The most recent Robin Hood-related news stories breaking in the global media!

(Mar 07, 2018)
WORLD WIDE ROBIN HOOD SOCIETY CELEBRATES 20 YEARS AS ONE OF THE LEADING INFORMATION SOURCES ON ALL ASPECTS OF THE LEGENDARY SHERWOOD OUTLAW. On March 17th 2018, the Nottingham-based World Wide Robin Hood Society will mark its 20th Anniversary Year with a programme of varied initiatives including: *The publication of a new book about Robin Hood and the legend’s global impact. *A local cookery contest to find the best recipe for a Robin Hood Pie. *Anniversary theme to the Society’s annual “Feather in Your Cap” business awards. *A children’s story writing competition. *Developing an illustrated Robin Hood talk available to groups and societies. Although the Society was originally a membership-based organisation, over the last 2 decades it has evolved into one of the leading internet-based information resources on all things associated with Robin Hood. It is used extensively by the media and the tourism industry and the Society has contributed to numerous global television documentaries and historical features including BBC’s The One Show; Sky Travel Channel’s “Expedition Unknown” series and French TV’s “Secrets Histoire” series. The Society has also participated in hundreds of radio programmes around the globe, including South America, the USA, Europe, Korea and Australia. Society Chairman, Bob White, said “The very first Robin Hood Society was established in London in the 1700’S and was a club or assembly for public debate. It held its popular, regular meetings in the Robin Hood public house in Butcher Row, near Temple Bar, which is how the Society acquired its name. In the 1970’s, a Nottingham-based Robin Hood Society was created by the local historian and Robin Hood expert, Jim Lees, and its members often dressed up in costume as various characters from the Sherwood tales and helped raise funds for local charities. In the Nineties, Nottingham City Council joined forces with the Nottingham Evening Post and set up a Robin Hood Club especially aimed at youngsters, which featured a series of cartoon woodland animals known as “The Tails of Sherwood”. The present day, internet-based World Wide Robin Hood Society was originally the inspiration of co-founder and sponsor, Mike Douglas from Hull, who established a successful communications business in Nottingham in the late 1990’s. He said “Over the past twenty years the Society has seen many changes but the phenomenal global interest in Robin Hood has never faltered and the legendary outlaw continues to be an iconic figure with a massive international fan base, and he regularly features in new films, books and the global media.” For further information contact Bob White on e-mail at or by phone on (0115) 9523183 or mobile 07504 852731 or visit the Society website at Read more...
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Life after Little John

Although it is unlikely that we will ever really know for sure what exactly happened to Little John after Robin Hood’s death, in contrast, it prompted me to take a look at some of the various actors who had played Little John in film, television and stage productions to discover what fate or fame had in store for their careers after taking on the legendary role!


Starring alongside Richard Greene in the 165 episodes of the 1950’s television series, “The Adventures of Robin Hood”, Scottish actor, Archie Duncan definitely holds the record for the number of appearances in the role of Little John! He also appeared in Walt Disney’s live action movie “The Story of Robin Hood and his Merry Men” starring Richard Todd but on this occasion he played the villain, Red Gill! The role of Little John went to James Robertson Justice, who later became well known in the role of consultant, Lancelot Hodges in the various “Doctor” films based on Richard Gordon’s series of best-selling books.

American actor, Alan Hale Sr. has the most unusual claim to fame by having played Little John in three completely different Robin Hood movies! He first played Little John as a young squire in the 1922 silent classic starring Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. He reprised the role opposite Errol Flynn in the 1938 “The Adventures of Robin Hood” and then later played an older Little John to John Derek as Robin Hood’s son in the 1951 film “Rogues of Sherwood Forest”.

Bernard Bresslaw was the then unknown actor who played Little John in the ill-fated and critically slammed “Twang” ,the 1966 Robin Hood based musical by Lionel Bart that closed after just 43 performances in the West End! Fortunately for Bresslaw, he went on to become one of the regulars in the popular “Carry On” series of films.

Clive Mantle was Little John in the HTV/Goldcrest “Robin of Sherwood” series shown in the 1980’s and he later went on to star in the BBC “Casualty” medical drama series and more recently successfully toured with a show spotlighting the life of comedian Tommy Cooper.

Other notable actors who brought their own individual talents to the Little John role were Nicol Williamson in “Robin and Marian” (1976); Nick Brimble in “Robin Hood - Prince of Thieves”(1991) and Gordon Kennedy in the 2006 BBC TV Robin Hood drama series, starring Jonas Armstrong in the title role.

The last Little John to appear on the big screen was Canadian born Kevin Durand in Ridley Scott’s “Robin Hood” in 2010, starring Russell Crowe. Standing at 1.98 metres, he claimed to be the tallest actor yet to take on the role!