First episode of new Robin Hood series is a huge success

The first episode of the BBC's new Robin Hood series was shown on BBC1 (Channel 1) on Saturday night and it was a success - 8.2 million people throughout Britain tuned in to watch it and it beat Channel 3's (ITV1's) Saturday night entertainment show "Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway" which was watched by 7 million.

In Saturday night's first episode, Robin Hood had to rescue Will Scarlett and Alan a Dale from being hanged by the evil Sheriff of Nottingham. As the hangings started and they were dangling in the air and choking with hoods over their heads Robin skilfully uses his bow and arrows to fire arrows right through the ropes, therefore snapping the ropes and allowing the men to escape.

The BBC - which makes the best and highest quality TV shows in the world - also debuted its new idents on Saturday. The idents, which last for around 30 seconds as the announcer introduces the next TV show, use computer technology to show scenes such as surfers or swimming hippos.
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Robin Hood debut watched by 8.2m

Irish-born actor Jonas Armstrong plays the new Robin Hood

More than eight million people tuned in to watch the BBC's new 8m drama series Robin Hood, unofficial overnight figures show.

Ratings for the first episode, starring Jonas Armstrong as Robin Hood, averaged 8.2m. It beat ITV1's Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway with 7m.

The new series of Strictly Come Dancing beat ITV1's The X-Factor, with 8.8m and 8.4m viewers respectively.

BBC One controller Peter Fincham said he was "thrilled" with the ratings.

Peak audience
Saturday also saw the launch of the new BBC idents, which feature kites, surfers and swimming hippos, while the National Lottery: 1 vs 100 attracted 6.2m viewers.

The show, hosted by Dermot O'Leary, coincided with the second part of The X-Factor, which reached a peak audience of 9.2m at 2100BST.
During The X Factor judges Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh whittled down the contestants to 12.

The new BBC idents also debuted on Saturday

An ITV spokesman said: "We are thrilled that nearly 10 million people tuned in to discover who were the final 12 acts who will go on to sing on the live shows next week."

Robin Hood, which also stars Keith Allen and Richard Armitage, has been updated for the 21st Century.

Green tights have been replaced with trendy medieval attire, including combat trousers, desert boots and even a hoodie for the lead character.

Robin Hood had a peak viewership of 8.5m compared to 10.5m for the first episode of Doctor Who in 2005, which at the time starred Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper.

Mr Fincham said: "I'm thrilled that last night's schedule proved such a hit with BBC One audiences.

"A very strong start for Robin Hood, followed up by an exceptional return for Strictly Come Dancing, and 1 vs 100 is really hitting its stride. "Together with the launch of our new idents, this was an important day for BBC One."
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Saturday 7 October 2006, BBC ONE

After five years fighting in the Crusades, Robin of Locksley (external - login to view) returns home to find his people brutalized under the tyrannical rule of the new Sheriff (external - login to view). In his absence Sir Guy of Gisborne (external - login to view) governed Robin's lands. Many villagers including the Scarlett family suffered terribly.
Robin seeks advice from the old Sheriff Edward and his daughter Marian (external - login to view). He's secretly delighted that his childhood sweetheart Marian remains unmarried, but she makes it clear she wants nothing to do with him.
Robin confronts the Sheriff about the state of Nottingham and slights him in front of a crowd. The Sheriff tries to force Robin to send Dan Scarlett's sons to the gallows. But Robin wages a daring rescue attempt and frees the boys.
As Robin escapes, he chooses to become an outlaw and leads Will Scarlett (external - login to view), Allan A Dale (external - login to view) and Much (external - login to view) into Sherwood Forest. But Little John (external - login to view) and his men give them an unwelcome reception.

Go here to play the BBC website's Robin Hood game - (external - login to view)

The Outlaws' Revenge is a six-part adventure game - a new game is released after each episode airs.

Release dates:
Part 1 (Archery Adventure), after episode 1 on Saturday 7th October. (Starring Robin Hood)
Part 2 (Flute Frenzy), after episode 2 on Saturday 14th October. (Starring Marian)
Part 3 (Tavern Trickery), after episode 3 on Saturday 21st October. (Starring Allan A Dale)
Part 4 (Crossbow Quest), after episode 4 on Saturday 28th October. (Starring Will Scarlett)
Part 5 (Sparring Swords), after episode 5 on Saturday 4th November. (Starring Much)
Part 6 (Sheriff Showdown), after episode 6 on Saturday 11th November. (Starring The Sheriff of Nottingham)

There are 13 episodes of Robin Hood but only the first six feature in the online adventure game.
Last edited by Blackleaf; Oct 8th, 2006 at 01:39 PM..
not surprising all the lemmings watched it. They've been advertising it twenty times a minute. I thought BBC1 had become the robin hood channel.

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