Robin Hood
Written byMax Kester
Directed byJoy Harington
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of episodes6
ProducerJoy Harington
Original release
ReleaseMarch 17 (1953-03-17) –
April 21, 1953 (1953-04-21)

Robin Hood is a 1953 six-episode British television series starring Patrick Troughton as Robin Hood and Wensley Pithey as Friar Tuck.[1] It was written by Max Kester, and produced and directed by Joy Harington for the BBC. The 1953 series was the first TV production of Robin Hood, although the 1955 series, The Adventures of Robin Hood, remains better known.[2]

The 30-minute episodes were transmitted live, and only eight minutes from the second episode, The Abbot of St. Mary's, the earliest surviving footage of Troughton's television career, exists (as a 16mm telerecording). Troughton's son Michael mistakenly claimed in his father's biography that the full episode survived. Short clips of this material appeared in 2007 documentary, presented by Jonathan Ross, covering Robin Hood from its beginnings to the more recent BBC production (2006), and were also shown as an example of television production in the BBC documentary series Children's T.V. On Trial The 1950s. The surviving footage was also included on the 2020 DVD and Blu-Ray release of an animated reconstruction of the Doctor Who serial The Power of the Daleks, which also starred Patrick Troughton.



  1. Gathering the Band (17 March 1953)
  2. The Abbot of St. Mary's (23 March 1953)
  3. Who Is Robin? (31 March 1953)
  4. The Silver Arrow (7 April 1953)
  5. A King Comes to Greenwood (14 April 1953)
  6. The Secret (21 April 1953)


  1. ^ Smith, Neil (2014). Robin Hood. Peter Dennis. Cumnor Hill, Oxford, UK. ISBN 978-1-4728-0125-8. OCLC 841899099.((cite book)): CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)
  2. ^ Dahm, Murray (2018). "A Band of Merry Men". Medieval Warfare. 8 (5): 54–57. ISSN 2211-5129. JSTOR 48596801.
  3. ^ Kabatchnik, Amnon (2017). Blood on the stage, 1800 to 1900 : milestone plays of murder, mystery, and mayhem. Lanham, Maryland. p. 534. ISBN 978-1-5381-0617-4. OCLC 980208265.((cite book)): CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)