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Robin Hood - Legendary hero of "Langland's Piers Plowman" and  many other English ballads. Nobleman Sir Robin of Locksley (Robin Hood) spoke out against the tyranny of King John who had usurped the powers of the throne while the true king, his brother King Richard, was in the Holy Lands fighting the Crusades. For his protests, Robin of Locksley's properties and lands were confiscated and he was declared an outlaw of the Crown.

Richard Greene as Robin of Locksley - THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD

With the aid of his "merry men," Robin Hood escaped to Sherwood Forest and battled the Sheriff of Nottingham (Alan Wheatley) and all forces that stood in the way of restoring King Richard to the throne of England.

An early TV adaptation of the Robin Hood legend appeared on the syndicated adventure THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD/CBS/1955-58. It starred Richard Greene as Robin Hood, the legendary 12th century English hero and freedom fighter who robbed from the rich and gave to the poor. The series was shot in black and white at Nettlefold Studios near Walton-on-Thames.

Theme Song Lyrics

Robin Hood, Robin Hood, riding through the glen
Robin Hood, Robin Hood, with his band of men
Feared by the bad, loved by the good
Robin Hood, Robin Hood, Robin Hood

He called the greatest archers to a tavern on the green
They vowed to help the people of the king
They handled all the trouble on the English country scene
And still found plenty of time to sing.

He came to Sherwood Forest with a feather in his cap
A fighter never looking for a fight
His bow was always ready and he kept his arrows sharp
He used them fighting for what was right.

With Friar Tuck and Little John they had a roguish look
They did the deeds that others wouldn’t dare
Re-captured all the money that the evil Sheriff took
And rescued many a lady fair.

He rode up to the palace and was cheered by everyone
His Lady Marion threw him a rose
The King of England knighted him the Earl of Huntingdon
And that’s the way the legend goes.

Robin Hood, Robin Hood, riding through the glen
Robin Hood, Robin Hood, with his band of men
Feared by the bad, loved by the good
Robin Hood, Robin Hood, Robin Hood

Chorus and Verses © Dick James Music 1955

Later adaptations of the Robin legend included: 

  • ROCKET ROBIN HOOD/SYN/1966-69, a Canadian produced cartoon featuring the futuristic adventures of the legendary outlaw (voice of Ed McNamara) and his Merry Men from Sherwood Asteroid who battle the Sheriff of N.O.T.T. (National Outer-Space Terrestrial Territories)
  • DISNEY'S ROBIN  HOOD, a 1973 animated adaptation of the Robin Hood legend with animals in the lead roles. Robin Hood was a fox and the evil King John, a lion.
  • WHEN THINGS WERE ROTTEN/ABC/1975 starring Dick Gautier as Robin Hood. This Mel Brooks production created a wild, irreverent spoof of this legendary hero. Brooks brought the archer hero to the big screen in the 1993 spoof Robin Hood: Men in Tights starring Cary Elwes.
  • ROBIN OF SHERWOOD/SHO/1984-86 featured a reworked Robin Hood legend (filmed in Britain) starring Michael Praed (and later Jason Connery) as the rugged swashbuckling medieval hero. In this retelling of the Robin Hood legend, the son of Ailric of Loxley (Guardian of the Silver Arrow)  used Albion,  one of the Seven Swords of Wayland to battle evil.
  • MAID MARIAN AND HER MERRY MEN/BBC/1989-94 starred Kate Lonergan as Maid Marian and Wayne Morris as Robin of Kensington. This time around Robin was a cowardly tailor from Kensington, and Marian was the brains behind the Merry Men.
  • In May, 1991 the FOX Network aired Robin Hood, a spirited movie presentation with Patrick Bergin as the legendary English outlaw. In the summer of 1991, actor Kevin Kostner starred in the theatrical release Robin Hood: The Prince of Thieves which debuted in theaters nationwide. This adventurous adaptation had Robin Hood bathing nude in a Sherwood Forest pond and a feisty Maid Marion kneeing an attacker in the groin.
  • THE NEW ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD/TNT/1997-99 starred Matthew Poretta as historical outlaw in the TNT Network's first original television series
  • BACK TO SHERWOOD/FFC/1999, a Canadian produced children's program featuring Robyn Hood (Aimée Castle), a modern-day sixteen-year-old female descendant of Robin Hood and Maid Marian who travels back in time (via a magic talisman) to team up with the Merry Men's children to battle Brenan, a foul 12th century  sorceress and the Sheriff of Nottingham.
  • ROBIN HOOD/BBC/2006, the BBC network brought the classic hero out of mothballs with Jonas Armstrong as a baby-faced but rugged Robin Hood. The series,  filmed in Budapest, Hungary, was broadcast in the United States on the BBC America channel.

Wishbone the dog as Robin Hood
Wishbone the Dog as Robin Hood

Matthew Poretta as Robin Hood in the NEW ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD

Robyn Hood, the descendant of the legendary outlaw travels back in time to Sherwood

Michael Praed is ROBIN OF SHERWOOD

Errol Flynn, the best movie Robin Hood of all time Classics Illustrated comic adaptation of the Robin Hood legend Disney's animated adaptation with Robin Hood as a Fox

Men in Tights,  Mel Brooks movie spoof of the Robin Legend -

Kevin Kostner as Robin Hood, The Price of Thieves, BBC's Jason Armstrong in the 2006 adaptation ROBIN HOOD

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