57. The Final Tax

INTRODUCTORY MINSTREL SONG: “Farmer Tom is dead they say, which surely alters all the facts; for instance Tuck finds out a way, to end a hated tax!”
SUMMARY: When Tom Joyner (Fred Goddard) falls from a high tree trying to retrieve Sir Charles's (Paul Eddington) sons cat, the Lords bailiff (Dennis Edwards) after Friar Tuck has pronounced death, invokes the Heriot Tax, which means Sir Charles is entitled to any of Tom's goods and chattles, which will leave the serfs family penniless, Tom however was only stunned and Friar Tuck devises a way to end this death tax in the village forever, with a little help from Little John and the gang.
NOTE: Richard Greene does not appear in this episode.