The BBC Is Doing A New Robin Hood Show, And It Looks Effing Bonkers
Not Robin Hood: Men In Tights bonkers, but more bonkers than the Kevin Costner Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. To give you an idea of the level of bonk we can expect here, it’ll center on the Sheriff of Nottingham, evil sneering government lackey by day, crime fighter by night.
Yes, in the BeeB’s upcoming Nottingham, the Sheriff and Robin are indeed one and the same person. See, when the Sheriff’s wife is killed by King John’s men, he decides to go rogue. “By day, he remains the reviled Sheriff, loyal servant of the King,” writes Deadline, “but by night he puts on a hood and, using the intelligence he gains from his office, attacks the King where it hurts the most — his coffers.” Apparently the show is—and it causes me glee just to type these words, and even I don’t know whether I mean that genuinely or ironically—a “soapy class drama.”
SOAPY. CLASS. DRAMA.
To quote Susana: “So basically it’s Arrow.”
This sounds stupid. This sounds so, so stupid. But will it be normal stupid like the BBC’s earlier Robin Hood show with Richard Armitage (I made it through four episodes. I’m sorry, guys, I couldn’t), or good stupid like my beloved Sleepy Hollow, a show that fully embraces the ridiculousness of its premise and turns out some damn good characters and stories.
The show is being written by Cole Haddon, creator of the Jonathan Rhys Meyers-starring Dracula currently running on NBC, so those of you who watch that show might have a better idea of what to expect from Nottingham than I. I just know that if we don’t get wacky hijinks where Nottingham goes to torture a peasant and realizes he’s still wearing his green tights, so then he has to slip away into Ye Olde Phone Booth and put his skintight leather pants on over them, leaving him to shift uncomfortably through a meeting with Maid Marion, who thinks he has to pee… I will be so pissed.