2021-06-28 19:30:41 UTC
Next weekend there's yet another Robin Hood on TV. Since it's on at 9pm,
there may be some saucy bits or some uneccesary swearing. It makes me
wonder how many fictional characters can have had so many films and TV
series named after them. I remember Errol Flynn and Basil Rathbone from
the 1930s film, but what mostly sticks in what passes for my mind these
days is Richard Greene in the 1950s/60s TV version. If you don't want an
earworm, stop reading now. "Robin Hood, Robin Hood, riding through the
glen, Robin Hood,Robin Hood, with his band of men. Feared by the bad,
loved by the good, Robin Hood,Robin Hood, Robin Hood." There weren't any
glens in Sherwood Forest last time we were there, just a Centre Parcs.
The Michael Praed version in the 1980s wasn't bad, but I might be swayed
by the music from Clannad. Jason Connery was a terrible replacement. Let
us not speak of Americans and Antipodeans playing the part. The TV drive
towards inclusivity leads me to speculate. What pronoun will we need?