Richard Carpenter, creator of “Robin of Sherwood,” dies aged 78

On Sunday, February 26th, British screenwriter and author Richard 'Kip' Carpenter died at the age of 78 after suffering a heart attack. While Carpenter first came to popular acclaim in Britain thanks to his 1970 children's show "Catweazle," about a time-traveling 11th century sorcerer, for most people (particularly Pagans of a certain age) he's known as the head writer and creator of "Robin of Sherwood." That show, which ran on British television in the mid-1980s, and then later broadcast in America on Showtime and PBS, modernized the Robin Hood legend, adding new elements that would repeat in other adaptations. Most significantly, he threaded pagan survivals and sorcery throughout the … [Read more...]