Robin Of Sherwood: looking back at a modern TV classic

Llinos Cathryn Thomas Aug 5, 2016

Thirty years since it ended, we revisit much-loved 80s historical fantasy series Robin Of Sherwood...

The Robin Hood legend has been retold in countless ways, but one of the most memorable of modern times is Richard Carpenter’s hugely influential 1980s imagining, telling the story of Sherwood’s band of outlaws with a combination of realism and luminous fantasy with its roots in British folklore.

Made by Htv in association with production company Goldcrest Films (which was also behind Chariots Of Fire and Gandhi), its 26 episodes ran on ITV from 1984 to 1986, garnering a positive critical reception and inspiring a fan following that’s still enthusiastically active today.

Much of the success of the show was down to the spot-on casting and the chemistry between the performers. Michael Praed’s charismatic-yet-otherworldly presence as Robin was the perfect match for the show’s aesthetic, and the more down-to-earth Little John,
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Robin of Sherwood's radio comeback with Ray Winstone launches a crowdfunding campaign

A crowdfunding campaign to bring back Robin of Sherwood as an audio special will launch today (September 15).

The classic 1980s TV series will return in early 2016 as a one-off radio adventure titled The Knight of the Apocalypse, with the original cast also returning.

Fans of the show will receive exclusive goodies if they donate towards the production costs via Indiegogo.

Producer Simon Barnard said: "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
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1980s TV series Robin of Sherwood is returning as a radio play

Cult 1980s TV show Robin of Sherwood is returning with a new episode - in the form of a radio play.

Written by Richard Carpenter, the show ran for three series between 1984 and 1986.

Now, in tribute to Carpenter - who died in 2012 - 'The Knights of the Apocalypse' will be recorded and aired in early 2016, with all proceeds going to charity.

Carpenter wrote the episode following the end of the TV series, and nothing was ever done with it until now.

The new instalment sees the return of original cast members including Ray Winstone, Jason Connery, Clive Mantle, Judi Trott and Nikolas Grace.

Connery, who played Robin, said of the new radio play: "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
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Robin of Sherwood: Set 1 - Blu-ray Review

In spite of multiple productions of Robin Hood in both movies and television, this 1980.s BBC series remains the all time favorite of many. Acorn Media has released Set 1 in Blu-ray format with a variety of extras that should please everyone. If you are new to the series this is a wonderful introduction, and if it is an old favorite you will want to own this beautifully produced set. Robin of Sherwood: Set 1 stars Michael Praed as the young hero Robin of Loxley, with Judi Trott as Marian, Clive Mantle as Little John, Ray Winstone as Will Scarlet, Peter Llewellyn Williams as Much, Phil Rose as Friar Tuck, Mark Ryan as Nasir, and John Abiner as
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TV Box Set Review: Robin of Sherwood – The Complete Collection

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TV Show Info: Writers: Richard Carpenter, Anthony Horowitz, Andrew McCulloch and John Flanagan Directors: Ian Sharp, Robert Young, Ben Bolt, James Allen, Gerry Mill, Sid Roberson and Alex Kirby Cast: Michael Praed, Jason Connery, Ray Winstone, Clive Mantle, Phil Rose, Peter Llewellyn Williams, Mark Ryan, Judi Trott, Nickolas Grace, Robert Addie, Philip Jackson, John Abineri Rating: Not Rated Studio: Acorn [...]ShareThis
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