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behind the scenes with the hooded man

Talking about shite TV with friends (like you do) Robin of Sherwood came up in coversation. Now, the hooded man is a hot topic for me because I hold the controversial view that the third (and final) series (the one starring Jason Connery instead of Michael Praed*) is the best. It's grittier. The characters are more twisted and conflicted. And there's that episode which is mostly Ray Winstone running around Sherwood naked ... (ahem) anyway, it transpired that a certain "someone" (ID yourself in the comments if you wish to be named and shamed!) had a tape "somewhere" of cast-and-crew stuff. "I've not watched this for about two years," he said. Probably a bit bemused that I should want to see it. Of course I wanted to see it. I used to skip tea at boarding school to watch Robin of Sherwood, even during the anorexia-watch season.

The video quality was nth gereration pirate but through the blur and snow and the morass of in-jokes, farting horses, weapons guffs and strippers were some stellar moments; Michael Praed getting a quarterstaff "right on the cock", Robin and the Sheriff bouncing around in bed together, Robin and Nazir skipping into the waves hand in hand, Nicholas Grace quite forgetting his lines during one of the innumerable scenes where Guy is attending him at his bath, and an entertainingly twisted moment where Ray Winstone tripped over in the forest and the cast and crew ran over and started giving him a good kicking.

And then, of course, I went to get out my old tapes, so we could do a little compare and contrast, and did I have any? Did I arse. Well, I do have the traumatic climax to season three, where everyone turns out to a demon and amber filters eat the entire forest, but we were after something a little fluffier than that. And now I come to think of it, I never did. I used to borrow oxyrhyncite's copies.

Maybe I should spring for the DVDs ... but, apparently, they've put music over the blooper reels, so you don't get to hear Gisbourne swearing in his cut-glass accent, or Prince John being introduced as the noble prince of fuck.

Which is a blinding shame.

* Disagree violently? Well, here's a sweetener from the fanart jackpot I found on the image search.

Comments

cleanskies
23rd Nov, 2004 07:26 (UTC)
it's like a proto-Xena
... full of mystery and mayhem, scenery-chewing bad guys, and bewildering cameos from ancient English gods. Although from time to time it does look a bit like one long Duran Duran video ... and the music (by Clannad) gets arther wearing. The Prince of Theives film borrowed quite heavily from it.

However, if you're fond of a prime slice of Ray Winstone, this is where he's young, buff and beautiful ...