I’m going to reserve commenting in detail on the new Robin Hood for a few episodes to see how it comes on. I’m also going to ignore that Robin seems capable of using a 2kg long sword as though it were a throwing dagger.
I am going to however make one small suggestion to the makers of the next Robin Hood retelling. Look at a map. Please look at a map. One with contours. Nottingham Castle stood (before it’s destruction and being replaced by a manor house) on a 38m high lump of rock. The rock itself is a landmark called that can be seen from quite a distance, strangley, Castle Rock. It has cliffs and escarpments. The rock is sandstone. The type of sandstone it’s made of is called Castle Rock Sandstone!
It dominated a crossing point of the Trent. It had the river lean running directly beneath the cliff of the rock. Next to it were the Norman town and then the Saxon town. A passage called Mortimer’s Hole was cut from the Brewhouse Yard at the base of the rock to the castle probably around 1194 but you can use a bit of artistic licence and have it there earlier.
Why do I mention this for future film and TV show makers? Well if they can’t see the dramatic potential in putting the castle where it takes on a dramatic appearance and creates story possibilities and if they can’t see the fun in having cliffs, passageways and escarpments as well as fortifications to play with then they really need to go into another line of work.