Robin Hood: Season 1, Episode 1

Will You Tolerate This? (3 Mar. 2007)

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Robin, Earl of Huntingdon, returns to Locksley from fighting with King Richard in the Crusades, but England is not as he left it and all attempts to resume his former life are foiled by the Sheriff of Nottingham.

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Robin, Earl of Huntingdon, returns to Locksley from fighting with King Richard in the Crusades, but England is not as he left it and all attempts to resume his former life are foiled by the Sheriff of Nottingham.

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8.2 million tuned in for this opening episode of the series when it first aired in the UK. See more »

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The Sheriff refers to robbing Peter to pay Paul. This phrase is actually about when funds from Westminster Abbey (The Collegiate Church of St Peter) were used to pay for the construction of St Paul's Cathedral around 1560. Long after the early 13th century when Robin Hood was set. Also, the first reference in literature was in John Wycliffe's 'Selected English Works' in 1380. See more »

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Sheriff's Man #1: You know the law!
Allan A Dale: I know the law's an ass!
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The Geezer of Sherwood Forest
14 October 2006 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Well, it's Robin Hood as 'geezer' all right... just as advertised! That didn't sound very hopeful, and alas, it was worse than I'd suspected.

A laddish Robin I can take; a Robin who tangles with a pert dyer's daughter I can credit; but a Robin who exchanges not-very-funny banter with his single henchman is harder to swallow, and a Robin and *entire cast* who seem to be having difficulty managing their lines is the kiss of doom. How could anyone let such laboured delivery pass without re-shooting the scenes? Again and again, Much sounds as if he's struggling with half-comprehended Shakespeare rather than letting loose with a salty quip; I hoped at the onset that it was just a failed comedy trait in a character clearly destined for the role of comedy sidekick, but then it started spreading throughout the rest of the cast.

Whatever else you say about Errol Flynn in the role, he had the knack of delivering high-flown dialogue as naturally as if he'd just thought it up on the spur of the moment... and as this production shows, that's not at all as easy as it sounds! If they were going to cast the characters as cheeky chappies, the actors in question should have been given appropriate lines: they sound as if they haven't a clue how to handle them.

I'm afraid I didn't even like the pantomime Sheriff, for a similar reason; the lines are clearly not intended to be taken seriously but delivered (and in this case written) with a nudge and a wink at the audience. They're out of place all right -- fourth-wall-busting stuff -- but really not that funny.

This much-promised production reminded me of a limping school play. The only actor and character I felt any appreciation for at all was the one playing Guy of Gisbourne, who was the sole one who appeared to have any handle on (a) credible villainy and (b) credible characterisation -- but frankly, I wouldn't have said that was a very good augury for the future of the series! As of the time of writing, I'll give it another shot in the hopes that things may improve and bed down a bit by next week, with less stilted scene-setting required and perhaps the actors more at ease with the dialogue: after all, the opening episode of "Doctor Who" wasn't exactly a show-stopper, though it was nowhere near as bad as this. But if I see no improvement after episode 2, I'm afraid the series has almost certainly lost one viewer.

Which would be a pity, because I've got a soft spot for the "Robin Hood" legend on screen, from the adventures of Douglas Fairbanks to the sturdy reliance of Richard Greene. But this Robin fails to stir my blood in the slightest.


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