Robin Hood, Robin of Sherwood


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So, Rupavahini is doing it again. They are telecasting ‘Robin of Sherwood’ once again. I can’t remember how many times I have watched it. Still it looks so fresh and can watch like a brand new tele serial. Rupavahini’s Sinhala subtitled version is outstanding as it has been done under the guidance of late veteran Titus Totawatta. The way he has adopted from the original version to suit to the Sinhala audience is amazingly admirable.

Michael Praed is extremly handsome as Robin Hood and Lady Marian (played by Judi Trott) also is very attractive and charming. Not to mention the rest of the merry men, Will Scarlet, Little John, Friar Tuck, Much, the Saracen Nasir and the godlike Herne the Hunter. Robin’s adversaries, the Sheriff of Nottingham and Guy of Gisbourne as well as the Sheriff’s brother Abbot Hugo also are casted professionally.

Music of Robin of Sherwood is a masterpiece.  The heavy drum sounds and vocals are synchronizing together to make the stories real. Breathtaking swordfights, fierce archers and horse riders add life to the storyline. One prominent feature is that a number of episodes are based on superstitious beliefs and cults which was apparent in medieval England.

Robin of Sherwood comes in three series. While Miacael Praed stars in first two series Jason Connery plays Robin’s incarnation in the third series. But everyone prefers Praed over Connery.

Series and Story

1.1       Robin Hood and the Sorcerer (Part 1)

1.2       Robin Hood and the Sorcerer (Part 2)

1.3       The Witch of Elsdon

1.4       Seven Poor Knights From Acre

1.5       Alan A Dale

1.6       The King’s Fool

2.1       The Prophecy

2.2       The Children of Israel

2.3       Lord of the Trees

2.4       The Enchantment

2.5       The Swords of Wayland (Part 1)

2.6       The Swords of Wayland (Part 2)

2.7       The Greatest Enemy

3.1       Herne’s Son (Part 1)

3.2       Herne’s Son (Part 2)

3.3       The Power of Albion

3.4       The Inheritance

3.5       The Cross of St. Ciricus

3.6       The Sheriff of Nottingham

3.7       Cromm Cruac

3.8       The Betrayal

3.9       Adam Bell

3.10     The Pretender

3.11     Rutterkin

3.12     The Time of the Wolf (Part 1)

3.13     The Time of the Wolf (Part 2)

It is shocking to hear that the series was abandoned after the third volume as the producers couldn’t continue with it due to financial problems. It is difficult to believe that no one could chip in to invest in such a popular production.

Read more of Robin Hood movies here. http://fandangogroovers.wordpress.com/2009/12/21/robin-hood/

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