential 1980s imagining, telling the story of Sherwood’s band of outlaws with a combination of realism and luminous fantasy with its roots in British folklore.

Made by Htv in association with production company Goldcrest Films (which was also behind Chariots Of Fire and Gandhi), its 26 episodes ran on ITV from 1984 to 1986, garnering a positive critical reception and inspiring a fan following that’s still enthusiastically active today.

Much of the success of the show was down to the spot-on casting and the chemistry between the performers. Michael Praed’s charismatic-yet-otherworldly presence as Robin was the perfect match for the show’s aesthetic, and the more down-to-earth Little John,
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Doctor Who: Death to the Daleks - DVD Review

Pertwee! Daleks! Quarries! Exclamation points! Classic Doctor Who. This would mark the last time that Jon Pertwee.s Doctor would encounter his greatest nemesis. Maybe not the best Dalek story, but certainly has its good points. The Doctor (Jon Pertwee) and Sarah Jane (Elisabeth Sladen) are traveling in the Tardis when it suffers an unexpected power failure and arrives on the planet Exxilon. not the only ones stranded as they find a group of Marine Space Corps, Dan Galloway (Peter Lamont), Capt. Richard Railton (John Abineri), Peter Hamilton (Julian Fox), Jill Tarrant (Joy Harrison), and the wounded Commander Stewart (Neil Seiler), searching for a cure to a plague sweeping the galaxy. The mineral that will stop the
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Doctor Who: Death to the Daleks DVD review

I can only concur with Shadowlocked colleague John Bensalhia as regards the Jon Pertwee 1973 Doctor Who outing Death To The Daleks; in his review he says..

"Death To The Daleks does run, for the most part, on tried and tested lines. But it's still very enjoyable, and what’s more, does offer some interesting novelties."

Chief among which novelties are Daleks that can't exterminate. Well, not initially, anyway. When The Doctor and Sarah Jane (ah Liz, how empty the commentary room is without you!) get pulled into the energy-draining field of a savage planet that displays the remnants of an apparently dead but illustrious ex-civilisation, they find themselves far from lonely. Dodging mysterious bands of archers, our heroes are separated almost immediately for a first episode that, as the commentary notes, is extraordinarily light on dialogue and dark of picture.

Before too long it's clear that a huge and strangely
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Doctor Who complete reviews: The Power Of Kroll

Must try harder. I’ve never liked that phrase. It’s a quasi-patronising way of saying that you’ve fallen from grace. School grades. Exams. Even the results of the World Cup 2010 - yeah, Capello, you and your team should have tried harder.

And then there’s poor Robert Holmes, and in particular, The Power Of Kroll, the Key To Time’s giant monster tale, in which the good Doctor gets caught in the crossfire between a group of gormless nutbars spray-painted green and a small choir of shouting angry men. Unfortunately, The Power Of Kroll has had something of a bad press. Well, not even interesting enough to be called bad - just lukewarm.

The root of all this is Robert Holmes’ track record, which in the 1970s, was as good as it gets. Talons Of Weng-Chiang. Deadly Assassin. Ribos Operation. Strikes don’t get much higher than that,
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TV Box Set Review: Robin of Sherwood – The Complete Collection

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TV Show Info: Writers: Richard Carpenter, Anthony Horowitz, Andrew McCulloch and John Flanagan Directors: Ian Sharp, Robert Young, Ben Bolt, James Allen, Gerry Mill, Sid Roberson and Alex Kirby Cast: Michael Praed, Jason Connery, Ray Winstone, Clive Mantle, Phil Rose, Peter Llewellyn Williams, Mark Ryan, Judi Trott, Nickolas Grace, Robert Addie, Philip Jackson, John Abineri Rating: Not Rated Studio: Acorn [...]ShareThis
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