Classic CITV Game Show "Knightmare" Set To Make A Comeback On YouTube As Part Of "Geek Week"

Broadcast, a weekly magazine for the United Kingdom television and radio industry, is reporting in a article on their official website, broadcastnow.co.uk, that the Classic Children's ITV show "Knightmare" is returning for a one-off online special as part of YouTube's upcoming "Geek Week" programming stunt.


Show creator Tim Child, who developed the original series, is to come out of retirement to produce the 30-minute show, which will headline a week of sci-fi, fantasy and animation-led content scheduled to run on the Google-owned site from Sunday 4th August 2013.

Hugo Myatt will reprise his role as Treguard the Dungeon Master, along with Mark B Knight who played the show's villain Lord Fear. They will be joined by new cast members including the award-winning stand-up comedian, actress, writer, composer and musician Isy Suttie, who played the role of Dobby in Channel 4's popular British sitcom Peep Show "Peep Show") and Jessie Cave, who played Lavender Brown in the "Harry Potter" movie franchise.

The retro CGI production, in which a team of four youngsters attempt to negotiate a series of challenges set in a fantasy castle, will be filmed and produced in the shows original Norwich-based Anglia Television studio.

Child said he was surprised to have been asked by Google to revive the show.

"When I got the first contact email I thought it was some weird variant of the classic Nigerian web-scam". "Even now I still can't believe it," he said.

As part of the programming stunt, around 100 YouTube creators will also be producing a range of sci-fi, fantasy, science, education, animation and gaming online content to celebrate Geek Week.

An adventure game show, "Knightmare" involves a team of four children – one taking the role of the sightless dungeoneer, and the remaining three acting as their guide – traversing a medieval environment as they attempt to complete a quest and exit the dungeon safely, using their wits to overcome puzzles, obstacles and the unusual characters they meet along the journey.

The show is most noted for its use of blue screen chroma key (an idea borrowed by Tim Child from weather forecasts, where it had just started to be used) and use of 'virtual reality' interactive gameplay on television. Broadcast to high viewing figures throughout its original run, it has garnered a cult status amongst its fans since its final airing in 1994. "Knightmare" ran as part of ITV's children's programming block, Children's ITV (CITV) from 7 September 1987 to 11 November 1994.

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