Not all kids tv shows are full of unicorns, teddy bears and talking dogs, some of them are twisted and severely menacing. This was particularly true in the 80's and 90's where horror was well and truly on the cards at CBBC and CITV. So, let’s take a look at ten scary kids TV shows we all watched after school, prepare to trigger some repressed memories. Doctor Who Now, forget the modern incarnation of Dr. Who because back in the 80’s it scared the living daylights out of us. In the 80's the good doctor was played by Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy and although they may not have been quite as scary as the likes of the Tom Baker era they still managed to have us switching the lights back on. Lets not also forget that we got all of the repeats as well so if the 80's seasons weren't scary enough we could revisit all the older ones as well. Round the Twist Most of us will remember Round the Twist as a fun and totally surreal series and whilst it wasn't always regarded as a scary kids TV show it certainly had its moments of terror. On occasion, the fear came from the surreal nature of the show but sometimes it was a pure horror fest. In addition to the poltergeists that inhabited the lighthouse, there were episodes with a photocopier that made copies of people, magic mushrooms and a ghost ship. Knightmare Everyone loved Knightmare, didn’t they? The computer-animated game show which saw one contestant guided through a computer-generated dungeon by their teammate was essential viewing but at times it was tense and terrifying. Who can forget the sound of the goblins chasing the Dungeoneer down a passageway or the tension as the team attempted to work out a riddle while danger crept ever closer. Even the health meter, which saw a face disintegrate as it went down, was scary. As Tregard would say, 'Ooooh nasty'. The Tomorrow People Revolving around the premise of human evolution The Tomorrow People was both chilling and weird in equal measure. It was one of those rare shows aimed at young teens that didn’t talk down to them, in fact, it tried as hard as it could to scare them and keep them guessing. In the show a group of children developed Psionic powers after they evolved after “breaking out” but their newfound powers make them outcasts. Even worse they can’t intentionally kill anyone, which sounds like a good thing in a kids' show but it really wasn’t. The show was originally from the 70s but it was repeated in the 80s and actually remade in the 90s. Look and Read Now, bear with us on this one. Yes, the long-running Channel 4 series was made for primary schools but for those of us who saw it at such a young age, it was harrowing. Shows like Through the Dragon’s Eye or The Boy From Space really challenged us and at such a young age we were easily scared. One particular scene from Through the Dragon’s Eye where the heroes are drowning in a bog will stick with us forever. And we’ll never forget how to spell quagmire again. And let's not forget the evil skeletal force that's hunting them down, Eerie Indiana Eerie Indiana was cult viewing and was a full-blown horror show for kids. The entire town it was set in was full of demons, ghosts and weird goings-on from people becoming immortal by preserving themselves in Tupperware to Elvis mowing his front lawn. The episode when Marshall is made Harvest King and has to track down the Eerie wolf is horror at its best. The show ran for only 19 episodes but that was enough to cement Eerie Indiana as an all-time great. Are You Afraid of the Dark? Are You Afraid of the Dark followed a group of teenagers known as the Midnight Society who got together tell scary stories. Each episode would show the viewer the story being told, meaning that it was episodic like the Twilight Zone rather than a continuing story. Episodes included Clown ghosts, a killer pinball machine, Vampires, Alien toymakers and lizard monsters. It was genuinely scary in places and had us on the edge of our seats every week. Terrahawks Terrahawks was a Gerry Anderson production and was seriously freaky. In the show, the Terrahawks were an intergalactic fighting force set up to protect the Earth and Mars from an evil alien invasion led by the psychotic and terrifying Zelda. Puppets can often be odd and these were particularly scary. If you thought Captain Scarlet or Thunderbirds were a bit creepy then Terrahawks took it way beyond. The villains were genuinely scary to look at and were just as menacing as they looked and was always on a Saturday afternoon. The Demon Headmaster The Demon Headmaster was about a young girl who is fostered by a family who send her to school with her two foster brothers. The school turns out to be very odd and is run by a sadistic headmaster who is determined to stop her from learning the truth behind the strange goings-on. The headmaster was realistically scary as he yelled and bullied the young girl and the first time we saw his eyes glowing he went from just a sadistic teacher to a genuine demon. The Demon Headmaster ran for three seasons between 1996 and 1998 and it scared the living daylights out of us. The Tripods Tripods was based on a series of books by John Christopher although you could easily be mistaken for thinking it was loosely based on War of the Worlds. In Tripods, a young man called Will decides to start an uprising against the aliens that have enslaved humanity. The aliens use giant three-legged machines to hunt down humans and keep them under their control. Whilst the Tripods didn’t appear all that much in the show it was the constant threat of their appearance that kept us on edge. The series was criminally left on a cliff hanger and cancelled before we got to a real ending which has left fans crying out for a final season ever since. The final scene in the show was absolutely harrowing as the heroes were being hunted across the Alps by a group of armed Tripods. Special Mention It feels only right to give a special mention to a little-remembered show called The Incredible Games. Whilst most of the game show wasn’t particularly scary the final level was pretty scary to a young child. The final level, of course, was where the contestants would face the Dark Knight who would stalk the players across a chessboard. This encounter was extremely tactical and turn-based which added to the tension massively and none of us wanted to face the Dark Knight. Even David Walliams’ voice over couldn’t lessen the fear. Your Choices? So that’s the Retroheadz list of scary kids TV shows. What shows did you find scary when you were at school? Let us know in the comments below and tell us if you agree with our choices.