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Weakest Link is a television game show which first appeared in the UK on BBC 2 on 14 August 2000 and ended on 31 March 2012 when its host Anne Robinson ended her contract. The original British version of the show is still aired around the world on BBC Entertainment. Anne Robinson will reprise her Queen of Mean act when Weakest Link returns for a one off special in November 2017 in aid of BBC Children in Need. In 2018 the Weakest Link will return as a Saturday evening prime time quiz. The contestants will be celebrities, much like the Children in Need special. [1]

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FormatEdit

A group of nine (or ranging from five to ten, varying among versions) contestants work as a team to try and win as much money as possible. If a person answers the question correctly, the next stage in the chain is reached. If a person answers the question wrong, the money is lost and the chain starts again. A player can "bank" before their question to save the money, but the chain must be started again. If there are nine correct answers in a row without anyone banking, the maximum money amount is added to the jackpot and the round stops. The time allowed for each round decreases as the game goes on. In some versions, if the contestant takes too long to think, the host may give the answer, and it will be considered incorrect. At the end of each round, the contestants must vote for who they thought was the "Weakest Link" in the round that just occurred, and the person with the most votes is eliminated. If the vote comes to a tie, the Strongest Link can decide which of the tied players should leave. The Strongest Link is the person who had the most correct answers or banked the most money. The host, Anne Robinson in the original UK version, says "(name), you are the Weakest Link, goodbye". The contestant then takes the walk of shame and is then interviewed outside the game. The person who was the strongest link in the last round goes first. If the strongest link got voted off, the second-strongest player starts. In the UK version, the final round has a 90-second triple stake round with no voting but money is still to be earned. After the final round, a head-to-head contest is played, with five questions asked to each player in turn. If there is a draw, the game continues to sudden death. The loser goes home with nothing.

Game rule variationsEdit

In the 2nd syndicated version of the American version, after the 2nd last round, the last 2 contestants do not face the clock and the money tree. Instead, the remaining 2 contestants go straight into the head-to-head round. Similarly, the French version (2014 to 2015) also does not use the clock and money tree for the final round, and in the penultimate round is the 3-player triple stake round for 15,000 and lasts 90 sec.

Strategy for banking moneyEdit

In a New Scientist blog article, Erica Klarreich argues that there are only two sensible strategies in The Weakest Link (the U.S. edition) when it comes to banking money. Either players should choose to bank after every correct answer, or after six straight correct answers to maximize the pot. The correct strategy to take will depend upon the skill at answering questions of the members of the team. For all but the weakest teams, the optimal strategy is to raise the pot six straight times without banking. But since this happens so seldom on the show, Klarreich argues, the dominant strategy will usually be instead to bank after every question. The common practice of banking after just three questions would only outperform the strategy of banking after every question if a team maintained a success rate of over 67%.[2]

International versionsEdit

 
Countries which have produced their own version

Legend:      Currently airing        No longer airing        Unsold pilot        Future version  

Country Name Host TV station Top prize First episode Last episode
  Arab World الحلقة الأضعف
Elhalka Eladaaf
Rita Khoury Future Television US$16,000 2001 2003
  Australia Weakest Link Cornelia Frances Seven Network A$100,000 February 2001 April 2002
  Azerbaijan Zəif bənd Kamila Babayeva Lider TV AZN9,000 (Formerly AZM 45,000,000) 2004 2006
Solmaz Süleymanlı 2012 2014
  Belgium (in Dutch) De zwakste schakel Goedele Liekens VTM 2,000,000BEF 2001 2002
  Brazil Ponto Fraco Fausto Silva TV Globo R$1,000,000 2001 (Pilots rejected by BBC)
  Chile El rival más débil Catalina Pulido Canal 13 CL$40,000,000 2004
  Mainland China 汰弱留强·智者为王
Tài ruò liú qiáng·zhìzhě wéi wáng
Chen Luyu Nanjing TV CN¥200,000 2002 2004
智者为王
Zhìzhě wéi wáng
Shen Bing
Xia Qing
  Croatia Najslabija karika Nina Violić HRT 1 kn 90,000 2004 2010
Daniela Trbović
Mirko Fodor[3]
  Cyprus Ο Πιο Αδύναμος Κρίκος
O Pio Adynamos Krikos
Tasos Tryfonos RIK 1 5,000 September 18, 2017
  Czech Republic Nejslabší! Máte padáka! Zuzana Slaviková TV Nova 1,000,000 2002 2004
  Denmark Det svageste led Trine Gregorius DR1 KR200,000 2001 2002
  Estonia Nõrgim lüli Tuuli Roosma Kanal 2 500,000 kr 2004
  Finland Heikoin lenkki Kirsi Salo MTV3 16,000
18,000
20,000
September 6, 2002 February 18, 2005
Riku Nieminen Nelonen 20,000 March 20, 2017 present
  France Le maillon faible Laurence Boccolini TF1 150,000F
20,000
50,000
July 9, 2001 August 12, 2007
Julien Courbet D8 45,000 September 8, 2014 July 22, 2015
  Georgia სუსტი რგოლი
Susti rgoli
Nino Burduli Rustavi 2 8,000 2005
  Germany Der Schwächste fliegt! Sonja Zietlow RTL Television DM50,000 March 19, 2001 March 2002
50,000
  Greece Ο Πιο Αδύναμος Κρίκος
O Pio Adynamos Krikos
Elena Akrita MEGA 5,000,000 2001 2003
15,000
  Hong Kong 一筆OUT消
Jat1 bat1 OUT siu1
Carol Cheng TVB Jade HK$3,000,000 August 20, 2001 January 18, 2002
  Hungary A leggyengébb láncszem Krisztina Máté TV2 3,000,000 Ft 2001 2004
Nincs kegyelem[4] 6,000,000 Ft
  India Kamzor Kadii Kaun Neena Gupta Star Plus Rs.2,500,000 2002 2003
  Ireland Weakest Link Eamon Dunphy TV3 10,000 2001 2002
  Israel החוליה החלשה
HaChulia HaChalasha
Pnina Dvorin Channel 10 100,000 2002 2004
Hana Laszlo 90,000
  Italy Anello debole Enrico Papi Italia 1 15,000 October 29, 2001 November 17, 2001
  Japan Weakest Link
ウィーケストリンク☆一人勝ちの法則
Uikesutorinku hitori-gachi no hosoku
Shiro Ito Fuji Television JP¥16,000,000 2002
  Macedonia Најслаба алка
Najslaba alka
Živkica Gjurčinovska Alfa TV MKD ден 420,000 2010 2011
  Malaysia Weakest Link Sekilara Kiramila RTM RM80,000 2003 2009
  Mexico El rival más debil Montserrat Ontiveros Azteca Trece MX$200,000 2003 2008
Lolita Cortés July 27, 2013 September 7, 2013
May 26, 2014 2014
  Moldova Veriga slaba Andrei Gheorghe Kanal 1 1,000,000 MDL 2002 2009
  Netherlands De zwakste schakel Chazia Mourali RTL 4 10,000 2001 2004
  New Zealand Weakest Link Louise Wallace TVNZ 1 NZ$20,000 July 2001 March 2002
  Norway Det svakeste ledd Anne Grosvold NRK KR200,000 2004
  Philippines Weakest Link Edu Manzano IBC PHP1,000,000 2001 2002
Allan K.
  Poland Najsłabsze ogniwo Kazimiera Szczuka TVN 27,000 March 1, 2004 January 26, 2006
  Portugal O elo mais fraco Julia Pinheiro RTP1 10,000 2002 2003
Luisa Castel-Branco
Pedro Granger 2011 2012
  Romania Lanţul slăbiciunilor Andrei Gheorghe Pro TV lei500.000.000 2001
  Russia Слабое звено
Slaboe zveno
Mariya Kiselyova
Leonid Yakubovich (December 25, 2002) [5]
ORT/Channel One Russia 300,000 (from September 25 until October 30, 2001)
400,000 (from November 1, 2001 until October 2004)
350,000 (from October 2004 until July 2, 2005)
1,000,000 (celebrity editions, 2001—2004)
September 25, 2001 July 2, 2005
Nikolai Fomenko Channel 5 350,000 December 2, 2007 December 28, 2008
  Serbia Najslabija karika Sandra Lalatović BKTV RSD5,000,000 2002 2006
  Singapore 智者生存
Zhizhe shengcun
Yvette Cui (Cui Lixin) Mediacorp Channel 8 S$100,000 2002 2003
Weakest Link Asha Gill Mediacorp Channel 5 S$1,000,000
  Slovenia Najšibkejši člen Violeta Tomič SLO 1 2,400,000 SIT (10,000) 2003 2005
  South Africa Weakest Link Fiona Coyne SABC3 R50,000 2003 2008
R100,000
  Spain El rival más débil Nuria González TVE1 7,200 2002 2004
Karmele Aranburu TVE2
  Sweden Svagaste länken Kajsa Ingemarsson Sjuan 100,000 kr 2011 2013
  Taiwan Weakest Link 智者生存
Weakest Link zhizhe shengcun
Belle Yu STAR Chinese Channel NT$400,000 2001 2003
Tseng Yang Qing
  Thailand Weakest Link กำจัดจุดอ่อน
Weakest Link Kamchat Chut On
Krittika Kongsompong ThaiTV 3 ฿1,000,000 2002 2003
  Turkey En zayıf halka Hülya Uğur Tanrıöver Show TV TL100 billion 2001 2002
Baybars Altuntaş TV8[6] 54,000 September 21, 2015 November 15, 2015
  United Kingdom The Weakest Link Anne Robinson BBC £10,000 (Daytime)
£20,000 (Primetime)[7]
£50,000 (Primetime)
August 14, 2000 March 31, 2012
TBA November, 2017 [8]
  United States Weakest Link Anne Robinson NBC US$1,000,000 April 16, 2001 July 14, 2002
George Gray Syndicated US$75,000 January 7, 2002 May 20, 2003
US$100,000

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Anne Robinson and The Weakest Link to return to BBC One". The Telegraph. Retrieved 19 July 2017. 
  2. ^ Klarreich, Erica (16 January 2002). "Strongest strategy for The Weakest Link revealed". New Scientist. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
  3. ^ Due to Daniela having a surgery at 2010, HRT asked Mirko to temporary host the show until Daniela recover.
  4. ^ Nincs kegyelem was the alternative name of this show, but recently used original name (A leggyengébb láncszem).
  5. ^ A special Christmas and New Year celebrity edition.
  6. ^ Original production was Kanal D, but later they decide to reject and TV8 was takeover.
  7. ^ From 2000-2001 8/7 Players Version
  8. ^ http://metro.co.uk/2017/07/19/the-weakest-link-is-coming-back-to-tv-complete-with-anne-robinson-6789860/

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