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The Adventures of Robin Hood Season 2 Episode 30: Food for Thought

There is an uproar in Upper Minton after Count Olivier demanded a new tax to be levied. The villagers are certain that this new tax will rob them of their food supply for the rest of the year so they beseech Robin Hood for help.

Personal Synopsis

The threat of starvation has taken many people to extreme lengths. When Count Olivier hands down another tax, the villagers see pending famine across their lands and begin to sure up their own food supply. Robin Hood comes in to help and has the chance to save the villagers by feeding the Count Olivier his just desserts.

Original Air-Date: April 15th 1957

Directed by Terry Bishop

Written by Sidney Wells

Robin Hood- Richard Greene

Little John- Archie Duncan

Count Olivier- John Sharplin

Seneschal- Patrick Troughton

Sam Ludlow- Meredith Edwards

Tom Barker- Duncan Lamont

Master Weylin- Emrys Leyshon

Derwent- Victor Woolf

Master Maurice- Charles Lloyd Pack

Scullion- Bruce Sharman

Villager- Dervis Ward

 

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The Adventures of Robin Hood Season 2 Episode 29: The Black Five

Duke DeMoreville has his eyes on Nottingham and the sheriffs job. His reputation of torture and murdering villagers in his shire has reach the ears of those in Nottingham. Robin Hood and the outlaws see the danger in Duke DeMoreville taking power. The Sheriff and the outlaws uncharacteristically work together to stop the Duke from enacting his deadly authority upon those in Nottingham.

 

Personal Synopsis

The Black Five is a rare episode when both the sheriff and the outlaws actually need to work together. The risk is just too great for both parties when the Duke comes to town. Robin saves the life of the sheriff, uses pigeons for his clever tricks and ensures himself extra riches that can go to support the villagers of Nottingham.

Original Air-Date: April 15th 1957

Directed by Anthony Squire

Written by Michael Sayers

Robin Hood- Richard Greene

Sheriff of Nottingham- Alan Wheatley

Little John- Archie Duncan

Earl de Moreville- Patrick Cargill

De Moreville’s Senechal- Manning Wilson

Sheriff’s Senechal- Dennis Edwards

Derwent- Victor Woolf

Wounded Man- Peter Welch

Sheriff’s Lieutenant- Peter Retey

Messenger- Graham Stewart

Man-at-arms- Gordon Whiting

 

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The Adventures of Robin Hood Season 2 Episode 28: The Borrowed Baby

The Outlaws are suspected to have stolen a gold shipment but the suspicion also lies on Maid Mariam who was one of the few that knew about the shipment. Count of Severne makes a bet with the sheriff that Mariam will prove to be the spy within their midst. The plan involves a baby borrowed from its very worried parents. The baby is found in the forest but does not fit well in the forest, perhaps Mariam can help.

Personal Synopsis

If by now Maid Mariam is not under suspicion of being somehow connected to the outlaws I would be surprised. Inevitably Maid Mariam comes all too close to being exposed as a supporter of the Outlaws. This episode involves a cunning plan to catch Maid Mariam in the act of aiding the Outlaws by means of the heartstrings. A borrowed baby is used as bait but luckily the Outlaws catch wind of this plan in time.

Original Air-Date: April 8th 1957

Directed by Don Chaffey

Written by Aileen Hamilton

Robin Hood- Richard Greene

Maid Mariam- Bernadette O’Farrell

Sheriff of Nottingham- Alan Wheatley

Little John- Archie Duncan

Friar Tuck- Alexander Gauge

Count of Severne- Guy Verney

Kate- Dorothy Gordon

Giles- Graham Stewart

Alison- Sylvia Kay

Molly- Megan Williams

Derwent- Victor Woolf

Man-at-arms- Paul Eddington

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The Adventures of Robin Hood Season 2 Episode 27: The York Treasure

An old friend Joseph of Cordoba and a young companion Esther are in Nottingham forest to find Robin Hood. There plight to assist refugees escaping persecution in Europe by ship has met its own troubles. They must safe guard the York treasure from the prying arms of Malbete and the Sheriff of Nottingham and safely hand it over to the ships crew. Robin Hood and Little John will join Esther in reaching the coast to receive the ship of refugees and to protect the York Treasure.

Personal Synopsis

“The two are inseparable just like noodles and soup” . The York Treasure speaks loudly about the persecution of minorities and the xenophobic nature of those who are unfamiliar with those minorities. It is easy to see the parallels being drawn between the refugees in this episode and the real life persecutions of the jews who in recent history suffered under oppression by those who did not accept them. This strong voiced and provacative episode is notable for such an effort to infuse such a highly contentious political subject into this series. Clare Thorne should have had more than just one episode to her credit.

Original Air-Date: April 1st 1957

Directed by Terry Bishop

Written by Clare Thorne

Robin Hood- Richard Greene

Sheriff of Nottingham- Alan Wheatley

Little John- Archie Duncan

Esther- Helena de Crespo

Joseph of Cordoba- Karel Stepanek

Malbete- Allan Cuthbertson

Alfred- Emrys Leyshon

Aaron- Paul Eddington

Fisherman- Wilfrid Brambell

Large Man- Desmond Roberts

Drinker- Edmond Warwick

 

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The Adventures of Robin Hood Season 2 Episode 26: The Dowry

A merchant from London and his daughter Bess are making their way through Nottingham Forest. Their journey is to bring Sir Harold a dowry for the marriage to Bess. The outlaws miss their chance to steal the dowry but end up with an even greater prize to bargain with.

Personal Synopsis

A tale of love doesn’t often involve a dowry or an outlaw for that matter. This episode includes that and also tells the story of a father whom would offer his daughter to a questionable man with only the intent to become a noble himself. Despite this almost inevitable marriage the outlaws find a way to convince otherwise.

Original Air-Date: March 25th 1957

Directed by Anthony Squire

Written by Neil R. Collins 

Robin Hood- Richard Greene

Sheriff of Nottingham- Alan Wheatley

Little John- Archie Duncan

Bess- Jeanette Hutchinson

Garth- David Cameron

Sir Harold- Paul Eddington

Judd- William Mervyn

Alan-a-Dale- John Schlesinger

Man-at-arms- Edmond Warwick

 

 

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