Knight Rider

It was one of the most iconic shows of the 80s and now it's back on Forces TV at 10pm every Tuesday and Wednesday.

An action series which never took itself too seriously, Knight Rider saw an ex-cop played by David Hasslehoff get the incredible KITT (Knight Industries Two Thousand), a high tech car with rocket boosters and full of gadgets.

Spanning four series and a slew of unsuccessful reboots (a version is currently rumoured to be in development with James Gunn to direct), something about the original resonated with both children and adults around the world.

It was initially pitched as an updated version of the Lone Ranger, with a handsome male lead who could say six phrases with the rest filled in by the car.

But there was resistance to both Hasselhoff as the leading man and a talking car due to the infamous flop of My Mother The Car. You can take a look at its slightly bizarre introduction below...

 

Glen Larson, Knight Rider's producer, said:

"In my youth there had been a show called My Mother the Car. It was one of the major bombs of all time, and [the] car talked. The fact that I decided that I wanted this car to talk scared the hell out of everybody."

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The KITT car, an adapted Pontiac Trans Am

KITT was based off the Pontiac Trans Am and the show went through 4-9 cars each season.

Due to the fantastic advertising for General Motors, the cars were bought for $1 each and then a further $18,000 was spent turning them into KITT.

Two of these were stripped out to use as jump cars and weighed less than 700 kilos - under half their original weight.

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Phwwoaaaar, the man himself

The leading man himself, Hasselhoff, came straight from The Young and the Restless, an American soap opera on CBS which is still ticking along.

He later went on to famously star in Baywatch.

 

Knight Rider will return to UK television on Freeview and YouView channel 96, Sky 264, Virgin 277 and Freesat 165 in its full glory! It starts 17 October at 10pm.

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