Saturday, 14 September 2013

Another Legend

Even before I started school I was interested in how things worked. That's probably why I eventually became an engineer. But it wasn't just how things were put together that fired my imagination. I often wondered how things were created. What was the spark that led to these things being invented?

It's the same with TV programmes and feature films. I'm fascinated by the story behind the story. How does a writer's idea get to the point where his words are being spoken on screen? I want to learn about the process and bits of trivia that occur in between those two endpoints. These days there are programmes that give us behind-the-scenes insights into some of our most popular series.

So, as promised in my last post, I'm now going to share some facts about one of my favourite TV series.

Some of you might be old enough to remember The Adventures Of Robin Hood. The one that starred Richard Greene.

The programme was commissioned by Lew Grade but was created by American writers who couldn't find work in the US, having fallen foul of the McCarthy communist witch-hunts in the 1950s. Because of their precarious position the writers could not be granted artistic credit for the episodes they worked on.

Apart from film actor Richard Greene, many other established and future stars appeared during the series. The one I remember is Paul Eddington of The Good Life and Yes Minister who played Will Scarlett if my memory serves me right.

You may also remember actress Patricia Driscoll, who played Maid Marion. She was the presenter of the Watch With Mother programme Picture Book.

The theme song was recorded as a single and rose quite high in the UK charts. I think I still have a copy somewhere in my loft. (On a 78rpm of course).

One episode of the 2006 BBC Robin Hood series was entitled Lardner's ring as a tribute to Ring Lardner, one of the original 1950s writers.

Does anyone else have memories of this drama?

8 comments:

  1. Didn't see it - must be because I'm so young!

    Can you always identify the spark that prompted each piece of your writing? (I often can't)

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  2. I remember it well and still often find myself singing the theme song. I enjoyed your post. It's fascinating to discover the story behind the story. How sad to be denied artistic credit.

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    1. I'm afraid I didn't watch it either, Keith but I like all the info. I think I can remember what sparked all my stories (which is how I manage to write my Inspiration Behind the Story series)

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  3. Hi, Patsy. If I'm writing about quaint old ladies for PF, then it's from my mum. Stories about young children for Yours come from my step-grandson. If it's about a feckless husband for TaB, that's me.

    They used pseudonyms at first, Joanna. When the political climate changed they could begin to talk publicly about their work.

    I enjoy your posts about where you get your ideas from, Wendy.

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  4. I love the Robin Hood theme song. We sing it quite often at work, as not far away from us there is a Robin Hood crematorium!

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  5. Robin Hood, Robin Hood, riding through the glen.
    Robin Hood, Robin Hood, with his band of men...
    Can't get it out of my head now, Joanne.

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  6. I was a huge fan of all things Robin Hood as a kid, but I don't believe the TV show you're talking about ever made it to the U.S.

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  7. I understand it was broadcast by CBS, Susan.

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