Robin Hood

Season 1 Episode 6

The Taxman Cometh

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

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  • 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.