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Clive Standen

The new Robin Hood?

It could have been so different if the BBC hadn't pulled the Robin Hood plug - a local lad could have filled the outlaw's shoes.

Since Robin Hood returned to our screens on BBC television lovers of the legend have had their patience sorely tested.

Most dramatic was the death of Maid Marian at the end of series two. Then they were faced with the loss of Robin Hood.

Jonas Armstrong, the latest actor to portray the man in Lincoln Green, hung up his bow at the end of series three.

The BBC's decision not to re-commission the Saturday night adventure came as a big blow to one man who was ready to take up the Robin Hood challenge.

Born to play the part

Clive Standen was born in Ireland but grew up in Leicestershire. His first paid job, however, was at the Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre in Nottinghamshire.

"I was a small tour guide known as Wolf Little, the son of Little John," he says.

"I'd start showing around visitors then suddenly someone would appear shouting 'it's the Sheriff and Guy of Gisborne, run for your lives'.

"The American tourists used to really panic and I'd be taken hostage. Then Robin Hood would appear in front of the Major Oak with a big shaft of light behind him and save me and everyone would cheer."

Clive Standen

Clive Standen as Archer with half-brother Guy

Man with the sword

Maybe it was the trauma of being stage kidnapped every day that encouraged 27-year-old Clive to take steps to look after himself.

By his late teens he was a National Thai Boxing champion. When he got into acting he made sure he honed his choreography and fighting skills by gaining an advanced gold certificate in sword fighting from the British Academy of Stage and Screen Combat.

Ready for the challenge

All those skills were put to good use by Clive's latest screen character, the mysterious Archer.

He was the half-brother of both Robin Hood and Guy of Gisborne who had spent most of his life sailing the world as a buccaneer.

"Archer belongs nowhere and has no home and no loyalty to anyone except himself.

"Unlike his half-brother Robin, Archer's never had a sense of belonging and never been loved and revered. He's not a Locksley and has no real identity and doesn't even have a surname."

The new leader?

The hope was that Archer could have become the new Robin Hood. With Jonas Armstrong set for pastures new, Archer, with his family ties and fighting skills, could have become the new leader of the outlaws.

It wasn't unheard of. Back in the 80s Michael Praed gave up on Robin in television's Robin of Sherwood. A mystical storyline saw a new Robin with Jason Connery playing the part of Robert of Huntingdon (Praed had been Robin of Loxley).

If the change had gone ahead Clive would have had to have brushed up on his archery skills.

On set in Hungary he fired a bow and arrow for the first time.

"Bela Unger, the stunt coordinator, took me to one side to give me an archery lesson. He fired his arrow and nearly got a bull's eye.

"Then I fired my first arrow and nearly split his! Everyone watching went 'wow' but then I had to do it again and it flew straight over the target and ended up impaling the set."

last updated: 10/07/2009 at 14:12
created: 10/06/2009

Have Your Say

Would Clive Standen have made a good Robin Hood?

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I wish Clive had been Robin Hood in the first place; then I could see why Marian would have difficulty choosing between Guy and it is, I think she's an idiot for choosing that pathetic Robin over Guy ;)I'll never forgive them for this; how dare they deprive me of both Toby and Clive!!! *sob* :*((BBC, it doesn't matter where you go or how far you fly. I will hunt you down, and the last thing you see will be my blade. ;) Sorry, I'm a fan of Firefly. ^_^

ok actually would have made sense to have clive standen play archer and carry on in robins name,since jonas wanted to move on.cant replace jonas as robin, but you put clive in there as his brother the story lives on according to legends alan and the other merry men carried on when robin died..then archer could have found his family roots..has potential for a great story line, however you would have to rename the series robin hoods outlaws or something to that effect,, and you can always bring jonas back as a cameo appearance as a spirit figure or a memory..

Allen A dale
Archer would make a great leader for the 4th series....They should make a 4th season with Clive(Archer)it would be great...would be a diffrent show all toghether but never the less a great series and dare i say it a better one with Clive as the lead

Clive Standen would be the ultimate Robin he looks like Errol Flynn and has the skills and the leading man looks...please make a series 4 bbc

No robin hood without jonas as robin!!i think clive will do his best for robin but it'll be useless.And also that stupid Kate;she can't take the place of Marian.but somehow plz continue the series.plz plz plz!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ashley jardine
you should make another series with jonas armstrong and make it that they found a cure or that a witch came to locksley and brought him back to life

Concerned Fan
I am so disappointed with this series. I fell in love with the first season and couldn't wait to watch the second. Then the rug was ripped out from under us fans with Marian dying and now no Robin?? You can't have Robin Hood without a Robin! The plot took out too many characters, critical character none the less, too fast. If you want to kill someone off take someone that is not vital to the story. I was so sad when the story took the turn for the worst with the ending of Season 2. I won't watch it anymore...better luck next time guys. Maybe you should just start with the end of Season 1 and go from there with a clean slate.

Rob Figueroa
I am from the US as well, but i am half english. I have had a great obsession with England Archary and Robin Hood for a very long time now and i also belive it was a mistake to kill Marian and obviously Robin. This show is amazing and i believe u should continue it somehow. i dont think archer should be the new robin u need to figure out someway to bring him back and marian too.

I think you you should make a 4th season. We loved the series. We were disappointed that Robin died, but we think the Tuck should lead Robin Hood. PLEASE make a 4th season!

Veronica Graham
I just finished watching Robin Hood: Season 3 and for some reason I started crying because I knew that Archer would not continue. I don't think that Archer should become Robin Hood but should become the leader of the group. You should really make a 4th season. Please keep it going!

It would really be good because the series lost it's best charaters Gisborne,Robin and of course the REAL best, Allan. So I think it would be good to replace the loved ones.BTW check on YouTube:42 reasons why Allan can NOT be killed. Thx!

Just finished watching season three on dvd. Would love to see a season 4 with Clive Standen as the new hero. Please reconsider!

They need to bring jonas and lucy (robin and marian) back somehow like go back to the past before the holy land or something. i miss them! they need a 4th season! it would make me soo happy!I think that Clive would have made a good Robin Hood, but Jonas did a great job, and works better with marian.please make a 4th season!

sahil arkabar
i am a little late to the discussion but just finished watching series 3 on dvd and Clive would be brilliant as the new acting and cool character.please make a series 4!!!!

It could have worked. Wouldnt say he would be called Robin Hood but then they could have all used the name Robin Hood and kept it going...just a thought

Carol and gary
we are in the U.S and have watched every episode and thought Clive Standen could have been the best Robin Hood and really made a 4th season.Archer was more of a hero than Robin and would have been great if he was at the centre of the stories/episodes...please brng robin hood back for another season with Archer he has our vote and im sure most of the BBC america viewers too!

adam houghton
clive standen is a legend so is robin hood so yes he would of been fantastic at playing robin lets see what you think make that series 4 common everyone is waiting for it

Romesh Perera
Im from Sri lanka.its so unfair to kill Robin hood.The Show should be continued...And Jonas Armstrong Should return.Archer cant take the place of Robin hood.. it was a stupid idea of BBC to stop the show...... I hope Season 4 will come with jonas Armstrong Back..

Hey!!!!!I'm from Sri Lanka..Robin Hood started telecasting here in 2009.Recently it finished Series 2.But I found the DVD and watched Series 3.It was bad to kill Robin Hood..Jonas Amstrong is great as Robin..And why the heck did you have to kill Allan-A-Dale??????????It has been unfair for him throughout.And Joe Amstrong is also great..I like him..It's a ridiculous thing to throw Robin Hood off...Atleast continue it till the King comes back to England,and till the Prince is over,and till the Robin Hood gang is rewarded.Yes,Clive will do good for Archer..continue with him,please..this is a great series..and must say,even in Sri Lanka,it's a hit..but Jonas and Joe Amstrong are the BEST!!!!!please rethink of continueing this series....really disappointed of pulling off...............................................

Sammy W
The best guy for the job by fari think he easily proved that in the last 3 episodes

Clive Standen was great in series 3 and would have been fantastic in a series 4 as the leader of the gang.its like watching a young Errol Flynn!he has everything going for him.the best thing about the finale was the prospect of having Archer as the main lead in the next season!!come on BBC give us Clive Standen in Leather on a horse with a sword and we will be there with bells on!

I vote for a season 4, with Jonas Armstrong. I´m not the kind of fan that surfs the internet all day to find new information about whatever I am fan of, so I´m not sure what's really happened, but I now one thing; it's named ROBIN HOOD for a reason. Not Archer!!

he would be good but i think jonas armstrong is still always going to be my favourite.I cried when he died

Andrea Adams
YES! I really hope they reconsider a spinoff - Sherwood.....

Bertha Richard
I thank they should bring back Robin Hood next year with Clive Standen as Robin.I live in the states and the only way I can watch it is on BBC. Because I can get it on dvd here. If they want they could try it for a season and see how the fans react to the change. I whatch it back in the 80's and I thank it went fine.

Jonas was fab to watch but I think Clive could have brought the series back to its outstanding glory. I think the BBC should bring Robin Hood back and have Archer as the leader of the gang.

Jonas did a great job playing Robin. I've enjoyed every season. I'm in America, and I've waited patiently for every season to air, instead of running to YouTube. I seriously shed a few tears when Robin died. I think a Archer spin-off could have worked, not a 4th season of Robin Hood. More like him taking the role as the leader of the gang as a individual.

Pamela Pernot
Absolutely would have made a brilliant Robin Hood. I really wish he would have been Robin Hood from the start. Would have been better balanced casting up against Armitage. CS has the charisma and magic of an Errol Flynn. In fact, if an EF bio film ever happens Clive Standed would be PERFECT!

I think "Archer" would have made a great leader. I wasn't sure about Marion leaving, but found the show even better without her. I think it could have been even better with Clive Standen coming in. Sorry to see the show end. It was the one show we always looked forward to watching each week.

Boy did BBC drop the ball on this one. What a bunch of IDIOTS for not keeping Clive Standen on Robin Hood and renewing for a 4th plus season. He made Jonas Armstrong look ridiculous as Robin Hood. He outshined them all. I hope he will get his own series someday. He is a present-day Errol Flynn. BBC is STUPID!!

OH...MY...GOSH!!!!! Are you kidding me????? BBC has canceled Robin Hood now that they truly have an actor worth watching it for???? Are they OUT OF THEIR MINDS???? The smartest thing for BBC to do is re-vamp this show and let it be a HUGE hit. I will watch and so will all of my friends and family. My goodness Clive Standen is brilliant, outstanding and BBC is so ridiculous for throwing away a show that can be more than just good. AMERICA WANTS CLIVE STANDEN!!!!!! Forget Jonas The Obscure. He is stupid and will be Jonas Nobody soon. I just want to see Clive Standen every week for years to come. He's soooooo awesome. Casting him in this show was the smartest thing BBC has ever done. Too bad they are throwing it all away. Boo BBC...BOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Holy cow he's georgeous. What's wrong with the BBC?! He would have made an AMAZING Robin Hood. Please bring the show back...for us ladies! x

robert deed
i think clive standen was really cool as Archer and he would have by far been my fav actor to play Robin Hood in the 4th series.really great actor

Clive Standen is just the best thing in Robin Hood. Ilove the way he played Archer as a rough diamond he really should have been Robin Hood right from the start...he has the whole package and is just fantastic to watch plus he is very hot as well

carl lamb
well he already is on to bigger and better things..i just heard he is going to be the new lead in Pirates of the caribbean 4 with jonny depp!!so it seems bbc's loss is hollywoods gain!

Clive Standen was far better than this show and im sure he will go on to bigger and better things..he would have made a fantastic Robin Hood and has real star quality unkike Jonas.

Aaron Butt
Theres no robin hood, without jonas armstrong im strongly considering not watching anymore, pointless , wish sumhow the director, attempts to save jonas in the programme,

Clive Standen is good but not as good as Jonas Armstrong. I was so annoyed and so sad when the BBC stopped the show. They could've done way more series' if they hadn't killed off Jonas. I just don't think Clive is as Dynamic as Jonas.

white horse
Clive was the only thing worth watching in series and deserves his own show...he really stole the spotlght as Archer and surely he has proved to the bbc that he can carry his own show after Robin Hood...

This is so lame, BBC you guys suck why did you cancel the show it could have gone for 2 more seasons if u didnt kill of Robin. All the same I say bring Archer in for a season ans see how it rates.

huge robin hood fan
i thought clive Standen was perfect in series 3 would have made fans of the legend proud as the lead in series 4..exactly how i wanted Robin Hood to be

jane finch
He would have been the best Robin Hood and looks so much like Errol Flynn its amazing

jane finch
I cant wait to see him on tv again he is a brilliant actor, a real man with a great look.would love to see him as a lead in spooks or the fixer

roger Mcarthy
Clive Standen brought a brilliant dynamic to the show and with him as robin he would definitely revive the show in to a smash hit for certain

So much better! Archer is a much more dynamic Robin Hood!

The next series would've been SO MUCH more popular with Clive Standen instead of Jonas Armstrong.I watched some of the first series and didnt like Jonas at all.Clive brings the Errol Flynn characteristics back to the Robin Hood series!!

The Swedish Robin Hood
The bbc did not think, Robin Hood livs on. Clive Standen could be a great Robin Hood! I say go for it!

Clive Standen was something else in robin hood i never really watched it until the last few and he was the main reason why i did...he is defo going to be a star!

I think he would be exellent but it won't be the same with out Jonas Armstrong.

the rightful heir to the legacy if you ask me he would have done Nottingham proud!i thought Clive Standen would have made the perfect Robin Hood

I think that bbc should of carried on. i am really annoyed because i am sure that clive would have done a fantastic job of archer and it is a real disapointment. bbc don't no what they are losing. and i'm sure alot of people will agree with me.

I think Clive Standen would have, and could still be if the BBC re-comissions the show , been an excellent Robin Hood. He brought action and adventure to the show in his three episodes and he should have a chance to be in more. Shame on the BBC for not giving him a chance!!! BRING BACK ROBIN HOOD!

Yes, he would make a great Robin - Better than Jonas as he always seemed too wet for my liking. It would be easy to do, most people knew of Robin Hood but had never met him, Archer would just take on the name and allow the legend to live on, it was the name that gave people hope so no reason he could not take it. After all, Robins name wasn't really 'Hood' so Archer could easily take on the role and name. I thought Robin Hood was crap up until the point Marian died, after that it got a lot better and the final episodes are amazing, definately should be a new series

what?! no one replaces jonas armstrong!NO ONE!!!!!!! Sorry, there can only be one robin (and marian) so archer and kate can move along!!!

A character is what you want it to be. I just started the series, and am not familiar with Archer as a character, but if he is not a born leader, it is always interesting to see how he would struggle to live on Robin's ideology and dreams. I think they should go for it, as long as they make sure that Standen doesn't attempt to replace Robin, but be himself and a leader accordingly instead of living up to Robin's ways. That can take the series to a whole new level: can the 'Robin Hood' heroism continue with a different leader who is stronger in some senses, but weaker in others, and thinks differently than Robin? Or will everything just fall apart? Either way, I think that the series should be continued, and I really hope that is the final decision.

ken walland
I am really annoyed at the bbc for ending RobinHood as i was so sure Clive would have been the best Robin to hit our screens. his 3 episodes in this eries completly up the stakes and he outshone most of the cast when he was on screen. i hope we see him in an action type series soon as he really looked in his element unlike Jonas Armstrong who was never really at home as Robin Hood Clive Standen was the real deal. a true british talent

Jamin Allen
Yep. It would have been great to give him a chance on a brilliant show that constantly evolved and was good family entertainment.He was good as Archer, he could've carried the series on to another season.. It's a shame Jonas Armstrong decided to leave, but at least this excellent series, with it's great ensemble cast could've been taken to new heights. C'mon BBC, keep the show going, we need saterday action shows for the family to enjoy! Robin Hood was one of the best things to happen to British TV in ages."WE are Robin Hood!"

Nicola Cormack
I think he at least deserved a chance - great loss to a Saturday night, bring back Robin Hood, he can live on if you let him

yes he would have been a great robin hood but he will never be the same as the old one he was the best. but i still love to have him as the new robin hood

Ally Brennan
As they said in the end of Series 3 "...we are Robin Hood..." and Archer could have taken over, in unison with Tuck, as the leader of the gang, with Kate eventually sofenting towards Much and making him more the man Robin [JA] wanted him to be...we could also have had a son of Gisbourne's appear out of nowhere, abandoned by his Dad at a very early age...plot lines could have worked very well until Richard decided to come home after his release from captivity.Congratulations to Richard Armitage and Jonas Armstrong for their excellent portrayals of their characters.

i hope they carry on with robin hood with no robin but that will be the great's!!:):):)

Sandra Collo
Yes, definitely. Very sad to see the series end.

kimberley Morgan
I think Archer would of made a great robin hood. i was very disappointed when i heard that jonas armstrong was leaving but then Clive Standen came into the show as archer and i decided the show would still be good with archer taking robins place in sherwood forest. so now i am very disappointed to find out that the show has been cancelled and there will be no series 4.

Sarabeth C
I think that clive standen would have made a really good robin hood and the bbc should reconsider their decision

Well quite frankly I lost interest in Robin Hood after they killed off Maid Marian and ruined the orginal plot. Haven't watched a single one of the third series despite liking Jonas Armstrong and the other characters...

Jane Mutter
Clive Standen will make a good Archer. How will Series 4 work without the Sherrif, Guy de Gisborne, Nottingham Castle and Robin Hood though??

Dan Matterson
I want to see him as Robin Hood!!!!!the guy is a legend and deserves his own come in to an established show for just 3 episodes and make such an impression is unheard of..he outshone the rest of the leads and was like dynamite on screeni hope the BBC commission a spin off show of Robin Hood for Clive to continue on as Archer.its such a pity that this genius character that he has created does not get a fair run of episodes to develop...i would love to see Archer in his own show..actually i would go one further and say Archer should have his own film let alone his own TV series!

i love jonas armstrong and he has been a great robin hood and i would love there to be another series. so clive would make a great new leader as he is also very buff!

est est
Clive Standen would make a good replacement for the outlaws leader. the only reason the rating went drastically down was because of the move from bbc one to bbc two due to the tennis.Typical BBC changing times and chanels as they feel like it!!! i had to go out that night and so set about recording Robin Hood when i got home what did i get "Wimbeldon"!!The whole Archer affair could bring up loads of new characters and storylines..Afterall Nottingham castle needs to be rebuilt!! :-). this last series has been the best one with the twist and turns double and triple crossing - much more interesting. Come on BBC other than doctor who what other decent action drama are you spending our money on...oh i know peoples absurdley high wages!!

Greg James
in my experience in the TV worldif you want the Archer spin off to happen you will have to write to the BBC or more importantly Tiger Aspect stating how you would really like the Archer spin off to happen. As if they have already had the idea they will not act on it unless they know the viewers want it on there screensso write to tiger aspect a quick note saying you think it would be a good idea and your support for Archer with maybe the plot ideas you have and you could be part of getting it off the groundas tiger aspect would need to show proof to the BBC that people would want to see the Archer Spin off really could just depends if you want to see it enough to write the letteryou could also post this on any other forum where you think you could muster an army! we need all loyal robin hood fans to chip in as the BBC's current plan is to replace RH with another reality TV show not another drama..there address isTiger Aspect Productions5 Soho SquareLondonW1D 3QAT: +44 (0) 20 7434 6700F: +44 (0) 20 7434 1798E:

I think Clive Standen would make an awesome Robin Hood. But you wont know if BBC cancel the show. Losing the actual Robin Hood was awful, but if they were to continue having Robin Hood on the air, Clive Standen would be great at it. There's so much more you could do with the show. It shouldnt stop because Jonas Armstrong left.Love the show and i dont think BBC should cancel it. Even if the ratings were down, the show is still amazing. And I'd love to see Clive Standen as the main man of the TV series.

Shannon B
I think Clive would make an excellent Robin Hood, but we wont ever know as we are not going to see Robin Hood on BBC1 no more. Its a shame because i would have really liked to see Much or Archer take over the "gang" and kill Prince John. I think Archer would make a really good Robin Hood because he has got the same skill and the looks but because of his loyalty issues i think i would rather have Much (sam troughton) take over Robin Hood as he has been with Robin Hood since the Holy Lands, and i think it would make his character alot better. So Much or Archer for Robin Hood i dont mind! I still have very small hopes that BBC will soon change their mind and carry on with Robin Hood so we will all find out who takes over and whether they save the King from Ransom and kill Prince John! Like Tuck said "Are you going to let the legacy of Robin Hood die with him??"

Alex Cain
I hope the bbc change there minds of axing the show. because they move robin hood season three finale to bbc two because of tennis did finish on bbc one. Of course the ratings would be down if you move it to bbc two on the day of airing the series. Remember bbc robin hood is a myth and Clive Standen would be a cool robin hood. and many villian story lines which need finishing. Even if comes back for one season i would watch it. Even doctor who has had poor ratings now and again. I'm fan of that as well and it's coming to it's 5th season. You have to think of the next kids growning up. Clive Standen will be there robin hood.Alex Cain , Liverpool.

Clive is a real man, Jonus a cutesy boy. A new series with Archer as the main charactor (tho not Robin Hood)would be a great use of my licence fee bring it on! Nice to see someone with real fighting skills in this kind of role for a change.

I hope they continue although it will be a bit weird having Robin Hood with out Robin Hood. Clive would make a great new Hero!

*Nods*I think he's brilliant.He's just like Robin although he isn't as trustworthy, But his cuteness makes up for that!He would be Amazing!

Yes Clive Standen was great and brought some fizzz into RH. I feel they should write a new series set in the same era but call it 'Outlaws'. They could help people all over the UK ie. Scotland = help William Wallace & his gang, Ireland & Wales & England all had their troubles if they did a bit of history research. They could even visit the Orient and bring in some of Archers past friends & enemies - the possibilities are endless. Please BBC lets see this man in a leading role.

The shows been great and I hope that there will be another series, but so many of my favourite characters have been killed that it's starting to feel like Eastenders! Well done to the whole team but please stop killing people. Archer would be great to lead the gang.

omg i hate how they killed robin (jonas armstrong) off but i think they should put new series on and have archer as the new robin hood. i actually love jonas armstrong to bits.

wow. the last episode was so sad. I really like archer now. I don't know about a new series now. It would be weird without robin but i think archer would be great so I don't know. Well done to the actors and writers and everyone.

I take the point that you can't have Robin Hood without Robin. However, we had Blakes 7 without Blake for the best part of two of its four series. So in other words, there is a precedent!

I think he would make a great hero.But..... I hope they won't continue the show,they have killed off so many of the actors.It would not be the same. :(

I also like Archer, he is not only very handsome and rugged but a bit of a bad boy. So perfect to become the new leader of the gang! They made it clear at the end that they are Robin Hood not one person anymore and there is still a lot to do before the king is back on his throne. Kate will of course finally see that Much is the man for her!! And why not new characters - there's still the other to help Archer - Call it "Archer of Locksly" for instance or "Archer of the hood". I will certainly watch it. Jonas has been great, but I like all the characters. There is certainly something about those hunky guys in leather and a little unwashed, its the long hair too! There is of course Merlin to look forward to this autumn! Well done to the BBC I say.

i think clive would and it would be amazing if the show returned and its a real shame jonas gave it up and i love the show and it would be a shame if it didnt return so he should take up the reign of robin it would have been better if the didnt kill off jonas and just replaced him

I think Archer would make a great leader, I don't think they should call him Robin though, it wouldn't be right imo.They left the series too open ended, a forth season should tie up everything, with the king being rescued or freed somehow and the fight to bring him to his rightful thrown, not only that but Archer finding his place in the world, and sorry to Much but I think if there would be a love interest Archer and Kate should be the new Marion/Robin match....XD

i do really like archer and guy but i will really miss jonas because how could it be robin hood without the real robin hood, anyway jonas was such a good robin hood i dont think anyone could replace him and be the original robin hood.

i really liked Jonas as robin he played the part well. but clive will make also make a great robin,but he needs more time? alothough the robin hood cast are sort of rebranding characters abit? so they may get a new robin character altogether, they robin hood writers always have tricks and stories up their sleves!i would like to see how archer would act as beening the robin but i'm still GUTTED the robin hood has hung his bow and arrow up for good?

b chisholm
i think he would be a good robin hood bit of a dissapointing end though

Esther Dhama-Siri Sasha Hope Abramson
YES!!!!!!!!!!! definatley he is just sooo riight for the part!

Jonas Armstrong is a brilliant Robin Hood and he played the part well and he will be missed but, I think that Clive will make an excellent replacement for Robin Hood. I like the character Archer, he's like an action man/hero in a way. He can fight, shoot a bow and arrow(which is what all good Robin Hood's should be able to do),he's charming and he's good looking. What more could you want!I'm definately looking forward to the new series and hope to see Clive cast as Robin Hood/Archer Hood and hope to see a lot of action in it. As a girl, I like a bit of romance, so maybe something could happen between Archer and Kate as it didn't work out for her and Robin. Who knows? xx

dan scott
i think clive will be brilliant and i hope you start making another robing hood serious soon because i love it!

Katie Edwards
yes i think he would. but i'd prefer it if he was Archer and the old gang carried on whith Archer as the new leader. i think that making him the new Robin would spoil it, but if he just took over as a new leader, and carried on Robin's legacy, it would be a lot better than a new Robin Hood, Jonas armstrong can never be replaced with a new Robin Hood. it would never be as good

i think archer is amazing !

Archer is cool- though I will miss Jonas Armstrong A LOT! I like to think he is now where he wants to be- and if a replacement is needed then i guess not much better could be found.

i dont get how there can be another robin now that jonas's character is dead it wouldnt make sense to bring in a new robin they should just make clive standen the new leader and carry on fighting who ever is left to fight

angie pickering
yes yes yes to clive cried my eyes out this evening what an episode but yes how about a series called archer

If they make a fourth series of Robin Hood(which they better had do, Archer would easily make the best Robin Hood. He resembles him the most(like how they both are good with arrows) and therefore it will be easier to adjust to him as a new Robin Hood much more than anyone else in the cast(such as Tuck lol)xx

i think he we but we will all mis Jonas!

Archer could take over Robins part, but is he loyal enough, i know that his character has improved on the loyalty, but he nearly killed Robin and Guy just for money! So he could easily kill the rest of the gang by leading them into a trap or he could just give up on them and leave! Though i think if his character does not do this then he could become a great Robin Hood, hes got the skill, the looks and the talent! Maybe it would be slightly better if one of the original gang members take over, not Little John or Tuck, maybe Much as he has always been by Robins Side and maybe even though she is a new character Kate because it would be different for a girl to lead and i think she could pull it off and it would add a slight twist to the upcoming series if there is one. I really hope ROBIN HOOD comes back for another series as it would keep TV alive and i enjoy the programme lots!

Clive Standen might make a good Robin Hood as Archer, but as it says his character does now have nay loyalties, so he could easily walk out on the gang, but then again he might not. But i also think that Sam Troughton (Much)could quite easily take over and become leader and replace Robin Hood. But i shall really miss Jonas and the other characters that have either left or been killed off. I hope Robin Hood comes back for a series four!

NO NO NO...There is only one robin hood i think it will ruin the series if there is a new robin hood clive would be good but jonas is the one and only robin for me i dont see there becoming a new robin hood so i hope the series ends because there is no robin hood without robin the main character that wud be like dr who without the doctor

I actually like Archer's character and I think he would make a great new Robin Hood. I just think the audience needs to give him more time. We are still attached to Jonas Armstrong's character. Personnaly, I think that Archer could replace Robin but I don't think Kate did "replace" Marian. I think we should be more worried about the "love part" of the story!! hihi!! As a girl, I miss the great love story!!

Kerry S.
If the series is recommissioned I think he will do a good job, but I will miss Jonas and the other characters who have left. It will basically be a new cast. The show will loose all of its original flavor. Returning original cast members for the 4th series will probably leave. The show will be a sinking ship. Robin Hood writers and BBC just listen to the viewers. The internet stories are better than the dribble that is being brought to screen.

Archer is really anoying but i do think they need a Robin type character but i think guy would be better (i love that he's in the gang now) How could they kill Alan he was like the best character in it , even better than Robin I don't care who the next Robin hood is as long as they bring Alan back!

i liked Jonas as Robin Hood but think Clive could be just as good and very different in the role (more Errol Flynn) and think he has been great as Archer so far so really look forward to seeing him take over in a 4th series.. plus he is a hunk!

Austin grant
the guy has my vote.he has more talent and charm in his little finger than Jonas Armstrong ever hadcant wait to see what he does in the role

i love robin hood. i recently bought the dvd's from the bbc shop (best online perchase i've ever made) and i watch them all the time. it's a real shame the jonas amrstrong is leaving, i love him so much, he's an amazing actor and perfectly suits the whole robin hood look. i don't think robin hood could be robin hood, without a robin hood! fair enough they are brothers but all the same the ledgend as we know it was robin hood, not archer hood. if robin dies on the finale of season three, i think the tears will come bauling again like the did for allen a dale, accept they will be ten times worse!

nnnooooo!!! Clive would not make a good robin hood!!!! I know jonas armstrong isn't comnig back but you cant replace him!!! He is the best robin hood ever!!! No way... they should at least find someone better than him if they want to do a 4th series!!! GO JONAS ARMSTRONG

At first, I thought Guy would take the reins as Robin, seen as he has now joined the gang of outlaws, they are related, part of him has always wanted to be good etc. I think Jonas is a good actor, but I think it would be good to have something fresh. I didnt think it was a good idea to kill off Marion, a main charcter and a vital love intrest.

terry galvin
i think after tonight's episode 2nd with archer i'm won over and think the guy is great...Good actor and the guy has some serious skills going on!

I think Clive Standen would make a good Robin Hood obviously i can only judge on the one episode that has aired i think he did a fine job and is very different to Jonas which is a good thing rather than just cast a like for like replacement they have gone an entirely different way..clever

percy winsor
firstly i like Jonas i like Richard i like the majority of the actors but if some want to move on....I really don't see what the big deal in a recast is?! Jonas may play Robin Hood in the first 3 series but anybody who knows the legend of Robin Hood will know there are loads of different stories of Robin Hood figures appearing in England spanning over many years so there could not possibly just have been one Robin Hood but dozens so why cant there be more than one incarnation of Robin in this frees up the story .the writers can go in a different direction and enables the formula not to get staleto be fare i am a little bored of watching Robin get captured,Robin Escape/be saved by his gang Robin get perfect opportunity to dispatch Sheriff Robin lets said villain live another day.don't get me wrong i have loved it up and till now but i am ready to see what the BBC can do to make it fresh again and this Archer character is great and could be the key to a whole new lease of original episodes...lets wait and seeI'm open minded to a series 4 as i really don't want to see this series it

Robin Hood is my favourite show and I aodre Jonas Armstrong. In my opinion, without Jonas as Robin the show cannot possible continue, which breaks my heart as I love it so much. Replacing Jonas to find another actor to play Robin would be a disaster, and killing Robin off would be a tragedy. How can their be a "Robin Hood" without Robin himself?

I think they are not trying to regenerate a new Robin Hood but more to get Archer to take up the mantle which is a good move i think.the idea that Robins brother steps in to the role rather than pretends to be him the concept that the people need a robin hood figure and he is elected (for want of another word) to carry on the cause. it worked so well in Robin of Sherwood i don't thin Clive Standen will have any problems in the re cast department..i love the way Archer appears to have a bit of a reckless streak which I'm sure Robin or Tuck will reign in before he is ready to take the reins...he has to go (like all great warriors in the movies/TV shows) on a road of self discovery and learn whats worth fighting for before he realises his destiny

i commented earlier.when i sed the romance should have been kept for a different character i ment this series. there shud have been no robin/isabella and no robin/kate. surprised at some critisism of jonas here. He's become one of the best actors in my opinion (on any show or film not just in this program).people have different opinions though. disagree with those who think this series is bad but agree with those who think 1 and 2 were better. i agree clive is good but still not sure it would feel right with a new character acting in the 'robin' role. the whole point is it's robin hood. i was watching series 1 dvd the other day and a quote from will seems to sum it up "we need robin". so currently as much as i love robin hood im 80% no to series 4. Which is weird as it really is amazing (in my opinion).

I love the current version of Robin Hood. I think Series 1 was probably the most simplistic series in terms of its storylines and events, because it was all about laying the foundations to develop future series of the current version. We all enjoyed it so much because it stayed a lot closer to what we all perceive the legend of Robin Hood to be about, I think in Series 2 and 3 they have gone off at some tangents as such and the producers and writers have broadened what the show's about. Friar Tuck's character portrayal was interesting and I didn't expect to see someone like David Harewood playing the role but he's done very well with it so far.Personally, I agree with the view that killing off Marian in Series 2 probably wasn't a good move for the show as it took out a key part of the bigger picture. Series 3 has been different in that it has contained a lot more dark, sinister themes in storylines and I've noticed a lot more actual killing going on this time which didn't happen much previously; Robin and the gang just used to 'incapacitate' the so-called 'bad guys' but spare lives still, there is a mix of killing and sparing now.It will be interesting to see just how the show's producers and writers intend to execute a complete change of appearance for the character of Robin Hood, with a new actor playing the part it would be difficult to pull it off I think. We've all got so used to Jonas Armstrong in the role, he's been brilliant I think, Clive Standen - having now been introduced as Robin's half-brother Archer in quite a major storyline - will probably struggle to pull off a convincing re-cast. The change wouldn't work as easily as it does in Doctor Who, Robin Hood can't far as I know!! ;-)

Andy Hodge
I think archer is great and cant wait to see him next week! think he would make a good Robin. has all the skills and charm needed

Robin Of Sherwood
this guy was great on Sat.i was really worried but he pulled it out of the bag and was really promising for the future of Robin Hood (the legend not just the TV show) he obviously is really loyal to Nottinghamshire and the legend.I'm think we will see Clive Standen emerge in to a great Robin... if it happens..and i kind of hope it does...

Gary B
After watching his first episode i think Clive rocks in the role! would definitely give a 4th series a go with Archer as the lead...very watchable Actor

i don't know. robin hood is my favourite program so part of me would love a series 4. without jonas though I'm not sure. robin is the best character. jonas the best actor. robin hood is amazing. all three series but i will admit series 1 and 2 are better then series 3. It's because robin/marian was such a great pairing. I love all series but think they should have kept the romance for a different character. it's just doesn't seem right. I think you take out robin hood it's going to be a weaker program. Still great coz all the actors are great and the writing but without robin, marian, will, djaq and the sherriff thats 5 original characters! LOVE ROBIN HOOD! BEST PROGRAM EVER!

former fan
i don't think a new series of robin hood should be commisioned, as far as I'm concerned the bbc ruined the show with the death of marian, and this latest series has definatly sunk in my opinion. If they are set on making a fourth series then they should definatly change the name of the show, without robin hood and all the characters from the first series that we grew to love, i hardly think it can be called the same show.

Yeah I think he will make a good Robin Hood!

Monica S
WOW what a new character to introduce he has everything-the bad boy charm the heroics of robin (and what would you expect from his own brother)the wit and energy and also the looks...Archer is the real prince of thieves of this series and cant wait to see him next week

Tom Chambers
Oh yeah...just watched the episode with Archer and he is super cool!cant wait to see him next week.he is going to be such a cool Robin.

Amy Queens
is it me or does he seem to have sexy crazy hair...digging that.looks a bit rough around the edges which is how i want my Robin...i say yes please

Charlie Dixon
Wow is this guy the new Robin?..i think he is gorgeous!!and has a bit of Guy in him to!i am very impressed with the casting and cant wait to see him in action

Gemma Walters
I think he could be all seems there and think it could be a case of second time right if the BBC can learn from there mistakes...they have to give Clive some decent writing though as i think that is my only problem with the show...but i will be watching this guy for sure

I am happy with the casting..seems well rounded and has all the skills needed...i just hope they use the fact that he i half Gisbourne in to the characterisation so we don't get a goody two shoes nice to see him have a bit of both of his brothers in his blood

This guy is a real babe and sounds so passionate about the role and the legend that im sure we are in good hands..he is dreamy..

Sarah Handy
This guy is seriously hot and seems like a really sweet down to earth lad from the East Midlands. i cant wait to see him as the new Robin...It would be good if they have Archer a little to good at robing from the rich but not so good as giving to the poor at the start until Tuck trains him up to take on Robins fight..thats what i want to see..xx

Shane Street
I think its about time they found a real man to play robin rather than a boy no offence to Jonas Armstrong but i think he was miss cast. When i think of Robin Hood i always think tall rouged and a bit of a mans man but with a charming side and this lad seems to be all these things from the interviews i have read and pictures i have seen i think this could be really promising to put the legend back on track...he has my early vote!

Georgina Larder
I think the show could be on to a winner with Clive taking the lead role...its what Robin Hood has been missing....a real swashbuckling Errol Flynn type hero with charm and panache with a handsome face.the kind of Robin that kids want to be and mums fall in love with and dads just get jealousand by the looks of things,Clive Standen has this in spades..roll on series 4!

I will miss Jonas, but Clive looks like an interesting character to follow. Of course I'll continue to watch this version of Robin Hood, as I have watched all the other versions. That's what makes the legend so great. It can be viewed so many different ways and still offer excitement.

Im hoping the BBC will make a Robin Hood spinoff show with Clive rather than carry on calling it Robin Hood with half the known characters missing!

Darryl Stevens
Very excited about the new character, probably would have made a more appropiate Robin Hood in the first place.

Fiona Sanderson
I think he is really hot and will make a good hero. Can't wait to see him in action.

I think the way his character is written and with the background of the actor, Clive Standen will make an excellent & interesting Robin Hood/Archer Hood! Something fresh & original! He is also a lot easier on the eye than Jonas Armstrong ;) One important thing though: without Guy continuing on his rocky road to redemption, a lot of viewers, myself included, won't continue to watch RH no matter how brilliant Clive might be.

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