In Robin Hood and Spooks, there are several references to Richard Armitage’s characters in other productions.
In Robin Hood, there are several characters named Thornton, the last name of Armitage‘s character in North and South.
In Season 1, Thornton is the name of one of Robin Hood‘s servants.
In Season 3, Squire Thornton is the husband of Guy of Gisborne‘s sister Isabella.
When Guy “saves” Marian from being tied in a tree, he quotes the last line from North and South: “You’re coming home with me.”
In Spooks, Lucas North is his character’s name.
Lucas does the “glove move” à la Guy.
In episode 9.6, an American hacker alludes to Armitage’s big-screen role in “The Hobbit” (“making a pit stop in Hobbit country”).
In his last episode, Lucas arranges a rendezvous point with MI-5 on Thorndon Road in greater London.