“The Weakest Link” format returns to France

The French arms of Banijay Productions and BBC Worldwide Productions will coproduce a new version of game show format The Weakest Link. (Pictured: Anne Robinson, host of the original UK version)
June 20, 2014

The French arms of Banijay Productions and BBC Worldwide Productions are teaming up to bring back the game show The Weakest Link for French digital channel D8.

The show previously aired in France for six years on TFI, ending its run in 2007. The new version will air under the French title Le Maillon Faible with TV and radio personality Julien Courbet taking on hosting duties.

“In this new version, the presence of Julien Courbet will bring a touch of the modern to this fantastic format that the French public hasn’t seen for seven years and which it will be pleased to rediscover,” said Alexia Laroche-Joubert, director of Banijay Productions France, in a statement.

The original version of the series launched in the United Kingdom in 2000 with host Anne Robinson (pictured) and ran for 12 years. Distributor BBC Worldwide licensed the format to more than 40 countries and the UK version aired in more than 70 countries.

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