Now that Doctor Who has revived Saturday evening TV, the BBC have decided to spend some more money on another revival. Robin Hood is the latest in a long line of TV shows and movies based on the legendary outlaw. This is a suitably up to date, 21st Century take on the story, with snappy dialogue that makes no effort at all to be authentic.
The first episode sets up the traditional story. Robin of Locksley returns from a Crusade to find that all is not well in England. This time round, Robin is played by the young, charming Jonas Armstrong, all designer beard and big hood, if not hoodie. He’s accompanied by his former manservant Much, played with clueless wit by Sam Troughton.
The villains are Guy of Gisbourne (Richard Armstrong) and Keith Allen as a suitably nasty Sheriff of Nottingham. And when the villains oblige Robin to order the execution of four young men for trivial offences, the fun really begins. Freeing the victims from their nooses with some fancy archery, Robin makes himself an outlaw, and flees the castle with Much and the young men.
Resting in Sherwood Forest, they find themselves surrounded by armed men who tell Robin that the forest is theirs. End of episode.
All in all, a promising start. It’s got all the right ingredients – Robin’s archery is phenomenal, the bad guys apparently can’t hit a castle at two metres, the script is witty, the cast seem well-chosen, and the sets look reasonably real.
Not as much fun as Doctor Who, but still well worth watching on a Saturday evening.
 With popular culture references in the episode titles, which is fun
 None of the mystical stuff that was a core feature of Robin of Sherwood, for instance
 Grandson of second Doctor Who Patrick Troughton
 This opening episode’s title is a nod towards the Manic Street Preachers, for instance