Starring: Kate Lonergan, Wayne Morris, tony Robinson
Director: David Bell
Running Time: 157 mins
Imagine that The Merry Men are as thick as one short plank, Robin Hood is a vapid, fashion-conscious airhead from the village of Kensington and Maid Marian, feisty, idealistic and covered in Save the Whale badges is their leader. That's 'Maid Marian and Her Merry Men', the cult BBC Childrens TV show of the early 90s. King John is a fat bullying oaf, the Sheriff of Nottinghams as bossy and incompetent as the worst teacher in your school, and the Norman army comprises Gary and Graeme, two educationally-challenged private soldiers who ought to be committing vile acts of violence for the Sheriff but unfortunately theyre too soft.
Written by Tony Robinson, who also stars as the Sheriff, Maid Marian was consistently number 1 in the children's T.V ratings throughout its four series, partly because it was popular with children of all ages, but also because it became 'must see' viewing for students and young adults. It was popular with the critics too, winning a Bafta, an RTS Award and the International Prix Jeunesse.
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