Monday, July 31, 2006

Patricia Driscoll, Maid Marian.

When Patricia Driscoll stepped into Sherwood Forest for 1957’s third series of The Adventures of Robin Hood, taking over from 30 year old Bernadette O'Farrell as Maid Marian, she made a lot of school boys very happy. These were the days of small television screens, with rounded corners, the pictures on which were made up of 425 lines of sheer magic. The fact that the actress playing such a leading part as Maid Marian suddenly changed to the lady everyone previously knew from Watch with Mother's “Picture Book” didn't faze viewers any more than seeing Paul Eddington play a different part virtually every week.
Patricia Driscoll's interpretation of Maid Marian broke new ground. Her youthful approach hinted at Joan Rice in Disney's The Story of Robin Hood, but to which she added a warm, flirtatious, and even cheeky screen presence. In short, Patricia Driscoll was the first Maid Marian with sex appeal. Ironically, when one views the series today, it is the Sheriff of Nottingham who is far more susceptible to Maid Marian's charms than Robin Hood, and she frequently takes advantage of his obvious crush on her.
Patricia Driscoll would go on to make appearances in 1960's programmes such as Danger Man, but she will always be remembered for her role as Maid Marian. For more maid marian pictures visit here, here, and here.

Above: Patricia Driscoll plays Marian again for an episode of Into the Labyrinth. (More details on THIS LINK).

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Blogger robin hood said...

Maid Marian costumes is a very popular internet search. These pictures of Patricia Driscoll in the role of Maid Marian (Marion) should prove an inspirational starting point for costume makers.

1:43 AM  
Blogger Dale said...

I watched Robin Hood with my mother and we played a game called "Spot Paul Eddington"! I remember him playing two parts in at least one episode. I loved both the actresses playing Maid Marion and everyone else, especially Alan Wheatly as the Sheriff. Of course I was in love with Richard Greene, and I think my mother was too!

7:20 PM  
Blogger robin hood said...

Hi Dale.

Yes indeed, Paul Eddington played several minor roles in successive episodes of The Adventures of Robin Hood before finally becoming Will Scarlet.

I reckon in those days, when the screen image was made up of "425 lines", it was easier to get away with such things.

9:15 AM  

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