Sunday, November 26, 2006

Djaq, the girl outlaw, and the Night Watchman.

Above: Lucy Griffiths as the excellent Night Watchman in BBC's Robin Hood (2006)
Above: Was this the inspiration for the Night Watchman? Marian makes her entrance in disguise in "Robin Hood Prince of Thieves".
The BBC's 2006 version of Robin Hood changed the roles of many of Robin Hood characters, and dropped others altogether from the cast. But it did make two interesting innovations. Above: Djaq took over the Saracen outlaw role which had begun in the 1980's, but never as a girl before. The concept of including a female outlaw had been explored before as far back as the 1950s but, if you don't count Maid Marian, never in a permanent way. Djaq, played by Anjali Jay, entered the series having been rescued by Robin Hood's men from being put to work as a slave by the Sheriff of Nottingham. Here she is seen being tortured with acid by the Sheriff of Nottingham.
Above: Still on the theme of equal outlaw rights for the girls, the BBC also gave Maid Marian a secret identity. When Robin of Loxley left for the Crusades, long before he became Robin Hood, it seems Marian was dashing around Nottingham at night fighting for the rights of the poor. The people gave her the name of the Night Watchman, and in this way Lucy Griffiths made an excellent contribution to the annals of Robin Hood.

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Blogger robin hood said...

BBC Robin Hood 2006 Cast:

Robin Hood - Jonas Armstrong
Marian - Lucy Griffiths
Guy of Gisborne - Richard Armitage
Sheriff of Nottingham - Keith Allen
Little John - Gordon Kennedy
Much - Sam Troughton
Alan A'Dale - Joe Armstrong
Will Scarlett - Harry Lloyd
Anjali Jay - Djaq

(Basic cast only).

12:40 AM  
Blogger robin hood said...

Anjali Jay as Djaq the saracen outlaw in Robin Hood 2006.

Lucy Griffiths as Maid Marian and the Night Watchman in Robin Hood 2006.

12:42 AM  
Blogger Daniel said...

Its a shame this new 'Robin Hood' complete and utter Politically Correct rubbish.

8:55 AM  
Blogger robin hood said...

Hi Daniel,
Thanks for the contribution, because all opinions are valid and welcome.

Regarding the "politically correct" issue, I would agree where the absence of Friar Tuck is concerned. It wasn't necessary to cut him out.

But where Djaq is concerned we've had a Saracen, muslim outlaw since the 1980s, and I think that's been a good thing because it gives us a chance to look at the Crusades and King Richard's activities from another perspective. King Richard bankrupted the country with that war, and caused problems which persist to this day.

Also, if you look at the Patricia Driscoll Maid Marian from the 1950s, on my main Robin Hood blog, you'll see the equal rights issue for the girls was explored even then. (She's still my favourite Marian).

10:48 AM  
Anonymous nightwatchman said...

i find that this new series, however far from the legand it maybe, the writers at the BBC have done a fantastic job creating the sereis. I love the idea of marian having a proper role in this series, as if you view most other robin hood interpretations, this is not the case, and marian is just the damsel in distress

1:57 PM  
Blogger robin hood said...

Hi Nightwatchman,
I agree with you about Lucy's excellent interpretation, BUT IO totally disagree that Marian was ever a "damsel in distress". This notion is maybe based on the poor (but successful) American versions: Prince of Thieves and the Errl Flynn "Adventures of Robin Hood".

If you look at the 1957 Patricia Driscoll TV version, or Judi Trott in 1984s Robin of Sherwood, or the 1990s Robin Hood movie (etc., etc.,) you will find Marian was always a strong and valuable member of the team. It's just that Hollywood never chose to portray her that way.

4:07 PM  

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