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It's another episode that was well
worth the effort of digging into the very last untapped depths of
Knightmare (both the programme and the books) and of our brains in
order to produce. The team sounds wonderful, particularly Finton, as
Antony Rowe's natural sound and style bring the character to life
My personal highlights in this one are
Hordriss's job interview, Finton's goblin voice, the Fatilla scene at
the wellway, the exchange between Malice and Lissard, and Play Your
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I very much enjoyed listening to this episode. We're still coming up with some interesting ideas, and ways to introduce new characters. I'm particularly glad to have included a pact with someone other than Hordriss, and in places Amy's Malice impression borrows very accurately from Samantha Perkins. Having Majida as Treguard's assistant brings a welcome change to the listening experience. I also enjoyed Calliban's reactions to Aesandre's 'long plan', Christina's description of what happened to Ariadne, and Merlin 'getting whiny' in the stocks.
I believe this special to be another quite brilliant piece of Knightmare homage. It's amazing how much more inspiration we've managed to squeeze out of the show to pay tribute to, including Lord Fear's plan to dress up as Brother Strange and the unusual circumstances of Barry's win, plus turning the old Scaramonger/Ah Wok sequence on its head.
Again, the team sounds absolutely excellent, as our four hand-picked actresses definitely know how to interpret a Knightmare Audio Series script.
If any Corby bus drivers feel like writing in with a complaint, please bear in mind that Kasha and Polly's comments are actually based on buses serving Harpenden and Luton.
Join us on Saturday 24th December, otherwise known as Christmas Eve, for the latest installment in the world of the Knightmare Audio Series. It's our Christmas Special for 2016! Join us, if you dare...
From Damon Wakes, the voice of Gary in our latest special:
"I'm finally listening to the episode now. It sounds good! I also caught The Ex-Terminator - very funny!"
We've had a lot of fun making the series over the past 6 years, but what do I really think of it? Find out now in Jake's Throwback Reviews!
Skit: The Ex-Terminator
Original Release Date: 7th September 2016
Throwback Review Date: 18th September 2016
Score: 3 out of 5 (good)
Inspiration: A throwaway comment from Pickle in the main series about whether Snapper-Jack had been whisked away from the realm of Knightmare along with the Mire World got me thinking about how much Maldame would hate this situation, and what she would do to sort it out. While wondering to myself “what kind of exterminator could I play?” the answer presented itself in the question.
Comments: It's short and sweet, fairly amusing and achieves everything it sets out to achieve, and the paradox is truly insoluble, so I am pleased with it.
Skit: Luckless in Latakia
Original Release Date: 2nd January 2016
Throwback Review Date: 17th September 2016
Inspiration: With Motley and Sidriss (like Folly and Gretel before them) settled in foreign climes, it was inevitable that we (like Hordriss) would be paying them a New Year visit. This skit demonstrates an eclectic mix of inspiration, from I Dream of Jeannie to Knightmare Live, via Blackadder and One Foot in the Grave, and our naughty cat makes her presence felt through Betsemane, just as she did through Kimberlite in the main series.
Comments: It's another fun ride through the strange and surreal. The illusion of Motley shaking off his crowd of drunken followers is achieved particularly well in my opinion.
Skit: Die Hochzeit
Original Release Date: 2nd January 2015
Throwback Review Date: 16th September 2016
Score: 4 out of 5 (very good)
Inspiration: Having established in the previous skit that Folly and Gretel's wedding was one year away from actually taking place, here we are at the reception one year later. (When translated into English, the title of this skit becomes 'The Wedding', of course.) We discover that Merlin's wish from the main series (that he and Treguard would be invited to the wedding) has come true, and that they are not the only ones who have made the effort to come over to Hamburg for the Big Day.
Comments: It's pleasingly quirky and amusing all the way through, but the undisputed highlight is the hilarious performance of Andy Marshall as a drunken, embittered Tim Child.
Skit: Breakfast at Hansel's
Original Release Date: 1st January 2014
Throwback Review Date: 15th September 2016
Inspiration: Having decided that I had somewhat prematurely washed my hands of playing Hansel a couple of years previously, and having heard Treguard and Merlin speculating in the main series about what Folly and Gretel were up to in Germany, I could not help but write this skit.
Thinking about Hamburg I thought of the Beatles, so they made it in, as did references to Hansel's somewhat violent tendencies from the main series. Marriage and property particulars go hand-in-hand of course; I borrowed the estate agents' jargon jokes from a BBC Radio 4 panel game.
Comments: It's rather fun to catch up with these three long neglected characters. I find the skit gently amusing and I like it.
Skit: The Floor in the Plan
Original Release Date: 1st September 2012
Throwback Review Date: 14th September 2016
Inspiration: Anyone who's ever wasted a day waiting in for an unreliable tradesman should find plenty that rings true here. It is easy to imagine that Treguard would not want to pass up the opportunity to watch Pete Sampras and Goran Ivanisevic fight their way through to the Wimbledon final on the off-chance that the builder might actually turn up, much as he later comes to regret the decision. (Just to set the record straight, the real life Russell Jackson, who fitted a new bathroom for us in the same month that this skit was released, was far more reliable than his fictional counterpart.)
The massive changes to the antechamber in Knightmare's eighth series do not deserve to evade comment on how strange, extreme and inexplicable they are, and this skit finally sets that right. Yes, it was indeed one heck of a floor repair, and (as is made obvious here) it did not go according to plan!
Comments: It's interesting to note that, chronologically speaking, this is by far the earliest sequence of events that we have ever presented, as it takes place at least sixteen years before anything else that's been released under the Knightmare Audio Series banner.
This skit is always a joy to listen to because it is, quite simply, extremely funny. It's unfortunate that it dates from the time before the hissing from the microphones got tidied up in preproduction as a matter of course, and Treguard's voice still had that nasty deepening effect on it, but that doesn't take anything away from the overall high quality of the skit.
Released as a treat to celebrate Knightmare's 29th anniversary is our latest skit - The Ex-Terminator!
Determined to rid the Mire World of a particularly annoying pest, Maldame calls in a professional.
I really do think this piece of work is a masterpiece in many ways. Following hot on the heels of the second series (several parts of which I love dearly and am greatly enthused by) this special really had to come across as something special by pushing some serious boundaries, and I think it achieves this very well.
Trying to channel Barry into an Audio Series dungeoneer is a very ambitious task, and fortunately Rosey found us the perfect actor to do it in Damon Wakes. I absolutely love Antony Jeffries as Eric, while John Hughes makes a triumphant debut as Colin and Fionn Noonan gives us some very good deliveries as Eamon, particularly "Mrs Bark did say, mate."
One might get to wondering whether there are really any new characters from the real show whose introduction can really add anything significantly worthwhile to the Audio Series at this point, and I think this episode proves that the answer to that piece of rumination is a resounding yes! I feel in particular that the introductory scenes of Gemma Dwarwood as the Oracle of Confusion and Amy Davies as Pixel translate really well from the real show, and add a fresh taste of classic Knightmare to the series.
When first listening to the episode, I was really struck by how much content from the Knightmare books had found its way in - there's the Lake of Wisps, Sister Lucienne, all the Babylon Walk stuff and Treguard's assessment of the ravine that doesn't really have what you might call a bottom. I did worry slightly that this might be a bit excessive, but on reflection I think it works very well. I was always intrigued by the wider Knightmare world that the later books introduced us to - the magical realm linked to our world and other places by more than just the dungeoneers coming on the TV show - and I think this special channels that feeling rather effectively, although obviously it's back in a quest-based environment.
I was particularly pleased to read the comment from Annie (on the Knightmare Forum) about wanting to see more of the kind of thing we're doing with Aesandre making its way into the real show, as that means we've achieved our goal of expanding the Knightmare world from the TV in an appropriate but also ambitious way. I'd like to assure our devoted fans that this kind of thing is set to continue in the future.
As for Majida, I feel that her introduction works extremely well and the transition from Pickle's presence in the antechamber to her own has been smooth, amusing and believable. Now it remains to be seen just what kind of a contribution Majida will be making to the series in the future...
In conclusion, then, I love this special and it's made me very excited to move on to the next one.
A fantastic episode with some interesting twists and genuinely laugh-out-loud moments - especially as it's a while since I saw the script. The team sounds great together, and I particularly enjoyed Aesandre and Caliban as an evil double-act. I wonder if we'll get to hear any more of them...? Wonderful work by Amy as usual, in a new role this time. She always rises to the occasion.
But of course, this was an ambitious quest to attempt, and it was imperative that we cast the right actor as Gary. What a wonderful job Damon Wakes has done! He really convinces us of why Gary's friends like him but all the characters hate him. Highlights for me include the personality clash between Gary and Sister Lucienne, and the amusing exchange with Rothberry, particularly the confusion over the pestle and mortar (I hoped that would be funny! ).
Comments from Amy Davies about the latest episode:
"That was amazing! I think we all did a brilliant job on the voices, and whoever voiced Gary [Damon Wakes] really got into it, I loved listening to him. Couldn't help but giggle over the little references to Barry's quest and Frozen, and the ending actually gave me chills...hehe, get it? Chills, because it was cold? ...yeah XD"
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