I’m a big fan of the Robin Hood legend. I believe it was an early ’90’s television broadcast of the 1938 Errol Flynn version that made me a fan for life. So imagine my delight when I found out that Robin Hood is a new BBC TV series! This information isn’t exactly new since the series debuted in 2006 and is already in its second season. It’s new to me; I stumbled upon this adaptation while flipping through a BBC America catalog. It fascinated me so much that I planted myself in front of my computer and commenced upon an hour long search for more Robin Hood information.
This new Robin Hood is visually grittier than the Technocolored Errol Flynn version and more credible than the 1991 Kevin Costner adaptation. And what’s this? An all British cast! Doth my ears deceive me: an Englishman playing an Englishman? A Robin Hood with a credible British accent? I recall that Kevin Costner didn’t even try adopting a British accent. Tsk Tsk.
On first impression, Jonas Armstrong may seem too slight to play the Prince of Thieves, but after viewing a few studio screen captures, his scruffiness and lean physique began to grow on me. There’s a darker quality about this Robin Hood not found in his robust, swaggering predecessors. True, in some angles Armstrong appears malnourished, but then again, all of Nottinghamshire is starving under Prince John’s reign.
I can’t wait to watch Season 1. Unfortunately, my free DVD resource (the local library) does not carry this series right now. They might…in a few months. Can I wait that long or should I give in, fork over $70, and buy the box set? I’m in agony. I could be watching Robin Hood romancing Maid Marion and frolicking in Sherwood Forest with his Merry Men as we speak!
So, if you’re like me and dying to get your Robin Hood fix, here’s a cleverly edited fan trailer to help you along your merry way.