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Michael Praed - the interview
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Michael Praed aka Robin Of Sherwood
Dreadful swords, dangerous fight scenes, Ray Winston and Clannad.

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Michael Praed aka Robin of Sherwood was recently in Nottingham as part of the cast of The Constant Wife.

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There was only one thing to do on a Saturday night in the mid-1980s. As soon as you heard the unmistakable whisperings of Clannad you knew your night's entertainment had started.

Robin Of Sherwood
Robin of Sherwood (Pictures courtesy Granada)

The TV series Robin of Sherwood had a mass following in the 80s and following generations have grown up with the programme through multiple repeats.

Many of the cast - Ray Winston, Clive Mantle, Judi Trott - have gone on to do great things.

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We speak to the one and only Robin of Loxley aka Michael Praed about the series and...

  • Pre-production hopes: It was hoped the gang of outlaws would be a mediaeval version of the magnificent seven.

  • Life on set: The filming was very technical and pedantic - how it took an awful time - especially with fight scenes - they are exhausting and occasionally very dangerous. However, he admits that they played hard and partied.

  • How Clannad got the TV gig: We hear how Michael, Clive and Mark first heard Clannad on radio and went to the producers suggesting that they be used in the series.

  • What he remembers best: The paycheque.

  • Keeping in contact with the cast: He spoke to Clive Mantle the other week. He saw Judie Trott a couple of weeks ago.

  • The film locations: Not a frame of it was filmed in Nottinghamshire. Most of it was in Bristol but also Cornwall.

  • His experiences of Sherwood Forest: He has climbed inside the Major Oak!

  • Michael also tells us whether he believes in Robin Hood.

Does he believe? You'll have to listen to the full interview to to find out.

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