|Maid Marian and her Merry Men is a UK children's television series
created and written by Tony
Robinson and directed by David Bell. It began in 1989 on BBC
One and ran for four series, with the last episode shown in 1994. The show was a partially-musical comic retelling of the legend of Robin Hood, placing Maid Marian in the role of leader of the Merry Men, and reducing Robin to an
Many of the plots featured, included or revolved around spoofing particular
things, including films such as Jurassic Park and It Came From Outer Space, and
television programmes, including The Crystal Maze and the long-running
televised fundraiser Comic
Relief. There were also frequent references to other Robin Hood incarnations, most
notably ITV's Robin of Sherwood (and in particular a
parody of that series' Clannad
soundtrack is lampooned in the episode "The Whitish Knight") and the
contemporary film adaptation Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.
- Maid Marian (Kate Lonergan): a
passionate and idealistic freedom fighter. Although the most intelligent of the
gang, she often lets her idealism blind her to the realities of situations, most
notably the rest of the gang's incompetence. She also isn't very patient, but
she will always defend anyone who she feels is wronged. She often has mud in her
- The Sheriff of Nottingham (Tony Robinson): a devious
plotter obsessed with collecting taxes. Given the first name 'Arnold' in the
episode "Keeping Mum", ostensibly only to produce a later pun. While he is
dedicated to stopping Marian, they sometimes find themselves in sympathy
regarding the stupidity of everyone else.
- Robin of Kensington (Wayne Morris): an extremely vain tailor
and a yuppie. Became seen as the leader
of Marian's gang by accident, and remains because he sees it as a cool image to
cultivate. His most significant contribution to the outlaws was nevertheless to
insist they all wear green to "co-ordinate with the trees".
- Barrington (Danny
John-Jules): the resident Rasta Merry Man, who would often rap during
the episodes' songs. He often acts as a kind of semi omniscient narrator (in a
similar manner to Alan-a-Dale
in more traditional versions).
- Little Ron (Mike
Edmonds): a very very short, insanely angry and violent Merry Man. Known to
face the wrong way in ambushes. A parody of Little John.
- Rabies (Howard Lew
Lewis): another Merry Man, very strong, and very stupid, although with his
heart in the right place.
- King John (Forbes Collins, who also
played John's brother, Richard the Lionheart, in the episode "The
Whitish Knight", and Queen Eleanor, Guy of Gisbourne's mother): a violent and
unstable monarch. He is narcissistic and insecure, and becomes very angry at the
thought of being unpopular with the peasants. His brother, who was thought to be
a wise ruler who would bring England back to a Golden Age, is identical.
- Gary and Graeme (Mark Billingham and David Lloyd):
guards of the King's castle, and the Sheriff's henchmen. They're "bestest mates"
and extremely affable, but in the tradition of clever villains with idiot
sidekicks, not very clever most of the time. They are often very friendly with
the Merry Men, who tend to return the sentiment - except when Gary and Graeme
are doing what they're paid for. Graeme has a brother called Kevin. Graeme tends
to enjoy things like torture and teasing the villagers more than Gary does,
though Gary will challenge Graeme for the chance to do executions.
- Guy of
Gisbourne (Ramsay Gilderdale): the king's
wet-behind-the-ears nephew, village idiot, and mummy's boy. Aged 27 but acts
like a 4 year old, has an imaginary friend and occasionally dresses in a tutu.
- "Rotten" Rose Scargill (Siobhan
Fogarty): rival to Maid Marian and both Marian's best friend and worst
enemy. She's Robin Hood's biggest fan.
- "Giggidy Cricket" (Bill
Bailey): court jester for King John. Cameo appearance in only one episode.
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Series One: 1989
- How The Band Got Together:
- Robert The Incredible Chicken:
- A Game Called John:
- The Miracle Of Saint Charlene:
- The Sharp End of a Cow: Popular
- The Whitish Knight:
Series Two: 1990
- The Beast of Bolsover: Ambush!
- The Worksop Egg Fairy:
- Little Brown Noses:
- Rabies In Love:
- Rotten Rose (Part One):
- Rotten Rose (Part Two):
Series Three: 1993
- The Big Baby:
- Driving Ambition:
- Keeping Mum: Pierced
- They Came From Outer Space
- Robin and the Beansprout:
- The Great Mud Harvest:
- Maid Marian and Much the Mini-Mart Manager's Son:
Series Four: 1994
- Tunnel Vision: Double Trouble
- Bouncy Sheriff:
- Raining Forks:
- The Wise Woman of Worksop:
- Robin The Bad:
- The Nice Sumatran:
- Voyage to the Bottom of the Forest: