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Robin Hood (TV Series 1984–1986) Poster

(1984–1986)

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Originated the now-customary character of Robin Hood's Saracen companion - due to Mark Ryan's unintentional permanent addition to the cast. Every new version of Robin Hood made since has included a Saracen character - or even sidekick.
The two different Robins in this series accurately reflect the two different (and otherwise irreconcilable) Robins that appear in the original legends: the lowborn woodsman (Robin of Loxley) and the outlawed nobleman (Robert of Huntington). By having one be the successor to the other, the series cleverly manages to incorporate all the traditional but contradictory traits attributed to Robin Hood.
Filmed on location in woods outside Bristol, where all the trees still sported leafs of the period, as opposed to Fir trees brought to England in the nineteenth century.
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Television standards decreed that people could only be hit by arrows in the back or in the front, never in the face. A shot in the thigh was a margin. Likewise, only side swiping was allowed during sword fights, never a full on thrust.
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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 Robin Hood: The Children of Israel (1984) not being very unusual.
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First series director Ian Sharp used an effect during a zoom by freezing and skipping frames for one shot in the opening credits. His successor Robert Young loved it so much he started to use it all the time.
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Jason Connery's father Sean Connery previously played Robin Hood in Robin and Marian (1976).
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Judi Trott was the producer's second choice for Maid Marian, after Jenny Seagrove.
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Clannad never actually looked at the episodes or spotted any music before recording their score. Instead, producer Paul Knight visited them in Dublin about once a year to fetch about an hour worth of music to use in the series.
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Michael Praed left the series after the second season in order to appear in The Three Musketeers on Broadway. When this quickly closed he stayed in America due to being offered a part in Dynasty (1981).
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According to DVD extras, many of the child extras were real children of the cast and crew.
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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.
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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.
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Richard Carpenter got the idea to have Robin and Guy be brothers because both actors had blonde hair.
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A pitch for a sequel series set ten years later had Michael Praed's Robin revealed to still be alive.
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At the conclusion of Season Three, Goldcrest was forced to pull out of the venture, due to a downturn in the fortunes of their film arm. Goldcrest had been responsible for critical and commercial hits such as Chariots of Fire (1981) and Gandhi (1982) earlier in the 1980s, but had hit a lean period with such films as Revolution (1985) and Absolute Beginners (1986). The series was expensive to produce; HTV could not afford to finance it alone, and so the series came to an unexpected end.
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Paul McGann auditioned to play Robin Hood, but was deemed too short.
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John Rhys-Davies, who plays King Richard, works with Jason Connery's father, Sean Connery, in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989). The elder Connery also played Richard in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991). Davies also succeeded Connery in his role from The Untouchables (1987).
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Before he joined the series in 1986, Jason Connery had a guest role in Doctor Who: Vengeance on Varos: Part One (1985), where he played a character called Jondar, a rebel prisoner. Forbes Collins, who played the Chief Officer in that story, later played King John in Maid Marian and Her Merry Men (1989), which was a parody of the legend of Robin Hood.
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Neil Morrissey was considered to replace Michael Praed as Robin Hood.
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According to a DVD interview with Richard Carpenter, original Merry Men Tom the Fletcher and Dickon were a gay couple.
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