Knightmare has been voted the best children’s show in RadioTimes.com’s Kids TV Champ tournament.
More than 18,000 votes were cast in the final as the 1980s ITV adventure game – in which teams of four children faced a quest through a computer-generated fantasy world of knights and dragons – beat Ant and Dec’s SM:TV Live, a Saturday morning show from the late 1990s and early 2000s featuring sketches, celebrities, quizzes and cartoons.
The route to victory was long and hard-fought, with 128 children’s shows from the last six decades being whittled down to just two as a total of 100,000 votes were cast in six rounds. The semi-finals saw SM:TV Live beat cartoon icons Tom and Jerry, and Knightmare take out 50-year-old puppets Sooty and Sweep.
Knightmare, which acquired a cult status for its immensely fun but ludicrously difficult challenges and sometimes questionable CGI, was first broadcast in 1987 on CITV and aired its last ever episode in 1994.
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