BBC America Developing ‘Nottingham’ TV Series Based on Robin Hood Legend

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Alan Rickman as the Sheriff of Nottingham BBC America Developing Nottingham TV Series Based on Robin Hood Legend

British folklore legend Robin Hood has had his story retold by so many different people and with so many different interpretations. The hero has been played by the likes of Kevin Costner, Russell Crowe and – in the all-singing, all-dancing Robin Hood: Men in Tights – by Cary Elwes. There’s something about a hero who steals from the rich and gives to the poor that just has timeless appeal.

The Robin Hood story was most recently adapted for TV by the BBC in 2006 and ran for three seasons. It wasn’t of the greatest quality but at least the actors spoke in approximations of a Nottingham accent. Now BBC America is making its own stab at bringing the man in the hood back, but this time there’s a new twist in the tale.

Deadline reports that BBC America is developing Nottingham, a TV series in which the characters of Robin Hood and the Sheriff of Nottingham are the same person. The Sheriff of Nottingham’s wife is killed by a group of King John’s men, who are not punished for the crime afterwards. Furious at this injustice, the Sheriff of Nottingham maintains his image of loyalty to the king by day, but by night becomes a hooded crusader and uses the intelligence gained from his high position to attack King John where it hurts.

Johnathan Rhys Meyers as Alexander in Dracula BBC America Developing Nottingham TV Series Based on Robin Hood Legend

Cole Haddon (Dracula) is writing ‘Nottingham’ for BBC America

Behind the secret identity of Robin Hood, Nottingham steals from the royal coffers and organizes raids on the King’s loyalists and allies, distributing the wealth he steals among the starving peasants of the land, eventually stirring up a rebellion in an effort to change the course of English history.

Nottingham is being written by Cole Hadden, who recently took on another famous villain by creating the NBC show Dracula, with Jonathan Rhys Meyers in the lead role. The show will be produced by Sony Pictures Television and Davis Entertainment, with executive producers John Davis and John Fox (The Blacklist).

The concept of a rich guy with a secret identity as hero of the people certainly feeds into the comic book fever that’s around at the moment, and a new series that puts a spin on the classic Robin Hood story sounds a lot more interesting than yet another straight adaptation.


We’ll keep you updated on Nottingham as the project develops.

Source: Deadline

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  1. “Steals from the poor and gives to the rich”

    Definitely some timeless appeal there ;)

    • Hmmm… typo or secret evil plan?

    • Ah, politicians…!

  2. I kinda love that you chose a picture of Alan Rickman for this article. If Locksley and Nottingham are the same person, is he going to cut his own heart out with a spoon?

    • Ha ha ha I remember that.

      • “Why a spoon, cousin? Why not an axe or…?”

        “Because it’s dull, you twit. It’ll hurt more.”

        haha! Alan Rickman made (saved?) that movie.

        • Made, at best. Nothing could save that movie, including Rickman’s amazing performance.

        • I agree, he and Morgan Freeman’s character are awesome :P



  4. Welcome to Zorro rebooted. I think I prefer the old original movie ideas from the Errol Flynn version, or Sir Walter Scott’s interpretation, or the works by Paul Creswick, Howard Pyle, and other traditionalists.

  5. I’m quite intrigued by this, I think it’s a nice spin on Robin Hood that has some potential. And being from Nottingham it’s always great to see the legend on the small or big screen! Hoping it will be an ‘adult drama’ but without the need to have someone be doing it every other scene!

    • Robin Hood meets Zorro…could be interesting, or could be awful. Totally agree with you on that last sentence. But judging from the current definition of “adult drama”, and the latest butchery of the Dracula story, I don’t have high hopes.

      • Butchery of the Dracula story? Which was that? Surely you don’t mean the pretty decent Jonathan Rhys-Meyers show that aired recently?

        As for this, honestly, the best Robin Hood movie I’ve seen so far was Robin Hood: Men In Tights.

  6. Dead Horse Beating.

  7. This sounds kind of interesting, but can we please get a good straight forward adaptation of the book first? It may just be me, but I’ve yet to see a Robin Hood movie that is truly faithful to the original legend. The Russell Crowe movie had the potential to do this, but instead they made a loose prequel (which, in my opinion, was the films biggest mistake).

  8. That’s a BRILLIANT idea… I had second thoughts for a second but… WOW! It’s exactly the kind of reboot that series needs! I wish Sherlock and Moriarty would do this some day! Kirk and Khan are almost at it, given the superblood issue and there’s no doubt 007′s orphaned twin brother turns out to be Ernst Stavro Blofeld… It’s one hell of a twist, ain’t it?

    • The Doctor IS the Master…He must be exterminated…exxxxxxterminaaaate!!!

  9. Isn’t this what Ridley Scott’s version was originally going to be?

    • Yeah, that was my first thought. It was even called Nottingham at that point.

  10. So…like Batman. Exactly.

  11. I can see it now. “Sire I just can’t catch him! I-He is just to awesome”

  12. So basically they took The Night Watchman from BBC’s Robin Hood, made it a man with more power, and are turning it into a show. Great. Don’t get me wrong, I love Robin Hood with a PASSION (I even learned how to use a bow BECAUSE of Robin Hood) but this does not sound very good. Turning Robin Hood and the Robin’s original main villain into the same person? Sounds like a bad move, but nevertheless, I will tune in when it comes out.