Thursday, October 05, 2006

Robin of Sherwood : The Jason Connery series.

When Michael Praed made the somewhat dubious career move of leaving Robin of Sherwood for a bit part in an ailing American soap opera, he obviously created something of a dilemma for the continuity of the series. The solution the producers came up with was however totally in line with the basic premise of the story; that Herne's son is a chosen one, and not a birthright title. So it was that after the death of Robin of Loxley, the mantle of the Hooded Man passed to Robert of Huntingdon.
Nevertheless, no matter how logical that solution, the general public (and a significant number of fans), did not readily take to the substitution of their hero with a bleach blonde Robin Hood, and Jason Connery had not only to live up to the expectations of a role developed by Praed, but an audience keenly aware that his dad was James Bond. Thanks to the DVD boxed set collection Robin Hood fans like me, who were more than uncertain at the time regarding the Jason Connery series, can look back and lay such apprehensions to rest.
Richard Carpenter's writing in the third series of "Robin of Sherwood", especially in the initial three transitional programmes in which Jason Connery takes over the role, is if anything even better. Clive Mantle as Little John, certainly approaches his role with greater confidence and definition, more use is made of the popular Mark Ryan as Nasir, and the sets and locations show a continued high level of investment in the continued success of the series.
The third series of Robin of Sherwood has aged well, continuing to set the bar high for those that follow. Recommended.

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Blogger robin hood said...

Jason Connery, Robin of Sherwood.

3:58 PM  
Anonymous Annie said...

Hi, Robin,

On the Robin of Sherwood DVD (first two series), we learn that Michael Praed left ROS to take a starring role in a Broadway musical based on The Three Musketeers. He played D'Artagnan. It's true that he later played a part in Dynasty, but that's not why he left ROS.
Unfortunately, the Broadway musical received a scathing NYTimes review and closed after a week. With the benefit of hindsight, it looks like a bad move on Michael's part. I can't fault him for it, though. It had evidently been his dream to be on Broadway and the stage is his first love. I think it would be hard for a 24-year-old actor to turn down such an opportunity.

11:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi there,i was a huge fan when i was younger,But was never able to see what happened to robin by jason Connery in the final episode,Could someone please tell me what happened to his character in the tv series?.

6:58 AM  
Blogger robin hood said...

Hi anonymous,

As I understand it, HTV could not afford to make the series alone, and so when Goldcrest Films hit a run of poor box office movies like "Absolute Beginners", and had to pull out of the series, Robin of Sherwood came to an end leaving a few issue unresolved. The Jason Connery version of Robin Hood didn't die, but we never did get to see more of the fact he was supposedly the half brother of Guy of Gisburne.

8:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thankyou Robin Hood,i have been wondering what happened for years!!!hehehe,is sad that they could not finish it "officially",i had been imagining all kinds of endings!,thankyou very much for clearing that up for me.

11:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi there me again!
Just another question,any idea what Michael Praed and jason Connery are doing these days?.

2:52 AM  
Blogger robin hood said...


Both would seem to be quite busy, as you can soo from these links:

J Connery:

M Praed:

8:20 AM  
Blogger Keith Turner said...

I am a big Robin Hood fan my favourite book is the adventures of Robin Hood and one my favourite Robin Hood's is the Devon born actor Richard Greene, who played the part in the 50s/60s I also have links to a real Robin of Loxley character called Turner 'Longbow' Harvey, I mention him in my book called TURNER TREES along with the Green Man, here is a link:

3:51 PM  
Blogger Ian Gordon Craig said...

Thanks Kieth. I hope the link brings you some interest.

Yes, Richard Green remains one of my fave Robin Hoods, and you'll find links to his series and the spin-off movie on this blog.

10:17 PM  
Blogger andrea forshaw said...

Hi,although I loved robin hood with Michael Praid,my favourite now is the one with Jonas Armstrong. I cannot believe they didn't make a movie from it. Even with the earlier robin hood with Michael Praed I expected a movie. Gutted there wasn't. But both were made so well and they will always be superb British shows for us to watch whenever we want to with the DVDs.

8:23 PM  
Blogger Ian Gordon Craig said...

Hi Andrea.

I'm sill in favour of the Praed series, but totally agree that the BBC Jonas Robin Hood could have been handled much better. Ironically, the actor I see less on the TV these days is "Marion" Lucy Griffiths. One wonders if she had plans which didn't work out? Certainly killing her off, if it wasn't her decision, was a disaster for ratings.

10:29 PM  

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