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You leave with nothing!
The Weakest Link
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The Weakest Link
Advantages: Good to see if you know the answers and improve your general knowledege
Disadvantages: The duration is a little too long for me
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.
Summary: Reasonably entertaining quiz show