A dungeoneer at the Castle Entrance (Bodiam Castle) used in Series 5 (1991).

Castle Entrance

By Keith McDonald

Knightmare's move to real-world locations and the introduction of Smirkenorff the Dragon provided the context for several castle entrances.


Knightmare's move to real-world locations introduced several castle entrances.

Series 5

Among the destinations of the dragon's early flights was a moated castle. Smirkenorff would land on an island in the centre of the moat.

A castle entrance, as seen in Series 5 of Knightmare (1991).
The Octagon and Moat at Bodiam Castle

From here, the Eye Shield follows the route to the gatehouse, where the team would collect clue objects before proceeding into the castle.

This sequence is based on the Octagon and Moat at Bodiam Castle in East Sussex.

A front view of Bodiam Castle, East Sussex.
Bodiam Castle

A fortress! Although I think it's seen better times.

Pickle

Series 7

Series 7 introduced a number of scenes from Spanish castles, which included some entranceways.

These included a facade of La Mota Castle, where a team is treated to Sidriss's latest magical mishap. She has turned Fidjit into a giant toad.

A castle entrance, as seen in Series 7 of Knightmare (1993).
Approaching the entrance to Simancas Castle

Another is Simancas Castle in Valladolid. Team 1 follow the walled approach towards a door, which Fidjit eventually unlocks.

This appears to follow a regional style, as the nearby Ampudia Castle has a similar entranceway.

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Courtyard with staircase, shown frequently in Series 5 (1991).

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Team 8: Duncan, Ian, Deborah and Richard from Windsor.

Knightmare in Wireframe Magazine

Header image formed of the graphic featuring Knightmare in Wireframe.

Knightmare is the subject of a splendid feature in Issue 40 of Wireframe, the computer game magazine.

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