Children's ITV 1988 - Mark Granger collage

Children's ITV - 1988

By Keith McDonald

A review of Children's ITV in 1988, particularly the autumn months when Knightmare Series 2 was broadcast.


New presenter

In 1988, Mark Granger took over the presenting role. Andi Peters (before he went to Children's BBC) stood in for Mark during his holidays.

CITV presenter Mark Granger in 1988.
Notice a photo of Treguard in the background.

We also saw Mark wearing an original, limited edition Knightmare sweatshirt with the glow-in-the-dark life force symbol.

CITV presenter Mark Granger wearing a Knightmare sweatshirt.

Also in 1988, Matthew Corbett made a studio appearance with Sooty, who said he found Knightmare too scary!

Matthew Corbett and Sooty make a studio appearance on Children's ITV.

Competition: Design a Dungeon Room

Children's ITV launched a competition to design a dungeon room for Knightmare. Treguard provided the details.

Treguard (Hugo Myatt) announces a new CITV competition.

Imagine, if you will, an entirely new chamber for my dungeon, created from your own thoughts, complete with doors and puzzles, and then paint it or sketch it for me.

Treguard

DownloadListen to the competition details (182.74kB)

Treguard (Hugo Myatt) appeared on Children's ITV on Monday 14th November 1988 to announce the six winners, who were to receive the Knightmare sweatshirt and the (first) Knightmare book. Treguard faded away to return to Knightmare Castle for that day's episode.

Treguard on Children's ITV, 14th November 1988

David Rowe performed a master class on dungeon room design at the 2014 Knightmare Convention.

Interview with first winners

Straight after the episode of the first ever winning team, the CITV presenter spoke to dungeoneer Mark Wickson on the telephone.

CITV presenter Mark Grainger on the telephone in 1988.

DownloadListen to the call with Knightmare's first winner (209.03kB)

Schedules

See the TV schedules from Monday 5 September 1988, the date of the first episode of Series 2.

A television schedule for 5 September 1988 for BBC One.
The schedule for BBC One

A television schedule for 5 September 1988 for BBC Two.
The schedule for BBC Two

A television schedule for 5 September 1988 for ITV.
The schedule for ITV (London)

A television schedule for 5 September 1988 for Channel Four.
The schedule for Channel 4

How did CITV look in 1989 during Series 3 of Knightmare?

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