A knight at the start of a floor puzzle in Le Chevalier du Labyrinthe.

Le Chevalier du Labyrinthe - Dungeon

By Keith McDonald

A look inside the labyrinth from the French version of Knightmare.


Production values

The dungeon of Le Chevalier du Labyrinthe resembles the much-loved Knightmare Series 3 (1989) and was equally celebrated for its artwork and atmosphere.

Let's have a look inside the castle.

The set

Like Knightmare, the antechamber for the labyrinth was a real set. The adaptation also introduced new staging areas.

A knight gets equipped in the antechamber in Le Chevalier du Labyrinthe.

In the main antechamber, the master of the castle welcomed teams at the start of an episode and sent the first knight upon their journey.

A team watches from the viewing balcony in Le Chevalier du Labyrinthe.

Once the quest had begun, advisors and the master would watch proceedings from a balcony. Any replacement knights were prepared and dispatched from this area.

A knight draws the sword in the Treasure Room in Le Chevalier du Labyrinthe.

Successful teams reached the final 'treasure room', another part of the set. Here, the knight faced one final challenge, before revealing the prizes.

The castle

Many of the rooms used for gameplay were based on David Rowe's hand-painted designs for Knightmare. Some were adapted slightly to increase the level of difficulty.

Crom, a wall monster in Le Chevalier du Labyrinthe.
Crom, the room guardian, is based on the animations for Golgarach

A knight finds a table in Le Chevalier du Labyrinthe.
Clues where teams encountered a raven in Knightmare

A knight reaches a starry background in Le Chevalier du Labyrinthe.
An astral scene, as seen in Knightmare Series 2

A knight crosses a bridge under pressure in Le Chevalier du Labyrinthe.
A bridge appears between two cliffs

A knight follows a narrow pathway in Le Chevalier du Labyrinthe.
The versatile 'bland' room gets a narrow crossing

The Corridor of the Catacombs in Le Chevalier du Labyrinthe.
The dismantled floor makes the face-on approach tougher

A knight follows a broken pathway in Le Chevalier du Labyrinthe.
The lion's head has more missing tiles, which is fixed by Bouffon

A knight faces the lynxes in the Egyptian Room in Le Chevalier du Labyrinthe.
The lynxes (Series 3) proved difficult for French teams

A knight crosses the narrow ledge in Le Chevalier du Labyrinthe.
This ledge was used once in Knightmare but appeared regularly here

A knight must navigate a route to the gargoyle's mouth in Le Chevalier du Labyrinthe.
A new room: knights must negotiate a narrow grid and a guardian

A knight waits to cross a floor puzzle in Le Chevalier du Labyrinthe.
Knights had to cross platforms that paused to form a bridge

A knight crosses a challenging diagonal pathway in Le Chevalier du Labyrinthe.
A diagonal pathway of stepping stones

A knight crossing Merlin's Chamber in Le Chevalier du Labyrinthe.
Merlin's chamber. Teams must earn the steps before they reach the wizard.

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