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We’re all going on a summer holiday. Well, I am, anyway

Rethymnos

Yes, it’s August again, more or less, so it’s time for my annual pilgrimage to Greece. That means no blogging until September, unless I go a bit loopy in the sun.

As usual, my three awesome, well considered reasons for this are:

  1. Most of you lovely readers are on your holidays in August, too, so I’m not going to write something none of you are going to read.
  2. Most media people are on their holidays in August, too, so they’re not actually going to be making much news I can get up early to report on or review.
  3. After a nice long holiday, it’ll take me some time to get back into the swing of things, anyway

TTFN and If you’re going on holiday, too, have a nice time – let us know if you had fun!

MediumRob

PS Until I’m back, feel free to enjoy this picture of David Tennant standing up for a change.

David Tennant as Richard II

What have you been watching? Including Impastor, Glitch, Humans and Hannibal

It’s “What have you been watching?”, my chance to tell you what movies and TV I’ve been watching recently that I haven’t already reviewed and your chance to recommend things to everyone else (and me) in case I’ve missed them.

The usual “TMINE recommends” page features links to reviews of all the shows I’ve ever recommended, and there’s also the Reviews A-Z, for when you want to check more or less anything I’ve reviewed ever. And if you want to know when any of these shows are on in your area, there’s Locate TV – they’ll even email you a weekly schedule.

It’s that time again – August. Well, almost. Either way, I’m away on holiday for a good few weeks, which means I won’t be watching much tele.

That presents me with the opportunity to unveil a new holiday blog experiment: ‘Keeper or not’.

Essentially, ‘Keeper or not’ boils down to a single question: “When I get back from my holiday, am I invested enough in the show that I’ll try to catch up on the numerous weeks’ worth of episodes I’ll have missed, so that I can keep watching it?” And based on the answer to that question for each show, I’ll be keeping it or culling it from my viewing queue.

So after the jump, let’s play ‘Keeper or not’ with: Dark Matter, Glitch, Halt and Catch Fire, Humans, Impastor, The Last Ship, Mr Robot, Stitchers, Suits, True Detective, UnREAL, and The Whispers. Which shows will survive?

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Robin of Sherwood’s back for a new audio adventure – and he’s brought the cast with him

Robin of Sherwood's The Knights of the Apocalypse

So a while back (if you can call five years ago ‘a while’), I waxed lyrical about the marvellous Robin of Sherwood, one of my favourite TV shows of the 1980s. I even invented a new blog category for it, ‘Old Gems’, which eventually became Nostalgia Corner.

The show ran for three series before being cancelled because it ran out of US co-production funding. However, creator and principal writer Richard Carpenter did write one script for the fourth series before the bad news came: The Knights of the Apocalypse.

Now, I’ve mentioned Bafflegab Productions before, as they’ve been responsible for Vince Cosmos, Hammer Chillers, and The Brenda and Effie Mysteries. Basically, they’re Big Finish but better and without the licences. Or at least they have been until now.

Because Bafflegab are going to make The Knights of The Apocalypse as an audio play, and they’ve somehow managed to get Robin Hood, Marion, the Sheriff of Nottingham and the Merry Men back together again for it. Yes, even Ray Winstone.

They’re going to need some cash, though, apparently, despite the proceeds going to charity.

The 1980s television classic Robin of Sherwood is making a comeback to audio. The original cast – including Ray Winstone, Jason Connery, Clive Mantle, Judi Trott and Nikolas Grace – will 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. Robin of Sherwood fans can help bring the story to life, and receive exclusive rewards, by donating towards production costs through crowdfunding platform Indiegogo during September 2015.

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)

Full details of Knights of the Apocalypse and the Indiegogo campaign can be found at www.robin-of-sherwood.co.uk in the next few days.

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.”

Producers Simon Barnard and Barnaby Eaton-Jones added: “We can’t begin to say how excited we are to be producing this audio revival of Robin of Sherwood, the best retelling of the Robin Hood legend ever made. We’ll do our very best to hold the bow steady, and to do justice to Richard Carpenter’s wonderful script.”

More news as it comes, I guess. I did ask Simon Barnard if he was going to get Clannad to do the music, but he said he hadn’t approached them yet, as the news was coming out a bit sooner than expected, and they’re still recasting Guy of Gisburne and Herne the Hunter.

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