Published on January 16th, 2009 | by Christian Cawley
Doctor Who Effect Saves Robin Hood
The BBC One series Robin Hood has faced uncertainty over the last 12 months since its stars announcement that he intends to quit after the third run.
With Jonas Armstong leaving, what else could the BBC do but end the series?
Well, production company Tiger Aspect were having none of it. Instead they brought in writer Sally Wainwright to begin work on an overhaul of the series, installing her as "showrunner".
“The BBC has asked me to take over Robin Hood in a way Russell does on Doctor Who. They have a third series going out in the spring which I have had nothing to do with, but they have asked me to reinvent it and they want it to be very different, which is why they have come to me. It’s going to be a completely different show,” Wainwright said.
She added: “I want to model Robin Hood more on Doctor Who, in terms of quality of script and quality of direction.”
As things stand, a fourth series has yet to be commissioned, but whatever happens series 4 is likely to see either a new continuity or simply a new Robin.
Of course, this is nothing new. Older television viewers might recall the 1980s serial Robin of Sherwood, which first starred the dark haired Michael Praed as Robin before he left and was replaced by fair haired Jason Connery…