THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE

The transfer to the new site in 2010 required an excavation of all the deepest corners of the Knightmare online kingdom. 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.

Something Old

Knightmare in 1987

I begin with the final discovery, which, after two months of circumnavigation, was spotted only hours before the 2010 site transfer took place. Previously, 'Knightmare in 1987' was only available via the old Series 1 overview page. The details complement further articles in our archive from Kellyvision and John Minson's Entering The World of TV Make Believe.

Discover more about the 'Travelling Matte Company' (and what can be done with 12MB RAM). It reminds us what was at stake in the 1980s with projects like Knightmare and a digital revolution in progress.

CiTV

The CiTV pages, now found via each of the Series pages, historicize Knightmare by placing it within the context of children's programming. We learn how much Knightmare meant to those who worked in the industry, and how iconic it became for the autumn months.

Did CiTV ever recover from the loss of Knightmare? We'll never know how long the loyal millions of Knightmare fans could have held off that long-argued migration of children away from television.

Le Chevalier du Labyrinthe

The French version of Knightmare produced over 100 episodes in only two years (1990-1992). It has become a little buried here in the past (and is currently undergoing maintenance). French producers built upon the hand-painted environments of Series 3 while the English moved on to Eyeshields and Forests of Dun. If Knightmare's format had become more established in Europe, would that have given the show enough impetus to survive beyond 1994?

Interactive Knightmare RPG

Two seasons of RPG material hardly reflects the vast amounts of video footage that were created over many years. However, the original game, devised by Adam Battersby, is thoroughly entertaining. Even Tim Child himself had a try in the Knightmare Chatroom.

It's a lot of fun following the (occasionally expletive-ridden) textual journey, and a full second season of fifteen sessions definitely warrants attention.

Choose Your Own

The Knightmare books established a sizeable part of their folklore on choose-your-own adventures, carrying on the trend inspired by the likes of Ian Livingstone. Knightmare contributors, as you may expect, are no less remarkable.

You have to see the scale of Anthony Thompson and Liam Callaghan's efforts to appreciate what an achievement these submissions are.

Knightmare in the 2000s

How has Knightmare fared so far in the 21st Century? Promising! At least one run of every season has been broadcast on Challenge TV since December 2002. Tim Child's Televirtual announced that it was working on a new format for Knightmare. A pilot for KMVR was released in 2004, but no series was commissioned. (See Televirtual for the full story.)

Nevertheless, Knightmare has continued to feature in documentaries, appearing on Channel 4's 100 Greatest Kids' TV Shows (a meritable 16th place), and on BBC4's analytical series Children's TV on Trial in 2007.

 

Something Old?

Apart from the small trinkets that may now be found more easily, what does 'Something Old' tell us? It tells us that Knightmare has long inspired research, creativity, and achievement.

It has led people to revolutionize their personal lives and to become groundbreakers in their professional fields. Knightmare may be extant, but it is in no way extinct, and it is certainly not forgotten.

The dawn of a new era of Knightmare.com intimates that the only way is definitely onward. There is no turning back.

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