BBC America and ‘Dracula’ Creator Cole Haddon Developing ‘Nottingham’ Series With An Interesting Twist

By February 12, 2014

Throughout history, we’ve seen and heard the tale of Robin Hood and his merry men many, many times – whether it be on film (live action or animated), book, fan fiction, and of course, the good ol’ television.

And now, BBC America’s working on a version of Robin Hood that may either blow your mind or make you roll your eyes. Either way, you’re gonna say “Whaaaaaaa?”

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Now if you said, “They already did this back in 2006 (with the cast pictured above),” you’d be right. But THIS TIME, they’re taking the tale and tipping it on its ear.

Ever wonder what it would be like if Robin Hood and the Sheriff of Nottingham were the same dude?

Well, wonder no more because that is EXACTLY what is happening. BBC America and “Dracula” (NBC) creator Cole Haddon are currently developing “Nottingham,” which’ll explore this crazy concept through the eyes of one of the most loved AND hated villains in literary history.

According to Deadline, the show “centers on the Sheriff of Nottingham whose wife is killed by King John’s men. When nobody is brought to justice, the Sheriff launches a one-man war against the Crown. By day, he remains the reviled Sheriff, loyal servant of the King, but by night he puts on a hood and, using the intelligence he gains from his office, attacks the King where it hurts the most — his coffers. As Robin Hood, he systematically raids the King’s men, his noble loyalists and political allies, giving the spoils to the starving peasantry and starting a rebellion that will change England forever.”


This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about an alternate take on the Robin Hood mythos. Before Russell Crowe and Ridley Scott released the forgettable 2010 origin story Robin Hood, that film was also titled Nottingham, and it told the story of how the Sheriff was actually a pretty decent guy that just had bad luck in the PR department. In that tale, Robin Hood was a jerk, and he and the Sheriff were both in love with Maid Marian. Sounds like that love aspect could be the same on this new show, but it probably won’t be a classic love triangle, since, you know, Robin and the Sheriff are the same guy this time.

There’s no word on a release date quite yet, but I’m all a-quiver with anticipation. Quiver…arrow…GET IT?!

Stay tuned.

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  • Definitely an intriguing concept. Should be fun to see how they’ll pull off both of those iconic characters being represented as the same person.

    • Colt Howard

      I am NOT digging this concept at all. It doesn’t make any sense, I don’t care how good the script or premise is. FAIL!

  • Mack D Felix

    Ridiculous! I was just commenting on another page about not liking BBC TV. Dumb, dumb, dumb!