The Adventures of Robin Hood - The Knight who Came to Dinner
Sidney Cole, Hannah Weinstein (executive) for Sapphire Films/ITV
directed by Ralph Smart
starring Richard Greene, Ian Hunter, Alexander Gauge, Archie Duncan, Alan Wheatley, Frank Royde, Bernadette O'Farrell, Robin Bailey, Willoughby Gray, Victor Woolf
written by Eric Heath, Lawrence McClellan, music by Edwin Astley
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It is a tradition with Robin Hood (Richard Greene) and his merry men to
invite a guest of honour to every feast they are having, which
means nothing more than kidnapping some nobleman, relieving him of half
the money on his body, and in return letting him participate at the feast.
Robbery of course, but that's why Robin and his men are outlaws, right?
noblemen are hard to find these days, and since Little John (Archie
Duncan) and Friar Tuck (Alexander Gauge) have gotten especially hungry
during the preparations of the feast, they kidnap the first man they can
find, someone who looks more like a scarecrow than a nobleman, dress him
up as a knight and present him to Robin. The good news is, the scarecrow
really turns out to be a nobleman, Sir Richard of the Lea (Ian Hunter) ...
but the bad news is that he has no money, is on the way to the abbot
(Frank Royde) to ask an extension for his loan, but is very likely to lose
all his lands and castle by tomorrow evening since the abbot is not a
Robin and his men have no hearts of stone of course, so
instead of robbing Sir Richard of the little he has got, they provide him
with the money he needs (as a loan) and send him off to the abbot
accompanied by Friar Tuck dressed up as his squire.
Though he has the
money, Sir Richard at first asks the abbot for an extension, and when
that's not granted at least for a donation so he can make it through the
winter - which is granted, and Sir Richard immediately has it
redistributed among the poor before paying the abbot in full using Robin's
money. At this point Friar Tuck as Sir Richard's squire pretends to switch
allegiances and tells the abbot of another nobleman in desperate need of a
loan - and this way lures the abbot through Sherwood Forest carrying the
money paid to him by Sir Richard ... and of course, he is soon held up and
robbed by Robin and company ...
Rather amusing episode
actually, one which is low on Robin Hood's heroics for a change and high
on Friar Tuck's comedy in exchange. Sure, the humour is a tad childish in
nature, but let's face it, this program was originally intended for