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Richard Howse, the first dungeoneer of Series 8, talks about his experience at the Knightmare auditions and how things went in the studio.

Team: Richard, Angela, Rebecca and Rowena from Bracknell

[May 1994]

I was invited on as a last resort person to make a trio of three girls into a foursome. Great, I thought. I'd always watched Knightmare and enjoyed right through to my present age at the time of 15, the border age for contestants wanting to be on the show. We had filled out or application forms and had been invited down to Leicester Square in London for an audition. We arrived by train and signed in at the rented hotel - at least I think it was a hotel!!!

We had an introduction with Tim Child and one of his production staff. Tim seemed pleased with us as a group, and all we needed to do was get through the audition. Like all moments of its type, we were on the edge of our seats, the four of us...

The scenario: (as much as I can remember anyway)!

It is the deep night and you are stood at the top of a hill, down to the east is a great river, whose opposite bank is lost in the dark mists of the night. On this side of the river is a small but empty jetty. To your north, down the side of the hill there is a cave...

We chose to head north and enter the cave, inside which we found a table. (One of the famed Knightmare item tables - I guess, you see this was all verbal and the game had to be pictured in our heads). The cave had several items: Gold bar, knife, horn, a grappling hook with rope, and pie (nothing else springs to mind)!

It was the team's debating/argument moment... The same kind that later on meant our downfall. Anyway, it was all oohs and arrrs trying to decide what one item we should take with us. Just the one item. And I voiced my opinion and told the others we should take the horn. They were still in decision mode so I had to force the issue, suggesting that the only item, that was of use would be the horn - because

  1. It was a horn and could be used as such.
  2. It could be passed off as expensive or ancient in exchange for something else instead of the gold.

Fortunately my team listened to me.

We left the cave and found ourselves at the deserted jetty, no boat, nobody, no sign of land on the other side and everyone else growling at me for not choosing the grappling hook we could have used to cross to the other side of the river (which, incidentally, we could not see anyway).


Our only option was to use the horn, and on sounding it we waited... A lone figure in a boat appeared out of the gloom, and we crossed with it to the other side of the river, using the horn (pretending it to be some expensive relic - as I had suggested) we gave it to the boat man as payment for helping us across the river.

And that was it, we had crossed the river, completed our goal and passed the test. Tim was pleased with us and we were on our way to Knightmare.

We felt great!

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