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Sherwood on BBC One: How many episodes is it, is it a true story, and is Sherwood a real place?

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Sherwood on BBC One is every bit as good as it looks, with a vicious murder at its centre and a mind-blowing cast – so how many episodes is it and where is it filmed?

Is Sherwood a real place, and it is based on a true story?

It’s the TV thriller that will leave you counting the hours until the next episode.

Here’s everything you need to know…

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TV dramas don’t come much better than Sherwood (Credit: BBC One)

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What is Sherwood on BBC One about?

Sherwood on BBC One centres on two shocking and unexpected murders that shatter an already fractured community.

Episode one of the thriller begins with a wedding, and ends with a brutal murder.

And the motive seems linked to decades-old grudges in the Nottinghamshire ex-mining town.

Detective Chief Superintendent Ian St Clair is called to investigate when the murder occurs in the ex-mining town he grew up in.

It’s a community that still bears the scars of divisions from the miners’ strike of the 1980s.

Put simply, there’s a queue of people who held grudges against the deceased.

The drama is probably the best thing you’ll watch this year, made more compelling because of its roots in a real life tragedy.

To tell you anything more would be to spoil your enjoyment, and enjoy this you will.

Are the Sherwood episodes based on a true story?

BBC One’s Sherwood is based on a tragic true story.

At the beginning of episode one, the viewer is told: “This story was initially inspired by two killings which took place in the Nottinghamshire mining community where the author [James Graham] grew up.

“For the purposes of dramatisation, the characters and events have been fictionalised.”

Writer James says: “Sherwood is essentially a six-part thriller, but it’s hugely personal to me and inspired in part by real events in my hometown in Nottinghamshire.

“I hope, and I say this as someone who was deeply affected by the story and the real killings that in part inspired the series, it will shock but also move and entertain.”

Talking about his motives for writing the series, he added: “This isn’t a literal adaptation, these are fictional characters, but it is inspired by the many stories that that real events evoked in the community.”

He reveals he consulted with the real people involved in the true crime.

James said: “We’ve been in consultation with the real people throughout.

“The first victim’s family in particular have been through this with us, and we have a really good relationship.

“I think they’ll be the first to admit that reliving this is very hard for them, but that’s why we wanted them to lead that experience.”

What true crime murders inspired Sherwood?

In 2004, two separate and unrelated murders in a Nottinghamshire mining village launched an intensive search in an area of woodland.

Robert Boyer, then-42, was wanted in connection with the killing of former miner Keith Frogson, 62, who was found dead on his doorstep following a brutal attack as he left a local pub in the Nottinghamshire pit village where he lived.

Meanwhile officers were also searching Annesley Woods for 55-year-old Terry Rodgers, who was sought in connection with the murder of his daughter, Chanel Taylor.

The two murders were carried out within two weeks of each other, and both killers went to ground in woodland near Annesley Woodhouse.

Police eventually arrested both men and charged them with their crimes.

David Morrissey and Terence Maynard in Sherwood
David Morrissey as Ian St Clair and Terence Maynard as DS Cleaver in the Sherwood episodes (Credit: BBC One)

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Is Sherwood a real place?

Sherwood on BBC One is set in the Nottinghamshire mining village where writer James Graham grew up.

The thriller is set near Nottingham.

Sherwood IS a real place.

It’s a large district and ward of the city of Nottingham, in the English ceremonial county of Nottinghamshire.

Of course, it’s perhaps best known for its forest, Sherwood Forest, where Robin Hood was said to have lived.

Where is Sherwood filmed?

Cast and crew filmed Sherwood in and around Nottinghamshire

Production were seen filming near the Pigeon Tower in Rivington, Bolton.

Some scenes were also filmed in Blackpool.

The Blackpool Gazette reported that actor David Morrissey was spotted in Preece Hall, Weeton.

Phillip Jackson and Lorraine Ashbourne as Mickey and Daphne Sparrow in Sherwood
Philip Jackson and Lorraine Ashbourne as Mickey and Daphne Sparrow in Sherwood (Credit: BBC One)

How many episodes is Sherwood on BBC One?

Sherwood on BBC One is six episodes in total.

Each episode is one hour long.

It’s quite possibly the best six hours of TV you’ll watch this year.

When does Sherwood start and how can I watch it?

Sherwood starts with episode one on Monday June 13 2022 at 9pm on BBC One.

Episode two follows on Tuesday June 14 2022 at the same time.

Subsequent episodes air on Monday and Tuesday, filling the coveted Silent Witness slot.

Episode three and four are due to air on Monday June 20 and Tuesday June 21 2022 at 9pm.

Episode five and six are scheduled to run on Monday June 27 and Tuesday June 28 2022 at 9pm.

All episodes will be available to watch on BBC iPlayer afterwards.

LESLEY MANVILLE as Julie Jackson in Sherwood
Lesley Manville deserves all the awards for her portrayal of Julie Jackson in Sherwood (Credit: BBC One)

Who is in the cast of the Sherwood episodes?

Perhaps it’s best to ask who ISN’T in the cast of Sherwood.

It’s THE best cast we’ve seen together on TV possibly ever.

Think of the best Northern actors on TV these days, and I’ll bet they are all here.

The top cast includes David Morrissey as Detective Chief Superintendent Ian St Clair, and Clare Holman as his wife Helen St Clair.

He says of the cast: “You know, Sean Gilder, Lesley Manville, Lorraine Ashbourne, all of us just hanging out and chatting and laughing and then we get called to set and to have to have a big fight and an argument.

“But it’s people like Kevin Doyle and Claire Rushbrook, everybody that came in to the cast every day, Robert Glenister – you just went, oh my god, they’re in it as well!

“It was just phenomenal, everywhere you turned there were people who are just top of their game really.”

Sherwood cast on BBC One – who’s who in the episodes?

The immensely likeable Adeel Akhtar plays bumbling Andy Fisher, and Joanne Froggatt stars as his new daughter-in-law Sarah Vincent.

Viewers seen her getting married in episode one of Sherwood on BBC One.

Alun Armstrong plays Gary Jackson, while Lesley Manville plays his wife Julie Jackson.

Lorraine Ashbourne and Philip Jackson play Mickey and Daphne Sparrow, alongside Perry Fitzpatrick who stars as their son Rory Sparrow.

Kevin Doyle stars as Fred Rowley, Claire Rushbrook portrays Cathy Rowley, and Adam Hugill plays their son Scott Rowley.

Robert Glenister portrays DI Kevin Salisbury, and his own son Tom portrays a younger version of him in the flashback scenes.

Mark Frost is Martin St Clair, Sean Gilder stars as Dean Simmons, and Charles Dale is Leonard Gibson.

Sunetra Sarker portrays the Sheriff of Nottingham, and Terence Maynard is DS Cleaver

Meanwhile, Bally Gill stars as Neel Fisher, Lance O’Reilly-Chapman is Noah Jackson, Safia Oakley-Green plays Cinderella Jackson, and Phaldut Sharma stars as Chief Constable Fraser.

Maimuna Memon, Bill Jones, Hazel Ellerby, Harpal Hayer, Chloe Harris, Andrea Lowe, George Howard, Joe Bolland, and Pip Torrens also star.

Later episodes see Stephen Tompkinson portray Warnock, Lindsay Duncan star as Jennifer Hale, and Don Gilet play Jacob Harris.

Sherwood starts on Monday June 13 2022 on BBC One at 9pm.

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