legend of Robin Hood has enjoyed many TV and movie adaptations.
From Errol Flynn's celluloid turn as the outlaw of Sherwood forest
in 1938 through to the recent US TV series - The New Adventures
of Robin Hood.
for most of us Eighties kids, there can be only one version guaranteed
to swash our buckle - Robin of Sherwood.
show which ran for three years from 1984-86 won acclaim for its
gritty portrayal of life in the middle ages, the attention to detail
paid to incorporating all aspects of the Robin Hood mythos into
the storylines as well as the inspired casting that launched the
careers of Ray Winstone (Will Scarlet) and Michael Praed (Robin
of Sherwood was about much more than the typical story of a band
of outlaws living in Sherwood Forest, fighting against Norman oppression
and robbing from the rich to give to the poor. The aspect that made
the show unique was the mystical, magic and sorcery element that
played a major part in the series.
of Loxley was selected as 'The Chosen One' by 'The Lord of the Trees'
- Herne the Hunter. This great god of the forest possessed the powers
of light and darkness and acted as sage and mentor to the outlaw.
The imaginative inclusion of the character brought a never-before
envisioned fantastical element to the legend.
ethereal quality the show possessed was also greatly enhanced by
the award-winning incidental music performed by Celtic-rock group
Clive Mantle who played gentle giant and merry man, Little John
of Hathersage explains what made the series so special.
was the perfect blend of fantastic stories that were wonderfully
realised and breathtaking locations," he said.
Mantle as he appeared in Holby City
the series ended 16 years ago and he has since enjoyed greater acclaim
through his ten year stint as Dr Mike Barrett in Casualty and Holby
City, Clive maintains that it is the role of Little John he remembers
is the job I've enjoyed doing more than anything else on TV",
have the greatest memories of beautiful, halcyon days-out filming
on location and we had such a great, fun crew working on the show."
fact, such firm friendships were made during filming that the cast
and crew still regularly meet up once in while.
Mantle on set in Castle Combe with some young fans
still get together once a year. Not just the cast but also the directors,
producer, props guys, it's like a family! I think the key to part
of the series' success was that this great camaraderie came across
was certainly mirrored onscreen when after two series in the lead
role, actor Michael Praed hung up his bow and arrow and was replaced
by Jason Connery.
the one hand, we were incredibly grateful the series was to continue
but we did make it tough on Jason, coming into this impeccable fighting
unit as the new leader. But just like with his Robin and our merry
men in the show, he won us over."
of locations around the country were used for the series including
many in rural Wiltshire.
Saxon Tithe Barn in Bradford-on Avon became Nottingham Castle's
in the grounds of Bowood House also became the setting for the quarterstaff
battle between Robin and Little John in the first episode 'Robin
Hood and the Sorceror'.
area near Castle Combe in Wiltshire became the Village of Wickham
Chalfield Manor in Melksham doubled as Maid Marian's family home
Leaford Grange and Nettleton Mill near Castle Combe became the scene
of many a battle - the village of Wickham.
Wiltshire locations used sporadically in the series included Farleigh
Hungerford Castle on the Somerset/Wiltshire border, Azimghur Barracks
in Colerne and Lacock Abbey.