I didn’t hold much truck with the recent BBC Robin Hood, probably because my heart is indelibly wed to the ITV 1950s version. Catching the latest BBC series, however, I think things might be looking up.
The Merry Men still look like overgrown hobbits, but callow youth Robin (Jason Armstrong) has acquired a few extra pounds and an interestingly surly air while dispensing with the irritatingly modern Maid Marian means we can have more varied female interest. Better still, the luscious Richard Armitage as local baddie Guy of Gisborne now teeters on the brink of gothic madness, a look that suits him down to the ground. Sardonic charlatan Keith Allen is left looking decidedly run of the mill.
These pictures are from the Robin Hood blog
Off for a few days holiday this week. Will no doubt return to my literary high horse before too long.