The honest truth is that there isn't a straightforward answer. In fact, the situation is so complicated that there's an entire article about what happened to Knightmare. In short, ITV felt that Knightmare's days were limited and forced to choose between one more series of Knightmare and a longer-term commission of Virtually Impossible (another show by Tim Child), Tim elected to continue with Virtually Impossible in the hope that its improved technology could perhaps relaunch Knightmare in a new form.
There is a continual and sustained interest in relaunching Knightmare. However, there are a great deal of moving parts involved, and trying to get everything in place is very difficult. It may happen one day, and has come very close to happening several times in the last few years, but no attempt has yet made it past the finishing post
Knightmare is an old show that involved numerous companies and a vast cast and crew. The rights are a tangled mess of legalities that takes a significant amount of time to cut through. Knightmare is also a children's show and a children's gameshow to boot. Those in the industry consider the potential payoff to be too low to be worth fighting through all the legalities.
We often get told that the way forward is via some kind of crowd-funding campaign. We tried that ourselves in 2009. But to give you an idea of costs involved, to distribute the episodes online would cost in excess of £100,000. We would need over 1000 people to buy the entire collection at £100 simply to break even. As for DVD, if we were to distribute the DVDs ourselves as a mail-order system, without paying our staff, the cost would be about £250,000. Using a national distributor so that the DVDs were available in the shops would cost about £750,000. Again, this assumes people would pay over £100 for the entire box set, which seems unlikely.
The rights holders have considered releasing DVDs themselves. However, sales were considered to have been damaged by illegal copies being sold and distributed, and unfortunately, they backed out. This option remains the most likely outcome. But it needs demand to be very high.
No, sorry. We won't do this and don't support this. Regardless of whether it will damage the possibility of future DVD sales or not, this act
Yes, there were winners in Series 2, Series 4, Series 5, Series 6, Series 7, and Series 8.
Unfortunately, official merchandise can no longer be purchased first-hand. Occasionally, second-hand merchandise can be purchased on eBay and very very rarely, we give away original merchandise that we have leftover from the days of the show. However, it is not generally available for sale.
No. Under certain circumstances, we may forward messages. However, it remains up to the person concerned if they wish to respond. Of course, you can get in touch with the actor's agent who may also be able to help you.
Yes, we'd be happy to work with you on this. Please get in touch
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