Robin Hood: Season 1, Episode 1

Robin Hood and the Sorcerer (15 Jan. 1984)
"Robin of Sherwood" Robin Hood and the Sorcerer (original title)

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His family massacred by Norman soldiers, Robin takes on the mantle of the Hooded Man, a champion long prophesied. His first challenge is to free Maid Marion from the clutches of the evil, ... See full summary »

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Wayne Michaels ...
Toby Lee ...
Geoffrey Greenhill ...
Miller
Betty Francis ...
Much's Mother
Nickolas Grace ...
Robert de Rainault / Sheriff
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Peter Llewellyn Williams ...
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Tom the Fletcher (as Paul Duggan)
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His family massacred by Norman soldiers, Robin takes on the mantle of the Hooded Man, a champion long prophesied. His first challenge is to free Maid Marion from the clutches of the evil, powerful Baron de Belleme. Written by Gareth Preston <gpreston@mmu.ac.uk>

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Wayne Michaels, who plays Ailric of Loxley, is leading man Michael Praed's stunt double and one of the series' general regular stuntmen. Although he is killed off in one the very first scenes of the episode, Michaels can also be seen as a contender in the archery competition later on, as well as a solder chasing Much and Robin through the forest following their little deer incident. See more »

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When Ailric leaves his village with young Robin he has only about three arrows in his quiver. When he drops off Robin at the mill and rides away, his quiver is full of arrows. See more »

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Robert de Rainault: When do you propose to take her?
Baron de Belleme: Tomorrow is the first of May.
Robert de Rainault: The feast of Beltane.
Baron de Belleme: You're very well-informed, for a skeptic.
Robert de Rainault: Superstition is a hobby horse of mine.
Baron de Belleme: Superstition? You're a fool, de Rainault.
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Written and Performed by Clannad
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26 May 1999 | by (Northern California) – See all my reviews

This is the first part of the wonderful tv series "Robin of Sherwood", which aired in the early and mid 80's. Although it can often be found in the children's or family sections of video stores, it deserves much more respect than this; it is one of those rare incidences of really good television.

The show mixes magic and paganism into the familiar Sherwood tale, and music by Clannad adds to the mystical atmosphere. But the characters are anything but the swashbuckling cardboard heroes that the Robin Hood stereotype embodies, and we have come to expect. Michael Praed (in my mind, the perfect Robin Hood), plays a fallible, conflicted Robin, who is nonetheless idealistic and strong. All of the Merry Men are fleshed out as full characters, with their own motivations and ideas, and Marion (Judi Trott) is represented particularly well. She avoids many female stereotypes: she is beautiful but not plastic, a fighter but still definitely feminine. The Sheriff of Nottingham (Nicholas Grace) and Guy of Gisburne (Robert Addie) are present as the classic villains, but they both go far beyond the usual limited parameters of these roles. The characters are all comfortable and unselfconscious, as though they don't realize that they are legends. To me, this is their most appealing trait of all.

Even after all this time, the show still has a devoted cult following, who gather for yearly conventions with the stars. Their devotion is understandable; "Robin Hood and the Sorcerer" is the beginning of the best representation of the Robin Hood legend that has ever been created.


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