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What a weekend to be a Knightmare fan. The truly awesome Series 3 back on free-to-air television for the first time since 1989; references to (the) Knightmare, life force and portals in Doctor Who; a future Knightmare monk's head blowing up.
 
Perhaps I should elaborate on one of those.
 
On Saturday (24th), Channel 4 showed an episode of It Was Alright in the 1980s titled Fear in the 1980s (which could have been entirely about Knightmare but wasn't). During the last ten minutes, a clip was shown of the 1985 telefilm Max Headroom: 20 Minutes into the Future, in which a man's head exploded. That man was played by Michael Cule, who later played the Latin-speaking tavern monk Brother Mace in Knightmare Series 4-5, Fatilla the Hun and Doorkis the Weeping Door in Series 4 and the Gatemaster in Series 5. You can watch the episode on All 4 here. Be warned that the clip is decidedly gory with a swear word thrown in, but if you've ever wondered what a live-action sped-up version Knightmare's original Life Force clock would look like then you will wonder no more. By coincidence, Michael Cule's character in Max Headroom loses his head while watching "blipverts" (quickfire adverts) and Fatilla threatened to "blip" and "blop" dungeoneers in Knightmare. Headaches galore.
 
Also in the clip is Matt Frewer, who played Max Headroom himself. This year he was seen in Olympus, a series that was likened to Knightmare (see our article here).
 

Among the interviewees on It Was Alright in the 1980s is Charlie Baker, who served as advisor to Dave Berry's dungeoneer in a Knightmare sequence on Richard Bacon's Beer and Pizza Club in 2010 (our review is here). There's a Michael Cule connection here too: a brief clip of Brother Mace and Simon (of "sidestep to your left" fame) was shown during the programme.
 

Michael Cule played a Vogon Guard in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy TV series. While Vogons may be notorious for bad poetry, Michael has written some rather good fanfiction under the pen-name Vogonguard. While appearing in Knightmare, he wrote a piece for official fan club newsletter The Quest about roleplay gaming, a topic he now discusses in a monthly podcast with Roger Bell West. It's called Improvised Radio Theatre - With Dice and you can find it here.

Most importantly, we'll get to see Michael Cule in action as Brother Mace et al when Challenge repeats Series 4 in late 2015 / early 2016. In the meantime, you can see him among the cast, crew and contestants interviewed in the 25th anniversary Knightmare documentary. He sits in a chair without anything untoward happening to his head. And there's a cat.

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