Robin Hood and business ongoing

Someone guessed correctly in an earlier reply, I’m going to be writing episode three of the new BBC Robin Hood, which will be on Saturday nights in the Doctor Who slot.  I’m very excited about this new version, which is all leaping through windows and swordfights, but has a passionate depth to it too.  It’s a new take, appropriate for both the modern audience and the history of the material, entirely different to Robin of Sherwood, gorgeous as that was.  It’s being made by Tiger Aspect, who are collectively flying out to Hungary shortly, where our Nottingham and Sherwood will be.  The show is the creation of Dominic Minghella, the wonderfully talented writer of Doc Martin, and the producer is Foz Allan, an old Casualty mate of mine, and together they’ve already formed a double act that can only be described as ‘Bad Cop/Bad Cop’.  (Why do I always end up working for toweringly huge Welshmen?  Foz and Russell should have a fight, like Godzilla vs. Mothra.  ‘Hello hello!’ Russell would boom.  ‘All right mate?’ Foz would roar back, and they’d go at it, city blocks crumbling as they wrestled and bellowed.)  I’m also very much enjoying the script editing of Jenny White, who has at her fingertips medieval knowledge about bows, taxes and carrots.  She’d probably be too sensible to join in the fight.  

I mentioned the above when I popped in to Invicta Grammar School in Maidstone on Friday, to entertain two hundred students.  Well, I say entertain.  I yelled terrified hysterics at them for over an hour, running between two stages like I’d got a stew on the go somewhere in the wings.  I talked a bit about ‘Father’s Day’, but there was also a lot of interest in Casualty and, curiously, Doctors.  Well, they do watch telly in the afternoons.  I left with a glow in my heart about the intelligence and erudition of our young people.  But doubts about their aim, because I managed to dodge every bit of fruit.  

The talk down the Portwell, meanwhile, is of the cox of the Oxford team in the Boat Race, a sometime Portwell barperson, who will be sporting a Portwell Bar cap in the boat.  More on that as the day of the race approaches.  

12 Response to "Robin Hood and business ongoing"

  • Chris Roberson Says:

    Hey, that's awesome about Robin Hood! When does the series air?

    All I know of Tiger Aspect, I think, is that they bring us "Charlie & Lola," which has endeared them to our entire household.

  • Paul Cornell Says:

    I don't know yet, but I'd guess that it'll follow immediately after the next series of Doctor Who. Tiger make a truckload of good stuff. Here's their own list of what's currently up:

  • Martin Hoscik Says:


    I've really been looking forward to the Robin Hood series and the news that you're involved has seriously heightened my expectations.

    Will you be going to Hungary to see your episode filmed?

  • Paul Cornell Says:

    Thanks. I hope to pop over, but that depends on how busy I am and how complicated the journey is.

  • simo Says:

    Hi Paul, I discovered your blog the other day when wondering around the Faringdon site. I didn’t know about the Robin Hood series but it sounds great, I shall look forward to that as well as the next Dr Who.

  • Paul Cornell Says:

    It's my entire aim here to bring together all the different kinds of people I associate with, so it's cool to see I'm getting new folk in from the Faringdon site. There'll be a new Tales of Faringdon soon, on the subject of the uselessness of my Oscar bets.

  • Anonymous Says:

    Interesting, not just because I am interested in the new 'robin Hood' and particulary the rumour that Richard Armitage willl be in the cast, but that that the project I work for has also worked with Invicta :)

  • Jane Says:

    Hi Paul,

    I just stumbled over your blog when I was looking for more information on the new Robin Hood. It sounds very promising (leaping through windows, sword-fighting and passionate depth! Wow!)more so now I know they have at least one quality writer involved!I recognised the name from SFX, as I've regularly read your comments there.

    I hope it's all going well. Are you writing one of the episodes, or is there a prospect of more? And do you know if there are any other writers from Doctor Who involved? Doctor Who's mix of humour and genuine feeling as well as plenty of unapologetic sci-fi is so well written. I never thought it would be such a must-see but it's absolutely brilliant. If Robin Hood can approach that,it should be excellent. Though without the sci-fi, obviously! Although...I don't suppose a cross-over, with the TARDIS appearing in Sherwood Forest... no, perhaps not.

    You said you might be going over to see the filming. Do you know whereabouts Robin Hood is being filmed in Hungary, other than "near Budapest", as a friend of mine is going on holiday over there next month and that's what I was trying to find out when I came across your blog. (And any news about casting, though I'm being very nosy now!!)

  • Paul Cornell Says:

    I didn't even know it was 'near Budapest', sorry! Because the names wouldn't mean anything to me one way or the other, I didn't ask (though if I go over obviously I'll get into that). But in general, when it comes to production details, it's up to the production office to announce them. They want to make as big a splash as possible, rather than news leaking out slowly on a blog. I sought clearance before making my announcement, for example. It's really cool to hear that there are people like you out there who are anticipating it so much. Mind you, I think I can safely say that the TARDIS isn't going to show up! I'll always mention new stuff when I can.

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  • roughtrade Says:

    Hi. A bit OFF TOPIC I know but, I wonder, does your wife miss Thailand?

  • Paul Cornell Says:

    Erm, are you mixing me up with someone else? My wife's never been to Thailand.