The crowdfunding campaign to bring 1980s television classic Robin of Sherwood to audio is now live. Robin of Sherwood fans can receive exclusive rewards by donating towards production costs through crowdfunding platform Indiegogo. Click here for an update on the campaign!
Producer Simon Barnard says: “By contributing to our Indiegogo campaign, you’ll have access to a little piece of Robin of Sherwood history: signed artwork and scripts, a limited edition box set, and specially made Knights of the Apocalypse merchandise. You’ll also be able to come to the London premiere in 2016, and meet some of the cast! And best of all, you can do this safe in the knowledge that every penny we make in profit will go to Robin of Sherwood creator Richard Carpenter’s favourite charities, the British Red Cross and the Sherwood Forest Trust.”
The original Robin of Sherwood cast – including Ray Winstone, Jason Connery, Clive Mantle, Judi Trott and Nickolas Grace – are to reunite for a one-off audio adventure, The Knights of the Apocalypse. It will be released in early 2016.
The Knights of the Apocalypse was penned after the end of the television series by the creator of Robin of Sherwood, Richard Carpenter, but never filmed. In tribute to Carpenter, who died in 2012, all profits will go to his favourite charities.
The feature-length story will be produced by Bafflegab Productions, producers of audio series The Scarifyers (as heard on BBC Radio 4 Extra), Hammer Films audio anthology Hammer Chillers, and The Brenda and Effie Mysteries, starring Anne Reid (winner of the Gold New York Radio Award for Best Audiobook 2015)
Jason Connery said: “My time in Sherwood was spent working with wonderful actors who became lifelong friends, and behind it all was Richard ‘Kip’ Carpenter’s brilliant writing, whose scripts we brought to life. After many false dawns, I can finally say that ‘Robin of Sherwood’ is coming back. And so am I! The Hooded Man is ready to face the evil machinations of the Sheriff of Nottingham again, surrounded by my wonderful band of Merries, in a brand-new audio adventure written by Kip himself. We may be a little older and wiser in real life but, on audio, we’re forever young and golden-haired.”
Harriet Carpenter, daughter of Richard Carpenter, commented: “I’m thrilled to learn of the return of Robin of Sherwood as an audio production, especially as it is based on a script my father wrote many years ago. I think it says something about my dad that so many members of the original cast have agreed to be a part of it, so I sincerely thank them all for their support. Dad loved his work and spent hours sitting in his study mulling over a word or sentence. We often said he lived in his own little world, and it was true. His world consisted of history and music, legends and magic. And this is what he wrote into the stories of Robin of Sherwood. The fact this audio will benefit two such worthy causes as the Red Cross and the Sherwood Forest Trust simply makes it all the more worthwhile. Nothing is ever forgotten.”
Full details of the Knights of the Apocalypse crowdfunding campaign can be found at www.robin-of-sherwood.co.uk
The Indiegogo campaign will be running from Tuesday 15th September at http://igg.me/at/robin-of-sherwood