It was months in the planning, but we are pleased to report that we ran a Knightmare Convention in the very studios where Knightmare was filmed. The convention ran from Friday 9th May (with Knightmare Live) until Sunday 11th May.Read More +
After scouting the web for Knightmare references, Billy Hicks was lucky enough to come across the website of Richard Bonehill, a professional swordsman. Richard had played a character in the pilot episode of Knightmare, and incredibly, the script to the original pilot episode was available to buy. Billy snapped up the script and is here to share both his story and the script in all its detail.Read More +
The transfer to the new site required an excavation of all the deepest corners of the Knightmare online kingdom. What's more, the amount of hidden material that has been uncovered has been astonishing. Keith McDonald shares a few favourite finds, and spells a few hopes for the future of the site.Read More +
AegisQuest is a live-action RPG in which a group of advisors guide a blind quester through a dungeon of riddles, puzzles and traps in a Dungeons & Dragons style adventure. Despite being unrelated to Knightmare, it has a few similarities with the show we all know and love, and is well worth watching. The team behind AegisQuest has released a short pilot episode of their production.Read More +
Welcome, Watchers of Illusion
Welcome to knightmare.com, the home of the award-winning children's ITV adventure game show, Knightmare. Knightmare was shown from 1987 to 1994 on CITV in the UK and was produced by broadsword television ltd. This is a tribute site for the show and contains detailed guides, clips and pictures from the show as well as interviews with the cast and crew, fan creations, copies of the official and unofficial Knightmare magazines and a history of the show written by its creator, Tim Child. The site has been mentioned on talkSPORT, Xfm, Cult Times, Micro Mart, UKGameshows.com, The Guardian, Challenge.co.uk, and Retro Gamer Magazine!
If you're new to Knightmare, we suggest beginning with the Introduction, which explains all about the show and how it worked.
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- Published on Monday, 12 July 2010 19:43
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After scouting the web for Knightmare references, Billy Hicks was lucky enough to come across the website of Richard Bonehill, a professional swordsman. Richard had played a character in the pilot episode of Knightmare, and incredibly, the script to the original pilot episode was available to buy. Billy snapped up the script and is here to share both his story and the script in all its detail.
A month or so ago, I found the website of Richard Bonehill. It may not sound like a familiar name, but he's a swordsman and actor who's been in many films and TV shows, including Doctor Who and Star Wars. On his site he has lots of film and TV memorabilia for sale, and when I found it, it included...
...the script for the original Knightmare pilot. Not Dungeon Doom, but the second, 20 minute pilot viewed by the ITV Children's Committee. Since it was just £20, I eagerly snapped it up, as well as asking him a bit about his work in KM and showing him this site.
The script arrived, I've read through it, and it's fascinating to learn what happened in this pilot, something I've always wondered, and what a KM script was like. Here's some information about it.
It was filmed on the 27th and 28th January 1987, in Studio A. The cast was Hugo Myatt as Treguard, Richard Bonehill as The Monk Monster & C/K Guardian, Mary Miller as Lillith and Guy Standeven as Olgarth. The 'Monk Monster' was basically an early Cedric, and the C/K guardian was Richard dressed in blue, and waving a sword around to give the impression that it's floating. The contestants are a mixed team of Patrick Goff, Andrew Lloyd, Joe Smith and Elenor Tremain, with Simeon Morris listed as a spare contestant.
Storywise it's quite similar to Series 1, Team 1. Rooms are the Snake Room, Clue Room (clue items same as S1T1, but riddles different and harder), two bomb rooms, Lillith's lair, Corridor of the Catacombs, that dark room (which reveals what would have happened had S1T1 taken the magic lamp - light appeared and it turned out to be the wellway room, with C/K guardian in tow), Monk Monster room (probably same as Cedric's), and then temporal disruption to end the pilot.
Few things I found interesting: the script states numerous times that if a team ask Treguard a question, he should say "I am a dungeon master, not an oracle. Do not question me!". Lines are given for Olgarth and the Monk Monster should the team get 1, 2 or 3 riddles correct, but oddly, not 0. There seems to be no plans should the team actually fail, maybe they'd have just re-taken it and filmed the scene again. The Monk Monster's line for a team getting three riddles right is particularly funny, he really sucks up to the dungeoneer calling him wonderful and brilliant, etc. It states that if a team give no answer, then 'Failure' should be said instead of 'Falsehood'.
The pilot began with an 'Anglia Presents' frontcap with the model knight. Frontcaps had been dropped by Children's ITV by the time Knightmare started, though I think they continued on general ITV until New Year 1988. It states the title music should be 'Betrayal' by the band Tangerine Dream. Treguard's intro: "Welcome, watchers of illusion, to the castle of confusion. They say life's but a game - so welcome to the game where you can lose it - your life, that is. Here in the Dungeon of Deceit, I alone am Master. But those who journey here from your time must master it also to gain a just reward. The first Adventurer is now without, so ENTER STRANGER". The dungeoneer then appears and goes through the "I seek knighthood" stuff as Series 1 Episode 1.
Interestingly, when showing the life force, Treguard says "When it reaches this point you will die". I guess that means the entire life force was shown on screen. The riddles are very hard indeed, several about King Arthur and stuff. It seems Tim was aware of this, as for the Monk Monster's final riddle it notes the possibility of giving a clue.