Robin Hood Series 3
The third and final series of Robin Hood was broadcast on BBC One in spring 2009, and will be shown around the world in the coming months.
Richard Armitage once again played the villainous Sir Guy of Gisborne. And Jonas Armstrong returned as Robin Hood, bent on revenge against Gisborne for the death of Marian.
However, the BBC had already announced that Jonas would be leaving Robin Hood at the end of the series. Executive producer Foz Allan promised that "Robin's exit will be unmissable!" 
The beginning of filming in summer 2008 overlapped with the end of filming on Spooks's seventh series. So to allow Richard Armitage to continue saving London from the Russians as MI5 officer Lucas North, Gisborne was neatly written out of the third and fourth episodes of Robin Hood. But in spite of this the series provided a strong character arc for Gisborne, taking him from a guilt-ridden henchman of the Sheriff in the opening episode, to something suprisingly different by the last of the 13 episodes.
After the departure of some of the main characters at the end of the last series, several new ones arrived to take their place in Nottinghamshire. Chief among them was Prince John, played by Toby Stephens (formerly a Bond villain in Die Another Day, but also known for his portrayal of Mr Rochester in the BBC's recent adaptation of Jane Eyre).
Guy of Gisborne hits rock bottom
The shocking ending to the second series left Gisborne "on a downward spiral," according to Richard Armitage. "He's a bit of a car crash at the beginning when you find him. He's off the leash and he's turned to alcohol. He's a real mess."  He's also involved in a revenge storyline with Robin, with each man blaming the other for Marian's death. But Gisborne "finds a way back through the character of Prince John and finds a new energy, a new force." 
A new costume designer was brought in for series 3 and the whole show was redesigned - and that included Gisborne's head-to-toe black leather outfit. "It’s getting dirtied and reshaped so it’s not quite so 80's rock singer looking," Richard explained.  "It's not quite so much leather, but there's a bit more weight to the costume, so it's proved to be as hot as the last couple of years."  (right)
And what of the old costume? "At this moment Keith Allen, the Sheriff of Nottingham, is trying to buy my costume. And we're in a little bit of a bidding war as to who's going to get my costume. He wants Gisborne's costume so that he can sell it. But I think I'll try and get it just for myself as a bit of nostalgia. It's weird, because you know, I spent two years putting that costume on: it's part of my process and it helps me become the character. I'd find it very strange to think that it could be in someone else's hands. I think it would be very weird. My blood and sweat is fused into the leather as well!" 
The ratings for the third series when it was shown on BBC One in spring 2009 were disappointing, and this, combined with the departure of several cast members at the end of the series, led to the BBC announcing that the show would not be returning.
BBC Robin Hood website, which includes interviews with the cast.
For information about the first series, see the Robin Hood Series 1 section.
For information about the second series, see the Robin Hood Series 2 section.
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