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Post by Nick Barlow on Wed Jan 07, 2009 9:01 am

Sally Wainwright (creator of At Home With The Braithwaites) has been asked to take over the series, and is promising a total reboot for series 4: http://www.thestage.co.uk/news/newsstory.php/23033/exclusive-wainwright-to-reinvent-bbcs

Interestingly, her role is being described as similar to RTD's on Doctor Who, and she says “I want to model Robin Hood more on Doctor Who, in terms of quality of script and quality of direction.”

I thought Hood improved a lot during S2, but Minghella has always seemed like the weak link in the series, though it'll be interesting to see how S3 goes if he knew from the start of production on it that he could clear the decks by the end.

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Re: Robin Hood

Post by Lee Carey on Wed Jan 07, 2009 9:40 am

Blimey- now that's very interesting. I seem to recall she's a friend of Davies' and he rates her very highly as a writer (their styles aren't dissimilar, thinking about it). Wainright's At Home With The Braitwaites was probably the last good ITV drama commission, and seemed to indicate her preferential theme of placing a very moral person into a situation where those beliefs would be pushed to their limit, so I can see Robin Hood suiting that.

And, one wonders, whether the BBC could be using this as a training ground for her to take over other Saturday early evening drama series in future? (Sorry, couldn't resist!-)
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Re: Robin Hood

Post by Nick Barlow on Wed Jan 07, 2009 10:05 am

Lee Carey wrote:And, one wonders, whether the BBC could be using this as a training ground for her to take over other Saturday early evening drama series in future? (Sorry, couldn't resist!-)
Actually, I was thinking that as well - a couple of years running Hood would put her in a very nice position to take over Who, assuming Moffat's there for about the same time period as RTD.

(And in terms of the parallels with the Mighty Davies, is The Amazing Mrs Pritchard her Mine All Mine?)

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Re: Robin Hood

Post by Frank on Fri Jan 09, 2009 4:28 am

Nick Barlow wrote:
Lee Carey wrote:And, one wonders, whether the BBC could be using this as a training ground for her to take over other Saturday early evening drama series in future? (Sorry, couldn't resist!-)
Actually, I was thinking that as well - a couple of years running Hood would put her in a very nice position to take over Who, assuming Moffat's there for about the same time period as RTD.

(And in terms of the parallels with the Mighty Davies, is The Amazing Mrs Pritchard her Mine All Mine?)

Hang on, hang on...it hasn't been re-commissioned yet. This could just be a lot of hot air if the third series collapses in the ratings. She's basically submitted some ideas and obviously the Beeb and Tiger Aspect like them. But it hinges on a fourth series being commissioned. If the ratings are poor for the third series then they'll drop it like a stone.

I actually thought Series 2 was way better than Series 1 and overall it's been enjoyable. I agree that there are weaknesses and it does confound me why the production team didn't fix these for the third series now that Sally Wainwright has waded in with her ideas for a fourth series that sounds as if it's getting a complete re-boot.

Ah, well. Time will tell. Smile
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Re: Robin Hood

Post by sparacus on Wed Jan 14, 2009 3:55 pm

They simply need to start the whole thing again from scratch & make it more like the 80s 'Robin of Sherwood'. At the moment its very silly and only enjoyable for the male totty.
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Re: Robin Hood

Post by Lucy McGough on Wed Jan 14, 2009 3:59 pm

sparacus wrote:They simply need to start the whole thing again from scratch
Hmmm... the Sheriff could invent a nuclear bomb which kills off all the characters, thus giving the casting directors a clean slate.
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Re: Robin Hood

Post by Zoltar on Wed Jan 14, 2009 6:12 pm

Lucy McGough wrote:
sparacus wrote:They simply need to start the whole thing again from scratch
Hmmm... the Sheriff could invent a nuclear bomb which kills off all the characters, thus giving the casting directors a clean slate.
I like it, the Holy Nuclear Bomb of Antioch.

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Re: Robin Hood

Post by Lucy McGough on Thu Jan 15, 2009 3:06 am

Zoltar wrote:I like it, the Holy Nuclear Bomb of Antioch.
The BBC should hire us as scriptwriters. The Zoltar 'n' Lucy writing team could take the show to new heights! Smile
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Re: Robin Hood

Post by Zoltar on Thu Jan 15, 2009 5:29 pm

Lucy McGough wrote:
Zoltar wrote:I like it, the Holy Nuclear Bomb of Antioch.
The BBC should hire us as scriptwriters. The Zoltar 'n' Lucy writing team could take the show to new heights! Smile
Or depths, depending on the size of the blast crater. Wink

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Re: Robin Hood

Post by Horizon Chaser on Sat Mar 28, 2009 1:15 pm

Well, S3 is Jonas Armstrong's swansong. His Robin will probably die, too. All for the sin of being too Praed. But that pretty much does give you a chance to do a clean reboot.

Anyway, I speculate that Gisbourne will be the one to take over for Robin.
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Re: Robin Hood

Post by barnaby morbius on Sun Apr 12, 2009 3:21 am

i watched some of this after potd. i also watched a bit of "primeval"

i saw the first episode of demons. and a few episodes of merlin.

will anyone ever make a family saturday night show which is even a tenth as good as doctor who? because at the moment all the contenders are miles behind
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Re: Robin Hood

Post by Rich Flair on Sun Apr 12, 2009 4:39 am

I notice that Friar Tuck is now a coloured gentleman. This is political correctness gone mad. Is nothing sacred? Did Alf Garnett die in vain?
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Re: Robin Hood

Post by barnaby morbius on Sun Apr 12, 2009 4:58 am

i bet the tman wouldn't like it
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Re: Robin Hood

Post by Lucy McGough on Sun Apr 12, 2009 9:21 am

As far as I know, there is no race restriction on the priesthood. Gender, yes. Race, no.

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Re: Robin Hood

Post by Horizon Chaser on Mon Jul 06, 2009 10:52 am

Finally saw the ending. I was right on two out of three counts. 1) Jonas Armstrong's Robin did die 2) Richard Armitage's Sir Guy of Guisborne did redeem himself 3) Sir Guy would be taking over the leadership of the group. Not bad, if I do say so myself. So, now is it "Archer" that takes over or someone new.

Surely, the ratings are back from BARB on RH. Are they good enough for a re-commissioning? Will there be a Series 4?
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Re: Robin Hood

Post by Rich Flair on Mon Jul 06, 2009 10:54 am

Nope it's been cancelled.

Still, there's always Primeval...
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Re: Robin Hood

Post by Horizon Chaser on Mon Jul 06, 2009 11:11 am

Ouch! No more Robin Hood. That's too bad. It wasn't that bad of a show and maybe the reboot could have helped.

Now what will they do besides Merlin for Saturday Night Family Drama when Doctor Who is off-air?

Plus, we'll have to wait another generation before a new Robin Hood is attempted. I doubt I'll be alive to see it.
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Re: Robin Hood

Post by Rich Flair on Mon Jul 06, 2009 11:19 am

Nonsense - Russell Crowe is filming a version right now. If you can just hang on...
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Re: Robin Hood

Post by Horizon Chaser on Mon Jul 06, 2009 11:28 am

You mean "Nottingham"? It sounds dreadful. They're making the Sheriff into the good guy and Robin into the villain. That's what I've heard anyway. Sounds about as pleasing as that Kevin Costner debacle.
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Re: Robin Hood

Post by The Co=Ordinator on Mon Jul 06, 2009 12:50 pm

Horizon Chaser wrote:Now what will they do besides Merlin for Saturday Night Family Drama when Doctor Who is off-air?

I *think* the BBC are doing a pirate based one.

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Re: Robin Hood

Post by Rich Flair on Mon Jul 06, 2009 2:04 pm

Ghost Pirates? affraid
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Re: Robin Hood

Post by barnaby morbius on Mon Jul 06, 2009 2:08 pm

The Ice Pirates
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Re: Robin Hood

Post by The Co=Ordinator on Mon Jul 06, 2009 2:13 pm

Here we go. The Scrimshaw Pirates.

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Re: Robin Hood

Post by Horizon Chaser on Wed Jul 08, 2009 7:43 pm

Hmmm, that looks interesting. I'd also be interested to watch that Medici show, too. I'll bet it'll be like Showtime's "The Tudors". Showtime will need an historical drama to replace "The Tudors" soon.

We'll need a thread ere long for "The Scrimshaw Pirates".
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