So it’s here at last. It may have taken decades, switched medium, needed a Kickstarter campaign to get it going and then switched production company, but Robin of Sherwood – The Knights of the Apocalypse is finally here.
For those who don’t know what Robin of Sherwood is/was, hien? Quoi? C’est incroyable! But here’s my nostalgia-filled remembrance of it to fill you in. In essence, though, it was one of the best UK TV shows of the 1980s giving us the perhaps definitive TV Robin Hood. However, it was cancelled following its third series when the funding ran out.
The feature-length Knights of the Apocalypse was written by the show’s creator, Richard Carpenter, as a continuation of the show, but despite his best efforts, it never got made for TV or a movie. But to raise a bit of cash for charity, Spiteful Puppet Productions (who produce a surprising number of other Robin Hood audio dramas) has managed to get just about all the actors and actresses from the original series to recreate their roles and finally bring Knights of the Apocalypse to life as an audio play.
Does it capture the original’s strengths and stand as a worthwhile addition to the canon? I’ll let you know after the jump, but here’s a trailer and – ooh! – a news clip.