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Maid Marian and her Merry Men

Maid Marian and her Merry Men was a UK children's television series created and written by Tony Robinson. It began in 1989, with the last episode shown in 1994. The show was a comic re-telling 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 far more surreal than Blackadder, however, and drops even more anachronisms. Like many British children's programmes, there is a lot of social commentary snuck in, which would be unlikely to have been allowed on an adult show, due to the Beeb's neutrality on political issues.

Many of the plots included film spoofs, including Jurassic Park and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.


The programme was set in the very real Nottinghamshire town of Worksop, near Sheffield, although large sections of the show were shot in nearby Sherwood Forest Visitor's Centre, Edwinstowe and the World of Robin Hood, in between Elkesley and Bothamsall.

The memorable music and songs for Maid Marian and Her Merry Men series were composed by Nick Russell-Pavier and David Chilton.