BBC America is Getting into the Robin Hood Business


Robin Hood may be adapted for the small screen. Again

The tales of the thief who robs from the rich and gives to the poor have been translated no fewer than fifty times for film and television. Many have stepped into Robin Hood’s shoes over the years; including Kevin Costner, Cary Elwes, Russell Crowe at his most dour, and a cartoon fox. The most recent television Robin Hood adaptation aired on BBC One from 2006-2009.

Now it’s BBC America’s time at bat. The network is currently developing Nottingham, written by Cole Haddon, the creator of Dracula. Like that series, Nottingham will put a fresh new spin on a well-worn character. Hopefully unlike that series,  episode after episode will not be devoted to a plot about alternative energy sources.

In Nottingham, Robin Hood and his arch nemesis the Sheriff of Nottingham will be one and the same. According to Deadline, “Nottingham centers on the Sheriff of Nottingham whose wife is killed by King John’s men. When nobody is brought to justice, the Sheriff launches a one-man war against the Crown.”

Interestingly, the 2010 Robin Hood film was also originally called Nottingham. The script was rewritten multiple times, and at least draft merged Robin Hood and the Sheriff of Nottingham into one character.  The twist was later ditched. Maybe this new series will find an entertaining way to make Robin Hood and his enemy one and the same.


  1. I’ll admit, I didn’t watch the recent Robin Hood series but I think I’ll give this a go – even with the fridging in the premise.

    Also, TV is really mining public domain stories, isn’t it?

    • The twist is what got me interested in this. My hang up is the man behind it. “Dracula” is (was?) not a very good show.

      Hollywood loves the public domain ’cause they love saving money.


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