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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 19: The Final Tax

After a horrible accident, Tom is seriously injured with the unlikelihood of surviving. Sir Charles Bixby, the lord of the lands, is more focused on the property tax (death tax) that would be gained if Tom died rather than the recovery of one of his villagers. Friar Tuck must do something to stop this horrible tax that can wreak havoc on a suffering family but Sir Bixby has help. Where will Friar Tuck find his help?

Personal Synopsis

The death tax has appeared multiple times in this series and all too often used by the lords or the wealthy to hurt the local villagers. This time Friar Tuck is ready and armed to bring justice back to the right cause. After the conniving efforts by Sir Bixby and his Bailiff, they soon butt heads with the villagers and a pesky friar.

Original Air-Date: February 4th 1957

Directed by Terry Bishop

Written by Paul Symonds

Robin Hood- Richard Greene

Little John- Archie Duncan

Friar Tuck- Alexander Gauge

Sir Charles Bixby- Paul Eddington

Bailiff- Dennis Edwards

Tom Joyner- Fred Goddard

Donia Joyner- Patricia Burke

Simon Bixby- Barry Fennell

The Reeve- Alan Edwards

Derwent- Victor Woolf

Retainer- Jefferson Clifford

Ned- Wilfrid Brambell

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The Adventures of Robin Hood Season 2 Episode 9: The Hero

The tax collector enacts his power across the land and has enemies both near and far. When the tax collector who is also the sheriff’s brother is found dead, a pig thief is believed to be the murder. The villagers hail the hero who killed the most hated tax collector and help his get ahold of Robin Hood and the Outlaws. Soon enough the so called hero makes himself unwelcome within the camp all while the Sheriff seeks revenge for the life of his brother.

Personal Synopsis

Not every hero deserves a heros welcome. Although the tax collector presumably received the fate he deserved doesnt mean that this was an act of heroism. This episode shows us how important the truth could be and to not take advantage of those that wish to help.

Original Air-Date: November 26th 1956

Directed by Terence Fisher

Written by John Dyson

Robin Hood- Richard Greene

Sheriff of Nottingham- Alan Wheatley

Little John- Archie Duncan

Mark- Bill Owen

Sorel- John Dearth

Montfitchet- Ralph Michael

Mother Agnes- Susan Richmond

Woodman- Peter Bennett

Woodman’s Wife- Mona Lilian

Jack- Shaun O’Riordan

Nat Maynard/1st Villager- Victor Woolf

2nd Villager- Paul Eddington

1st Man-at-arms- Howard Greene

2nd Man-at-arms- Martin Lane

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The Adventures of Robin Hood Season 1 Episode 26: The Miser

Sir William de Courcier is angered by the Sheriff taxes but has a plan to make his peasants on his land to pay them. When Robin interferes with this plan Sir William feels the wrath of the Sheriff. The villagers were forced to pay the taxes and they were able to but only by the work of a magic man. Sir William finds out that the villagers had their buttons on their clothes changed into silver by this magic man and he seeks to do the same. The Miser’s greed gets the best of him while he tries to use his buttons for silver and fails.

Personal Synopsis

I must say that I’m biased about this episode, but for good reason. As a child, this episode was the first Adventures of Robin Hood show I had ever watched. This episode was so intriguing to me especially the performance of Laurence Naismith as the Miser. This show is identifiable by its acting and interesting storyline. The miser learns his lesson that greed will not save him from the Sheriff and that is a good lesson to learn no matter what era you live in.

Original Air-Date:  March 19 1956

Directed by Bernard Knowles

Written by Ralph Smart

Robin Hood- Richard Greene

Sheriff of Nottingham- Alan Wheatley

Little John- Archie Duncan

Friar Tuck- Alexander Gauge

Will Scarlett- Paul Eddington

Sir William de Courcier- Laurence Naismith

Lady de Courcier- Patricia Marmont

Seneschal- Charles Stapley

Lt. Howard- Paul Connell

Hodge- Willoughby Gray

Arthur- John Dearth

Skinner- Arthur Skinner

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The Adventures of Robin Hood Season 1 Episode 6: A Guest for the Gallows

Taxes are getting harder to nab from the villagers. One villager, Will Stukely, can not pay so he is arrested and sentenced to be hanged. Disguised as a Butcher, Robin Hood comes into the village to help Will escape but he will have to get into the castle first. Robin’s plan is to manipulate the Sheriff into letting the villager go free by tricking the sheriff into Sherwood Forest and then holding him for ransom.

Personal Synopsis

The taxes are too damn high so of course many cannot pay it. This story of the poor villager would normally end in his death and historically speaking would have most likely but the plan Robin concocts will make sure he is let go with the highest form of ransom, the Sheriff himself. This episode shows the compassion Robin has for the villagers and also the clever ways he can have his way with the castle and guards. An easy episode with a good scene when Robin is selling his stolen slices of meat to the lady villagers.

Original Air-Date:  31 October 1955

Directed by Ralph Smart

Written by Eric Heath

Robin Hood- Richard Greene

Sheriff of Nottingham- Alan Wheatley

2nd Tax Collector/Lame Old Man/Cedric- Victor Woolf

Little John- Archie Duncan

Friar Tuck- Alexander Gauge

Butcher- Denis Shaw

Will Stukely- Robert Desmond

Lass in Market- Jan Miller

Ned- John Drake

1st Tax Collector/Nailer- Willoughby Gray

Outlaw/Butcher in Market- Gabriel Toyne

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