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The Adventures of Robin Hood Season 2 Episode 20: Ambush

The heir of the throne young Prince Arthur is bored being stuck in the castle but cannot leave while Prince Johns court are keeping an eye on him. He is soon forced to join Prince John for a trip to Nottingham to hunt. The Dutchess Constance is worried and recruits Robin and the outlaws to keep an eye on Prince John’s sudden signs of friendliness.

Personal Synopsis

As is expected by Prince John, his motives are always to be question especially with one who could step in the way of his power grab. These power games are not such a far cry from the realities of this time period and the weak were likely to suffer or worse die. This episode ends with a tease of the next upcoming episode as we follow Duchess Constance and Prince Arthur to Brittany. Donald Pleasance is still a masterfully played Prince John indeed.

Original Air-Date: February 11th 1957

Directed by Lindsay Anderson

Written by Neil R. Collins

Robin Hood- Richard Greene

Sheriff of Nottingham- Alan Wheatley

Little John- Archie Duncan

Friar Tuck- Alexander Gauge

Maid Marian- Bernadette O’Farrell

Price John- Donald Pleasence

Prince Arthur- Peter Asher

Duchess Constance- Dorothy Alison

Derwent- Victor Woolf

Edwin- Peter Bennett

Prince John’s Captain- Shaun O’Riordan

Courtier- Edward Mulhare                   

Spy- Martin Lane

 

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The Adventures of Robin Hood Season 2 Episode 8: Isabella

A cryptic message is delivered to Robin Hood, telling him to head to the Tower of London and potentially mortal danger. The Queen has summoned Robin to step in front of a pending marriage between Prince John and the french princess Isabella. Prince John is seeking to secure even more power and with this marriage would remove King Arthur from the throne. As Robin interferes, it is quickly realized that Isabella is not helpful nor ignorant to the happenings of the court.

Personal Synopsis

A power grab by marriage is par for course throughout history and this episode show the length Prince John would take to getting full control. His plans if panned out right would solidify his realm but he has not taken into account his choice in Isabella as his wife. This episode has the fantastic Donald Pleasance as Prince John and a rare visit to London for our protagonist.

Original Air-Date: November 19th 1956

Directed by Lindsay Anderson

Written by Neil R. Collins

Robin Hood- Richard Greene

Little John- Archie Duncan

Maid Marian- Bernadette O’Farrell

Isabella- Zena Walker

Princess Avice- Helen Cherry

Prince John- Donald Pleasence

Pembroke- Alan Edwards

Sir Damon- Martin Lane

Landlord- Howard Lang

Page- Shaun O’Riordan

Tavern Keeper- Peter Bennett

Old Woman- Noel Hood

Chambermaid- Lynette Mills

Will- Brandon Brady

Maid-in-waiting- Isobel Greig

Jailer- Victor Woolf

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The Adventures of Robin Hood Season 1 Episode 39: The Prisoner

Prince John is getting himself crowned King by proclaiming the death of Sir Richard the Lionheart. Maid Marian and Robin Hood will mount an effort to stop this tyrant from obtaining the crown by proving the King still lives. Getting into the castle will be a difficult task but it is the only hope to stop the coronation from happening. Prince John has captured the messenger from the crusades to hold back some bad news against him as his fears grow into madness. The crown awaits but who is grasp it.

Personal Synopsis

Donald Pleasance !! plays the role of Prince John and masterfully. The Prisoner episode shows the princes fear of the return of the true King of England so much so that he would push for his coronation to take place. Such an amazing performance by Donald Pleasance bringing Prince John into view as a mad coward that wields his power through his military might not by his own force of will. A strong ending to the very first season of The Adventures of Robin Hood.

Original Air-Date: July 9th 1956

Directed by Bernard Knowles

Written by Anne Rodney

Robin Hood- Richard Greene

Maid Marian- Bernadette O’Farrell

Prince John- Donald Pleasence

Jacques the Jester- Donald Bradley

Archbishop- Jack Melford

Sally- Valerie Cardew

Blondel- Willoughby Gray

Prince John’s Wife- Doris Nolan

Captain of the Guard/Outlaw- Arthur Skinner

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