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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

30 facts:

1965
   Jeux Sans Frontières winners were   
Ciney (Belgium) and Saint-Amand-les-Eaux (France)
Ended controversially with the Belgians being disadvantaged by the organisers in the Coffee Boys Race.
1966
   Jeux Sans Frontières winners were   
Eichstätt (Germany)
The first of Germany's record six wins.
1967
   Jeux Sans Frontières winners were   
Bardenburg (Germany)
Britain's first foreign foray. The loss was put down to the surprising fact that all the other nations had trained.
1968
   Jeux Sans Frontières winners were   
Osterholz-Scharmbeek (Germany)
The Paris heat had to be postponed cos of the riots.
1969
   Jeux Sans Frontières winners were   
Shrewsbury (Great Britain) and Wolfsbury (Germany)
Germans won a tie breaker but the official result was a draw.
1970
   Jeux Sans Frontières winners were   
Como (Italy)
The Italians use home advantage in the Verona amphitheatre
1971
   Jeux Sans Frontières winners were   
Blackpool (Great Britain)
The canny Blackpudlians used a professional limbo dance for their joker round.
1972
   Jeux Sans Frontières winners were   
La Chaux-de-Fonds (Switzerland)
First appearance of the inimitable Stuart Hall
1973
   Jeux Sans Frontières winners were   
Ely (Great Britain)
In an earlier heat, Ely beat Hertford 19-1, a domestic It's A Knockout record
1974
   Jeux Sans Frontières winners were   
Muotathal (Switzerland)
The French had originally refused to take part in the final in the Netherlands when 11 hostages were seized by the Japanese Red Army.
1975
   Jeux Sans Frontières winners were   
Nancy (France)
The Nancy boys and girls had finished third the previous year.
1976
   Jeux Sans Frontières winners were   
Ettlingen (Germany)
The Germans took 52 out of the 56 points available.
1977
   Jeux Sans Frontières winners were   
Schliersee (Germany)
For the first time in JSF, five teams played their joker on the same round.
1978
   Jeux Sans Frontières winners were   
Abano Terme (Italy)
First appearance of the giant ostriches.
1979
   Jeux Sans Frontières winners were   
Bar-le-Duc (France)
Animal themed, it featured a cow tug of war.
1980
   Jeux Sans Frontières winners were   
Vilamoura (Portugal)
Final had a wedding theme.
1981
   Jeux Sans Frontières winners were   
Dartmouth (Great Britain) and Lisboa (Portugal)
No more Germans, who had pulled out because of falling viewing figures.
1982
   Jeux Sans Frontières winners were   
Rochefort (Belgium)
Last international one for six years.
1988
   Jeux Sans Frontières winners were   
Ilha Da Madeira (Portugal)
No Germans, British, Dutch of Swiss by now.
1989
   Jeux Sans Frontières winners were   
Ilhas Da Açores (Portugal)
The Portuguese are the only ones taking it seriously now. Spain stepped down to let San Marino in.
1990
   Jeux Sans Frontières winners were   
Jaca (Spain)
The Belgians had given up by now.
1991
   Jeux Sans Frontières winners were   
Vigevano (Italy)
Britain are back with Welsh teams. Llanberis finish last in the final.
1992
   Jeux Sans Frontières winners were   
Třebíč (Czechoslovakia)
A win at the country's first attempt.
1993
   Jeux Sans Frontières winners were   
Kecskemét (Hungary)
Return of the jokers for the first time since the revival.
1994
   Jeux Sans Frontières winners were   
Česká Třebová (Czech Republic)
Welsh lost by a point in their last appearance.
1995
   Jeux Sans Frontières winners were   
Brno (Czech Republic)
The final had the theme of Hungarian inventors.
1996
   Jeux Sans Frontières winners were   
Kecskemét (Hungary)
The Hungarians are the only town to have ever won twice.
1997
   Jeux Sans Frontières winners were   
Amadora (Portugal)
France and the Netherlands return.
1998
   Jeux Sans Frontières winners were   
Szazhalombatta (Hungary)
That would have been fun for the commentators.
1999
   Jeux Sans Frontières winners were   
Bolzano Sudtirol (Italy)
As there has never been another, they are the reigning champions.


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