UK tv series (1984-1986). Goldcrest. Pr Esta Clarkham, Paul Knight. Exec pr Patrick Dromgoole. Dir Dennis Abey and many others. Writers Richard Carpenter, John Flanagan, Anthony Horowitz, Andrew McCullough. Created by Carpenter. Starring Robert Addie (Sir Guy de Gisburne), Jason Connery (Robin of Nottingham 1985-1986), Philip David (Prince John), Nickolas Grace (Sheriff of Nottingham), Peter Llewellyn-Williams (Much), Clive Mantle (Little John), Richard O'Brien (Gulnar), Michael Praed (Robin of Loxley 1984-1985), Phil Rose (Tuck), Mark Ryan (Nasir), Judi Trott (Marian). 20 60min and 3 120min episodes. Colour.
This retelling of Robin Hood combined the familiar elements of the Legend with the additional twist of sorcery and black Magic. As the series begins the people of England are under the merciless rule of Norman dictators, epitomized by the evil Sheriff of Nottingham and his aide, Guy de Gisburne. To combat this menace, Herne the Hunter, a forest Spirit, chooses the fugitive Robin of Loxley to serve him in his quest to help the oppressed. Dubbed "Robin Hood", the new hero faces a series of tests of strength and courage, many based on magic.
When Praed decided to leave after two seasons, Robin of Loxley was killed off and replaced by Robin of Nottingham. The battles against the sheriff continued apace, but the series lasted only one more year. An active fan following continues today, however, and there are fanzines, mailing lists and an annual convention.
Several novelizations were published: Robin of Sherwood * (1984) by Richard Carpenter, Robin of Sherwood and the Hounds of Lucifer * (1985) by Robin May and Carpenter, Robin of Sherwood: The Hooded Man * (1986) by Anthony Horowitz, and Robin of Sherwood: Time of the Wolf * (1988) by Carpenter; all were assembled as The Complete Adventures of Robin of Sherwood * (omni 1990). [BC]