Useful Weblinks

Here you will find a list of great websites in relation to the show. The list includes the archived but still official Robin Hood website, Dominic Minghella’s personal blog, an interview with Francis Tempest as well as a variety of fan created sites, some of which unfortunately no longer exist. I’ve attempted to preserve some of the content from inaccessible sites whilst also providing directions to many websites you may not have known about!


Official Robin Hood website

Once, popular TV shows like Robin Hood use to have their own website! It is less likely that television shows have their own website today, with the focus now on producing social media pages and a successful social media presence instead – oh how the world has changed! Although this website is no longer updated, it would be wrong not to include it. I used to go on this website so much when I was younger when it was of course, in its prime. It used to have some amazing features: clips from the TV series, information about all the characters, wallpapers and an amazing game where you could play as Robin, Marian, Allan, Will and Much to defeat the evil Sheriff! I loved it!

From memory, Robin had to win an archery competition; Marian had to send castle guards to sleep through playing the flute (to get to the strong room); Allan had to win a tavern game; Will had to destroy some castle towers; Much had to fight some castle guards (my personal favourite); Sheriff showdown involved Robin fighting the Sheriff, and Marian cracking a safe which contained documents revealing the Sheriff as a traitor of the state.

According to Richard Guest, creator of the games of Marian, Much and the Sheriff, the games were released sequentially across the first six episodes of series one.

Above: What the website used to look like

You can read more about the Robin Hood game by clicking on the links below (the people behind creating the games):

http://www.richardguest.com/project/bbc-robin-hood/

http://www.spritelab.co.uk/#projects/robinhood

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They even released a new game, Robin Hood Showdown, once the show had ended which looked amazing. However I remember being too sad to play it knowing that the show had ended so never gave it a try. Really regret that decision!

You can attempt to play the game from the link below although I doubt it will work due to the age of the software!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/robinhood/robinhood-show-down.shtml


The official Robin Hood programme webpage

It now barely contains any information as the show has been off the air for so long. However it does contain an episode list and a short clip from episode one ‘Will You Tolerate This?’.

Update: As all episodes have now been uploaded to iPlayer, the website promotes this! Why not go and watch an episode or two now?


Dominic Minghella’s Blog

A link to Dominic Minghella’s blog with him detailing a lovely little tribute towards the show. I do agree with his special mention of Andy Price – the music will always be unbeatable. What I love the most about this blog however is Dominic Minghella’s willingness to interact with the fans of Robin Hood. The show was part of so many children’s lives and it’s nice to be able to have a place where fans can connect with Dominic himself. There is even a bonus piece of unreleased music!

I would recommend browsing through the whole blog. Dominic Minghella truly seems like a remarkable man with a lot more creative genius still to come I am sure!


The Tiger Aspect productions website

Tiger Aspect produced Robin Hood for the BBC. Their website contains a history of the many prolific shows that they have produced with information about them.


Robin Hood IMDb page

Contains information and trivia about the show – has a great gallery too!


Robin Hood wiki

Fan made Robin Hood Wiki. Contains some exceptionally detailed character descriptions and all kinds of trivia about the show.


TV Tropes

Another great website for character descriptions.


Bold Outlaw

https://www.boldoutlaw.com/robint/francestempest.html ~ Francis Tempest interview

A website run by Allen W. Wright, a Robin Hood enthusiast. His website is full of interesting opinions and analysis. It is a good place to go for more information about the history and legend of Robin Hood. However in relation to the BBC’s Robin Hood, there are some great articles on this website such as Allen Wright’s involvement with Jonathan Ross’s World of Robin Hood, a promotional documentary to help promote the 2006 series -(whilst this documentary was uploaded to YouTube many years ago, it has unfortunately been taken down. I have since tried to find it but to no avail. It is a shame this documentary was not included on the series one boxset considering it was made to help promote the show). There are also a handful of interviews from scholars, most notably Stephen Knight, and my personal favourite, an interview with Francis Tempest, costume designer for series one and two of Robin Hood.

Like the set design, there is also a great DVD extra on the series one boxset called ‘Dressing the Hood’ in which Francis Tempest talks about how enjoyable it was to try and strike a balance between echoing the medieval themes in the costumes but also giving them a modern feel to appeal to a younger audience. There are also some great clips on this extra of Gordon Kennedy trying on his Little John costume as well as Lucy Griffiths doing a camera test (to see if the costume appears any different on camera) in one of her costumes.

Below are some of Francis Tempest’s designs for some of the costumes, giving an insight into the designing process. As shown, it seems the Nightwatchman was initially called ‘the Green Shadow’.

The Francis Tempest interview is a rare find and provides insight into why the costumes changed after series two – a question which I have been trying to answer for many years! It also includes the thinking behind the initial design and evolution of the costumes with some amazing illustrations of some of the costumes seen on screen. It is a brilliant interview that I deeply cherish as most importantly, it highlights the thinking and process that went into the start and initiation of Robin Hood. It almost acts as a ‘behind the scenes before the show’. The second link will take you straight to that interview.

There is no doubt that some of the characters in the third series felt more alien due to the choice of not continuing to use the costumes that had been used since the first episode. Francis Tempest’s input was greatly missed.


Fan made blogs

http://newrobin.blogspot.com/

http://robinhood2007.blogspot.com/

http://robinhoodseries3.blogspot.com/

Three outstanding blogs that thoroughly analyse all three series of Robin Hood. They contain some rare pictures such as some of a ‘Robin Hood Exhibition’ which was created to help promote the series (again, similar parallels with the recently successful ‘Doctor Who Exhibition’). Some fabulous reviews on all the characters and episodes in incredible depth. There are also some great edited pictures – I will display some below. I am in awe of the work that has gone into these blogs, the whole thing: content and layout look stunning. Definitely worth a read.

Update: Unfortunately all of these websites have been taken down. I do not know whether this was at request of the author or because the IP address expired. I have attempted to contact the author of the websites but to no avail. An awful shame but at least we have some of the pictures below.

Robin Hood Nottingham Castle Exhibition

Unfortunately I did not save the pictures of the Robin Hood exhibition at Nottingham castle from the above blogs. I have managed to find one (below – taken from here) however there are no others I can find. Unfortunately the blog where I found this picture is about capturing Nottingham through photographs rather than Robin Hood. If anyone has been to the Robin Hood exhibition and has photos, please feel free to send them in via the contact page. I will happily display them – it would be great to see what the exhibition was like again!

Robin Hood Exhibition at Nottingham Castle: Robin Hood’s costume, bow and arrows

The author of the blog I found the photo on briefly wrote of the exhibition:

‘The exhibition is a little dull by comparison [to the show]. It’s ok for youngsters and fans, but I found it a tad uninspiring. There was also not much lighting, so taking pictures was difficult. Today’s offering is Robin Hood’s costume, as worn by the lead character. I think his tunic makes him look a bit like a ‘hoodie’.’

The exhibition consisted of costumes from the show. The mannequins had bare faces so that the actors faces could be projected onto them – displaying a pre-recorded message (I believe in character) about the medieval world. From the picture, it seems that props were displayed too. Information boards were also a part of the exhibition – detailing information about the show as well as tying it into medieval Britain and the legend of Robin Hood.

Although this account that I have found is brief, it is revealing. I do think for fans of the show, this exhibition may have sounded more exciting than it actually was. I imagine seeing the props and costumes would have been amazing however I think in relation to the content of the exhibition, it was more about tying the show into the history of medieval Britain and the legend of Robin Hood. To fans that wished to have an exhibition focusing entirely on the show, this educational element may have been disappointing.


Old Fashioned Charm

A fan blog reviewing the show. Also includes some great pictures which I shall insert below.


Tapatalk

Robin Hood fan community on tapatalk. Although there are a lot of discussion forums that are now outdated and left abandoned, there is still some activity. There are still fans out there who like to talk about all things Robin Hood!


Fan made Jonas Armstrong blog

https://en.gravatar.com/nikki081

https://jonasarmstrongweb.wordpress.com/

The first link will lead you to a page about a fan who set up a blog about Jonas Armstrong. There you can find the link to the blog (the second link). Sadly the blog has been neglected for a number of years so only some of the links work. I am sure it will not be long before the whole website disappears. On the blog, you can find some excellent photographs and videos from Robin Hood.


Richard Armtiage.net

A fan website dedicated to Richard Armitage. It explores his involvement in many projects including Robin Hood. There is a ‘Guy of Gisborne Appreciation Page’ as well as some great press releases about Robin Hood.

Richard Armitage Online

Richard Armitage Central

Two more Richard Armitage fan sites although I would not be surprised if in a few years, Richard Armitage Online begins to disappear as it seems that it is no longer updated.


An amusing Tumblr post from the episode commentary of episode two: Sheriff Got Your Tongue?


Robin Hood Wikipedia Page

Wikipedia page for some detailed general information about the series. Includes some viewing figure statistics and links to other articles in the references.


They’ve Killed Maid Marian

An article published after the shocking and explosive series two finale. This article really emphasises how shocked fans were at the time.

There are loads of great ideas in the comments from fans about how to bring Marian back. I’m sure some of these ideas could be used in future if Robin Hood were to come back in some way. Some of the ideas are very good.


Where Are They Now?

A Digital Spy article commemorating the tenth anniversary of the first series of Robin Hood.


Cultbox

A similar article reporting on where the cast of Robin Hood are now.


Hoodwinked.net

One of the best BBC Robin Hood fan pages. Unfortunately, I discovered this amazing website too late and it is no longer monitored or updated. A lot of the pages and features therefore do not exist anymore. However there are still a few pages that work so you can still access some great features.

UPDATE: Unfortunately, the domain for this website clearly expired in the early months of 2019. The website had evidently been set up around the same time as the third series was broadcast. Clearly the domain had been made to last ten years. The website is sadly no longer accessible. Some of the best items on this website included scripts of every episode, and screencaps (screenshots of some of the scenes from every episode) as well as some fabulous pictures of the construction of some of the sets. Luckily, I managed to save the pictures of the sets which I will display below.

As displayed by the photos, the site contained a collection of impressive photos of the sets of Locksley village, Nottingham castle, the castle courtyard, Nottingham town, the fullery shown in episode one. There is also an insightful DVD extra on the series one boxset titled ‘Designing the Hood’ in which Mike Gunn talks about the process of producing the sets shown in Robin Hood.

As highlighted in some of the photos, the process of constructing the sets for series one was hampered by the cold weather. It is clear when watching the first two episodes of series one that the greenery had not quite come into fruition, resulting in a short suspension of filming.

Whilst it is lucky to still have these set pictures, it is unfortunate that all the fan made scripts for every episode have been lost. Whilst they were exceptional, it is a shame that the original scripts cannot be accessed. The BBC’s Writers Room (https://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/scripts) has a variety of scripts from many shows such as Doctor Who, Merlin and The Musketeers however unfortunately Robin Hood is not listed. Perhaps one day, some of the writers from Robin Hood will make some of their scripts accessible to the public so that fans of the show can witness the beauty and genius of such rare perfection in writing.