Robin Hood bows out

Friday, July 3, 2009 by

There is a certain inevitability about the news of the cancellation of Robin Hood. And it’s not just because it follows hot on the heels of ITV’s decision to axe Primeval. Ever since these “second wave” series appeared on our screen, it’s felt like a matter of when, rather than if, they were going to be brought to a premature end. Doctor Who and Ashes to Ashes (in its Life on Mars incarnation) are the shows that inspired this recent fantasy TV boom in the first place, and look as if they’re going to outlive everything commissioned in their wake. Merlin is coming back for a second run, but who’d bet on it making it to series three?


2 Responses to “Robin Hood bows out”

  1. Stuart F on July 11th, 2009 11:57 am

    I don’t think this is just about fantasy: whether this means the end of early-evening family drama (other than soaps). It’s all very well to scrap Robin Hood and potentially Merlin if you have big new shows coming, but the BBC doesn’t seem to have any idea what else to put on Saturday evenings.

  2. Chris Allen on July 14th, 2009 10:55 pm

    Could one of the reasons that NuRobin in da Hood and his Nottingham massive are being retired because they were expensive but weren’t actually very good? Expect a similar fate for Harry Merlin and the Retcon of Doom.