Jeux Sans Frontieres
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‘Jeux Sans Frontières’ ("Games Without Borders") was a game show initiated by Charles de Gaulle. The U.K. version was ‘It's a Knockout ‘. The winners in each country went on to represent their country abroad. Three local teams appeared in the UK show, with around 6 to 8 countries competing in the European finals.
The European version of the programme consisted of a range of different games, each team sitting out from one each. There was also an on-going event, the Marathon, which was a short game played by the omitted team in-between the main games. An overview of the British show can be seen here
An example - penguins
Another example - ostriches
Ended controversially with the Belgians being disadvantaged by the organisers in the Coffee Boys Race.
The first of Germany's record six wins.
Britain's first foreign foray. The loss was put down to the surprising fact that all the other nations had trained.
The Paris heat had to be postponed cos of the riots.
Germans won a tie breaker but the official result was a draw.
The Italians use home advantage in the Verona amphitheatre
The canny Blackpudlians used a professional limbo dance for their joker round.
First appearance of the inimitable Stuart Hall
In an earlier heat, Ely beat Hertford 19-1, a domestic It's A Knockout record
The French had originally refused to take part in the final in the Netherlands when 11 hostages were seized by the Japanese Red Army.
The Nancy boys and girls had finished third the previous year.
The Germans took 52 out of the 56 points available.
For the first time in JSF, five teams played their joker on the same round.
First appearance of the giant ostriches.
Animal themed, it featured a cow tug of war.
Final had a wedding theme.
No more Germans, who had pulled out because of falling viewing figures.
Last international one for six years.
No Germans, British, Dutch of Swiss by now.
The Portuguese are the only ones taking it seriously now. Spain stepped down to let San Marino in.
The Belgians had given up by now.
Britain are back with Welsh teams. Llanberis finish last in the final.
A win at the country's first attempt.
Return of the jokers for the first time since the revival.
Welsh lost by a point in their last appearance.
The final had the theme of Hungarian inventors.
The Hungarians are the only town to have ever won twice.
France and the Netherlands return.
That would have been fun for the commentators.
As there has never been another, they are the reigning champions.
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