It looks like Ghostbusters isn’t the only beloved 80s franchise making a comeback in 2016.
But it’s a fair bet to say that the return of Robin Of Sherwood isn’t going to create anything like that level of fan ire, if no other than the original cast are all returning as well.
Jason Connery, Ray Winstone, Clive Mantle and Judi Trott are all back on board for the audio drama Knights Of The Apocalypse which reunites the cast from the third series of the popular ITV show.
In even better news, Nickolas Grace is returning as the Sheriff of Nottingham. His performance was so iconic that Alan Rickman should pay royalites for completely ripping it off in the 1991 movie, Prince Of Thieves.
Jason Connery, son of Sean, became a household name in the mid 80s when he took over the title role as Robin from Michael Praed: “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,” said Connery Jr, who, geek trivia fans, used to be married to Legend and Ferris Bueller star Mia Sara.
“We may be a little older and wiser in real life but, on audio, we’re forever young and golden-haired.”
Numerous attempts were made, not least by showrunner Richard ‘Kip’ Carpenter, to get the show back up and running since its untimely removal from our Saturday teatime viewing.
It looked as if all hope was gone for the show when Carpenter passed away in 2012, but thankfully that hasn’t proven to be the case at all, as his daughter Harriet explained: “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,” she said.
“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.”
The script for Knights Of The Apocalypse was originally penned as a movie, think of Serenity following on from Firefly, but that never came to fruition.
Thankfully though Bafflegab Productions are releasing it as an audio drama in early 2016.