The Nightmare of Knightmare

Enter, stranger, to a world where you are a sightless dungeoneer who must embark on a medieval quest, guided only by friends who must rely on 80’s era CGI and a friendly Saxon Knight called Treguard of Dunshelm.

Just writing the sentence above sends shivers down my spine, such was the love I had for the 1987 ‘Knightmare’ childrens programme. I wasn’t yet 10 at the time of the shows premiere but I still remember the first episode vividly, or rather I recall the conversations I had with school friends in the days that followed as we discussed the show to the nth degree. Here was a show that used amazing CGI effects in a really cool format, and it was a lot of fun too!

The concept was simple, place one blinded participant in the ‘dungeon’ and have his teammates instruct him to reach the exit. Of course , the dungeon was nothing more than a blue room, filled only with a child and actors to torment him. The magic was all thanks to a dollop of computer imagery that helped flesh out this nightmarish world. Playing the game would have been familiar to anyone who had played a text adventure game on their computer with phrases like “where am I?’ being commonplace.

Watch the first episode over on Youtube:

The series was hugely popular on British screens, running for 112 episodes until 1994 when CGI had obviously moved onto greater things. Embracing its cult following, Youtube revived the show for a one-off special in 2013 for its Geek Week:

The show lives on in the wilds of the internet thanks to sites like and There is even a convention, especially for the show!

If you’ve lived without Knightmare in your life, you really owe it to yourself to check it out. Now, in the words of Treguard – D-I-S-M-I-S-S.

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3 thoughts on “The Nightmare of Knightmare

  1. What a fantastic and ground-breaking show it was. I always wanted to try to get on it myself. Been thinking about trying to contact the Treguard actor to interview him for my podcast. He totally made the show cool and believable by building the world around the CGI, which was actually pretty high quality given the era and the budget they would have had.
    “Where am I?”
    “You’re in a room. There are four walls and a table. There is a wench cleaning a tankard.” Classic.

  2. I stumbled upon episodes of KNIGHTMARE on YouTube earlier this year (2015). To all my fellow Americans reading this: you have to see this show! It is an amazing kids’ game show that is amazingly done for its time (late 80s).
    Everything about it is great.
    It is now not uncommon for my children to ask me to stream the eps on YT on our TV. They love the suspense and the cliffhangers.

  3. I really wanted to write more about the show but watching an episode tells you all you need to know, and if you’re not hooked after a single episode, you’re probably not going to “get it”. As RetroArt says, if you haven’t watched it, WATCH IT, and hopefully you’ll find a new show to enjoy!

    Retromash – you really should try and get Hugo Myatt involved in a podcast! Treguard was the voice that I had in my head whenever I played an old-school adventure game, and I’m sure there are a lot of other people who have fond memories of his dungeon master!

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