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The Grand Knockout Tournament (1987)

The Grand Knockout Tournament was an annual event sponsored by the British Royal Family in which costumed famous people duel against one another or play medieval era-inspired games. Features Rowan Atkinson as Blackadder.
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The Grand Knockout Tournament was an annual event sponsored by the British Royal Family in which costumed famous people duel against one another or play medieval era-inspired games. Features Rowan Atkinson as Blackadder.

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The participation of members of the Royal Family in this charity event sparked outcry from those who felt this was not a dignified venue for them. See more »

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References It's a Knockout (1966) See more »

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Strange British charity
12 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

I, too, caught this on the USA Network in the late 1980's. I believe The Grand Knockout Tournament was held yearly; not sure if it still is. And, I think USA carried one more installment of this, after which, it was never seen again.

Decidedly, one of the oddest charity events ever televised. Not that the charity was odd, but, the games the celebrities played for their perspective teams. In one, someone dressed as a jester has to cross a pole suspended over water while opposing team members dressed as royalty toss fake food at him in an attempt to prevent him from crossing. Another event has players from one team dressed as vegetables while the other chases after them in an attempt to remove their costumes and toss them into a gigantic soup pot.

All in all, it was a whole lot of fun. Very strange, but, a lot of British humor is to be expected that way. And, since it was all for charity, I say let the grand knocking out commence!


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