Maid Marian and Her Merry Men

Maid Marian and Her Merry Men (1989)

  • Genre: Comedy, Family
  • Creator: Tony Robinson
  • First Air Date: 1989-11-16
  • Last Air Date: 1994-02-16
  • Total Seasons: 4
  • Total Episodes: 25
  • Status: Ended
  • Episode Runtime: 25 min.
  • Network: BBC one
  • Director:
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Maid Marian and her Merry Men is a British children's sitcom 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 incompetent ex-tailor. The programme was much appreciated by children and adults alike, and has been likened to Blackadder, not only for its historical setting and the presence of Tony Robinson, but also for its comic style. It is more surreal than Blackadder, however, and drops even more anachronisms. Many of the show's cast such as Howard Lew Lewis, Forbes Collins, Ramsay Gilderdale and Patsy Byrne had previously appeared in various episodes of Blackadder alongside Robinson. Like many British children's programmes, there is a lot of social commentary sneakily inserted, as well as witty asides about the Royal family, buses running on time, etc. Many of the plots spoofed or referenced film and television shows including other incarnations of Robin Hood in those mediums.

  • Keywords: surreal, legend, robin hood, parody, sitcom, period sitcom, myth
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    Maid Marian and Her Merry Men Seasons

    Season 0

    First Air Date: 1993-12-24
    1 Episodes

    Season 1

    First Air Date: 1989-11-16
    6 Episodes

    Season 2

    First Air Date: 1990-11-15
    6 Episodes

    Season 3

    First Air Date: 1993-01-07
    6 Episodes

    Season 4

    First Air Date: 1994-01-05
    7 Episodes

    Maid Marian and Her Merry Men Episodes

    Title Air Date Duration
    Season 1Episode 1How the Band Got Together25 min
    Season 1Episode 2Robert the Incredible Chicken25 min
    Season 1Episode 3A Game Called John25 min
    Season 1Episode 4The Miracle of St. Charlene25 min
    Season 1Episode 5The Sharp End of a Cow25 min
    Season 1Episode 6The Whitish Knight25 min
    Season 2Episode 1The Beast of Bolsover25 min
    Season 2Episode 2The Worksop Egg Fairy25 min
    Season 2Episode 3Little Brown Noses25 min
    Season 2Episode 4Rabies in Love25 min
    Season 2Episode 5Rotten Rose - Part 125 min
    Season 2Episode 6Rotten Rose - Part 225 min
    Season 3Episode 1The Big Baby25 min
    Season 3Episode 2Driving Ambition25 min
    Season 3Episode 3Keeping Mum25 min
    Season 3Episode 4They Came from Outer Space25 min
    Season 3Episode 5Robin and the Beansprout25 min
    Season 3Episode 6The Great Mud Harvest25 min
    Season 4Episode 1Tunnel Vision25 min
    Season 4Episode 2Bouncy Sheriff25 min
    Season 4Episode 3Raining Forks25 min
    Season 4Episode 4The Wise Woman of Worksop25 min
    Season 4Episode 5Robin the Bad25 min
    Season 4Episode 6The Nice Sumatran25 min
    Season 4Episode 7Voyage to the Bottom of the Forest25 min
    • Kate Lonergan

      as Maid Marian
    • Tony Robinson

      as The Sheriff of Nottingham
    • Adam Morris

      as Robin Hood (as Wayne Morris)
    • Howard Lew Lewis

      as Rabies
    • Danny John-Jules

      as Barrington
    • Mike Edmonds

      as Little Ron
    • Forbes Collins

      as King John
    • Mark Billingham

      as Gary
    • David Lloyd

      as Graeme
    • Siobhan Fogerty

      as Rotten Rose Scargill
    • Hilary Mason

      as Gladys
    • Robin Chandler

      as Snooker
    • Kerry Potter

      as Nettle
    • Ramsay Gilderdale

      as Guy of Gisbourne
    Directing David Bell Director
    Writing Tony Robinson Writer
    Crew Tony Robinson Creator