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Series 8 Quest 7

By Keith McDonald

Team 7: Oliver, David, Matthew and Anthony from Leicester / Melton Mowbray

We can begin a quest, but the big question is - can we finish one?


The final quest of Series 8 for the Sword was abandoned after 13 minutes.

Knightmare Series 8 Team 7. Oliver, the dungeoneer.

Level 1

No messing about. The team begins in the Level 1 clue room.

The scroll reads: "The book is for browsing. The stick is for dowsing." The clues are: a book of spells, a key, a divining stick and a bar of gold.

Spyglass: Lord Fear is eulogising the Corridor of Blades.

Lord Fear: "Look at it! Lopped off more heads and limbs than Vlad the Impaler and still going strong."

Knightmare Series 8 Team 7. Lord Fear and Lissard review the Corridor of Blades.

Amid rumours that the Corridor of Blades was used as a short cut from Level 1 to Level 3, Lord Fear speeds up the blades.

Lissard: "No dungeoneer born could survive it."

Oliver drops the spyglass as the screen begins to glow red.

As a Miretrog approaches, the team decide to take the stick and the key.

Knightmare Series 8 Team 7. Advisors: David, Matthew and Anthony.

Treguard reminds them to consider the scroll. Eventually Matthew instructs Oliver to swap the key for the book.

The team encounter Sidriss in one of her customary disasters. Motley is floating around in mid-air! She says she needs her magic book to get him down.

Knightmare Series 8 Team 7. Sidriss is struggling to control a flying Motley.

Oliver hands it over and she brings Motley back to earth. He storms off in a huff!

The team ask Sidriss if she has a spell that could slow down the blades in the Corridor of Blades.

She says she's not experienced enough, but 'father' (Hordriss) or Smirkenorff would be able to help. As Smirkenorff is nearby, she gives them a spell of dragon-charming called CREEP.

Knightmare Series 8 Team 7. Oliver charms Smirkenorff the Dragon.

In the next chamber, Smirkenorff is asleep. Oliver, who has been listening intently, insists that they cast the spell first before waking him.

The dragon offers a small charm called BURST - the only speed magic he has.

Smirkenorff: "It doesn't last very long but if you're taking the short cut it won't have to. The entrance is hidden in the trapdoor room."

Knightmare Series 8 Team 7. Oliver uses a divining rod to reveal a hidden exit.

The trapdoor room. They use the divining stick which reveals a hidden door in the back wall. The Miretrog enters and impedes the advisors' view. The team do well to guide Oliver through the door.

Into the Corridor of Blades. (The BURST spell must be self-activating, as nobody is shown to cast it.)

Knightmare Series 8 Team 7. Oliver stays well clear of a blade in the Corridor of Blades.

Very clean guidance from Anthony gets them through safely.

There is a fun clip of Oliver running through the walls of the Corridor of Blades, as witnessed by Paul Boland.

Series 8 Outtakes

Level 3

Into Linghorm and the Level 3 clue room.

Knightmare Series 8 Team 7. A fireball passes across the clue room in Linghorm.

The scroll says: 'She who would be queen is your only hope'. The clues are: a Sight potion, a Beauty potion, and a bottle of pills marked 'Power to Rule'.

Knightmare Series 8 Team 7. The Level 3 clues include a sight potion and a bottle with Power to Rule.

Spyglass: Lissard has placed a Miretrog in the sewer where Dunstan escaped.

Lissard: "I have also put a second but false shield in the quest chamber."

Lord Fear cannot identify the real one! He has to ask Lissard. Before they can hear the answer, a fireball approaches so Oliver drops the spyglass.

Knightmare Series 8 Team 7. Lissard explains to Lord Fear that he has placed a second shield next to the original.

They decide to take the 'Power to Rule' pills for Maldame and the 'Sight' potion, which they believe might help them identify the real shield.

Into the junction. The Great Bells of Marblehead sound...

Continued on End of Series

Hear from the team

In July 2004, Oliver signed the Guestbook:

I just wanted to say this is a great site - and do any of you remember me? I was the final dungeoneer of the final series of the show (Series Eight) - which is a truly unique achievement.

After all this time, watching the show myself, auditioning and then travelling to Norwich to film it has stayed with me. Knightmare forever!


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