Get your geek on! – Em-Con returns

Next month will see film, TV and comic lovers descend on Nottingham’s Motorpoint Arena for the return of the regions biggest entertainment convention Em-Con.

Now in it’s tenth year the convention, which started off at the Albert Hall before moving across the city to the Arena, has continued to grow, battling through the covid years to become one of the best loved events on the convention circuit.

Taking place on the weekend of 8-9 June, the event will feature a huge selection of guests from the worlds of movies and TV, including not one but TWO Robin Hoods. Jonas Armstrong who played Robin in the hit BBC series which took place in the early naughties will be appearing, alongside Lucy Griffiths who appeared as Marion in that series.

Then, for those of us of a certain age, there is a chance to catch the stars of the hit 90s kids TV show Maid Marion and her Merry Men, with Marion herself Kate Lonergan being joined by both Adam Morris (Robin) and Em-con favorite Danny John-Jules, who appeared in the show as Barrington, as well as, of course, appearing as Cat in the cult classic Red Dwarf. But it’s not just the good guys because the eponymous Sheriff of Nottingham is heading home in the form of Tony Robinson who butted heads with Marion and her motley crew during the series.

The cast of Maid Marion and her Merry Men are not the only 90s TV show stars heading to the event, with two much loved US 90s shows also being represented. Perhaps the decades coolest show was The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and three cast members from the classic show will be appearing, Daphne Maxwell-Reid (Vivien Banks) and Karyn Parsons (Hilary Banks) will be there alongside Joseph Marcell who played sarcastic family butler Geoffrey. Meanwhile Tim Reid, perhaps best known for his role as the father of twins Tia and Tamara in hit kids show Sister Sister will also be travelling over.

Moving out of the 90s and to more recent times and some of the best British shows of the naughties will be well represented. Tom Rosenthal, best known for playing Jonny, the youngest member of the Goodman family in the hit Friday Night Dinner, will be appearing while Kiell Smith-Bynoe, who guest starred in the show as Jonny’s boss, but is better known as playing Mike, the non-ghost seeing inhabitant of Button House in Ghosts, will also be there. One of the biggest hits of the last five years is the wonderful Ted Lasso, and you can meet Annette Badland, who played landlady Mae, and Bronson Webb (Jeremy).

As well as those great guests you can also meet the likes of Paul McGann, Bonnie Langford, Samuel Anderson and Janet Fielding of Doctor Who fame, along with Nottingham’s very own Matt Horne and Willow himself Warwick Davis plus many, many more.

On top of that you can meet the East Midlands Ghostbusters, the East Midlands Garrison and check out Johnny Five and a Dalek and Tardis, plus much much more, including.

As ever there will be Q&As, and you can order autographs and photographs with guests via the website, plus for the first time there will be special Guest Fan Meets, these are very limited and more information is available at the Em-con website, where you can also find out all the information you need and book your tickets.

Em-Con 2024 takes places at Nottingham Motorpoint Arena on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 June 2024. More information and tickets can be found at the official website.

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