Robin Hood, Chan­nel 4, New Year’s Day, 9pm.

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Rus­sell Crowe teamed up with Ri­d­ley Scott once more (cast your minds back to the epic Gla­di­a­tor) for this stylish, thrilling take on the leg­endary tale.

It would seem like ev­ery­thing Scott touches turns to gold, with hits such as Alien, BladeRun­ner, Prometheus, Black­Rain, Some­oneToWatchOverMe, Black­HawkDown and Han­ni­bal.

Crowe and Scott were a dream team work­ing on this ef­fort to­gether, only to be bet­tered by throw­ing ac­claimed ac­tress Cate Blanchett in to the mix.

Af­ter Richard The Lion­heart is slain on the bat­tle­field by the be­sieged French, archer Robin Longstride and his friends Lit­tle John, Will Scar­let and Al­lan A’Dayle head back to Eng­land. To se­cure safe pas­sage back home, Robin poses as slain knight Sir Robert Lox­ley and con­tin­ues the ruse with the dead man’s wife, Mar­ion, in or­der that she may cling on to the fam­ily es­tate once ruled by the now-blind, de­crepit Sir Wal­ter Lox­ley.

Over time, Robin falls for Mar­ion, but any chances of an en­dur­ing ro­mance are threat­ened by po­lit­i­cal forces. The out­stand­ing cast de­liv­ers a lively jaunt through Plan­ta­genet his­tory with some out­stand­ing bat­tle scenes.

Crowe’s ac­cent may be er­ratic, but if you can man­age to get around that and ap­pre­ci­ate the finer points of the film, this is one of Scott’s best of­fer­ings for years.

Need­less to say, Blanchett is ex­cel­lent as Maid Marian.

Rus­sell Crowe heads the cast of Ri­d­ley Scott’s ad­ven­ture.

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