It’s a very good time to be a fan of historical romance – with two huge television series, Outlander and Poldark, capturing the imagination (and the hearts!) of viewers around the world.
We go back more than 60 years for this week’s Outlander Alternative.
(I was asked last week, why it should be an Outlander ‘alternative’ and when people would enjoy both. My only defense is that my sleepy Saturday morning brain latched on to the alliteration and wouldn’t let go).
Award-winning medieval romance…
A secret from their past could destroy their future
We’re all familiar with the plot of Robin Hood, so I won’t repeat it here but I will point out that this series is no paint by numbers affair.
Like Smuggler before it, The Adventures of Robin Hood was billed as a ‘family’ series but don’t make the mistake of thinking of cardboard cut out characters.
Friar Tuck (Alexander Gauge) may love his food but he’s not a rolly poly clown. He is respected as a clergyman and is truly wily when it matters, but never at the expense of his principles.
Little John uses his brains as well as his brawn. Archie Duncan also played Lestrade in the mid 1950s Sherlock Holmes TV series starring Ronald Howard, the son of the late Leslie Howard (and boy is the man the spitting image of his father!).
What makes it a romance
Two lovers separated by circumstances have a clandestine affair aware that danger lurks if they’re uncovered. That’s a trope I’m looking forward to exploring in one of my stories one day, but back to Robin and Marion.
Their relationship is friendly and familiar. This is not the flush of new romance but one which simmers.