Axed: The Weakest Link (UK)

Britain’s long-running quiz show The Weakest Link will take its own ‘walk of shame’ when the show ends after 11 years.

The BBC has chosen not to renew the show after host Anne Robinson announced she would be leaving.

“It’s been superb. So it is a hard decision,” she told the Guardian.

“If there’s anything about longevity in television, it’s about knowing what to take and what to turn down, and what to stop.

“My fee wasn’t cut. I originally said I would do (the programme for) 10 years. I did a year more than I intended to.”

Special episodes of the show will be filmed in Glasgow in December and the final series will go off air next Spring (UK).

An Australian version had a short but successful run on Seven hosted by Cornelia Frances.

17 Comments:

  1. As I recall there were a number of unaired eps when Seven axed this… did they ever get aired? Did the winners from those eps ever see their prize money?

  2. yes they could bring the aussie version back just 1 hour episode a week is enough anything else would be to much as for hosts my choiceis would be

    Cornelia francess
    Maggie kirikpatrick
    Rowena wallace
    Fiona spence
    Val lehman
    any of the above would be good because lets face it they have all been great Bitches in thier respective shows if it were to come back on 9 then none of the above would host it and i wont even bother saying who would becuase we all know who it would be

  3. It didn’t last because the most deserving person rarely won, which didn’t click with the Australian’s audience’s strong sense of justice.

  4. I’m not big on game shows but I’d like Seven (or anyone) to bring this back. I’ve thought in the past they might be able to strip it down to a 30 minute format and run it instead of Deal, but in practice it might not be possible because so have to have a certain number of contestants to make it work.

  5. RE Jimmy: The shortening of the Aussie run can be attributed to two factors: overexposure (I think Seven were showing it 3 nights a week at one stage towards the end), and the fact that some considered the show too downbeat and and depressing after 9/11.

  6. The Aussie version was successful, but Seven flogged the life out of the it by showing it two and three times a week…the novelty wore off. I’d like to see them bring it back, I think it could work Once a week. It’s a better format than Million Dollar Drop which is on Nine.

  7. I miss the Aussie edition… 😛 Guilty pleasure #27: watching Cornelia Francis belittle the contestants. It’s like Portal with real people.

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