Robin Hood series 1 : Production details and DVDs
The 13 episodes of Series 1 of Robin Hood were first shown on BBC One from October to December 2006. From spring 2007 onwards the series has been/is being broadcast in more than 40 countries, several other countries, including the USA (BBC America), Australia (ABC), Belgium (La Deux), Canada (BBC Canada), Egypt (Showseries1), France (Canal +), Hungary (RTL Klub), Poland (TVP 2), Denmark (DR1), Spain (La Sexta), Sweden (TV4) and New Zealand (Prime TV).
Produced by Tiger Aspect for the BBC.
In the UK, the first series is available on Region 2 DVD, in three volumes.
Volume 1 - Episodes 1-5; Character profiles of Robin, Marian and Roy; Hood Academy Featurette (about the cast's two week training in riding, archery and fighting before filming started). Available at Amazon UK, the BBC Shop and elsewhere. Also available as an import at Amazon Germany and Amazon France.
The whole series is also available in some countries in a 5 disc boxed-set.
In Australia, a region 4 set is available from the ABC shop, and elsewhere.
An English version with French subtitles is available at Amazon France.
The boxed-set is also available in the Netherlands, although this set only contains 4 DVDs with no extras (further details...)
A 4 disc Hungarian version is also available, but does not contain extras. Order at Xpress.hu.
In most countries, the set contains the following:
Audio commentaries by members of the cast and crew on four episodes: episode 1, Will You Tolerate This?; episode 4, Parenthood; episode 8, Tattoo? What Tattoo?; episode 13, A Clue: No. Richard Armitage is among the commentators on episodes 4 and 8, and the second part of episode 13. (An extract from the commentary on episode 4 can be seen here... )
A 30 minute feature, 'Robin Hood - The Making of', in which cast and crew talk about the creation and making of the series.
An 11 minute feature, 'Designing the Hood', in which production designer Mike Gunn and some of the actors talk about the design and building of the sets.
A 16 minute feature, 'Dressing Hood'. The costume designer, Frances Tempest, explains the thinking behind the design of the costumes for all the main characters. Actors Lucy Griffiths, Gordon Kennedy, Sam Troughton and Harry Lloyd comment on their costumes.
A 15 minute feature, 'Hood Academy' about the cast's training in archery, riding and fighting before the series began filming.
Character profiles of Robin Hood, Marian, the Sheriff, Guy of Gisborne, Much, Little John, Roy, Will Scarlett and Djaq.
On 11th May 2010, Just Entertainment will release a DVD set of all three series of Robin Hood with Dutch subtitles. Entitled "Robin Hood - The Legend Returns", it will contain the same extras as the series 3 DVD boxset.
A Region 1 Blu-Ray edition is available in North America from Amazon USA.
The whole of the first series can be bought and downloaded from iTunes.
In the UK, single episodes cost £1.89, or the entire series can be bought for £24.57. The sound track is also available, at 79p per track, or £7.99 for the whole album.
The series is also available in the USA.
Audiobooks of novelisations of the first four episodes have been recorded by Richard Armitage. For more details see the Robin Hood Audiobooks page. These too are available on iTunes.
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