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You don't need to be British to know what makes for silly Saturday evening TV on that nation's major networks. If you are familiar with Doctor Who and Primeval, you'll have a pretty good idea. Both of those shows are admirable for their high production values and a winning combination of imagination, energy, comedy and drama. Yet, they make a virtue out of daft characters and stretching credibility to its limits. Those same qualities can also be found in the BBC's Robin Hood. The series ran for three seasons in the time slot reserved for Doctor Who. Although it isn't sci-fi, it has no shortage of fantasy, at least of the strained credibility kind. This is family entertainment for British Saturday evening tea-times. It's straight out of the best tradition of British comics: adventurous nonsense and all the more fun for it.
The emphasis in this version of Robin Hood is on youthful exuberance. »
Mother-in-laws get a bad rap in fiction and this disturbing two-part drama, The Little House, (starting tonight on ITV1, 9pm) does nothing to improve their standing. Newlyweds Ruth (Lucy Griffiths, Robin Hood) and Patrick (Rupert Evans) are visiting his parents when it transpires that they want their darling (and unappealingly drippy) son and his pretty wife to move into a wisteria-wrapped... More >> »
- Ruth Margolis
Rising star Lucy Griffiths, best known for her role as Maid Marion in Robin Hood, stars in a new two-part drama for ITV The Little House. 24 year old Lucy (represented by Hamilton Hodell), has gone blonde again for the part of Ruth, as she did for her role as Jane in ITV's five-part drama Collision.
The Little House is a compelling two-part thriller exploring the psychological power struggles within one family and the lengths an obsessive mother will go to keep control of her son, based on the best-selling novel by Philippa Gregory. Adapted for television by Ed Whitmore, the drama also stars BAFTA-winning actress Francesca Annis, Tim Pigott-Smith, and Rupert Evans.
"The Little House is a creepy and compelling tale of the power struggles within one family. Ed's script brilliantly captures the claustrophobia and tension in Philippa's novel and constantly plays with your perceptions of the two central women. »
- email@example.com (ScreenTerrier)
ITV is working on an adaptation of Philippa Gregory's bestselling novel The Little House. Collision star Lucy Griffiths will take on the lead role of Ruth in the drama, while Emma's Rupert Evans will play her husband Patrick. BAFTA-winning actress Francesca Annis, who previously starred in Cranford, and Foyle's War actor Tim Pigott-Smith will also join the cast as Ruth's interfering in-laws Elizabeth and Frederick. The story sees Ruth struggle to cope after moving into her in-laws' road and giving birth to an unplanned baby. (more) »
- By Catriona Wightman
BBC’s retelling of the Robin Hood legend began in 2006 and quietly ended in 2009, never quite living up to the hype and expectations. The series was incredibly anachronistic and its budgetary limitations were clearly evident throughout its 36 episodes. When the series was good, it was highly entertaining and when it was less good, it was tolerable.
BBC Video has just released the third season on DVD in the states so if you missed it on BBC America, here’s your chance to see for yourself how it all wrapped up.
The series began teetering during its second season, especially when Lucy Griffiths chose to leave the show and they killed Maid Marian, making for a major departure from the legend. Then we heard that Robin himself, Jonas Armstrong, announced he was leaving after the third season. As a result, we began hearing them all chant “We are Robin Hood”, setting »
- Robert Greenberger
Had the serialized version of Robin Hood not gotten its start pre-modern-recession, you’d have to wonder if it was spurred from a desire to strike back at all the fat cats who seemed to be making out like bandits as the everyman’s finances went down in flames. Well, it did start before the recession, so the pleasure that comes from watching forest-dwelling bandits stick it to a spoiled, tyrannical king is just a happy coincidence. For all the series’ entertaining elements, there remain a few glaring issues you have to willingly overlook. Robin Hood has a tendency to commit glaring anachronisms, allow for obvious slips in logic, and accept plotholes as inevitable occurrences (they’re not). It offers a fair amount of entertainment, but the current standard for narrative adventure shows is higher than the show seems capable or willing to meet.
Perhaps the greatest asset of this »
- Lex Walker
6 items from 2010
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