The Adventures of Robin Hood Season 1 Episode 7: The Challenge

A Challenge has been made by the Sheriff and Sir Richard of the Lea, one that doesn’t challenge the two parties but does rile up formidable archers to defend their masters. The Sheriffs intentions are not just for his love of wagering but also to prove that his bowmen are better than the outlaws. Robin and the Outlaws are skeptical about coming out of the forest to compete for Sir Richard of the Lea, but Sir Richard assures Robin that he would receive immunity for the duration of the contest. Robin and Little John take on a pair of the Sheriff’s mercenaries to a battle of the bow. The Sheriff thought his plan would give him the wager and the Outlaw he so desperately seeks. His plans are foiled but so are Robins. Robin and Little John are under siege but can live in the luxury of the castle while the Sheriff is outside. If only Sir Richard wouldn’t mind.

Personal Synopsis

Sir Richard of the Lea is a noble Lord but poor and unwise with his money. His wager against the Sheriff’s shows the innate response to a challenge of skills. This episode show the story of Robin’s interaction with the Sheriff and Sir Richard, both being people he would come in contact with a number of times. The trick the Sheriff setups for Robin Hood and Little John is a likely one but the outcome was one that no one could have perceived. Robin gets to be with Maid Marian, eat and be merry while Sir Richard and the Sheriff settled their differences. It’s good to be the outlaw.

Original Air-Date:  7 November 1955

Directed by Ralph Smart

Written by Eric Heath 

Robin Hood- Richard Greene

Sheriff of Nottingham- Alan Wheatley

Outlaw- Victor Woolf

Little John- Archie Duncan

Friar Tuck- Alexander Gauge

Maid Marian- Bernadette O’Farrell

Sir Richard of the Lea- Ian Hunter

Lady Leonia- Patricia Burke

Simon- John Drake

Outlaw- Gabriel Toyne

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