72. The Little People

INTRODUCTORY MINSTREL SONG: “In Ireland girls and boys at play, take on the most outlandish forms; until you look again and find, their simply Leprechauns!”
SUMMARY: Still in Ireland, Robin, Marian and Friar Tuck are making their way to Cork harbour and a boat back to England when a storm forces them to stay in the barn of a Pat (Barry Keegan) and Maeve (Peggy Marshal) Nolan. When the couple's home is burnt down the trio are accused and to stop them being hanged, Robin claims kinship with "the little people" – leprechauns, and he and Tuck are given 24 hours to bring back proof of their existence, with Marian as hostage. Orphan children living in the local seacaves provide the evidence they need.