-> ''"The height of two men, the weight of four, the strength of sixteen! Sir Boris, finest swordsman in the World! And his brother, Sir Morris...not the finest swordsman in the world! But the most enthusiastic! And their noble pets, Sir Horace the dog, and Sir Doris the Hamster. The Big Knights!"''
-->--'''The Narrator'''
-> ''"FOR BORODZO, AND BOROVIAAA"!!''
-->--'''The Big Knights'''

''The Big Knights'' was a 2000/2001 children's BBC series about the exploits of two knights doing heroic deeds in a fantasy Kingdom of Borovia. The pilot appeared in December, 1999. The show ran for thirteen ten-minute episodes before being cancelled.

The distant lands of Borovia are threatened by dragons, witches and ogres. It is up to two mighty heroes, Sir Boris and Sir Morris, to ride in and defeat these evil monsters, rescue the Princesses, and restore order to the Kingdom. Unfortunately, these two chivalric brothers happen to be as stupid as they are strong, resulting in numerous mishaps and extraordinary amounts of collateral damage as they attempt to perform good deeds.

Humour is derived from the setting (Borovia is not actually in TheMiddleAges but in the TheTwentiethCentury and extremely backwards) and from the various disasters caused by the Big Knights. Oh, and it has {{BRIAN BLESSED}} providing the voice of Sir Morris.

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!!The Series provides examples of:
* BedsheetLadder: Used to escape from the castle of the princesses' aunties. Sir Morris neglects to tie his on to anything.
* BigEater: Sir Doris the hamster is this -- Sir Boris irately claims it's because she's too stupid to ever realise she's full. There's an episode where she accidentally gets swallowed by a dragon and devours the ridiculously huge amount of food in its belly, forcing it to go rampaging across the kingdom to try and sate itself -- but it can't, because Sir Doris eats everything it swallows.
* BloodKnight: The Big Knights don't care much who or why they fight but they sure enjoy it.
* BoisterousBruiser: Both of the Big Knights.
* BookDumb: Sir Morris can't even read.
* BrickJoke: King Otto [[TemptingFate continuously jokes]] about the unlikelyhood of a meteorite destroying his brand new hydro-electric dam. The camera keeps cutting away to a meteorite approaching planet earth, with ominous music playing. [[spoiler: The meteorite completely misses the dam, but then Sir Morris accidently launches himself into orbit and falls back down into the side of the dam, destroying it.]]
* BrokenTreasure: A precious town clock.
* CurbStompbattle: The Big Knights versus pretty much anything is usually this. Except for the troll at the toll bridge, who beats them (or battle until mutual exhaustion). Though they are very good natured about losing.
--> '''Sir Morris:''' Can we have another go?
* DistaffCounterpart: Aunts Lily and Iris. They're at least somewhat [[WomenAreWiser smarter]] than the Big Knights, but otherwise just like them; just as big, just as strong, just as fearless (they grow ManEatingPlants in their garden even bigger than the wild ones seen in the episode), and just as boisterous (when one of the princesses apologies for a quiet burp, one of the Aunts practically blows them both away with a belch to demonstrate what a "real burp" is).
* DistressedDamsel: Princessess Lucy and Louretta. Happens fairly often, apparently.
* EmpathicEnvironment: Often. It is perpetually stormy in the Land of the Vampires, right up until the Vampires are all destroyed. Then the country becomes a sunny, tourist location.
* EnhancedOnDVD: The studio [[http://www.astleybakerdavies.com/bkhd1.html went above-and-beyond]] to put out the DVD/Blu Ray, digging the source computer files out of their archives and re-rendering the whole show in high definition, restoring the intended widescreen framing and fixing some animation glitches.
* FantasyKitchenSink: Dragons, Witches, (and Ogres!).
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The witch owns a ''pussy'' cat called "Merkin".
** In one episode, when the Big Knights remove their hats of invisibility in court, the viewer gets to see two frames of Sir Boris naked as they hurriedly cover up.
* HatOfPower: The hats of invisibility.
* HyperspaceArsenal: if you look closely in the intros of the shows you'll see that both of them get their swords from ''out of thin air''.
** Practically lampshaded in one episode where the Knights are wearing nothing but invisibility hats, having [[InvisibleStreaker taken off their otherwise visible armour and underwear]], yet they still manage to draw their swords out of nowhere.
* HonourBeforeReason: And common sense.
* IdiotHero: Sir Morris especially, Sir Boris to a (slightly) lesser extent.
* ImperialStormTrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: Target practice with catapults.
* ImpoverishedPatrician: King Otto
* InvisibleStreaker: The Knights when they don the hat of invisibility.
* InvisibilityCloak: The hat of invisibility.
* JustAStupidAccent: The Borovian populace speak with something that sounds vaguely central European or Mediterranean.
* KnightInShiningArmor
* KnightTemplar
* LampshadeHanging: It's one of "those very strong doors."
* LargeHam: It has ''BrianBlessed'' in it. The narrator chews plenty of scenery too.
* LawfulStupid: Morris signs a contract where an imp will provide breakfast in exchange for dedicating his life to evil, culminating in fighting his brother to the death. ''Boris'' is the first to insist this clause be carried out.
* MadScientist: Professor Von Proton.
* MagicHat: traffic cones that grant invisibility.
* {{Manchild}}: Sir Morris is extremely na´ve, believing fairy tales to be real, or that food simply appears on the plate by magic (instead of being prepared by their housekeeper). He also likes Sir Boris to read him bedtime stories.
* ManEatingPlant: They grow wild in some of Borovia's forests, and King Otto's sisters grow them in their garden as well.
* MeaningfulName: The ''Big Knights'', who live in ''Castle Big'', on the edge of ''Forest Big''.
* NerdGlasses: Averted (big time, ahah) with Sir Morris.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Occurs every episode.
* NoodleIncident: The brothers were suspended from the king's court for some incident, evidently caused by Morris.
* PaperThinDisguise: How the witches, dragons and ogres disguise themselves to attend the Big Knights' school.
* PercussiveMaintenance: Sir Morris and his philosophy regarding Professor Von Proton's time machine.
* PerpetualPoverty: The larder is often bare. And what wealth the Big Knights had accumulated, Sir Morris gave away in exchange for a magic bean.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: King Otto begrudgingly attempts to visit his people, open a hydro-electric dam, orders construction of a power plant, and orders acts of espionage to be carried out against the neighbouring country.
* SelfFulfillingProphecy: The Big Knights travel to the past to warn themselves not to visit Professor Von Proton's loboratory. On being told, their past selves immediately go and do just that.
* SchizoTech: Borovia has 20th century amenities like telephones and television, but the state is still feudal and the army rely on medieval weapons and castles.
* StoutStrength: Tall as two men, heavy as four, and the strength of sixteen.
* StrangeSyntaxSpeaker: Professor von Proton. "Your witless bumblings have the course of the universe distorted!"
* ThePigPen: The wizard Zabobon, who wears a filthy robe and is perpetually surrounded by flies.
* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: All the other knights in King Otto's court are reluctant to anything other than practise genuflection, leaving all the fighting to the Big Knights.
* ThemeMusicPowerUp: Whenever the Big Knights are about to throw themselves into combat.
* UltimateJobSecurity: The Big Knights may cause severe problems (sometimes on a national scale), however they almost always get away with it. This is purely because they happen to be the only people able to rectify the problems they have caused (though not without causing even more damage on the side).
* UnderdogsNeverLose: Averted. The Big Knights always win at sports, much to the irritation of the normal people of Borodzo.
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: Both of the Big Knights, who are oblivious to the damage they do, and also King Otto, who is pompous, cuts corners for money and does not care about his subjects.
* VampireVords: Although everyone else has similarly vague, central European accents.
* TheVonTropeFamily: Professor Von Proton.
* WatchThePaintJob: Possibly the only car in the entire land of Borovia, King Otto's limousine. It is utterly destroyed every time it makes an appearance on the show.
* WickedWitch
* WithCatlikeTread: The Big Knights are not exactly stealthy. This becomes especially apparant when they don the hat of invisibility.
* WizardBeard: Zabobon
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