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Maid Marian and Her Merry Men (BBC-1 1989-1994, Kate Lonergan, Tony Robinson)



With the Blackadder series coming to an end Tony Robinson (who played the legendary Baldrick in that series of course) decided not to sit around waiting for the next offer but instead wrote one of the best kids series of the early 90’s.

Taking the Robin Hood legend and turning it on its head Robinson put forth that Maid Marion was the actual brains behind the Robin Hood legend and that Robin was an iffectual Yuppie type known as Robin of Islington, add to the mix Danny John-Jules (of Red Dwarf fame) as a dreadlocked minstrel type, Robinson himself as the dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham and a some great song and dance numbers and you have a very entertaining mix.

There are plenty of slapstick moments to keep the kids happy (especially amongst the downtrodden villagers of Worksop where mud pies are the order of the day) but there is also plenty to entertain the adult viewer, especially in the anachronisms the series throws up, most children’s sitcoms tend towards being over the top, take something like Rentaghost for example which was just plain silly, but Maid Marion thankfully mostly avoids that trap with some first rate acting and generally amusing scripts.

production details
UK / BBC One / 25×25 minutes 1×50 minutes / Broadcast 16 November 1989 – 16 February 1994

Writer: Tony Robinson
Producer: Richard Callanan
Director: David Bell

Kate Lonergan as Maid Marian
Tony Robinson as The Sheriff of Nottingham
Adam Morris as Robin Hood (as Wayne Morris)
Forbes Collins as King John
Mark Billingham as Gary
David Lloyd as Graeme
Howard Lew Lewis as Rabies
Danny John-Jules as Barrington
Hilary Mason as Gladys
Mike Edmonds as Little Ron
Ramsey Gilderdale as Guy of Gisbourne
Siobhan Fogerty as Rotten Rose Scargill
Robin Chandler as Snooker
Kerry Potter as Nettle