Starring Jonas Armstrong as Robin Hood, it will also feature all the classic characters - the Sheriff of Nottingham, Marian, Guy of Gisbourne, Little John, Much, Will Scarlet, Allan-a-Dale and a character called "Roy". No sign of Friar Tuck though, but maybe that will change when the finished show appears. Nor is there a Saracen, one of the more recent additions to the legend.
For those surprised at this, you've probably never seen either Robin of Sherwood (known in the US as Robin Hood - now that really makes it easy to separate from all the other versions doesn't it?!) or Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. You can find out more about the various screen adaptations at the blog Robin Hood, whose most recent post takes a look at Robin of Sherwood.
Recently I acquired the DVDs of the series and I have to say it's one of the best I've ever seen in the genre. There are many fantastic moments in it, but probably the most spectacular of all is the climax of the second series.
...then turns to face the crossbow troops who have reached him. With no arrows left, Robin breaks his longbow and faces the Sheriff below.
The look on the Sheriff's face says it all.
This is perhaps the only time to date that I'm aware of any version showing Robin dying in action. Most legends refer to his dying in old age, firing one last arrow to determine where he would be buried. But Robin of Sherwood was always prepared to take bold twists and yet still remain faithful to the original stories. It even found a way for the series to continue when the original Robin actor, Michael Praed left the series to appear on Broadway as the following brief sequence shows...
The outlaws turn to ponder just who this stranger is...
The full series is now available on DVD.