Robin Hood

BBC (ended 2009)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 3 : Ep 13

    Something Worth Fighting For - Part Two

    Aired 6/27/09

  • S 3 : Ep 12

    Something Worth Fighting For - Part One

    Aired 6/20/09

  • S 3 : Ep 11

    The Enemy of My Enemy

    Aired 6/13/09

  • S 3 : Ep 10

    Bad Blood

    Aired 6/6/09

  • S 3 : Ep 9

    A Dangerous Deal

    Aired 5/30/09

  • Cast & Crew
  • Keith Allen

    Vaysey, Sheriff of Nottingham

  • David Harewood


  • Gordon Kennedy

    Little John

  • Richard Armitage

    Guy of Gisbourne

  • Joanne Froggatt


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  • Robin, Earl of Huntingdon, has returned home from the Holy Wars under orders from King Richard, to recuperate from injuries sustained in battle. He soon finds that the real battle for England needs to be fought against the Sheriff and his excessive taxation and corrupt administration. Along with an assortment of Outlaws, he outwits the Sheriff and his right hand man Guy of Gisbourne as he fights for the safety of the people of Nottingham.moreless

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  • Quotes (415)

    • Marian: My father seems to think he should see you. Come tonight after midnight. Our house is watched, take care not to be seen. Robin: Don't worry, I can look after myself. Marian: Do you think I care about you? I care about my father. Do you think you can slight these people in public and get away with it. You are an utter fool.

    • (Much yelling at the Sheriff's guards as they leave, after being fooled.) Much: We have won, and they should be ashamed! Shame on you! Come back here again and my master and I shall see that you leave with more than just your Tails between your legs! Head Guard: My master and I? There are only two of them! Much: (Wide-eyed) I shouldn't have said that.

    • (Much and Robin have been rebuffed by Edward and Marian) Robin: Interesting. Much: Interesting? That was unbelievable! They used to treat us like...well, like sons. Robin: She is still unmarried.

    • Robin: (Speaking with Allan-A-Dale in the dungeon) Your lies today may be your undoing, I cannot save the others and now I fear you may share the same fate.

    • Robin: Good morning everyone, Sheriff, well carry on. Sheriff of Nottingham:Locksley Welcome back, I trust Lord Gisbon has managed your estates to your satisfaction. Robin: I believe he may have managed them to your satisfaction.

    • Guy of Gisborne: Do not pretend that you do not love war, I've seen you fight. Robin: When? Guy of Gisborne: I don't recall. Robin: I have changed.

    • Luke Scarlett: Is it true you can hit a man from a mile away, Pop said one day I'll be able to do that. Robin: Well let's hope you'll never have to shoot a man Luke. Luke Scarlett: That's what dad says.

    • Roy: (Robin and the boys sit by the camp fire, when all of a sudden they are surrounded by archers) Excuse me, this is our forest.

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    Notes (33)

    • This episode first aired in Australia on Sunday April 15th, 2007 on ABC.

    • This is the first episode of the entire Robin Hood series.

    • This episode first aired in the United States on Saturday March 3, 2007.

    • 8.2 million people watched the first episode of the new BBC series Robin Hood on October 7, 2006.

    • Coining the phrase "Hollyoaks in tights", Will You Tolerate This? did not receive a good reception from newspapers.

    • In August 2006, master tapes of the series were stolen from Tiger Aspect's Budapest site. One rumour suggested that the tapes were in fact only copies and another that the thieves had demanded $1.9 million for their safe return. The BBC did not comment on these rumours. They were recovered in September 2006 and some mystery still surrounds the theft.

    • In the official viewing figures released by the Broadcaster's Audience Research Board (BARB) "Sheriff Got Your Tongue?" recorded a final average audience of 7.18 million.

    • This episode first aired in Australia on Sunday April 22nd, 2007 on ABC.

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    Trivia (37)

    • In this episode Guy of Gisborne tells Robin he has seen him fight before, when Robin asks where he replies "I don't recall". Gisborne deliberately lies to Robin as we discover in the episode "Tattoo? What Tattoo?" it was actually him who stabbed Robin at the Holy Wars, but Gisborne does not want to reveal to Robin that he has tried to assasinate the king.

    • When the Sheriff is threatening Robin that time is ticking away, he makes a "tick-tock" sound. Pendulum clocks were not invented until the mid 1600's so it would be impossible for someone in the mid eleventh century to recognise the sound with it's meaning.

    • In the scene, when Marian is punished by the Sheriff, (by the cutting of her hair) as the camera pans the expanse of the court yard and views the villagers, Lucy Griffith's Grandfather, father, and sister are all cameos.

    • Robin says he has read the Koran. The Koran was first translated into Latin in 1143 and not translated into English until 1649.

    • When Much unties Robin you can see that his hands are not actually tied up, but he is holding them up and has them looped over the rope.

    • What is here called 'Greek fire' bears similarities to dynamite (eg a small charge concentrated to produce greater explosive power), whilst appearing more like black powder - in both cases it is an anachronism. This impression is compounded by similarities between Lambert and dynamite's inventor, Alfred Nobel - they both tried and failed to ensure their invention was only ever used for peaceful purposes and never as a weapon. The term Greek fire was used in the medieval era, but to denote an anti-ship weapon akin to the modern flamethrower.

    • When the Sheriff sees Marian and Gisborne talking, he says ‘lepers, Gisborne, lepers’. This is a recurring line of the Sheriff’s, first heard in the episode Turk Flu.

    • In the first few minutes of the episode, Sir Guy tells the sheriff to dismount because the blast will cause the horse to whinny and throw the Sheriff on the ground from it's back. But, during the last few minutes when Robin shot an arrow at the cave to explode the remaining barrels. The Sheriff overlooking from afar turned away as to cover himself from the great force of the explosion. Yet, the horse did not even wince.

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    Allusions (31)

    • This episode is set in 1192, at the end of the Third Crusade (1189-1192), which was sanctioned by Pope Gregory VIII (why Robin refers to it as ‘Pope Gregory’s’ war). During this campaign, King Richard I of England - also known as Richard the Lionheart - fought against the infidel hordes. As Richard was absent from the country, he had appointed the Bishop of Ely as his justiciar (or regent). Richard’s brother Prince John - mentioned by Sir Edward as the man who ‘gives out the Shires’- allegedly attempted to overthrow the Bishop and seize power for himself. However, when Richard returned from the crusades in 1194, after being captured and imprisoned, he forgave his brother and named him heir to the throne.

    • After Robin Hood makes the statement that the real cancer was there in England, the sheriff makes a statement about he hears a dead man talking. This is close to the modern day phrase of Dead Man Walking when a man is on death row and is being led to his execution.

    • Joderic: (to Robin) Two things are certain in life; death and taxes. Ben Franklin once said "Certainty? In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes." after fighting against the unfair exemption from taxation of weathly American Landowners much like the nobles in Robin Hood. It is also the name of a documentary film Death & Taxes is a 1993 documentary film about Gordon Kahl, a tax protester (who protested unfair taxation much like Robin Hood) who was killed in a shootout with local law enforcement officials in Arkansas in 1983.

    • The episode title "Who Shot the Sheriff" alludes to the 1973 Bob Marley song "I Shot the Sheriff". The song starts: "I shot the sheriff, but I didn't shoot no deputy". This is confirmed when it turns out in the episode that the master-at-arms turned assassin has again failed to kill the Sheriff but has indeed shot his "Deputy".

    • Marion: The Call of the Wild. The Call of the Wild is a novel written in 1903 by Jack London told from the perspective of 'Buck' a dog kidnapped and taken to the Klondike, who survives and prospers in the wilderness in a way he never could within the confines of civilisation.

    • Sheriff: The Great Unwashed. First found in Edward Bulwer-Lytton's novel Paul Clifford, though this phrase is said to have been used earlier in speeches by Edward Burke at the time of the French Revolution and by Lord Brougham, a lawyer and politician. Certainly it would not have been in use in 1192.

    • When Roland is in jail, the repeated information that he gives out is his name that he fights for Robin Hood and King James. This is eerily close to the basic required information given out by someone in the military under the Geneva Convention: Name, Rank, and Serial Number.

    • The Sheriff uses the allusion of 'rob from Peter to pay for Paul' when discussing who he might tax to feed the villagers on Clun. This is a saying that originates to at least the fourteenth century- it was included in John Wycliffe's 'Select English Works' written in about 1380- but may date even earlier, and it means 'to harm one person in order to do good to another'(according to The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition (2002)

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  • Fan Reviews (90)
  • A Cruel Reminder for Producers...

    By xmulto, Jul 04, 2013

  • Robin Hood has been identified.

    By GrahamKirkby, Jan 15, 2012

  • i LOVED this show and regardless of what many has said about the ending of the show i still say its better than what it could have been...

    By Danah, Dec 05, 2011

  • Started out strong and just died...

    By apennismightier, Mar 27, 2010

  • It's a great show. Those who like

    By nshinron, Jun 29, 2010

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