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robin - the laughing man

I had a lovely weekend, filled with wild socialising and very good food. But one of the best things about it was the fact that, during our delightful dinner on Saturday night, barsine presented me with DVDs containing every single episode of Robin of Sherwood. The Hooded Man himself! And Patsington and I watched a few episodes over the weekend and to our amazement IT IS FANTASTIC! Yes, the memories of Saturday evenings singing along to Clannad and making up mocking versions of the song to match Robin's actions ("now he's Rob......in - the jumping man" or "Rob......in - the dancing man" which was very amusing to the under-tens) came flooding back, and the whole thing is wonderfully entertaining. And it was genuinely better than I thought it would be. I mean, I thought it would be pure cheese, and it is, but it's quite imaginative cheese, and the writing and production* is pretty good, despite the mullets. I had forgotten that the set up was that Robin and his muckers were Saxons and the Sherrif et al were all Normans. Of course, Patsington has a Norman surname and so might as well be Guy of Guisborne (who, unlike Patsington, looks like an evil twelve year old).

So we were getting into the historical stuff (as well as the mullets and the magnificent special effects), and so I googled Patsington's surname and the Norman-heavy part of the country his dad comes from to see if there were any Guy [Patsington's-surname]s knocking about the place back in the 12th century. Sadly, there were no Guys, but instead we found that Patsington's (possible) forebears all had names straight out of Cold Comfort Farm! Yes, there was an Odo [Patsington's-surname], and - even better - there was a Fulk [Patsington's-surname]. And best of all, Fulk had a son called Patrick, who was known as Patrick Fitzfulk [Patsington's-surname]. And if only I could give away Patsington's surname in public, I'd say how they all spelled it, because there was one spelling so magnificent that I wish he'd start spelling his name like that now, because it's very amusing. Anyway, Patsington is delighted by this, and has announced that we must call our firstborn Odo. Or possibly Fulk. I said, what about Urk? Or Rennet? And he said that the names of the Starkadders couldn't compete with the names of the [Patsington's-surname]s, and I think he's right.

*By production, I do not mean the special effects, which consisted of slow-motion accompanied by clanging synth sounds.

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yiskah
Nov. 7th, 2005 11:55 pm (UTC)
Oooh, ooh, is that the Robin of Sherwood with Jason Connery in it?! My dad was in that! And I got to be an extra when I was six! Look out for me in the crowd scenes.
stellanova
Nov. 8th, 2005 12:12 am (UTC)
Ooooh, yes, it's the entire thing! We've only watched a few episodes of the first series (Michael Praed is Robin in the first two), so we haven't reached the Connery years. BUT OMG I AM SO JEALOUS! That's very cool. You were living my childhood dream!
theodicy
Nov. 8th, 2005 12:17 am (UTC)
Oh, it's all too Brother Cadfael for me!

:flees at a fast waddle:
barsine
Nov. 8th, 2005 02:04 pm (UTC)
The true heroes (apart from Robin himself!) are daegaer who lent me the DVDs and Eoin who copied them for you. I was just the courier who passed them on, but I am very glad you like them!
stellanova
Nov. 8th, 2005 04:33 pm (UTC)
Awww, your new icon!

Please thank Eoin again - it is fantastic! Although at times it reminds of the Mighty Boosh, especially Herne the Hunter (who was a lot more magical in my memory of the programme). Also, I love the Chalet Girls! Rather disturbing, with all the deaths and miscarriages and stuff, but mesmerising. And I do love that Joey is depicted as a monstrous figure.
clanwilliam
Nov. 9th, 2005 11:16 am (UTC)
I've had RoS on video since I was at uni.

And my favourite bit of Chalet Girls is Mary-Lou, the home wrecker!
stellanova
Nov. 9th, 2005 12:36 pm (UTC)
Yes! I love how everyone but Joey admits that they've always hated her because she was such a bossy, arrogant bitch.
radegund
Nov. 8th, 2005 04:32 pm (UTC)
Ooh, we've been watching them recently too - they are quite marvellous, aren't they? Maid Marion having feminist strops! Filthy peasants! Public schoolboy Guy of Guisbourne! Black magic! And cheesy Clannad. What's not to like?
stellanova
Nov. 8th, 2005 06:53 pm (UTC)
Nothing, that's what! It's brilliant! The black magic stuff is particularly hilarious, although I think Guy of Eton Guisbourne and his petulance runs a close second in the amusingness stakes. The bit that sends me into total hysterics, though, is the bit at the end of the credits where we see a shot of the forest and suddenly it zooms in to show Robin lurking in the undergrowth, legs akimbo.

And at the same time as all this preposterousness, it's genuinely quite gripping, in its mad way. Hurrah for Robin!
stephencass
Nov. 8th, 2005 07:32 pm (UTC)
That was a great show, and the episode where they went all-out with the black magic, with attempted demon summoning and human sacrifice, etc, I remember as being genuinely unsettling, and almost felt like an episode from another show entirely.
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