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10 Reasons To Celebrate Knight Rider's Return to British TV

To celebrate the Hoff's return to British TV, check out these crazy facts

David Hasselhoff's return to British telly with the 80s classic Knight Rider is something worth celebrating. 

But to tide you over until 10pm tonight, here are our 10 favourite facts about the incredible show

1. David Hasselhoff’s plays Michael Knight, our hero and subject of many debates of who is meant to be riding him in the show's title. However most of the fan mail was addressed to Michael Knight instead of The Hoff and some were accidentally sent to actor Michael Knight. To avoid confusion, the actor included his initial E in between his screen name.

 

2. Knight Rider was pitched to studio execs as a modern remake of The Lone Ranger. One mysterious individual and his steed in a crusade for truth, justice and all those other nice abstract concepts.

3. David Hasselhoff didn’t meet William Daniels, the voice of K.I.T.T, until six months into the series. They both met during the Christmas party.

'I never worked with David Hasselhoff at all, because we were never together. He’d just have some dialogue lady give him my lines, and then they stuck them together. But when I finally met David at a Christmas party, he said, “Well, it seems to work"' - William Daniels 

4. K.I.T.T., which stands for Knight Industries Two Thousand, was originally named T.A.T.T. for Trans Am Two Thousand because the design was based on the Pontiac Trans Am. We're glad they decided to change it.

5. For some reason, throwing cars and catapulting them through the air was hard on the cars, and the show typically ruined four to nine Trans Ams each season.

 

6. The pulsating red lights on the front end of K.I.T.T. were taken directly from the Cylons of classic Battlestar Galactica.

When KITT met Hoff

7. The episode “Give Me Liberty...Or Give Me Death” featured a scene in which Michael Knight and K.I.T.T. raced an orange 1969 Dodge Charger. This was an homage to The Dukes of Hazzard, a contemporary show with a somewhat similar premise.

8. K.I.T.T. may be the most famous Trans Am in entertainment history, but he’s not the only notable one. Smokey and the Bandit featured a 2nd generation Trans Am.

 

9. Hasselhoff was married to Catherine Hickland during the Knight Rider TV series. Hickland later married another actor whose real name is Michael E. knight similar to Hasselhoff’s character name in the show.

 

10. Geena Davis (Thelma & Louise) and Jason Bateman (Horrible Bosses) both featured in Knight Rider

Geena and Jason looking like the epitome of the 80s

Knight Rider is every Tuesday & Wednesday on Forces TV. Available on Sky 264, Virgin 277, Freesat 165 & Freeview 96