The Weakest Link (UK)

Wednesday 11:30 AM on Nick Jr. Premiered Nov 21, 2001 Between Seasons


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The Weakest Link is a game show started in the USA on Nick Jr. from 2001-2002. Hosted by Craig Charles (2001-2002) and Claudia Winkleman (2002). It was surpassed by The Challenge. The series features a team of contestants who take turns answering general knowledge questions. The object of each round is to create a chain of consecutive correct answers to earn an increasing amount of money for a communal pot within a specific time limit. The number of "links" in a chain are equal to the number of the contestants at the start of the show. An incorrect answer breaks the chain and loses all the money accumulated up to that point; however, a contestant can say "bank" prior to their question being asked, the accumulated money is stored, and the chain resets to zero. Six contestants competed to win a top amount of 50 000 (2001-2002) and 100 000 (2002) by playing a quiz/elimination contest. At the end of each round, each player is voted off as The Weakest Link.

The original format features a team of six contestants who take turns answering general knowledge questions. The object of each round is to create a chain of six consecutive correct answers and earn an increasing amount for a single communal pot within a certain time limit. An incorrect answer breaks the chain and loses any money earned in that chain. However, before their question is asked, a contestant can choose to bank the current amount of money earned in a chain to a safe pot, after which the chain starts afresh. A contestant's decision not to bank, in anticipation that they will be able to correctly answer the upcoming question allows the money to grow, as each successive correct answer earns proportionally more money.

When the allotted time for each round ends, any money not banked is lost, and if the host is in the middle of asking a question, or has asked a question but the contestant has yet to answer, the question is abandoned. Occasionally, the host gives the correct answer whether the contestant is able to answer the question correctly or not. The round automatically ends if the team successfully reaches the maximum amount for the round before the allotted time expires, and the next person says "Bank". Each round thereafter is reduced by 10 seconds as players are eliminated. The remaining two players have 90 seconds on the clock for the triple stakes round.

The first person to be asked a question in the first round is the player whose name is the first alphabetically in the original version. Every subsequent round starts with the "strongest link"—the player with the most correct answers—from the previous round, unless that person has been voted off, in which case the second strongest answers first.

The bank's target value was the maximum amount of money that a team could accumulate in any one round, and if a team reached the target and banked it while already having money in the bank (a rare occurrence), the bank would be augmented to the target value instead of having the target value added to the bank. The number of money amounts/consecutive correct answers needed was determined by how many players were originally on the team.

The Money Tree (2001-2002):








The Money Tree (2002):

10 000







At the end of each round, contestants must vote one player out of the game. Until the beginning of the next round, only the television audience knows exactly who the strongest and weakest links are statistically due to Goldwell's narration. While the contestants work as a team when answering questions, they are at this point encouraged to be ruthless with one another. Players often decide to vote off weaker rivals, but occasionally opt to eliminate stronger players as well. After the revealing of the votes, the host will interrogate the players on their choice of voting, the reasons behind their choice, as well as about their background and their interests. After interrogation, the player with the most votes is given a stern "You are the weakest link. Goodbye!" and must walk off the stage in what is called the "Walk of shame." In the event of a tie, the strongest link has the final decision about who is eliminated. If they voted for a tied player, they have the option of sticking with their vote or changing it. The strongest link usually sticks with their original choice, unless another player in the tie has voted for them. Occasionally, the strongest link has voted for someone who is not in the tie, and so is forced to change their decision one way or the other.

The final two contestants work together in a final round identical to the previous ones; however, all money banked at the end of this round is tripled and added to the current money pool, forming the final total for the game. At the end of this round, there is no elimination, with the game instead moving to a head to head round.

For the head to head round, the remaining two players are each required to answer five questions each in a penalty shootout format. The strongest link from the previous round chooses who goes first. Whoever has the most correct answers at the end of the round wins the game. In the event of a tie, the game goes to "sudden death". Each player continues to be asked questions as usual, until one person answers a question correctly and the other incorrectly.

The winner of the game takes home all of the money accumulated in the prize pool for the game, and the loser leaves with nothing, like all previous eliminated players. From 2001-2002, the maximum is 50 000 and In 2002, the maximum cash jackpot is 100 000.

The winner of the game got to keep all the money in the bank, while the loser & 4 or 6 others would leave with nothing.

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  • Anne is seriously a fucking bitch!

    Seriously, you're on a TV show Anne, moreover the host of it! Pick your words before speaking please! How many times did you insulted the players of the show already? I thought this was a quiz show, not a mocking each other show! You seriously ruined the show for me and my friends.
  • Anne is serious!

    She is picky and full of things to say that are interesting to hear. I like the way the game is designed when it first debuted in America... nothing can get pass her!
  • I like this show and I really think its worth watching over and over and new episodes keep coming on which gets me into it more.

    Its a quiz show that's more like a mini soap opera. Nine contestants come to the studio as strangers and work together as a team in order to win up to 10,000 pounds. There's 1000 pounds to be won each round. The quickest and most easiest way to reach the 1000 is to create a chain of nine correct answers. If a player gets a question wrong, the chain is broken and they start again, but if a player says"bank" before a question is asked, the money earned in the chain can be taken forward. Round by round, one player is eliminated as the weakest link and has to take the walk of shame and leaves with nothing. In round 8, whatever money is won will be trebled. In round one they start with 3:00. After that, in each further round, 10 seconds is taken off the time

    The host Anne Robinson, is all in control. She is hard to please, insulting, and she will put you in your place if you try and argue with her. Think of her as the ringmaster.moreless
  • Is this show so enjoyable because we like to see other fall?

    Whatever it is, The Weakest Link is so enjoyable to watch. Anne Robinson does make the show what it is, with her extremely dry wit and razor sharp tongue. Who would have though that a simple and straightforward quiz show could provide so much amusement and entertainment. We do not really care much for the contestants - there are so many of them that we forget each one as soon as each episode is finished. But the one constant thing that the show keep delivering is the questions (that we can't help but try and answer ourselves) and the humor provided by Anne. Every episode is a classic! Wink!moreless
  • One of the best quiz shows ever.

    The Weakest Link premiered in the UK in August 2000. It's debut was minor, not all that much publicity. Yet as it was shown more and more, it began to become of the most popular shows in the UK. The UK version of the Weakest Link has changed a few times (usually banking amounts and number of contestants), but the format is always the same: create a chain of correct answers, bank money, and vote off the weakest member of the team (the "weakest link").

    One of the best parts of the show revolves around the magnificent presenter, Anne Robinson. No other person could host this show so well. Anne gets into the contestant's mind and screws around with them, but mainly just tells them the truth that they don't want to her. Her blunt, direct, and confrontational manor with the contestants can be matched by no other and makes the show. Without her, it would be quite boring. With celebrities and during specials, she's even funnier. Even though she is quite intimidating, Anne manages a laugh or two, especially during special editions. She does a brilliant job as a host, asking questions in a rapid-fire manner, making sarcastic quips at contestants, and making herself the centre of the programme. We can only hope that this show will continue on for more years to come and be as great as always.moreless

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