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Robin Hood
Robinhoods2titlescreen.jpg
Title sequence for series 2 and 3
Genre Drama, adventure, folklore
Created by Dominic Minghella and Foz Allan, based on traditional legends
Starring Jonas Armstrong
Lucy Griffiths (Series 1-2)
Richard Armitage
David Harewood (Series 3)
Keith Allen
Gordon Kennedy
Sam Troughton
Joe Armstrong
Lara Pulver (Series 3)
Harry Lloyd (Series 1-2)
Clive Standen (Series 3)
William Beck (Series 1)
Anjali Jay (Series 1-2)
Joanne Froggatt (Series 3)
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 3
No. of episodes 39 (List of episodes)
Production
Producer(s) Tiger Aspect Productions
Running time 45 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel BBC One
BBC HD
Picture format 1080p / originated Panasonic Varicam 720p(HDTV)
Original run 7 October 2006 (2006-10-07) – 27 June 2009 (2009-06-27)
External links
Official website
Production website

Robin Hood is a British television programme, produced by independent production company Tiger Aspect Productions for BBC One, with co-funding from the BBC America cable television channel in the United States.[1] Based on the traditional stories of legendary English folk hero Robin Hood, the programme started on 7 October 2006. Series 2 commenced broadcasting on 6 October 2007 with the final two episodes on 29 December 2007. Series 3 began airing on 28 March 2009 [2] for a thirteen episode run. The series was cancelled by the BBC in July 2009.

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Production

Comprising thirteen 45-minute episodes per series, Robin Hood was created by Dominic Minghella and Foz Allan, who serve as executive producers on the series, with Minghella the chief writer. Minghella was previously responsible for the successful ITV network comedy-drama series Doc Martin. Richard Burrell is the producer, and the other writers involved on the first series were Paul Cornell, Mark Wadlow, Debbie Oates, Kurti & Doyle and Joe Turner.[3]

The first series had a reported budget of £8 million.[1] The programme was specifically designed to run in the same Saturday evening family drama slot as the successful revival of Doctor Who, filling the slot in Doctor Who's absence between series. Shot in the high definition format, the programme also airs on the BBC's BBC HD service.

Robin Hood was announced as a possible commission by BBC One Controller Peter Fincham in July 2005,[4] but not officially confirmed by Head of Drama Jane Tranter until 24 October that year.[5] On 18 February 2006, the Daily Mirror newspaper announced that actor Jonas Armstrong had been cast in the lead role in the series.[6] This was confirmed by the BBC in a press release on 3 April 2006, which announced that filming on the series had begun in Hungary and also announced further casting.[7]

On Thursday 23 November 2006, the BBC confirmed that the programme had been renewed for a second series, to be shown in 2007.[8] Filming began in March 2007, and the first episode of the second series aired at 7:30pm on Saturday 6 October 2007.

Lucy Griffiths, who played Marian, left at the end of the show's second series,[9], although she made a brief appearance at the conclusion of the third series.

Joining the cast for the third series are Joanne Froggatt, as a character named "Kate", a Locksley villager,[10] Lara Pulver, as Guy of Gisborne's sister Isabella,[11] David Harewood as Friar Tuck and Toby Stephens as Prince John.[12] On 7 August 2008, it was announced that Jonas Armstrong would be leaving the programme at the conclusion of the third series, in "an explosive and nail-biting finale."[13]

In January 2009, the writer Sally Wainwright told The Stage entertainment industry newspaper that she had been asked to oversee a creative revamp of the programme for its fourth series. The BBC confirmed to the paper that she had been asked to work on ideas for the show,[14] but despite this, the fourth season was not commissioned.[15][16]

Characters

The majority of the main characters in Robin Hood are based on the English folk tale of the same name. The show's main character is Robin Hood (Jonas Armstrong), who has returned to England after five years fighting in the Third Crusade as part of the King's Guard. He is shocked to find out how the sheriff is running Nottingham upon his return. Robin is made an outlaw, and takes it upon himself to steal from the rich, to feed the poor along with his gang, which consists of his best friend Much (Sam Troughton); two young men he saved from hanging, Will Scarlett (Harry Lloyd) and Allan A Dale (Joe Armstrong); the ex-leader of another gang, Little John (Gordon Kennedy); and another young man named Roy (William Beck), who is killed in episode 4, and replaced in episode 5 by Djaq (Anjali Jay), a Saracen girl hiding under the alias of her dead brother. Robin is pleased to find that Lady Marian (Lucy Griffiths) is still unmarried. Their relationship becomes romantic on several occasions, however she is trapped by the hold that Sir Guy of Gisborne (Richard Armitage) has over her. Guy is the sheriff's second-in-command, and is in love with Marian. He often puts her in difficult situations where she has to be with him to help the people she loves. The primary villain is the Sheriff of Nottingham (Keith Allen), who plots to kill King Richard (played by Steven Waddington in the final episode of series 2) with the help of Gisborne and the black knights. He is constantly trying to capture Robin and the rest of the outlaws, for continuously stopping his scheme to take over England. At the end of the second series Guy of Gisborne kills Marian, and Djaq and Will decide to stay in the Holy Land.

The third series staggered the entry of a group of new characters across the series and only Robin appeared in all thirteen episodes. As the series opens, Tuck (David Harewood), a spiritual preacher returning to England, and Kate (Joanne Froggatt), a Locksley villager, are introduced; both soon becoming part of Robin's gang. Isabella (Lara Pulver), Gisborne's younger sister who is running from an abusive husband arrives soon after and starts a secret relationship with Robin. Her link to the castle through Gisborne is used by the gang while she plots revenge against her brother, but her thirst for independence, power and vengeance soon leads her to become a ruthless sheriff and a sworn enemy of the gang. (Toby Stephens) appears as Prince John in three episodes mid-series, successfully exploiting the rift between Gisborne and the sheriff, leading to the latter's supposed death at Gisborne's hand. Gisborne is briefly made sheriff by the Prince before Isabella uses her influence to replace him, leaving Gisborne without power or influence, and following the death of a young villager with whom he was briefly imprisoned, seeking revenge. This opens to the door to a liaison with Robin and sets up the tenth episode of the series, told largely through flashbacks, which revisits Robin and Gisborne's history. It features Dean Lennox Kelly, Sophie Winkleman, Paul Hilton and Ian Reddington as Robin's father, Gisborne's parents and another past Locksley villager respectively, and reveals the existence of Archer (played by Clive Standen from episode 11), the illegitimate child of Robin's father and Gisborne's mother, who Robin's dying father begs them to find. Archer is Robin's equal with a bow and arrow, and this coupled with his biological ties to Robin, Gisborne and Isabella led to speculation that he was set to take over the programme's lead role following Jonas Armstrong's departure.[16][17][18] Having found Archer, Gisborne and Robin return to Nottingham with a tentative alliance formed, setting up the two-part series finale. Allan is killed in episode 12, but appears briefly as a corpse (uncredited) in the series final episode. In the final confrontation that ends the series, Gisborne is killed in a sword fight defending the castle, and Robin poisoned, ultimately leading to his death. As he dies, Marian makes a brief appearance as a spirit with whom he reunites. The sheriff and Isabella are caught in the explosion of Nottingham Castle, caused by Robin's last act of firing a flaming arrow into the Byzantine fire stored in the castle.

Episode guide

Publicity and reception

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Tape theft

On Monday 28 August 2006, it was reported in various British tabloid newspapers that several master tapes for the programme had been stolen from the production base in Hungary, possibly by an extra working on the series. "Now TV executives are deciding whether to pay off the crooks or reshoot large chunks of the show. At worst the series, due to replace Dr Who on Saturday nights from October, "could be shelved"," reported the Daily Mirror.[19]

A BBC spokeswoman would not confirm reports of a £1m ransom being demanded for their safe return or that the tapes were the only copies of the footage. She added: "All reasonable steps are being taken to recover the tapes." The BBC further said that the series would still be shown as planned, despite the theft.[20]

Given the irony of a Robin Hood series falling victim to theft, and the fact that the crime came to light as the BBC was beginning to publicise the show in preparation for its launch, there was some suggestion in sections of the media that the story was actually a publicity stunt. Guardian Unlimited columnist Mark Borkowski, for example, wrote that: "OK, so I might be a cynical old publicist, but has anybody checked the crime scene on the set of Robin Hood in Hungary? ... expect a miracle in Budapest and don't try getting money on at the bookies for the lost footage turning up, saving the odd red face and gloating PR exec."[21]

The Controller of BBC One, Peter Fincham, denied that the story had been a publicity stunt at the programme's press launch in London on 6 September. The cast and crew confirmed at the same launch that they had been forced to re-shoot some scenes in order to cover the material lost on the stolen tapes.[22]

The day after the press launch, the BBC News Online website reported that the tapes had been successfully recovered, and two men arrested for their theft.[23]

Media coverage

On Saturday 8 July 2006, the BBC showed the first teaser trailer for the series — a shot of a flaming arrow flying into the BBC One logo in the corner of the screen as the Robin Hood logo and "Coming Soon" were displayed above. This teaser ran either side of the Doctor Who series finale on BBC One, and was shown on several other occasions on various BBC channels over the following weeks. A longer trailer with actual dialogue from many of the characters was previewed in the Video Room of the Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre during the first week of August 2006, as part of the community's Robin Hood Festival.

The BBC's Radio Times listings magazine ran a short preview article for the series, as part of a feature showcasing the best of the autumn series television line-up, in its 2–8 September 2006 edition, published on 29 August 2006, the day after the tape theft story was publicised in the press (see above). Wrote the magazine's correspondent Benji Wilson: "Why watch it? You can't beat a good ruckus — Armstrong and his merry co-stars all enrolled at a specially-commissioned 'Hood academy' before filming in Hungary, where they were drilled in horse riding, sword skills and archery."[24] The article was accompanied by a large publicity photo of Armstrong in costume.

The first full reviews for the programme began appearing on 7 September 2006, after a preview of the opening episode had been shown at the press launch the previous evening. The website of The Guardian said that: "The challenge for the new Robin Hood is to appeal to younger viewers while pulling in their parents as well. It will be no easy task. About as difficult, in fact, as simultaneously firing two arrows from the same bow, and both hitting the target. But as Robin showed in the opening episode, it can be done."[25] In The Times, critic Paul Hoggart backed the series to be a success: "Armstrong as the rather understated Robin Hood should still be moodily cheeky enough to find his way on to the bedroom walls of a few hundred thousand pubertal girls, and Lucy Griffiths as Marian is inevitably feisty. But the villains steal the show, with Richard Armitage's Guy of Gisborne off-setting Keith Allen's gags as the mocking, heavily sarcastic Sheriff. The audience including cast, crew and their friends cheered at the end but this remake should go down well with families at home, too."[26]

The BBC began running longer trailers for the programme on Saturday 16 September 2006, with the first being shown following the final episode of How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? on BBC One. Trailers were also shown in cinemas, and billboard advertisements were taken out by the BBC. The Radio Times devoted the cover of its 7–13 October 2006 edition, published on 3 October, to the series, with a photo of Armstrong and Armitage in character.

Reviewers have had mixed opinions as to the effectiveness of the show's use of modern styles and current political references.[27][28] Several episodes of Dead Ringers broadcast in February and March 2007 mocked Robin Hood for its anachronistic approach.

Ratings

Season Season premiere Viewers (millions) Season finale Viewers (millions) Average viewers (millions)
Series One October 7, 2006 8.56 December 30, 2006 5.67 6.19
Series Two October 6, 2007 6.13 December 29, 2007* 5.84 5.83
Series Three March 28, 2009 6.20 June 27, 2009** 2.43 4.02

*The last two episodes of series 2 were originally broadcast back-to-back, with no break between the two.

**The final episode was broadcast on BBC Two 15 minutes later than scheduled due to coverage of Andy Murray and Jürgen Melzer's third round match at the 2009 Wimbledon Championships being moved to BBC One.

Overseas sales

As a co-producer on the series, BBC America owns the United States broadcast rights to the programme,[29] which debuted on the channel on Saturday 3 March 2007. In Australia, the programme began playing mid 2007 on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's 19:30 Sunday slot. From April 2008 it was broadcast in Serbia on channel B92[30]. In Spain the programme started on 4 January 2008 on La Sexta, in the 21.00 slot. In Hong Kong, the programme started on 6 June 2008 on ATV World on Monday 20:00 slot. The Sales have also been agreed with broadcasters in India,Sri Lanka, Denmark, France, Italy, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Israel, Canada, Czech Republic, Latin America[31] and Switzerland.Broadcast in Sri Lanka began in 2009 in the National Television, Rupavahini.

The first series became available on iTunes in May 2008. However, since the second series was just beginning in the United States, the Series two episodes are released on iTunes on a weekly basis, corresponding with the public releases.

Notes

  1. ^ a b "Robin Hood returns to British TV". BBC News Online. 2006-04-03. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/4871688.stm. Retrieved 2006-09-01.  
  2. ^ "Robin Hood returns to BBC One on Saturday nights from 28 March 2009". BBC Press Office. 2009-02-18. http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/pressreleases/stories/2009/02_february/18/robin.shtml. Retrieved 2009-03-19.  
  3. ^ "Robin Hood". Tiger Aspect. http://www.tigeraspect.co.uk/in-production-prog.asp?id=593. Retrieved 2006-04-06.  
  4. ^ Thomas, Liz (2005-07-14). "Hood the new Who?". The Stage. http://www.thestage.co.uk/news/newsstory.php/8661. Retrieved 2006-07-19.  
  5. ^ Deans, Jason (2005-10-24). "BBC starts search for a new Robin Hood (subscription link)". The Guardian. http://media.guardian.co.uk/bbc/story/0,,1598036,00.html. Retrieved 2006-07-19.  
  6. ^ Robertson, Cameron (2005-07-14). "ROBIN WHO? EXCLUSIVE — BBC picks unknown for £8 million Robin Hood series". The Stage. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/tm_objectid=16717532&method=full&siteid=94762&headline=robin-who---name_page.html. Retrieved 2006-07-19.  
  7. ^ "Robin Hood revealed". bbc.co.uk. 2006-04-03. http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/pressreleases/stories/2006/04_april/03/robin.shtml. Retrieved 2006-07-19.  
  8. ^ "Robin returns for second series". BBC News Online. 2006-11-23. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/6177704.stm. Retrieved 2006-11-23.  "Robin Hood returns for second series in 2007". bbc.co.uk. 2006-11-23. http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/pressreleases/stories/2006/11_november/23/robin.shtml. Retrieved 2007-04-30.  
  9. ^ "They've killed Maid Marian". BBC Nottingham. 2007-12-31. http://www.bbc.co.uk/nottingham/content/articles/2007/12/31/killing_maid_marian_feature.shtml. Retrieved 2008-01-10.  
  10. ^ "Joanne Froggatt to star in Robin Hood". Whitby Gazette. http://www.whitbygazette.co.uk/news/Joanne-Froggatt-to-star-in.4345799.jp. Retrieved 2008-08-01.  
  11. ^ "EW.com - Bits and Bobs (Vol. 5 1/2)". Entertainment Weekly. http://popwatch.ew.com/popwatch/2008/08/bits-and-bobs-v.html?xid=rss-popwatch-20080801-Bits%20and%20Bobs%20%28Vol.%205%20%201/2%29:%20Exclusive%20%27Robin%20Hood%27%20scoop%20from%20Richard%20Armitage%21. Retrieved 2008-08-01.  
  12. ^ "Toby Stephens to play Prince John in new Robin Hood". Mirror.co.uk. http://www.mirror.co.uk/celebs/2008/06/26/toby-stephens-to-play-king-john-in-new-robin-hood-series-89520-20621217/. Retrieved 2008-06-26.  
  13. ^ "Robin Hood star quits BBC remake". BBC News Online. 2008-08-06. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7545979.stm. Retrieved 2008-08-07.  
  14. ^ Hemley, Matthew (7th January 2009). "Exclusive: Wainwright to ‘reinvent’ BBC’s Robin Hood". The Stage. http://www.thestage.co.uk/news/newsstory.php/23033/exclusive-wainwright-to-reinvent-bbcs.  
  15. ^ "BBC kills off Robin Hood series". BBC News. 2009-07-03. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/8132101.stm. Retrieved 2009-07-25.  
  16. ^ a b Hodgkinson, Will (2009-06-16). "Robin Hood: easily replaced by another Archer". guardian.co.uk. http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/tvandradioblog/2009/jun/16/robin-hood-jonas-armstrong-bbc. Retrieved 2009-07-04.  
  17. ^ "The new Robin Hood?". BBC Nottingham. 2009-06-10. http://www.bbc.co.uk/nottingham/content/articles/2009/06/10/clive_standen_robin_hood_feature.shtml. Retrieved 2009-07-04.  
  18. ^ "Robin Hood - Clive Standen, New Lead?". tvthrong.co.uk. 2009-06-26. http://www.tvthrong.co.uk/robin-hood/robin-hood-%E2%80%93-clive-standen-new-lead. Retrieved 2009-07-04.  
  19. ^ Methven, Nicola (2006-08-28). "Robin Hood Kidnapped". Daily Mirror. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/tm_objectid=17638157&method=full&siteid=94762&headline=robin-hood-kidnapped-name_page.html. Retrieved 2006-08-28.  
  20. ^ "Tapes for BBC's Robin Hood stolen". BBC News Online. 2006-08-28. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/5292348.stm.  
  21. ^ "Hungary for publicity?" (subscription link). Guardian Unlimited. 2006-08-30. http://media.guardian.co.uk/columnists/story/0,,1861304,00.html. Retrieved 2006-09-01.  
  22. ^ "Robin Hood overcomes theft drama". BBC News Online. 2006-09-07. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/5326630.stm. Retrieved 2006-09-07.  
  23. ^ "Stolen Robin Hood tapes recovered". BBC News Online. 2006-09-08. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/5329212.stm. Retrieved 2007-11-20.  
  24. ^ Wilson, Benji (2006-09-02–2006-09-08). "Stories to Stay in For". Radio Times (BBC Worldwide) 330 (4300): 12.  
  25. ^ Plunkett, John (2006-09-07). "First review: Robin Hood". Guardian Unlimited. http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/organgrinder/2006/09/first_review_robin_hood.html. Retrieved 2006-09-07.  
  26. ^ Hoggart, Paul (2006-09-07). "Old villains steal new show". The Times. http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,23569-2348506,00.html. Retrieved 2006-09-07.  
  27. ^ Osborn, Michael (2006-09-08). "Robin Hood given modern makeover". BBC News. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/5326734.stm. Retrieved 2007-12-09.  
  28. ^ Johanson, MaryAnn (2007-06-04). "the BBC goes WB with ‘Robin Hood,’ ‘Hex’". The Flick Filosopher. http://www.flickfilosopher.com/blog/2007/06/the_bbc_goes_wb_with_robin_hoo.html. Retrieved 2007-12-09.  
  29. ^ Sheppard, Fergus (2006-10-09). "Merry men Ant and Dec bow to latest incarnation of Robin Hood". The Scotsman. http://news.scotsman.com/entertainment.cfm?id=1492272006. Retrieved 2006-10-13.  
  30. ^ Serije na TV B92
  31. ^ Akyuz, Gün (2006-10-11). "BBC's Robin Hood rides into action". C21 Media. http://www.c21media.net/news/detail.asp?area=4&article=32675. Retrieved 2006-10-13.  

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In 2006, the BBC released a new Robin Hood drama, starring Jonas Armstrong in the title role. A second series of the show started airing in 2007. Both series consisted of 13 episodes.

Series 1 (2006) Series 2 (2007)
1 Will You Tolerate This? Sisterhood
2 Sheriff Got Your Tongue? The Booby And The Beast
3 Who Shot The Sheriff? Childhood
4 Parent Hood The Angel Of Death
5 Turk Flu Ducking And Diving
6 The Taxman Cometh For England...!
7 Brothers In Arms Show Me The Money
8 Tattoo? What Tattoo? Get Carter!
9 A Thing Or Two About Loyalty Lardner's Ring
10 Peace? Off! Walkabout
11 Dead Man Walking Treasure Of The Nation
12 The Return Of The King A Good Day To Die
13 A Clue: No We Are Robin Hood!
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Series 1 (2006)

Will You Tolerate This? (1.01)

[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: I can feel a song coming on.
Robin: No! No song! Absolutely no song!
Much: It'd be a cheery song.
Robin: And it would be a tragedy, too! A tragedy for you to have survived the Turk, and made it to within a few miles of Locksley, only to be killed by your own master!
Much: You know, it is lucky I do not readily take offense! You know, a smaller man would be offended! A smaller man would be wounded!
Robin: And a cleverer man would sing fewer songs!

Much: [To Dan Scarlett.] We are home unscathed. Well... scathed. Very scathed. But happy. And hungry. Mostly hungry.

Much: [After talking with Jeffory.] That man is a showoff. If there are no eggs left, I'm going after him.

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.

Marian: Five years later and you're still peddling the same old drivel. Does it ever work?
Robin: You'd be surprised.
Marian: Amazed.

Jailer: Give your names!
Will: Will and Luke Scarlett.
Robin: What is your crime?
Will: Living in the wrong place at the wrong time. Living under an evil Sheriff. Where do our taxes go? They go to Nottingham, to the Sheriff.

Sheriff Got Your Tongue? (1.02)

Robin: [About the Sheriff.] Stop him. I'm going to stop him.
Much: We can't... stop... the Sheriff. Only the Crown can withdraw his license.
Robin: When the King returns, he will have his comeuppance. Until then we will scope out his sadistic punishments. We will stop his insane taxes and give them back to the poor, where they belong! We will rob him! And if you dead men had had spines in your backs, that's what you would've been doing for the last five years.

Robin: [About the Sheriff.] I do not know why Englishmen travel two thousand miles to fight the heathen... when the real cancer's right here.

Marian: I also told you confronting the Sheriff wouldn't work. You didn't listen to that.
Robin: I didn't have much choice.
Marian: Everything is a choice, everything we do! Grow up.

Much: [Grabbing onto Robin's sleeves.] Master, no! You cannot go back in there. If you go back in and die, then I will die. Of grief. So you must come now, if only to save me.
Robin: [Likewise holding Much's arms.] Yes, and THAT... is why I love you.

Who Shot The Sheriff? (1.03)

Sheriff: [To his Master of Arms.] Do you think... two deaths are enough, hmm? To get them to really turn against him, to rebel? If we're going to blame Hood, well, let's do it properly. What d'you think? Hmm? I think maybe a few more deaths'd be interesting-- you know, pretty deaths, not just bored but pretty deaths.

Allan: [As Robin explains he's going to the castle.] Got some ideas where I could get in.
Robin: Go on.
Allan: Well, d'you want clever or really clever?
Robin: I want fast.

Sheriff: [As he wakes up, and sees his potential attacker is simply Robin.] Why can it never be a beautiful woman?

[About Marian's activity as the Nightwatchman.]
Marian: My father had me taught to fight... He wanted me to have choices in the world. And I choose to help the poor. You are not about to stop me doing that.
Robin: But does your father know what you're doing?
Marian: He... thinks I enjoy embroidery.

Parent Hood (1.04)

Robin: "For every man there is a purpose which he sets up in his life. Let yours be the doing of all good deeds." [Shrugs.] That's us, lads.
Will: Is that the Bible?
Robin: It's the Qur'an.
Will: What's that?
Much: It's the Turk Bible. We read it in the Holy Land.
Allan: Why?
Robin: [Shrugs again.] I wanted to know what it was that we were fighting.

Sheriff: I have a favor to ask. I would be very grateful if you'd, uh... [Holds up a dagger.] ...use this on our mutual friend, Robin Hood.
Roy: I'd sooner kill me own mother.
Sheriff: [Laughs, knowing he has Roy's mother as a prisoner.] Yes... What an amazing coincidence.

Robin: So, when I was in the Holy Land, you must have had suitors.
Marian: I must have.
Robin: Well, you've got to admit, it is surprising you're not married.
Marian: It is, and yet when one cosiders that marriage requires a man, perhaps not.
Robin: A challenge. Aaahh!
Marian: A statement.
Robin:AAAH!
'Marian:That hurt?
Robin:YES!!
Marian: Good.

Robin: Why is it everything you say of me sounds like a criticism?
Marian: I do not know. Perhaps this is the way that we have chosen, always different directions.

Robin: Can you take the baby? His mother lives in Knighton.
Marian: What? Because I'm a woman.
Robin: No, because I have to go. My men are waiting.
Marian: The call of the wild.

Roy: [As his mother is about to be hanged.] YOU'LL ROT IN HELL FOR THIS!
Sheriff: Really? Just for this? Huh...

Marian: I'm going... [points to her right] ...this way.
Robin: I'm going... [points the opposite way.]
Marian: Always opposite directions...

Turk Flu (1.05)

Gisbourne: Nothing like a tragedy to bring out the do-gooders.

The Taxman Cometh (1.06)

Robin: [To the Sheriff] A taxman who's not a taxman, nuns no one's ever heard of? I think we've both been had.

Brothers In Arms (1.07)

Tom: The thing is, I woke up and we'd both been robbed! And rather than wake you, I went off to catch the thieves myself. I chased them for days!
Allan: He couldn't tell the truth if his life depended on it.
Much: Runs in the family then?
Allan: Don't make us gang up on you.
Tom: Is he disrespecting our family?
Much: You rob each other in your family!

Marian: What?
Robin:Nothing.
Marian: You were looking at me.
Robin: No! It's just the way my eyes were pointing.

[Robin tries to kiss Marian]

Marian: That won't help you make your decision.
Robin: Well, it might!
Marian: It won't.

Marian: The truth? The truth is, this country is being choked to death. The truth is, honest people are being forced to lie and cheat and steal.

Marian: I would never marry him. I despise Robin Hood.
Gisbourne: Really? So what about me? Will you...marry...me?
Marian: Yes. I will marry you. I will marry you the day King Richard returns to England. [Gisbourne leans in but Marian turns her head.] Shall we go downstairs and tell my father the good news?
Gisbourne: Yes. I have an apology to make. [Walks away.]
Marian: [Turns and closes the shutters.] Sorry.. [Said to Robin.]

Tattoo? What Tattoo? (1.08)

Allan: You see, the thing is...
Will: I think I love her..
Allan: [at the same time] I like her!

[They look at each other in uncomfortable silence.]

A Thing Or Two About Loyalty (1.09)

Much: Prince John, in the absense of good King Richard, has turned this country into a state of terror! His followers are thugs! Our taxes are too high! People are starving! What does one have to do to get arrested around here? (attacks guard) Arrest me!
Guards: [Drag Much away.]
Much: Thank you!

Allan: Anyone fancy a wager? Yeah? Who thinks he can get out on his own?
Robin: Trust me, Allan. Much can do it.
Allan: We talking about the same Much?

Much: You are surely a spy and this is trap...of sorts.
Eve: I beg to differ, My Lord. I am just Eve, your servant here, and I'll do my best to please you. This is a lovely place and it's warm here. Especially at night.
Much: Yes, we'll see. I mean, I must say this is very pleasant...as traps go.

Will: I'm burning this!
Djaq: Will, no!
John: [Grabs the ledger from Will's hand.] Steady.
Will: This is not science. This is murder.
Djaq: Think of this as progress. Other scientists could do much better things with Greek fire!
Allan: Yeah! You could blow up the whole castle with that stuff!

Peace? Off! (1.10)

Much: I call it the Much touch.

[Marian petting her horse by her stables; Robin enters.]

Robin: Don't tell me the Nightwatchman's been dipping into the profits?
Marian: Some men find pleasure in giving women gifts.
Robin: This is a lot of gift. And tell me, how were you planning on reciprocating?
Marian: Maybe you'd find out if you gave me a gift. As it is you only come out of the woodwork to ask for favors, like now. So?

Dead Man Walking (1.11)

Little John: [About his son, to the Gang] Him, I am proud to know. You? I'm stuck with.

The Return Of The King (1.12)

Much: I hate the cave.
Allan: It's gonna rain again and it's dry in there.
Much: It's dark and it's, you know, horrible.
Robin: We voted, Much.
Allan: And you lost. Five-one.
Much: Yeah, well. I should have two votes, because I really don't like the cave. In fact, I should have three, because I really, really don't like the cave.

Robin: I should have never gone to war. It was a mistake, and you were right, I wanted glory and believe me the battlefield is the last place you’ll find it.
Marian: You would always have regretted it if hadn't gone.
Robin: But not as much as I regret going. Not as much as I regret leaving you. Marian, I-
Djaq: I love you you, you love me, we all love each other. Drink 'ze wine.

Much:What do girls eat anyway?
Djaq:Special girls food.

A Clue: No (1.13)

Marian: My father! I must go to Nottingham!
Gisborne: Your father will be safe; I have made provisions for him. You see, as my father-in-law he is protected. As my father-in-law.
Marian: You are cruel!
Much: This is wrong!
Priest: You must have legal grounds to object or remain silent!
Much: Well... I HAVE MORAL GROUNDS!

Sheriff: [Pretneding to be a scribe] Do you wish to give evidence against the sheriff?
Robin: A clue: no!

Robin: I think it's fair to say that an audience with the king has been suspended!

Series 2 (2007)

Sisterhood (2.01)

Marian: I fear we're not to welcome in the corridors of power at the moment.
Robin: Good. Come and join my gang then.
Marian: In your dreams.

[Robin and Marian kiss.]

Robin: Listen.
Marian: What?
Robin: That kiss spoke volumes.
Marian: What did it say?
Robin: It said, "Marian wants to come and join your gang."
Marian: Really, that's not what I heard. What I heard was a little voice saying, "Abandon your home, abandon your father, to take up arms with a man who things that resistance is about showing off with a bow."
Robin: Hey, that's not fair!
Marian: To do what? To wait for a king, who lets face it, may or may not make it home.
Robin: So you've been thinking about it then.

Davina: That's your real problem isn't it Hood, you need people to love you.
Robin: It's better than having reptiles to love you.
Davina: My brother loves me.
Robin: Like I said.

Robin: Who died?
Marian: You did. The Sheriff said you were dead.

[Robin and Marian kiss]

Marian: A little voice saying, "Yes, when the king is home and safe again."

The Booby And The Beast (2.02)

Robin: England needs me.
Marian: England needs us.
Robin: And I need you.

Childhood (2.03)

Much: Here [hands little John and Allan a plate of food]
Little John: I thought you said chicken?
Allan: Yeah, this is a pretty small chicken, Much.
Will: Yeah, again.
Djaq: And have you seen in the trees? No squirrels lately.[looks at Will]
Much: It's not squirrel!

Djaq:We are surrounded by edible berries and leaves!Where's the fruit, the salad?
Will: Salad?
Little John: Men? Eating leaves?
Allan:There is only one use for leaves around here and you wouldn't want to be eatin' them afterwards.

The Angel Of Death (2.04)

Robin: Marian, what are you doing here?
Marian: Someone's impersonating me.
Robin: I know. I think they're giving out poison pies.

Ducking And Diving (2.05)

Much: What? You think he's getting information?! From one of us? No... Master surely it's a mistake! A traitor?! Who? That's why you sent up back to camp! Because you suspect... you suspect me?!
Robin: Much, I have to suspect everybody!
Much: That's me, you suspect me?!
Robin: Much, go back to the camp!
Much: What do I have to do to prove my loyalty to you? What? Tell me! What? I'll chop off my own arms! Well...one arm because once I chop that off then...I wouldn't be able to...chop off...the other.

Matilda: Robin of Locksley. [as she rubs on Robin's beard] What's that beard? It's not either grown nor shaven, make up your mind!

Matilda: A bee failed to kill him, and quack failed to kill him! I'll be damned if a boy I delivered into this world sneaks in and finishes off one of my patients!
Robin: Matilda, I can't let him live to speak his treason.
Matilda: [Sighs] So it's not his life your afraid, then? It's his tongue.
Robin: So...should we just cut out his tongue?
Matilda: [Smacks Robin on the head.] Men! Always thinking in a straight line!

For England...! (2.06)

Winchester: Oh, gag her for God's sake. She's pretty until she speaks.

Sheriff: Little Robin redbreast is about to become fried chicken!

Show Me The Money (2.07)

Marian: Well, green doesn't suit me.

Allan: Robin, please. I'm not Judas.
Robin: And I'm no Jesus. (punches Alan in the stomach)

Marian: My father died thinking he had a wilful daughter.
Robin: No! He gave me a message. "It's good to dream."

Get Carter! (2.08)

Sheriff: Quit whining, Gisborne, if I wanted a wife I'd get one with better legs.

Marian: Don't ever tie me up!
Robin: Well you didn't listen to your orders!
Marian: People were dying!
Robin: Marian, you can't be seen with us!
Marian: Why not?! Robin, I am with you!
Robin: Cause if the sheriff finds out or Gisborne then you can never go back to the castle.
Marian: I don't want to go back.
Robin: Well, I'm glad, but you're not ready to make that decision.

Robin: Just go and cook something.
Marian: Why, because I'm a woman?
Robin: No, because I'm hungry!

Sheriff: By the way, Marian sends a message.
Guy of Gisborne: What message?
Sheriff: I'm not coming back, get over it, and for God's sake change your clothes once in a while.
Guy of Gisborne: Very funny.

Guy: Marian, do you really expect me to believe that you have given yourself to God?
Marian: I assure you I haven't given myself to anybody -- yet.
Guy: Good. Because until you do, I will always believe that there is a chance for you and me.

Guy: Come home to me!
Marian: You burned my home to the ground!
Guy: If I could take that back -- if I could show you the side of me that wants to build a home, not destroy it --
Marian: I've seen it!
Guy: Then why do you reject it?

Robin: Well, you disobeyed me.
Marian: I saved your life.
Robin: You kissed Gisbourne.
Marian: And you tied me up.
Robin: You could have got us all killed.
Marian: I'm sorry. I'm not used to taking orders, but I can learn. I'd like to be a part of your gang.
Robin: And I'm not used to having you in the forest but I'll learn.
Marian: Truce?
Robin: Yeah, truce (the two of them hold hands)

Lardner's Ring (2.09)

Allan: Give us the letter!
McClellan: It's for Robin of Locksley and his eyes only!
Allan: Just give it to us or we'll take it from you.
Guard: [Arrow comes through chest, falls over, revealing Robin standing behind him.]
Robin: Don't you know it's rude to read other people's mail?

Marian: Do you practice little speeches like that?
Robin: Like what?
Marian: "You'll be so full of arrows you'll look like hedgehogs?"
Robin: No. It just came to mind.
Marian: You practice don't you?
Robin: No!

Marian: Robin, of every single man in the world, you are the only one who would propose over a fresh grave by comparing me to your weapon.

Much: Anyway, while you two have been off gallivanting-
Robin: We haven't been gallivanting!
Much: I know what you've been up to-
Marian: We've been burying a corpse in the forest.
Much: [Eyes flicker between Robin and Marian.] Is that a euphemism?

Sheriff: If Robin gets the bird, it means the King knows our plans. And the last thing we need is the King and his army coming back to England before we're ready for them. So, we must catch the pigeon! Catch the pigeon now!

Robin: This morning we had a plan.
Marian: Yes. Find Lardner, bring the king home, and then get married. In that order. This isn't what I want to do, but what I must.

Walkabout (2.10)

Woman in forest: Who are you?
Sheriff: I am the man with a plan.

Treasure Of The Nation (2.11)

Robin: Promise me you won't do anything is Locksley alone. Marian!
Marian: Ok, I promise I won't do anything.

[Robin walks away.]

Marian: I won't, but the Nightwatchman might.

A Good Day To Die (2.12)

Robin: That bought us some time. We need to think.
Djaq: There are five of us. And a hundred of them!
Robin: Once a few determined Spartans held a past against a vast Persian army.
Will: And they lived?
Robin: No, but they did well.
Will: Oh.
Much: I hate that story too.

Sheriff: Are you deaf? I want Hood's pretty little face, on his pretty little head, on his pretty little body, on a pretty BIG spike outside my castle!

Will: So they're just going to wait?
Robin: Until we come out.
Much: And then kill us. Not even a conversation.

Djaq: So I admire you. All of you. You are good men. Brave, generous, kind, decent men. And I love you, all of you. And I am proud to be amongst you.
Much: Is this what this is, just everyone saying that they love each other?
Djaq: Wait. And you're filthy, and you really stink, and you have no souls. I have to be honest. And if I am being honest I have to say that I do not love all of you in the same way.
Much: It's me, isn't? You love everyone but you don't love me. Brilliant.
Djaq: There is one I do love more than the others, the way a bird would fly two thousand miles through storms just to be with the one he loves.That is the love I feel and I am a fool becuase it is only now when we're about to die that I have the courage to admit it, even to myself. I'm sorry, I should have said earlier. You, Will Scarlett are strong and true, and you fight for what you believe in and thats why I love you.
Will: And I love you. I love the way you say what you mean, I love your silly voice.
Djaq: Silly voice!? That's it, I take it back, all of it. I hate you.
Will: And I love the way you fight like a man, ferocious. And the way you'll always, always be a woman.

We Are Robin Hood! (2.13)

Allan: So you got a message to the King in the end, didja?
Much: Yeah! Well, no thanks to you.
Allan: Look, I've told you a hundred times, I'm sorry, alright? I'm back now, I'm one of the lads, let's just-
Much: Now, hands up, who hasn't betrayed the group? [Raises hand.]
Allan: Oh, this one again? How clever.

Gisborne: My Lord, I have demonstrated my loyalty. Now I would like your blessing.
Sheriff: For what?
Gisborne: I will still have Marian. When we return to England, I will take her by force.
Sheriff: Dear boy, I will sing at your wedding!

Sheriff: That is the trouble with foreign travel! You run into the same people that you see at home.

Sheriff: I WILL HAVE ENGLAND!!!

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