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You are the Weakest Link - Goodbye!
The Weakest Link
Member Name: Dangey2009
The Weakest Link
Advantages: Original and simple gameshow
Disadvantages: Maybe needs freshening up and not completely fair
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.
Summary: Overall, simple and easy to watch quiz show