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      27.04.2010 22:52
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      Reasonably entertaining quiz show

      This programme was broadcast first on the BBC but soon became a worldwide smash with many countries developing their own editions. The main woman Anne Robinson went to the United States for a while to front the American show and the famous catchphrase which I don't need to write here has entered in to our popular language and culture even turning up in an episode of Family Guy. There have been celebrity specials where famous people have played with the intention of winning money for charity; I particularly remember the show featuring those who had appeared in Doctor Who to be fairly enjoyable.

      The quiz itself is quite simple and straight forward and it is currently shown in the early evening on BBC 1 from quarter past five until six. There are nine contestants at the start who stand behind their podiums in the studio and introduce themselves and state what they do for a living. Then they have three minutes as a group taking it in turns to answer general knowledge questions. The total they can earn in each round is £1000 in 9 stages which are £20, £50, £100, £200, £300, £450, £600, £800 and finally £1000. Each time a question is answered correctly the group progress in the amount they earn and if they answer nine in a row without error they reach the £1000 target. Obviously if they get one wrong they have to start again even if they are only one stage away from the maximum. To reduce the risk of losing everything a contestant can shout "bank" after answering correctly and whatever has been earned up to that point is then safe so they can try and reach the maximum in this way also.

      At the end of the round Anne will tell them how much they have accumulated. Then all nine players have to decide who amongst them did not contribute well enough, whether that is because they passed or got questions wrong or they dithered. Who ever gets the most nominations leaves the studio after hearing the famous words. If two people receive the same amount of votes to leave then the player who was the strongest in that round makes the ultimate decision. This carries on for seven rounds until there are two remaining contestants.

      These two survivors then answer two minutes of questions and try to earn as much money as they can which at the end of the round will be trebled and added to the fund from the previous seven rounds. The two finalists then go head to head in a similar style to the opening rounds of Eggheads but instead of three questions they must answer five and it is not multiple choices. If they are equal after five they play sudden death until there is a winner. The victor takes home all of the money accumulated in the eight rounds before this final and Anne rubs salt in the wound of the loser a little by reminding them they are leaving with nothing.

      If you enjoy quizzes then you really appreciate this programme and it is great to play along and improve your general knowledge. When it was first on television I really loved it in a similar way to Who wants to be a Millionaire? Over time though the novelty value of both of these shows has worn off for me to some extent and I only really watch them on the odd occasion. Some of the best parts of each programme are when Anne has conversations with the contestants and as she plays the role of a very forthright offensive character this can be rather amusing but I am sure it is all in good fun. Players every now and again give answers that make you wonder how on earth they didn't know the correct one but I suppose once you get on television under the lights and face to face with Mrs Robinson it's a different question altogether.

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      Still going strong.

      Whilst wondering what to write my next review on to take me nearer to my second Amazon voucher I sat down to watch The Weakest Link, the first of two daily BBC weekday quiz shows that I like watch if I'm back from work early enough (the second is Eggheads for those wondering).

      This show was first broadcast on BBC2 on 14th August 2000 and has been running ever since. It now airs every weekday on BBC1 usually at 5:15PM and the programme usually lasts for 45 minutes. Since its creation it has been hosted by the "Queen of Mean" Anne Robinson and she is a massive contributory factor to the success the show has had resulting in it still running strong.

      In each episode there are nine contestants playing against each other with the aim of not being voted off after each round as the weakest link. In each round the contestants take it in turn to answer questions with the aim of trying to get as much money banked as possible before the time runs out. When it is a person's turn to field a question, they can either bank what has been accumulated by the players immediately before them having answered their questions correctly or they can risk losing the lot by taking their question - if they get it right the chain continues, if they get it wrong the money accumulated is lost. To explain, the money chain goes in the order £20, £50, £100, £200, £300, £450, £600, £800, £1000. If the round has just begun and you are the fourth person to answer a question and the proceeding players have all answered correctly, with nobody having banked, you would have the option to either a) bank, with £100 being added to the rounds pot and the chain then beginning over with the next person answering a question for £20 or b) answer your question without banking with a correct answer being worth £200 and an incorrect answer seeing the chain be reset with no money banked.

      The maximum that can be won in the first seven rounds is £1000, most simply achieved my a chain of nine correct answers. The first round is three minutes long with each subsequent round having ten seconds taken off the clock. At the end of each round the players, independently and without consulting, write down who they want to vote off and then reveal their choice one by one. Whoever gets the most votes will have the immortal words "You are the weakest link, goodbye!" barked at them before they have to take "the walk of shame" before giving a quick twenty second interview about their experience. Should there be a tie in the votes, the person deemed to be the strongest link, based on the most correct answers and money banked, is able to make the final decision on who leaves.

      The questions will get progressively harder as the rounds progress. In my opinion the first round is particularly easy and I think the aim is to possibly to settle the contestants into the game and allow them to build up some prize money. A good proportion of the time the contestants will manage to accrue the £1000 maximum in the first round.

      The contestants themselves are usually a good variety of characters from various walks of life. They are not all quiz geniuses and it is clear many of them are chosen to appear on the show based on their personalities. Whilst this programme is a quiz show it is also as much about Anne Robinson and her interaction with the contestants. At the start of the programme the contestants give a brief introduction of themselves but we usually learn a lot more about them once Anne gets going! After each round has finished and the players have revealed their votes Anne will usually talk to a few of them about their vote but then about themselves personally. This aspect of the show is usually as long if not longer than the actual question rounds themselves and shows the show is as much about Anne and the contestants as it is about the quiz itself.

      These parts of the show I often find either quite funny or quite cringe worthy depending on whether what Anne says manages to stay the right side of banter or whether it crosses into the realms of a personal attack! Sometimes I think Anne does clearly cross the line in attempting to be funny. In the episode I watched today she delivered such put downs as describing a female prison officer contestant as being "big and beefy" and she also asked if you had to be gay to be a female prison officer. Anne also referred to one contestant as "fat Andy" and then hit the nail on the head when she told one contestant that it was her job to make the players feel as bad as possible! Harsh!

      I think as the programme has gone on over the years Anne has started to struggle for banter that is actually funny so just resorts to the rude and potentially hurtful as though she is seeking to do nothing more than embarrass them.

      Another aspect of the presenting that has got weaker over the years are Anne's quips at the end of each round before the players vote. Today we were treated to such genius as, "Who thinks a cross dresser is someone who can't find their socks?" and "Who is thicker than a deep fried Mars bar?" and my favourite, "Who thinks chicken kiev is a place in Russia?" (I think Ukraine would have worked slightly better here!). However, whilst I find these putdowns and quips sometimes poor and in bad taste, I know this is very popular with many viewers and is the reason many people tune in to watch. It's also clear it doesn't put me off!

      One part of the show that always makes me chuckle is when there is clearly tactical voting taking place. Every now and then , when you are down to the last three of four contestants, you will see someone voted off who usually doesn't deserve it and who has usually been a strong player throughout the game. What is usually funny here is the way the contestants try to justify their decision with claims they genuinely thought the person they've voted for was the weakest link when really you can't help but think they just didn't fancy playing that person in the head to head final.

      After the first seven rounds, round eight sees the last two contestants play in the same format with the exception that whatever amount of money they manage to bank being trebled before being added to the final prize pot. These two contestants will then go head to head answering five questions each with the person answering the most correctly winning. If it's a tie the game moves into "sudden death" with them each continuing to answer a question until one of them answers incorrectly with their opponent getting theirs right. The winner then takes the total amount of money banked. I think, on average, this amount is usually between £1500 and £2500. In the show today the victor took slightly more with £2710.

      As a result of the popularity of the show, there have been numerous celebrity specials over the years which usually get an airing during evening prime time hours.

      I do like The Weakest Link and watch it as regularly as possible. Unlike many quiz shows, the programme spends a lot of time interacting with the contestants and this gives a different entertaining dimension. As already stated, I do find Anne's behaviour to be a little harsh at times but she definitely adds to the appeal of the programme.

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        02.04.2010 13:44
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        A pretty good entertainment game show

        The Weakest Link must be one of the longest running game shows currently on television. I believe the programme originally aired on BBC 2, but made the switch to BBC 1 and has had it's prime time slot of 5.15 - 6.00pm every weekday ever since.

        The show is hosted by fiery redhead Anne Robinson. Each episode starts by the contestants introducing themselves, they state who they are, where they come from and their occupation or special talent. After this Anne will pick somebody who has caught her eye and generally probe them with sarcastic questions and take the mickey! This is good viewing, if a little cruel and uncalled for.

        The premise of the game show is basically ten rounds of general knowledge questions. At the end of each round the contestants have to vote for the player they believe to be the weakest link. The person with the most votes is eliminated and we then move onto the next round where ten seconds are docked off of the time for the round and the questions increase in difficulty.

        The overall idea of the show is to go home with as much money as possible at the end of the show. This happens by building a chain of correct answers. The first question of the round is worth £20.00 and this increases with every correct answer up to a maximum of £1000.00. Contestants can earn a maximum of £1000.00 per round, but can choose to bank the money in a chain at any stage, thus securing. Players generally tend to seal their fate as the weakest link but getting an easy question wrong when there is a lot of money in a chain, thus losing all of the money built up in that chain.

        This process of rounds and elimination continues until there are only two contestants left. They then go head to head in the final round over five questions to determine who goes home with the money they have earned.

        Overall, it's a good show and you do get some quite unique characters entering it. It does frustrate me though when some of the contestants are irritatingly thick and lose the team lots of money! Normally, teams go away with around £3000.00, which is nice, but this is a miniscule amount in comparison to other game shows like Deal or No Deal or Golden Balls. These shows often give away in excess of £50,000.

        Thanks for reading, feel free to comment.

        Beanie8844.

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          24.03.2010 06:05
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          A BRILLIANT QUIZ SHOW. WITH AN EQUALLY BRILLIANT HOST.

          The weakest link is a bbc quiz show. This show allows nine contestants to answer general knowledge questions in order to accumalate a prize fund which can only be won by the winning contestant.

          The show is hosted by the brilliant Anne Robinson, I do believe that without her, this show would not have taken off and become the global phenomenon it is today. Anne takes on the persona of harsh domineering woman. Her very presence on the centre podium, reduces the most hardest, butchest male into a quivering wreck.

          Round by round the general knowledge questions get more difficult. There is a grid in the corner of the screen and for every question right the money grid increases. Throughout the round the contestants have the right to shout 'bank' which will save the amount that is already on the money grid. However if a question is answered incorrectly, without a pre shout of 'bank' then the prize fund goes back to zero. The main aim of the game though is to try and get a succesion of answers correct in order to climb the prize fund and reach the target cash prize.

          At the end of each round each contestant has the opportunity to vote off another player. The player who gets the most votes, is deemed the weakest link and is sent off stage via the walk of shame.

          The last two contestants remaining. Then battle it out, via a series of general knowledge questions. Whoever gets the most questions correct wins the total in the prize fund. Whoever looses goes home with nothing.

          I truly love this show. I can not physically watch this programme without screaming at the television. It never fails to amaze me how many players forget to shout 'bank'!

          The programme is on for an hour which does tend to get a little tedious after a while. However this is where the fabulous Anne Robinson steps up to the mark. Her constant put downs to the players are just cringeworthy but make for deliciously addictive tv. She is not afraid to speak her mind, which has led to some pretty harsh words from the host over the years. She is quick to critique the clothing and general appearnce of the players. Asking such questions such as ' So did you get dressed in the dark this morning?'

          My nan always says that she finds it annoying that she is so rude to the contestants. But this is surely what makes the show so entertaining. I have no doubt that all this is an act and Anne Robinson is not a dragon in real life. She is just donning a pantomime villian persona for the sake of the show.

          The popularity of this show, which was first aired in August 2000, has rocketed. Anne Robinson has become a global superstar. Here in the UK, the weakest link brand has sold millions of merchandise. From board games to t shirts. The shows popularity has also led to numerous celebrity editions of the game. Where celebrity players battle it out in order to find the strongest link. I tend to prefer the celebrity editions, as the celebs are not afraid to engage in some cheeky banter with Anne which leads to some laugh out loud moments.

          The weakest link is certainly an excellent game show. It deserves all the credit it has gained over the years. The show has a very basic, uncomplicated format which I think adds to its appeal. Its easy to get to grips with the rules and viewers find themselves becoming engaged in answering along to the questions.

          If you have never seen the weakest link, then I strongly suggest you give it a try. It becomes compulssive viewing. I love it simply because Anne has the most fantastic put down lines in the history of game show hosts.

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            20.03.2010 08:29
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            Overall, simple and easy to watch quiz show

            The Weakest Link has been going for years now and normally shown on BBC2 with Anne Robinson as the strict presenter of the show. She is by now famous for not giving the contestants an easy time of it and the phrase 'You are the Weakest Link - Goodbye' has become a popular saying up and down the land.

            The game itself is very simple as quiz shows go. Anne Robinson stands in the middle inside a ring of contestants who form a semi circle around her. They have to all work together as a team to build up a big cash of money each round that eventually the winner of the show will win. They have a time a time limit each round and each get asked a question in turn. If they get a string of questions right in a row then the money grows from £20 and keeps increasing. However, the catch is that should they get 4 right and build up to say £100 and then the next person gets it wrong they don't get that money in the bank and it gets reset. In order to bank the money someone has to say bank before their question so save the money earnt.

            At the end of each round the players vote on who they believe is the weakest link and the person with the most votes gets kicked off in that round and the others continue. So the contestants are whittled down one by one until there is one left to win the money.

            I used to watch this programme when it was first aired but haven't watched it regularly for a while. I remember watching Anne Robinson on Points of View a number of years back now and always thought she was quite a good presenter. I think her strict demeanour on this show was a novelty at first and very funny but perhaps has lost it's appeal somewhat. Still, I think some contestants go on now so they get a grilling from her when they don't perform.

            The other thing that perhaps isn't that fair on the show is that after each round it is not necesssarily the weakest link that gets voted off statistically but in the end comes down to popularity and also voting off someone you think is too strong and will beat you. So it could be better if it was fair.

            However, having said that I guess it is original in that everyone works together to win a prize for the eventual winner so you have to be a real team member but maybe not too good as then you will be seen as a threat to the top money.

            It's worth watching as it is a novel idea and simple and easy to watch but like everything if you've watched it for a number of years it perhaps needs freshening up somewhat.

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            02.02.2010 18:08
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            seek out the middle link, the one between the weakest and strongest

            The weakest link is another quiz show which is hosted by Anne Robinson and is aired on BBC1 but was first shown on BBC2. This seems to be the case with BBC shows, they normally start on BBC3 and if any good progress to BBC1. As this show started in 2000 I don't think BBC3 was launched then.

            The show

            The show features nine contestants in the beginning and the object of the game is to bank as much money as possible by answering questions in a row. These questions have to be answered consecutively by the contestants and any money won needs to be banked before they answer their question unless they get to £1000.
            For example:
            Player 1 answers correctly and gains £20, player 2 answers correctly the pot goes up to £50 and so on, if all 9 players answer correctly in a row without banking they can gain £1000 for that round and the round ends. If a player gets it wrong without banking then the pot earned goes back to £0 and they lose what they have earned already, if they get it wrong but have banked what the pot was up to then the money has gone to the bank and is safe and the pot starts at £0 once more. If a player shouts bank then the chain has to start again. Say they bank £400 and then they bank another £600 then the round will stop there as they have reached the £1000 limit for the round, they can carry on until the time runs out to aim to get as many right as possible.

            Are you with me so far?

            The first round starts at 3 minutes and then 10 seconds are knocked off each subsequent round.

            After each round we then come to the why the show is called the Weakest Link. Each contestant has to judge who they think is the weakest at answering the questions correctly and then vote them off. The narrator tells us who the strongest and weakest player is statistically. In the first few rounds they probably do vote off the weakest but I have found in some cases that the strongest player has been voted off in order to give the other players a chance at the winnings. The player voted off has to do the 'walk of shame' as Anne Robinson says her catchphrase - you are the weakest link, Goodbye!

            After seven rounds we are down to two players and they play the game as before but this time the money earned is tripled. Usually they try and answer a couple of questions and then bank it to be safe. As the rounds go on the questions get a bit harder. We are then into the final round. Each player is asked 5 questions in turn, the strongest player has the choice to go first or second. The one that answers the most questions wins all the money banked. If there is a tie then they are asked more questions until one gets one wrong and the other right.


            My Opinion

            Well the premise of the show is that there is a possibility of winning £10,000, £1000 each round and tripled on the last one but the reality of getting anywhere near that is near impossible. If they had a proper strategy and say banked every four or five questions they might actually get somewhere but without having hindsight of what the next question will be and the fact they want to keep the chain going it normally goes wrong and they end up back at nothing. Getting the question wrong without banking is the quickest way of getting booted off. I don't think I have seen anything over £4k being won so it's not the biggest winning pot around since Millionaire and Deal or no deal are on our screens, it doesn't have the greatest appeal that it used to. I think shows like this that have been on our screens for over 9 years become repetitive. I see shows like DOND where they add little changes here and there, and maybe that might revamp it a bit but I don't really sit and watch this daily as I used to a few years ago. Anne Robinson and her silly questions to try and embarrass the contestants are not as funny as it used to be and her stone-faced ways are getting quite boring. How many times can you listen to her telling someone they are useless! Telling them how pathetic they are at only banking £20 instead of getting £1000 that round.
            OK so it's good for someone to have their 15 minutes of fame as only one person is going to win the measly pot and you know that most of them that go on there know full well that they will not get anywhere near the last rounds but on the other hand you see the egotistical ones that think they know it all and are completely shocked and upset that they have been voted off before the dumbo. This is what you call tactical voting matey!

            The highest prize ever won was £5420 and the lowest has been just £750.

            As with most shows they have their celebrity specials which are ok I suppose and they are for charity and Anne Robinson does her usual quick witted remarks about them so they are passable but for the rest of the shows I just find the same daft sayings and remarks boring now and it just needs revamping and livening up!

            This show has done so well it is shown all over the world and like many quiz shows has many versions of video games and board games etc. But they can never match the real thing can they?

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              "The Weakest Link" is a team based game show. Native to the United Kingdom, it is produced by the BBC and is hosted by Anne Robinson. It can be seen on BBC1's early evening lineup between 5:15-6 PM each weekday.

              The Weakest Link is a game which rewards the sole survivor; or "Strongest Link". Nine contestants fill the studio and answer rapid-fire general knowledge questions. Each correct answer will add a sequential amount of cash winnings to a "chain" of correct answers with the objective being £1,000 per game round. Each incorrect answer or pass, however, breaks all available cash in the chain and resets the value back to zero. Players may opt to say "bank" before a question is asked which secures the available cash prize but resets the chain value back to zero, and thus requires players to create a new chain in aims of accumulating £1,000. Each game round is based on a preset time limit and features a brief intermission wherein players vote off who they feel was the weakest player. This process continues until there are two remaining players. The two finalists at the end of the game compete each other in a head-to-head competition with the player answering the most questions correctly being declared the victor and winning the accumulated prize purse.

              What draws me to the programme is its charismatic and often brash host, Anne Robinson. Her flair for presenting is matched only by her usually sarcastic wit. Players are often the subject of her mockery and ridicule which generally makes for humorous watching. Sometimes of her jokes can escalate into personal boundaries, such as mocking weight or other personal issues, but players notably take her remarks in good stride and don't dwell on them. I can't say I would be so sportsmanlike if confronted by the mockery of Anne Robinson!

              While it can be said for most game shows, each broadcast does seem to lull into a distinct boredom throughout its transmission. Due to the repetitive and sequential events of the game, the programme often becomes predictable and only relies on a differing pool of questions which increase in difficulty as the game progresses. I have yet to come across any recycled questions during my viewership but often begin channel surfing towards the middle of the broadcast only to return before the ending to watch the two finalists.

              Despite this, I do nonetheless enjoy watching The Weakest Link. It is something which has become a staple in the BBC's broadcast schedule and I am able to set my watch by the time it begins its transmission. Anne Robinson brings a wealth of expertise to the field and her maturity for the position continues to improve with time. I would happily recommend the programme to prospective viewers.

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                Turn on to something more entertaining for the family at Tea Time

                The Weakest link is a Tv programme where you are pitted against other contestants to answer general knowledge questions it is hosted by Anne Robinson, Some of the questions are easy whilst others can be hard.

                About the Game
                The game is played by answering the questions correctly and in turn they will earn money the longer they can answer questions correctly the more they can earn or they can "Bank" If and when they bank they will automatically gain what they have banked , if however you get to say £500 and the next person fails to bank and get their question wrong they lose what is in the pot!

                The questions are asked against the clock and once this time has run out the contestants are asked to eliminate the one they think are "The Weakest Link" they do this by writing the name of who they think let the team down and are then asked in turn by Anne whom they have selected.
                This continues till they are down to just two contestants,

                These two contestants go head to head to battle it out for the money they have banked but in this round there is no need to bank as they are playing for all monies banked in the previous rounds.

                During the questions or general chat of the show Anne Robinson will no doubt pick on you with some kind of insult, be it about what you do for a living or they way you look , or just getting a question wrong Anne Robinson will insult you to the point where i have been shocked that nobody as actually slapped her,

                Her insults are cut throat, and not for the faint hearted, I personally do not see the need for the insults on the contestants, and in my opinion it is not entertainment, It is harrowing enough for the contestants to answer questions in front of a audience and a studio full of cameras without the added pressure of someone actually insulting you and belittling you on TV

                Over all i consider this to be pathetic, i like the concept of the programme and the way it is played but Anne Robinson needs to either stop with insulting people or hand it over to someone else, or maybe the show could be screened later at night as i find the time around tea time a bit too early especially with the insults, I try to ensure my children do not bully anyone or say things that are nasty, but when you see a grown woman on TV at tea time insulting people it does stem to cause lot of questions,

                For this reason alone i try to avoid the show now as much as possible but have found whilst I'm in the kitchen the children will turn it on, which i then turn off only to be told I'm the weakest link and to go make tea!! kids huh !!!
                All in all i do hate the programme mainly because of the hurtful things Anne Robinson will say and one day someone will actually either hit her or come back with something equally as insulting to her.

                So for me ... Anne Robinson ... You are the Weakest Link .... Good-Bye.

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                Should have been taken off the air a while ago.

                The weakest link is a quiz programme that's now on bbc1 at around 5 'o' clock....EVERY SINGLE DAY!!! It's presented by Anne Robinson. The premise is that ten contestants must answer as many questions correctly in a chain upto 15, with each correct answer adding increasing amounts of money into the bank, the idea is to get upto £1000 each round either by answering an unbroken chain of 15 answers or banking as much money as possible (the contestant must say bank before their question is asked to keep from losing the amount on the next uncorrect answer).

                After each timed round the contestants all vote for a player they want to leave the show, whoever receives the most votes goes home with nothing. After all but two contestants have been voted off there is a face off where the contestants must answer 5 questions each (like the quiz version of a penalty shootout).

                When it first came out for a short while I liked the weakest link, but it quickly lost it's flavour on the bedpost overnight.

                The quiz is more about scaring the contestants into giving stupid answers to even more braindead questions. Anne bullies the contestants and tries to create an air of tension, instead what you end up with is people giving ridiculous answers to stupid questions.

                In my eyes a quiz should at least have interesting questions and contestants who don't make you want to hurl yourself out the window as you struggle to comprehend their stupidity.

                A good quiz that lost it's novelty incredibly quickly and soon became dull and annoying.

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                  Back stabbing general knowledge quiz

                  The idea of "the weakest link" is for nine contestants to work as a team and answer nine correct questions in a row to win £5000 in each round. However if a contestant gets a question wrong the money pot falls down to 0 and the chain has to start again. If a contestant loses their nerve and panics then they can decide to "bank" the money which has accumulated. This means the money they have banked is safe and belongs to the team, but that the chain of questions again falls to 0.

                  At the end of each round the contestants are asked to vote off who they think is the weakest link or they person they want booted off the show. The viewers at home are told who was the strongest link ( the person who answered the most questions correctly ). They are also told who was the weakest link. This makes it more interesting because sometimes the contestants vote for the people who actually answered all the qustions right but because they don't like them.

                  The show is hosted by Anne Robinson, who also hosted an american version of the show. Her straight faced delivery of snide comments can be humerous and definately makes the contestants feel uncomfortable at times. However I can't imagine another host making such an impact.

                  The show seems to go from strength to strength doing celebrity specials like Doctor Who and Musicals. It has even replaced soap favourite Neightbours in the BBC's early evening schedules.

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                    One of the Beeb's best game shows

                    The Weakest Link has been going on for a while now, and while it has gotten quite stale, it once upon a time drew huge figures that managed to near enough compete with the monstrous Who Wants to be a Millionaire because of one person: Anne Robinson.

                    While it was a game show, the main attraction was host Robinson, whose scathing put-downs caused quite a stir and was unlike the vast majority hosts who are generally very jovial and almost scarily nice. Robinson would mock the poorly performing contestants and not really be much nicer to those who were doing well. This earned her the nickname "The Queen of Mean", an image which she has styled herself on and which has made her and the show a bigger success than either has a right to be.

                    The show is quite simple: there are 9 contestants who stand in a circle, with Robinson in the middle. Going around in a circle, each contestant must answer a question about various aspects of general knowledge, and if they want to, they can say "Bank" before answering in order to preserve any money the previous contestants have amassed by answering correctly. A wrong answer results in the kitty being reset, so it is vital to bank at strategic times.

                    After each round, we are told who the "weakest link" (the person who answered the least correct answers) and the "strongest link" (the opposite) are. The contestants then write down who they think the weakest link is, and whoever gets the majority of votes is booted off. This continues until we have the final two, where they are fed alternating questions until one cannot keep up with the other.

                    The show is quite addictive and a lot easier to play than most other shows, so it is often embarassing to see the contestants fail. Also there is an interesting strategic element as sometimes friendly players may gang up or manipulate other players. Robinson's schtick has grown a bit tired now but she's still fine as the presenter.

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                    28.11.2009 11:42
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                    a quiz show with bite

                    The weakest link is one of those programs that I do like to put on from time to time however rarely tune in every day to watch it, I probably watch this about once every couple of weeks when I turn on my TV and stumble across it.

                    The show is a quiz show and its is hosted by Anne Robinson who is a perfect host for the program, she gives the contestants some lip and its always funny as they try to give her some back but do usually fail, her jokes aren't always funny though and they can seem a bit scripted sometimes however I think the show wouldn't work without her.

                    The show is made up of 9 contestants and several rounds, each round the contestants are asked a question each until the time runs out and the questions go round in a circle of the group. For every right answer the money goes up however to get the money its essential someone banks before a wrong answer is given and its all lost again. Its can be a bit annoying when no body is banking and you can see the money getting really high though.

                    At the end of each round, the weakest link is kicked off, this is chosen by the contestants votes and does usually reflect the person who got the most questions wrong however sometimes contestants just gang up on the cleverest to get them out as well.

                    This is usually a fun program to watch and its good to play along with at home too, I especially like the celebrity versions of this and I think the most memorable one have the be the boxers celebrity special which was just hilarious.

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                      21.11.2009 03:05
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                      Its just not for me anymore.

                      The weakest link is yet another quiz show on television these days, but with a more unique layout. The show has been on air since 14th August 2000 and seems to still be going as well as it started. In fact there are now dozens of shows in countries all over the world.

                      The quiz show starts off with nine contestants who are position at their own desk in a semi-circle area with Ann Robinson, the quiz host, in the centre with the questions at the ready. The clock starts ticking and each contestant has a question one at a time going across the semi-circle then back to the start again. Along the side of the screen is a tower of multiples of money. Each correct answers raises the tower up a level, however a single incorrect answer puts it back to the very beginning again. In order to get money at the end, during each round a play can say 'bank' which means any money accumulated from correct answers goes to the bank so they cannot lose this. The more answers accumulated in a row the bigger the reward however a much bigger risk if someone gets a question wrong.

                      At the end of each round a player is to be evicted off. This is chosen by everyone picking a nomination. Whoever gets the most votes is eliminated off the show and the rounds start again but with less time on the clock. Whilst the beginning rounds start by people eliminating the people getting mainly incorrect answers, towards the end it is more of a strategy game to eliminate the smarter contestants making it an easy final. Once it gets down to two people it reaches the final where it is simply head to head. This is best out of 5 questions and then depending on the outcome, sudden death. Whoever wins this wins all money accumulated throughout the show.

                      It started off as a show which was fun to watch and join in with when watching it with the family. Everyone would be shouting out the answers throughout the rounds in the living room whilst the questions are easy in the first few rounds. As the round progress fewer questions would be answered due to the difficulty. However after 9 years it has just seemed to repeat on itself and seem to get rather boring. Now it seems to just be a program on the television rather than a program to actually watch. If i ever see it on now I just tend to turn over again. It's got to the point where I've just seen it way too much! Ann Robinson plays the same old 'be mean with a bad attitude' host every show and the contestants try to make a joke in every show making it just a repeat with new people.

                      The only times I will usually watch this program is when it is a celebrity edition. These can range from pantomime to Big Brother contestants to even general TV stars. There has been a huge variety of celebrity shows which do make it more fun but yet it feels rather set up.

                      All I can recommend is give it a go and see what you think. Maybe I'm just all burnt out from watching this.

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                        28.10.2009 21:32
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                        A repetitive and irritating quiz show

                        The Weakest Link has been going for almost a decade now, and the show has been hugely successful, with the BBC broadcasting local versions of the show in well over 2 dozen other countries worldwide.

                        The show is a simple mix of general knowledge questions and tactical voting, in which all the contestants answer general knowledge questions in sequence and must try and bank their score (in pounds) before someone gets a question wrong and the score is reset to zero. At the end of each round the 'Weakest Link' is sent off by majority vote until only two characters remain at which point they compete head-to-head at answering 5 questions each, with the show resorting to sudden death mode in the event of a draw.

                        The Weakest Link employs dramatic lighting and music in an attempt to create an atmosphere of tension, whilst Anne Robinson acts out the persona of a strich authoritarian schoolteacher, talking to the contestants in a rude, patronising and obnoxious manner that is endlessly irritating and completely unneccessary.

                        The show is boring, repetitive and, after almost ten years, incredibly tired-feeling, with the banter between Anne and the contestants and the voice-over commentary on contestant's voting tactics adding nothing of any worth to the show. The whole "host being rude to the contestants" angle is a gimmick that wore thin after the first couple of episodes, and whilst the questions themselves are mildly diverting, (although some of them are patronisingly easy), overall the show's irritatingly repetitive nature and vulgar and unimaginative presentation make for some uncomfortable viewing.

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                          22.10.2009 20:16
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                          Give it a try, it is entertaining

                          The Weakest Link

                          Basically, the Weakest Link is a BBC gameshow where contestants work together to build up as big a cash prize fund as possible in the time available, by answering a series of questions correctly - the longer they continue to get correct answers, the more money is built up, but only if they remember to bank the money. If someone gets a question wrong, the cash prize fund goes back to £0 and they have to start again.

                          At the end of every round, contestants are asked who they believe was the "weakest link" in the last round, whoever wins tho most votes is booted off, accompanied by sarcastic comments from host (Anne Robinson). As less people remain, tactical voting is often used to get rid of the strongest competition, thus allowing the voter the best chance to get to the final and win the money.

                          Anne Robinson has become renowned for her pithy comments, instead of smiling and welcoming guests, she smirks and offers witty put downs, attempting to add to their nerves. This is all very tongue in cheek and contestants are reported to look forward to meeting Anne as much as entering the show.

                          The show is usually on at around the 5pm mark so chances are that you have seen it. It is easy to watch and to join in with, whether you mean to or not, you find yourself answering questions and berating guests who get them wrong! Well worth a watch if you are in at the time, it's a simple concept that still works.

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