Robin Hood

Season 1 Episode 6

The Taxman Cometh

Aired Saturday 7:30 PM Nov 11, 2006 on BBC

Episode Fan Reviews (4)

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  • A cleverly written plot but still not the oomph I was expecting.

    An interesting episode which makes the Sheriff look stupid but hey, doesn\'t that happen every episode?

    A miraculous circus trick from the so called taxmans son even if it does make the plot a little far fetched. I mean really, who would ever try to escape by popping their shoulders out of their sockets.

    The relationship between Marian and Robin is tested when she says that she is leaving home to live in a convent. Surely she can;t like Robin that much if she is going to become a nun, but still he hangs around her.

    Perhaps the best scting in this series come from Guy of Gisbourne who portrays the caring baddie with passion. But we are yet to see the best of him.
  • In the world of taxmen and nuns...

    When Robin and the gang encounter a tax collector, Flaxton, they think that Christmas has come early. Meanwhile, Gisborne meets a nun who has just collapsed after being attacked by “outlaws in the forest”. Oh yeah?
    While Robin devises a plan to steal the money from the vault in the chapel, Gisborne and the Sheriff nurse the nun. Elsewhere, when Marian is told what to do by her father (dont go out as the night watchman she finally snaps and is sick of what men tell her to do in her life. She decides to join a nunnery, much to Gisbornes disappointment.
    The gang gain access to the vault but they find out its all a trap when they find themselves locked in. Will Scarlett uses his skills to get his way out and when the gang escape, they find out that the nun and Flaxton are impostors. The outlaws, in the end, hijack Flaxtons cart and steal the money from them.
    Overall, it was a good episode - a few niggles, such as Marian doing weird tai-chi like moves (what on earth?) but it was good. Marian had touching scenes with her father though, which made up for the weird tai-chi scenes.
    But in general, Keith Allens Sheriff of Nottingham and Lucy Griffiths’ Lady Marian were the most impressive of the episode.
    Lets start with the Sheriff - hes never been funnier. Classic lines “underneath the haughty theres a little bit of naughty” and skipping down the corridor to Thomas A Becket. Classic Keith Allen and classic Sheriff. Amazing - keep the entertainment level up!
    Secondly theres Marian - Lucy Griffiths, a relative newcomer, has definitely made her impact on the role. She impresses me and the scenes between her father and her were very touching. Impressive work and she should keep this up!
    Funny episode really - a bit of Robin and Marian tension and the nice snog between the abbess and Robin. Good episode - build it up from here!
  • Outtricking the Sheriff and Robin, with clever twists, and good characters

    I found this episode to be hugely enjoyable - the clever conmen (and one particularly clever conwoman) featured are well written and well played characters which add great fun to the episode. The fact that they manage to fool the Sheriff after fooling Robin for him caused me huge amusment, and their plan was certainly a clever one that I did not see coming which is always much more enjoyable. Marian\'s striving for independance was well developed here and I hoped that maybe she might leave her father and join the outlaws though for some reason she decided that becoming a nun would be better. I was hugely disappointed that she chose to stay with her father, though it is understandable within the show and characters. Her friendship with Robin has redeveloped well, showing the similarities between them - both want to stop the injustice and unfairness they see around them but they choose to go about in opposite ways.

    Certainly this is one of my favourites of the series so far, highly recommended.
  • Nuns, Taxmen and Treachery *spoilers*

    Another week, another pleasant and uncomplicated episode of ‘Robin Hood’. It really isn’t taxing TV and that is always welcome. This week sees cross and double-cross and that most odious of things; the taxman. Robin and the Outlaws come across Flaxton and his boy, who pretend they are farmers. However, it is revealed that Flaxton is in fact a tax-inspector coming to count the taxes for the North of England, which are being held at Nottingham Castle. Robin hatches a plan to get the money back, but it doesn’t go smoothly… Meanwhile, Marian is having problems with her father and an injured Abbess seeks sanctuary at Nottingham Castle. But even there, all is not what it seems. Passed the time well enough and, something new this week, it was also funny!

    There are two good guest performances, from Tom Beard as Flaxton and Nikki Amuka-Bird as the Abbess. Of course, it doesn’t take too long to figure out that the Abbess isn’t really an Abbess at all and that they’re in cahoots to stitch the Sheriff up too and steal all the silver for themselves. Both performances are strong, and the vicious banter that goes between the Abbess and the Sheriff is actually very amusing- played well by Keith Allen too, especially his wonderfully dry line when accused of godlessness, ‘I know. I should have been struck down by now’. The more panto qualities shown so far were tempered in this episode and it works. There should be more like this than that histrionic boo-hiss stuff he seems to do.

    Lucy Griffiths is again marvellous as Marian, fending off Gisborne’s advances whilst trying to make her father see that she wants to help without him forbidding it. Michael Elwyn is good, finally being given something more to do than look disapprovingly at Marian or try to stop her talking. As for the rest, performances are pretty solid, neither good nor bad. Good moments: the Abbess’ slap for the Sheriff when he suggests something a little bawdy for a nun; Will’s quiet determination to get the silver back and his brains getting them out of the vault. Enjoyable, not great, but good enough.