Robin Hood TV series

I was enormously lucky and proud to have the opportunity to write and ‘showrun’ this series for Tiger Aspect and the BBC, working alongside the gifted Foz Allan.

There are many more great people who helped me than I could possibly thank individually, but here’s a huge and heartfelt thanks to all those who came on the journey with me.

I do just want to mention Andy Price’s music though.  His contribution has been somewhat overlooked.  But the work is sublime.  I might upload a track or two to show you what I mean.

Sample Track

Jonas Armstrong as Robin Hood

 

19 thoughts on “Robin Hood TV series

  1. Mr Minghella,

    I am delighted to have a chance to tell you how much I appreciate Robin Hood. It is a wonderful series and for me, who is a Hood’s fan since I was a child, the show is one of the best adaptations I have ever seen. Your Robin is great, he is human and this is a huge quality.

    In France, the show is not very well-known but those who know it, love it because it is really complete : drama, adventures, romance, a lot of humor but also some deeper messages like the role of the Church, the approach of the Cruisades… a great mix with in bonus, Andy Price’s marvelous music !

    Robin Hood is my favourite series and I am glad to fill our french fansite each day to present the show to the people who doesn’t know it yet.

    Thank you Mr Minghella !

    Have a nice day,
    Locksley ;)

  2. Hello!

    I just wanted to say how much I absolutely LOVED Robin Hood! It was wonderful. I loved Maid Marian. I was soooo sad to see her die. But I loved it and I had to let you know! Thank you soooo much! :)

  3. Mr. Minghella,

    I can’t tell you how excited I am to be able to express in some small way my thanks to you for your work on Robin Hood. Here it is all this time later and I was revisiting some of the sites I loved to read and comment on. I happened upon your blog and am thrilled to be able to have the opportunity to say Thank you!

    Robin Hood came at a very difficult time in my life. RH became my escape, my refuge. I don’t have a blog or a website, I’m not a writer, but I am a dreamer. RH gave me scope for the imagination. Helped me through a difficult time.

    Thank you so much for sharing your talents with us all. If I could get over the excitement of finding your website I might have said something profound! Or maybe not.

    With much appreciation,
    Dreamer from the BBCA board.

    It’s good to dream.

  4. Without a doubt Robin Hood was great and the music wonderful. BUT….you know this can’t be the end of the story. King Richard has not come home yet and Robin still needs to lead his crew even if he is not in this world.
    PLEASE…….consider what I’m saying……you need to finish the story. It can be done!

    HIghest respect and regards to you for what you do.

    Suzette

  5. Hi Mr. Minghella,

    Big fan of Robin Hood here, both the legend and the show. But most importantly: huge fan of Andy Price’s score for the series.
    I have to say, I was quite disappointed to see only one CD release for the show, with so much amazing music left unreleased! Especially from season 2, such as the cue playing when Robin is getting out of the snake pit in episode 1, or the one when the gang gets the gold in the sheriff’s strongroom in episode 2.

    The cue you posted here was quite a gift, since it’s one of my favourite unreleased bits from season 1′s score, and I was wondering if it would possible for you to share a few more cues from the show?

    Best regards,

    Laurent.

  6. I’d be shot if I did that! But so glad you love the music – isn’t Price a genius?

  7. Yes, yes he most certainly is.

    Well, I’ll keep on hoping a record label will release more of his music, because he definitely deserves it.

  8. Caroline Catz (brilliant actress) stated in an interview that the scripts she received while working on DM were great not only in content but for the space above the lines which permitted improvisation–Do you allow for improvisation in your Robin Hood scripts or do you request the Artist to read exactly as written ? or is it the Director decision ?—I love the show either way—-Bob Scribner

  9. Dear Bob,

    I welcome actor engagement but the way I write doesn’t leave much scope for improvisation. Perhaps what Caroline was referring to and responding to was intelligence in the writing (hopefully!) – rather than writing with gaps. Not sure.

    More importantly, are you the Bob Scribner who taught my partner Medieval Reformation History at Clare?

    All best,
    DM

  10. I think you should delete the last episode and do it again it would be like this robin is dying by the danger but when he kneels down to Gibson he gives robin the antidote then it hose on and on to the part when he dies instead he drinks the antidote and it dose work after 2 days and they are making the journey to king Richard but when they wake up the 2 day he is gone but when they go up on deck they see robin in the crows nest and that is as far as I have got.

  11. I’m a new fan to RH-BBC and have to say I thoroughly enjoyed Seasons 1 and 2. I still can’t bring myself to watch Season 3 without Marian. Sadly, I’ve read that you guys killed her off for audience shock value. What an unforgettable shocker it would have been to have Lady Marian (thinking Robin was dead) marry Gisborne.
    Season 3, Robin would still go through all the pain and turmoil of losing her with even more hatred toward Gisborne, as Marian is torn between both men, one good, one evil. Gisborne’s struggle to become the good man Marian believed him to be would have been epic.
    How about a Bobby Ewing type shower scene (it was all a dream), then … Let’s do this thing! ~hahahaha~ just kidding
    Tea

  12. Hi Tea,
    I’m not sure it’s fair to say we killed Marian for shock-value. Her position was to an extent untenable in that, without a father to protect, she no longer had reason to pretend she was “on-side” with the Sheriff and Gisborne. There was no reason not to declare her affiliation, and affection, for Robin. So she did. There was no way Gisborne could allow that. He would rather kill her than let Robin have her. So he did.

    That was the core logic. Marian’s days were numbered once her father died.

  13. First of all, so glad to have stumbled upon this website. DM you should know, I adore RH and re-watch the DVDs all the time. The series was brilliant and I miss looking forward to new episodes. It’s really my favorite show. From the actors to the production, it had a little of everything like a rich chocolate. Much as I loved Marian as a character, I thought her death was handled beautifully in a tragic type way. Anyway thanks for the creating Robin Hood. I’m still enjoying it. By the way DM, have you seen series 3 and what are your thoughts on it? I thought Clive Standen’s Archer character could have went on to become the new Robin Hood had the show lasted. I just wanted to know if you were still keeping up with RH and why you weren’t more involved with the last series?

  14. I wrote a message on here but I don’t see it showing up so I’ll try once again. Anyway I mainly thanked you (DM) for creating Robin Hood and wanted you to know how much I enjoy it. I went on to say I think you handled Marian’s death well despite the criticism that came along with it. (BTW, was Lucy’s contract up or was it a creative decision only?) I also wanted to know why you (DM) weren’t involved more with series 3 and if you kept up with watching the episodes? I thought Archer (Clive Standen’s character) could have went on to become the new Robin Hood. I was sorry to see it canceled. Here’s hoping this posts this time.

  15. Hello!

    I just came upon this site through a Google Images link, oddly enough, but wanted to take the chance to tell you how much I continue to enjoy Robin Hood, and thank you for your work on it. Even though it’s been off the air longer than it was on, it remains my favorite show. Not only that, my kids have grown up watching it, so it’s become something we share, and I have no doubt it will remain in their childhood memories. :)

    And, I agree about Andy Price’s contribution. The soundtrack is just amazing! It was awesome that he was on some of the commentary tracks; more shows should follow that lead.

    Since this is an unexpected opportunity, I’m hoping I might ask about a couple of things. Did you have any ideas about what became of Robin’s and Marian’s mothers, or what Robin’s mother was named? Also, did you have any backstory in mind regarding how Much came to be Robin’s manservant and friend?

    If you have the time and inclination to reply, I’d be thrilled and appreciative! And, if not, please just know that this show has meant a lot to myself and my family, and I don’t see that changing.

    Thank you for everything!! :)

    Rachel.

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