Dungeoneers, dust off your Helmets of Justice – cult kids TV show Knightmare is returning for a one-off special web episode as part of YouTube’s Geek Week season.
Airing on Monday 5 August, the Knightmare special will be produced by series creator Tim Child and hosted by Knightmare’s original presenter Hugo Myatt (Treguard). He’ll be joined by British comedians including Isy Suttie (Dobby from Peep Show) and Jessie Cave (Lavender Brown in the Harry Potter films), as well as YouTube stars Dan “danisnotonfire” Howell, Phil “AmazingPhil” Lester, Emma “emmablackery” Blackery and Stuart “ashens” Ashen.
For the uninitiated, Knightmare tasked a team of teenage “Dungeoneers” with exploring a fantasy world, the twist being that only one contestant would enter the dungeon, with their view obscured by an oversized barbarians helmet, necessitating the barked teamwork of their pals to navigate puzzles. Blue screen effects were used to bring the fantasy world to life, as well as real actors. Many a real nightmare was caused by the Dungeoneer’s “life-force” slipping away, with their dwindling energy represented by a disembodied head, skin peeling away with every step.
Many episodes of the classic show have already been posted on YouTube, and they make for hilarious and compelling viewing in spite of (or maybe because of?) the aged computer visuals used.Besides the Knightmare show, plenty more geeky content will be spread across the week, with each day running a specific theme. Check out the schedule below:
Blockbuster Sunday: A celebration of the iconic characters, movies and shows that define geek culture – plus a spotlight on the best original YouTube sci-fi, fantasy and animation. Hosted by FreddieW in the U.S., with new content from Tomska in the U.K.
Global Geekery Monday: Anime from Tokyo, comic-book heroes from Delhi, and a celebration of Doctor Who. Explore geek culture from around the world. Hosted by YOMYOMF in the U.S., and including a special new episode of the British cult children’s TV show Knightmare.
Brainiac Tuesday: Science, education and knowledge channels that make YouTube the world’s biggest platform for learning. Hosted by Veritasium and The Spangler Effect in the U.S., with an epic stunt from Headsqueeze and Flow from the U.K.
Super Wednesday: From hilarious parodies to real-life super-powers, explore superheroes, the supernatural and the super-weird. Plus, released exclusively for Geek Week, the trailer for Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World. Hosted by Stan Lee’s World of Heroes in the U.S., and you won’t believe what Fast Furious & Funny have done with an old Nissan in the U.K.
Gaming Thursday: A gamers paradise, with live play-throughs, videogames in real life, game-inspired original series and much more. Hosted by Machinima and Maker Studios’ Polaris in the U.S., with a Guinness World Records gaming attempt livestream from the U.K.
Fan Friday: Sci-fi-themed cooking, incredible cosplay and impassioned nerd debates as YouTube’s biggest fans take center-stage. Hosted by Felicia Day of Geek & Sundry in the U.S., with an ultimate geeky quiz by Crabstickz from the U.K.