The producers hoped to raise £10,000 towards production costs in thirty days, and achieved their goal in less than a day.
The Knights of the Apocalypse will reunite the original cast of the series – including Ray Winstone, Jason Connery, Clive Mantle, Judi Trott and Nickolas Grace – for a one-off adventure, adapted from an unused script by the late creator of Robin of Sherwood, Richard Carpenter. In tribute to Carpenter, who died in 2012, all profits will go to his favourite charities.
Clive Mantle (Little John) said: “How amazing. I always knew the show had an incredible and loyal following. This mass show of support is testament to that. Thank you ALL, on behalf of the charities especially, and in memory of the great Kip Carpenter.”
Mark Ryan (Nasir) added: “This is really impressive and very moving. Fully funded in under 24 hours? Amazing response! It’s very humbling to know that something you were involved in and enjoyed so much 30+ years ago is still cherished by the fans and relevant today.”
Phil Rose (Friar Tuck) said: “I’m so pleased that this project has brought together the cast, Kip’s original script, and also the fans that have made this possible and have waited so long for this. They have not waited in vain!”
Producers Simon Barnard and Barnaby Eaton-Jones commented: “To hit our crowdfunding target in less than 24 hours is unbelievable, and shows the extraordinary amount of love that Robin of Sherwood has even now, thirty years on. But it’s not over: keep funding, keep sharing, and keep supporting this project, as it’s all for a very good cause. And bring on the recording studio!”