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The Adventures of Robin Hood Season 1 Episode 20: Errand of Mercy

The villagers are suffering from an epidemic of Sir Anthony Fire. The pharmacist is searching through the forest for herbs and mushrooms that will fight the epidemic but he needs much more help in collecting them. The Outlaws are successful in finding a generous portion of the herbs and mushrooms but how do they get it into Nottingham. Robin will get into town but he risks capture and possibly more. His good deed is recognized but so was he. As he tries to escape the city he is set upon by the Sheriff’s men with every intention to capture Robin Hood even if it means being exposed to the epidemic.

Personal Synopsis

A great episode of Robin and the Outlaws kindness for the city of Nottingham. When he is asked to find the medicine for the townspeople  he happily accepts this task in order to save them from the epidemic. This episode also shows Robin’s fallibility as he is injured during a sword fight. Another good watch.

Original Air-Date:  6 February 1956

Directed by Ralph Smart

Written by John Dyson

Robin Hood- Richard Greene

Sheriff of Nottingham- Alan Wheatley

Derwent- Victor Woolf

Anselm- Hal Osmond

Informer- John Dearth

Master Giles- Willoughby Gray

Ethel- Paula Byrne

Lieutenant- Charles Stapley

Sergeant/ Outlaw- Arthur Skinner

Second Wagoner/ Outlaw/ Guard- Paul Connell

First Wagoner- Gabriel Toyne

Little John- Rufus Cruikshank

Friar Tuck- Alexander Gauge

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Strange Report Episode 7: Epidemic: A Most Curious Crime

Epidemic Title Shot

A young man dies in the house of friends and is taken away by some suspicious characters. Gynt was there at the house and was made witness to the odd behaviour of those around who refused a doctor instead having the suspicious characters take the young man. Strange is worried that this wasn’t simply a death but a far more dangerous issue with multiple reasons for concern. Come to find out that the young man was an illegal visitor in the country and was suffering from a very contagious illness. Fears grow as many people at the house have come down with the illness and the government has to step in to avoid an epidemic. This unfortunate break opens a case of illegal immigrant smuggling which threatens the government and the social services of London. Strange must find out who is moving in these immigrant and making money off of it.

Personal Synopsis

A good episode, touching on the subject of immigration. Although you cant help but realise that the story makes immigration look somewhat connected to the spread of disease, whether that was the intention of the writers or not, It seems to come across. I believe this episode displays the sentiment throughout the world at the time of filming and still there are residual feelings till this day about it. Worth the watch for Peter Vaughan’s performance as Morrison.


Original Air-Date: 2 November 1969

Directed by Daniel Petrie

Written by Don Brinkley

Adam Strange- Anthony Quayle

Hamlyn Gynt- Kaz Garas

Evelyn McLean- Anneke Wills

Morrison- Peter Vaughan

Zeba Hameed- Zienia Merton

Ameen- Saeed Jaffrey

Shivendra Sinha- Shivendra Sinha

Roshan Seth- Roshan Seth

Captain Tork- Graham Haberfield

Professor Marks- Charles Lloyd Pack

The Bus Boy- Salmaan Peerzada

The Intern- Ray Armstrong

Marque Assistant- John F. Landry

Reggie- Dallas Adams

The Ward Nurse- Luan Peters

Source: IMDB, Wikipedia

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