Adam is my real name....Wayne is my stage name....
Name-Adam Jonathan Morris
> DOB-November 1962
> Eye Colour-Blue
> Place of Birth-Warwickshire
> Marital Status-single
> Character played in MMMM- Robin
> Favorite Colour- sunflower yellow
> Favorite Band/Singer- george michael, Steps, Rosie Rowell from Pop Idol
> Favorite TV Programme- the farmer wants a wife
> Favorite Film-12 angry men? Alien? Jaws? Die Hard? What's Up Doc?? What's New
Pussycat?? Notting Hill? So many...
> Favorite Book-Patient by Ben Watt, Bridget Jones' Diary.
> Favorite Food-Roast Lamb? Gammon and pineapple? Chicken Tikka Massala!
> Phone number(!!)- Ho di Ho
> (worth a try!)
> Did you always want to be an actor? no
> How did you get into acting? parents work in the theatre
> Who were your inspirations whilst growing up? Royal Shakespeare Company
> What has been your favorite project to work on? A Day in the Death of Joe Egg
at Cheltenham Everyman 1994
> And your least favorite? every project is fun at some point
> What was it like working on MMMM? one long paid holiday
> If you could have played any other character besides yours, who would it be?
robin was my favourite...
> Did you form any close relationships with any other cast members? What do you
mean...close? I had known Kate for years before the programme started and
Danny and I laughed from dawn till dusk!
> Were there any off set romances?! ;) No!
> Did you have any input in the writing of your character? Very Little -apart
from the infamous "Ginger Finger" line!!!!!
> Are you anything like your character? probably
> Talk us through how you got the part in MMMM. i slept with everyone...
> What was the set like to work on? muddy
> What was your favorite moment when working on MMMM? Knocking on danny's door
at 4 in the morning and seeing him jump up off the sofa and grab a baseball
bat thinking it was a somerset lynch mob!
> What was your favorite episode of MMMM? i cant remember them all to choose
> Do you have a favorite MMMM song? Rotten Rose?
> Would you do another series if asked? we all too old now!
> (These are questions sent in by other MMMM Fans on the web.)
> Are you working on any projects at the moment? yes, commercials
> Did you make your own costumes!!?? no
> Did you have any favorites of the costumes you had to wear? and did you
> enjoy wearing leggins/green underwear etc as much as we enjoyed watching
> them?! absolutely!!
> Was all that hair really yours? no
> Did you work out at all during the filming of mmmm? constantly
> How does it/did it feel to be thought of as a sex symbol? it gives me a warm
> Why did you decide to use a stage name? I thought it cool...
> If the series had kept going up until now, how would you picture your
> character now? (eg. married...) balding and living in a hotel
> Which character in MMMM are you most like and why? robin, unfortunately. I
blame my mother!
> Do you keep in contact with any of the MMMM cast members? yes
> If you had to invite 5 guests (past/present) to a dinner party, who would
> they be, and why? The members of Hear Say
> Have you got any party pieces? I wapp it on the table and frighten the horses
> If you could be anyone in the world for a day, who would it be? Joe 90
> Do you get recognised much when you're out shopping etc...? yes. Although I
was in Harrods yesterday, in the Quiksilver dept., and the assistant
suggested I was John Cusack! I've also been Ed Norton sometimes! Never Brad
Pitt though unfortunately!
> What was your favorite kids show when you were younger? Pogles Wood
> Do you like ketchup or Brown sauce? neither
> On behalf of all of the women in the mmmm community-
> "Will you marry me?"- of course.
> HAPPY NEW YEAR (Photo on its way Sooooonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn)
Interview with Adam "Wayne" Morris. 27.10.01
1) What did it feel like to be playing such a legendary and well known
I felt that my character was the antithesis of the original, and I enjoyed
playing this particular character as, I felt, he was intrinsicaly
funny...being such a wimp, knowing how naffly heroic the
2)How do you think your character was different from the original Robin
Heroic, brave, corny (in a Hollywood Sense) whereas my character was the
complete opposite... cowardly, effeminate, weak
3) How would you compare MMMM to other adaptations of the Robin Hood
It used the accepted view of the ledgend and turned it on it's head. It sort
of mocked the heroism of the original, and , in a way that some people might
find cynical, ridiculed the out-dated representations of the stock TV
representations of male-female relationship.
4) Did you have to do any research before playing Robin Hood?
5) How would you sum up Robin and Marians relationship?
Mother/Son (In our series!)
6) If there was ever a 'love relationship' between marian and robin, who do
you think would wear the trousers?
7) MMMM is a strongly femminist show, how did you feel constantly being
bettered by women?
I loved it. It appealed to my sense of the ridiculousness of the male
Adam Morris answers some more questions… 17.06.02
Maid Maz questions...
1-What was the first day on set like?
2-What was the first scene you filmed?
I'm afraid I haven't the faintest idea
3-Were there any amusing outtakes?
THe funniest one for me was when Danny hadn't learned his huge speech about the good samaritan or something and I stood opposite him and watched him kak his pants..hilarious!
4-If you could use one word to describe each cast member, what would they be
Kate - supportive
Danny - naughty
Mark - witty
David - nice
Tony - grown-up
Mikey - Jim Davidson in minature (more than one, but so what?!)
Lou - Roll-ups
Ramsey - Art imitating life!
5-How many campino sweets did you have to eat during the filming of the
advert? And did you really think they were 'not bad'?
Loads...and they're extremely nice!
6-And how many mcdonalds?...
Half a hash-brown...
7-What was it like working with the 'men behaving badly' team?
Hilarious. Martin Clunes is possibly one of the funniest guys I've ever met, and Neil Morrisey is a great bloke and very talented...although I loathe the Homebase ads!! (I bet his bank manager doesn't)
8-Who is the most famous person you've ever met, and do you get 'star
I was very lucky to meet Laurence Olivier. He came to see me in a play directed by his son, Richard.
I rarely get star-struck, but must admit I was very excited to chat to George Michael at a mate's flat a few years ago!
9-Did you ever get to go to any swanky award ceremonies? If so, are they as
glamorous as they seem?
No and no
And some silly ones...
10-If you were stranded on a desert island, what one item would you want to
have with you?
11-If you could sum yourself up in one word, what would it be?
Adam explains the Ginger Finger line…
‘In one of the episodes of MM, there was a line where Robin was to say something along the lines of "Phew! That's enough for one day. Let's nip back to the hide-out and have a cup of tea and a chocolate biscuit!" There's a long story I have (will be on the site soon, no doubt!) where a little friend of mine sort of said the same thing but said he always loved having an early night with "a Mills and Boon, a cup of cocoa and a ginger finger..." A ginger finger is a cake oop north apparently. Well, to me, that sounded fantastically funny! and from that point on, "ginger finger" always meant sonething else for me!!!!! I persuaded the director, (who didn't know this story) that Robin said ginger finger instead of the biscuit line.......and the rest is history! Me and Danny JJ laughed a LOT.’
Up and coming projects…
‘You asked me what projects were coming up...well, nothing that you'd see (unless you are going to Spain for your holidays) For the last couple of years, I've been paid to advertise loads of products in Germany, France, Poland, Hungary, Spain etc. Next week, I'm back to Spain to film a commercial for some mobile phone or other...basically three days in the sun driving a car and trying to look cool! It's tough at the top!
Good question....Roger Hunt (very famous Liverpool footballer in the 60's) Gordon Linnell (one of my teachers at school) ... Gerry Anderson
What has been your favorite project to work on?
The National Student Drama Festival, Hull, 1981
And your least favorite? Poirot
What was it like working on MMMM?
Mostly excellent, sometimes boring, always leafy.
If you could have played any other character besides yours, who would it be? Edwina.
Did you form any close relationships with any other cast members? Yes.
Were there any off set romances?! ;)
Loads, but none I'm going publicabout ;-)
Did you have any input in the writing of your character? In a small way, as the years went by.
Are you anything like your character? Not as clever, better teeth.
Talk us through how you got the part in MMMM.
I went up for one audition with Dave Bell, the director. I was paired with
some other guy who wanted to do the whole thing in a French accent. cos we
were Normans. I didn't think this was a great idea, so I went down the by
now very familiar 'stupid prat' route. Dave obviously liked me enough to
call me back and pair me up with Mark Billingham. This time Tony was there,
and I clearly remember us having to stand either side of Tony to see how
funny the height difference was. Obviously funny enough to get us both the
What was the set like to work on? Muddy
What was your favorite moment when working on MMMM?
Sitting in the trees giggling like schoolboys with Tony and Mark at a variety of childish and
dirty schoolboy jokes.
What was your favorite episode of MMMM? Tunnel Vision
Do you have a favorite MMMM song? Father Bloopy
Would you do another series if asked? Yes
(These are questions sent in by other MMMM Fans on the web.)
Are you working on any projects at the moment?
Yes. I don't do so much acting now, but I'm very busy writing for a variety
of tv progs. My website at www.davidlloyd.tv has the full info.
Was all that chain mail etc... as heavy as it looked?
It was knitted wool, painted over, so not as heavy as metal. But given that
we filmed in May June, it did get very hot sometimes.
If the series had kept going up until now, how would you picture your
character now? (eg. married...) Running a shop selling antique torture
equipment and Lucky Bags
Which character in MMMM are you most like and why?
Much .. because I have a very good imagination.
There have been rumours about an animated MMMM series, are they true?
It was something that we did investigate at one point, but nothing came of
Do you keep in contact with any of the MMMM cast members? Tony Robinson
and Mark Billingham are two of my bestest friends in all the world.
If you had to invite 5 guests (past/present) to a dinner party, who would
they be, and why? Mohammed Ali, Ghandi, Adolf Hitler, Madonna, Princess Di
Have you got any party pieces? No, but I have got a piece of very rare and
If you could be anyone in the world for a day, who would it be?
The person that signs the cheques at the BBC.
Do you get recognised much when you're out shopping etc...? No, never.
What was your favorite kids show when you were younger? Thunderbirds, Blue
Peter, Dr Who.
Do you like ketchup or Brown sauce? Mayonnaise.
Note the huge amount of thought that went into these questions!
...still more than went into the answers>
Cheers for your time! Hope this didn't bore you!
You kidding? You're asking an actor to talk about himself, and you're
worried he might be bored!!!
My very great pleasure
Interview with David Lloyd. 08.10.01.
1) Where did the original idea for the series come from?
I wasn't involved in the project at that point, as I only came on board when
I was cast as Graeme, and subsequently got more and more invloved on the
writing and creative side. But here's Tony Robinson's answer:
"I had a daughter at the time who was probably about 7 or 8 years old, and
none of the heroines on television seemed anything like her, or anything
like anything that she would empathize with. She liked watching the A-Team,
Dukes of Hazzard, those kinds of series. And I had been asked whether I
would write something on one of the English myths. And just one day watching
her playing with the other kids, it occurred to me that if she had been in
Robin Hood's gang, she would have been the one who was running it, not Robin
Hood. And really I just think once I got the initial idea, the whole thing
sprang to life".
2) Did you have the original Robin Hood Legends in mind when writing the
Again, I didn't get involved on the writing side until series 3, but if you
look at Series 1, there are a lot of references to the original Robin Hood
myths: the encounter with Little Ron/John on the bridge in 'How the Band Got
Together' is a good example. Having covered most aspects of the original
myths in Series 1, Tony then felt able to take the characters and situations
a bit further in Series 2, a process which Mark Billingham and I continued
when Tony asked us to help him come up with storyline ideas for series 3 and
3) How would you compare the original Maid Marian character to the MMMM
Total opposites. The Maid Marian of myth and legend, and certainly the one
portrayed in the Errol Flynn movie of the 1940's, and the very poular TV
series that we remember from the 1950's and 60's (before your time), was a
very passive, domestic woman who looked after the camp fire and embroidered
4) Was Marian's short hair in the beginning of series 4 a deliberate act
for the plot, or a personal choice of the actress? (sorry that's a really
For reasons that escape me now, the BBC decided very late on that they
wanted a 7th episode for the 4th series, and Tony was already heavily
committed on something else. So he asked Mark and I to write it (with his
help). Around about the same time, and quite independently, Kate decided to
get her hair cut, so we decided to incorporate that into 'Tunnel Vision' and
make it the first episode of the series.
5) Was a 'Blonde' Maid Marian picked deliberatley or was that just
I wasn't involved in the casting, so I really can't answer that question.
6) Was a Marian/Robin relationship ever considered?
No. It was a children's show first and foremost, and to base the plots
around a romantic relationship between the 2 central characters would have
been completely outside the experience of our main audience. Two people
bickering and falling out all the time is also far more interesting than two
people being all lovey dovey. However, Tony was keen on exploring that side
of Marian's character, which is where 'Much the Mini Mart Manager's Son'
7) As a male actor how did you feel being upstaged by women?
I'm not aware that I was upsatged. Gary and Graeme had some very strong
comic moments. It was never a problem being the thicky stupid baddies and
letting Marain have the upper hand. That was the whole point of the
programme after all.
8) Strong women such as Marian and Rose were often shown as being the more
dominant of the two sexes was the series deliberately written as a
More feminist than matriarchal. We all felt that it was important to show a
woman who was capable of leading a gang of freedom fighters, but who also
had character flaws.
9) The men in the series are often portrayed to be stupid (sorry for my
bluntness!) and are constantly being upstaged by the women. Did Femminism
play a major part in the series and its writing?
Second Interview with David Lloyd. 31.05.02
-What was the first day on set like?
We always used to film the Castle sequences first, at Cleeve Abbey in Washford. I wasn't called on the first day, but I drove down from London where I was living at the time and went onto the location, just to get a flavour of things. It was a lovely spring day in early May, and they were filming some interiors in King John's throne room. I remember it being very hot, very smoky (they were always using a smoke machine to create the right sort of atmosphere) full of chickens and very exciting.
-What was the first scene you filmed?
I can't remember! It would have been at the Castle though.
-Were there any amusing outtakes?
There were a few which were shown on Auntie's Bloomers. My favourite was one involving myself Tony and Mark. It was the end of a long day, and the director was desperate to get the scene in the can before we finished at 6. We couldn't overrun, as they couldn't afford to pay the overtime, so we tried to get the scene done as quickly as possible. It involved the three of us coming round a corner in the forest and having a brief chat about something. The first time we did it, Tony slipped and fell over. Instead of checking why the ground was so slippery, we just turned round and went for it again. And he fell over again. On the third take, he didn't fall over, which we all found very funny. From then on we got increasingly hysterical. It took us 9 takes altogether, and when you see the final take which we did at 5.59pm, you can just make out Mark and I trying ever so hard not to laugh.
-If you could use one word to describe each cast member, what would they be and why?
The cast of Maid Marian were a complex lot, and one word would be insufficient to sum them up, so I'm not going to try. Suffice to say, that they were all brilliant in their parts, and were very well cast. Which means that all of us were a little like the characters we were playing, and some of us were very like the characters we were playing. We had our ups and downs, but I have very, very happy memories of the time we spent on location together.
Some thoughts on the series…
'However, a new series seems very unlikely now. I still have a strong attachment to the show - I'm a fan too - but I think too much water has passed under too many bridges, and its time for us all to move on. The only hope for resurrecting the idea might be via a film. Did I tell you that Tony, Mark and I wrote a film script a few years back? Nothing came of it at the time, but that seems the most likely way for MMMM to get back on a screen somewhere. I must dig the script out and read it again - it was an Indiana Jones type spoof about Marian and her search for the lost cruet set from the Last Supper.
The fact is that we've all moved on to other stuff. Tony, as you know, is Mr Time Team. Mark has written an absolutely brilliant crime thriller called Sleepyhead (out in paperback in July) and I'm now one of the regular writers for the daytime drama 'Doctors' on BBC1, amongst other things. I had an episode on a couple of weeks ago, in which Tony guest starred - see my website under 'the writer' and 'drama' for details and a pic. Next one is on 21st May at 2.10pm. The three of us are all still very much in touch with each other, but I don't really see any of the other cast.
One of the things that keeps the MMMM fire burning in me is the impact the series had on so many people that watched it - people like you, who enjoyed it as kids and have then come back to it second time around, as well as a whole new bunch of fans we picked up when it was repeated last year. Thanks for your support and loyalty - it really does mean a lot.'
Mark Billingham- Gary the knight.
Interview with Mark Billingham 24.07.03
<< >Name- Mark Billingham
>Eye Colour- Brown
>Place of Birth- Birmingham
>Marital Status- Married
>Character played in MMMM- Gary
>Favorite Colour- Various
>Favorite Band/Singer- Elvis Costello
>Favorite TV Programme- The Sopranos
>Favorite Film- Manhattan
>Favorite Book- Changes daily
>Favorite Food- curry, sushi, but not both together
>Did you always want to be an actor? Yes. When I was at school it was a good way of avoiding certain types opf work and of meeting the girls from the adjacent girl's school.
> >How did you get into acting? I did a drama degree and then set up a community theatre company in Birmingham. I later moved to london and started doing stuff on TV.
> >Who were your inspirations whilst growing up? I was an enormous fan of the playwright Trevor Griffiths.
> >What has been your favorite project to work on? As an actor, definitely MMMM!!
> >And your least favorite? Going to the dole office...
> >What was it like working on MMMM? Fantastic fun. Four summers that were more like holidays than anything. With a few lines to learn and some running about in a forest.
> >If you could have played any other character besides yours, who would it be? Marian
> >Did you form any close relationships with any other cast members? Yes. I'm still great friends with Tony Robinsion and David Lloyd.
> >Were there any off set romances?! ;) No comment.
> >Did you have any input in the writing of your character? Not initially, but later I developed the storylines for series three and four and wrote one episode "Tunnel Vision' as well as co-writing the stage musical and an as yet unproduced screenplay.
> >Are you anything like your character? I'm a brummie, like Gary and I did get to keep Herman!
> >Talk us through how you got the part in MMMM. I auditioned initially then later I got paired up with Dave Lloyd. I got the part through sheer unadulterated talent and they gave Dave his part out of pity...
> >What was the set like to work on? Muddy.
> >What was your favorite moment when working on MMMM? A scene where Tony, david and i kept falling over and laughing which has been endlessly re-run on out-take programmes. I also enjoyed running about dressed as a monk.
> >What was your favorite episode of MMMM? I love all of them.
> >Do you have a favorite MMMM song? Pixie Paul
> >Would you do another series if asked? Yes of course. Who knows...
> >(These are questions sent in by other MMMM Fans on the web.)
>Are you working on any projects at the moment? Right now i'm concentrating on writing novels. So far I have published three crime novels - SLEEPYHEAD, SCAREDY CAT and LAZYBONES.
> >If the series had kept going up until now, how would you picture your
character now? (eg. married...) Old and tired. Much like myself.
> >Which character in MMMM are you most like and why? Gary. Because I look like him.
> >Do you keep in contact with any of the MMMM cast members? Tony and David.
> >Do you get recognised much when you're out shopping etc...? I do stand-up comedy and get recognised surprisingly often. this is a bone of contentiuon between myself and Dave Lloyd who claims never to get recognised. I think it's because people MUCH preferred Gary to Graeme
> >What was your favorite kids show when you were younger? Thunderbirds
> >Do you like ketchup or Brown sauce? Ketchup on chips. Brown sauce on cheese on toast.>>
Howard Lew Lewis- Rabies.
Interview with Howard Lew Lewis 22.02.03
Name- Howard Lew Lewis
Height- 6ft 3 ins
DOB- circa end of Stone Age
Eye Colour- Brown
Place of Birth- London
Marital Status- Married
Character played in MMMM- Rabies
Favorite Colour- Blue
Favorite Band/Singer- Frank Zappa
Favorite TV Programme- Daffy Duck
Favorite Film- Chimes at Midnight
Favorite Book- The Good Soldier Schweik
Favorite Food- Thai
Did you always want to be an actor? No
How did you get into acting? Worked for many years in Computers/Telecommunications,
then they made me a manager, thought it was time to move on and became an actor.
Who were your inspirations whilst growing up? Orson Welles and many others.
What has been your favorite project to work on? Maid Marian
And your least favorite? Not many, best left undisturbed.
What was it like working on MMMM? Excellent
If you could have played any other character besides yours, who would it be? Little Ron
Did you form any close relationships with any other cast members? I've stayed good friends with Mike Edmonds
Were there any off set romances?! ;) I married mine.
Did you have any input in the writing of your character? No
Are you anything like your character? Yes
Talk us through how you got the part in MMMM I went up for an interview and got the job.
Mind you I had worked with Tony Robinson before, that might have something to do with it.....
What was the set like to work on? Muddy
What was your favorite moment when working on MMMM? Singing Pixie Paul
What was your favorite episode of MMMM? Much the Minimart Managers Son
Do you have a favorite MMMM song? A Friend like Rose
Would you do another series if asked? Yes, but very unlikely to happen, regretfully.
(These are questions sent in by other MMMM Fans on the web.)
Are you working on any projects at the moment? Just finished doing a Casualty. Irony of Ironies;
they made me have a medical for it!
If the series had kept going up until now, how would you picture your character now? (eg. married...) Married with 9.3 children.
Which character in MMMM are you most like and why? Rabies, but not quite so dumb.
Do you keep in contact with any of the MMMM cast members?Yes, Mike Edmonds
If you had to invite 5 guests (past/present) to a dinner party, who would they be, and why? Too many to choose from.
Have you got any party pieces? No.
If you could be anyone in the world for a day, who would it be? Nelson Mandela
Do you get recognised much when you're out shopping etc...? A bit.
What was your favorite kids show when you were younger? I cant remember. Bad sign.
Do you like ketchup or Brown sauce? Yes
Ramsay Gilderdale- Guy of Gisbourne
Interview with Ramsay Gilderdale 26.07.03
Name- Ramsay Gilderdale
Age- nearly 41
Height- 1.87 (how metric am I)
Eye Colour- blue
Place of Birth- Yorkshire (hurray - Gods chosen county)
Marital Status- single
Character played in MMMM- Guy
Favorite Colour- blue
Favorite Band/Singer- George Michael
Favorite TV Programme- varies - Will and Grace at the moment
Favorite Film- Elephant Man
Favorite Book- Ingenious Pain by Andrewe Miller
Favorite Food- pasta
Did you always want to be an actor? - yep
How did you get into acting? - working like a dog
Who were your inspirations whilst growing up? –
What has been your favorite project to work on? – Maiid Marian of course
And your least favorite? - too numerous to mention
What was it like working on MMMM? - half holiday half torture
If you could have played any other character besides yours, who would it be? - Robin I suppose
Did you form any close relationships with any other cast members? - the lovely kate Lonergan and the overly nice Mark Bilingham
Were there any off set romances?! ;) never mix work and play thats my motto
Did you have any input in the writing of your character? - Guy was written especially for me by the maestro Tony rOBINSON, so it was all there when I started
Are you anything like your character? alas yes
Talk us through how you got the part in MMMM. - I auditioned for Robin in Series One after I met Tony on Blackadder, but didnt get the part, which deservedly went to Wayne. Tony then wrote Guy just for me.
What was the set like to work on? wet muddy cold and sometimes hot
What was your favorite moment when working on MMMM? too many to mention, but probably my coronation
What was your favorite episode of MMMM? Rotten Rose
Do you have a favorite MMMM song? - loads, probably Guys wedding gospel song
Would you do another series if asked? im too old now but never say never
(These are questions sent in by other MMMM Fans on the web.)
Are you working on any projects at the moment? Im working in Italy.
If the series had kept going up until now, how would you picture your character now? (eg. married...) still spoilt single and a pain in the bum
Which character in MMMM are you most like and why? - guy i suppose
Do you keep in contact with any of the MMMM cast members? not as much as I should but actors are terrible at keeping in touch. Mark and Kate
If you had to invite 5 guests (past/present) to a dinner party, who would they be, and why? Jesus, so I get the truth first hand, though he would be a bit of a pain in the neck. Stephen Fry cos he is a genius. hjmmmmm, dont know about the other three. Just Stephen Fry would do me.
Have you got any party pieces? - I do a very good Elephant man impression
If you could be anyone in the world for a day, who would it be? Bill Gates so I could redistribute some of his money.
Do you get recognised much when you're out shopping etc...? not any more
What was your favorite kids show when you were younger? Belle and Sebastian
Do you like ketchup or Brown sauce? Ketchup. Never brown sauce
Paul Cemmick- MMMM Comic book artist
Mini Interview with Paul Cemmick
I've just had a look at your site. It looks great, very friendly and a big compliment to the show.
I didn't actually animate the end credits myself but I submitted the character designs and they took it from there.
I was at the very first script readthrough in order to take photos and make sketches of the cast so that I could convert some of the scripts into the 8 Maid Marian comic books which the BBC published. (Now alas very rare and before you ask No I don't have any spares, I haven't even got a full set myself).
Work at the moment;
I'm working on an ITV series called 2DTV as a background artist.