Hal Linden
The Grand Knockout Tournament
USA Network: August 12, 1987
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Knockout Ltd.

The Grand Knockout Tournament was a two hour special featuring members of the British Royal Family as team captains and a whole slew of celebrities competing in a tournament of many zany stunts.


As mentioned above, the special featured members of the British Royal Family alongside various sporting and showbiz celebrities, the celebrity participants were drawn from the realms of music, sports, television, comedy and film.

Prince Edward Team (on behalf of the Duke of Edinburgh Award)Edit

  • Toyah Wilcox
  • Barry McGuigan
  • Christopher Reeve
  • Steve Cram
  • Tessa Sanderson
  • Sarah Hardcastle
  • John Cleese
  • Nicholas Lyndhurst
  • Dame Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Duncan Goodhew
  • Sharon McPeake

The Princess Royal's Team (on behalf of Save the Children)Edit

  • Debbie Flintoff
  • Cliff Richard
  • Emlyn Hughes
  • Jenny Agutter
  • Kevin Kline
  • Jackie Stewart
  • Eddy Grant
  • Peter Blake
  • Walter Payton
  • Virgina Leng
  • Sunil Gavaskar
  • Anthony Andrews
  • Tom Jones
  • Sheena Easton

The Duke of York's Team (on behalf of World Wildlife Fund [WWF])Edit

  • Judy Simpson
  • Anneaka Rice
  • Flona Fullerton
  • Gary Lineker
  • George Lazenby
  • Michael Palin
  • Nigel Mansell
  • John Travolta
  • Griff Rhys Jones
  • Margot Kidder
  • Steve Podborski

The Duchess of York's Team (on behalf of The International Year of Shelter for the Homeless, 1987)Edit

  • Tamara McKinney
  • Meat Loaf
  • Pamela Stephenson
  • Brian Cooper
  • Mel Smith
  • Jane Seymour
  • Chris de Burgh
  • Viv Richards
  • Gail Greenhough
  • Michael Brandon
  • Ben Cross
  • Steve Cauthen


  • The tournament was won by The Princess Royal's Team with the Duke of York's team second, Prince Edward's Team third and the Duchess of York's team last.
  • The special was aired as a "USA Premiere Event".
  • The special was also aired in the United Kingdom on BBC 1 on 19 June 1987 (June 19, 1987) hosted by Stuart Hall, Les Dawson and Su Pollard.


Based on the French show Intervilles by Guy Lux. The UK had a long-running version called It's a Knockout!, of which this was effectively a celebrity special.

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