The BBC has announced they are making a new series of Robin Hood
Now I know there's plenty of archery, history and re-enactment geeks reading this - so is that type of bow contemporary to Mr. Locksley, or would he have had something else? He probably isn't a mister, he's the son of a lord or something, isn't he? Except he's had his title taken away from him, which is part of the whole point of him turning outlaw. So maybe he is a mister, after all.
Other than all that - certain parts of that article are worrying.
Fun, modern and intelligent...
...updates the popular legend for a sophisticated contemporary audience.
I think we've come up with something cool that's both modern and medieval, with a bit of street, I've even got a hoodie!
We were looking to create an exciting opportunity for fresh, young talent and our Robin Hood delivers on all counts. The casting signals our intention to make Robin Hood for a new generation.
So what's it going to be like - 'street'? Let's hope it's good, and not just a vehicle for all the young stars-of-the-future they can't figure out what else to do with...
Now for a song...
Unisex Chip Shop
, and in the style of Stephen William Bragg
(apparently they've performed it on stage together, at Glastonbury).
I used to buy my chips
from an oppressive chip shop régime.
The girl who worked there, she seemed happy
But I knew it was not what it seemed.
Do you want salt and vinegar?
Was what they made 'er say,
But in the language of the ghetto
Help, I'm a woman in chains
I wanted to free her,
In my dreams I would see her
Running naked through the woods round Rainham.
If I had some tigers I'd train 'em,
To protect her,
From the sexual fascism that was lurking
'round the gherkins.
I'd lean across the counter
And we would talk.
I carved the name Debbie
On a little wooden fork.
But into the shop
came a skinhead gang,
They snatched the fork from my hand.
Debbie, she looked at me
To assert my masculinity.