Robin Hood axed by BBC
Story by Jack Foley
THE BBC has confirmed that its adaptation of Robin Hood will not return for a fourth series.
The BBC1 show, starring Jonas Armstrong, suffered a dramatic ratings decline during its third season, culminating in a season finel that saw the iconic outlaw being killed off.
The final episode was also moved to BBC2 to make way for a tennis match at Wimbledon featuring Andy Murray.
In a statement, a spokesman for the BBC said: “With the death of Robin, we feel that the show has reached its natural conclusion.”
Rumours about the show’s chances of making it into a fourth season have been circulating ever since Armstrong announced his intention to quit the show before the 13-part third series was screened.
But few could have predicted the dramatic turn of events in the storyline, which saw Robin meet his end in a showdown with arch-villains, the Sheriff of Nottingham (played by Keith Allen) and Guy of Gisbourne (Richard Armitage).
He was murdered by a poison-tipped sword after killing his nemesis.
Amazingly, only 2.2 million tuned in to watch the finale once it had been moved to BBC2 – down from the 4 million that had prompted the decision to axe the show.
In its prime, the Saturday tea-time adventure – which occupied the slot taken by Merlin and Doctor Who – had been able to attract an average audience of 8.6 million.