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BBC Studios’ “Weakest Link” returns to Australia with Channel Nine greenlight

Australia’s Channel Nine and BBC Studios Australia and New Zealand are rebooting Weakest Link two decades after the quiz format first bowed on Seven Network. The hybrid game show will be fully produced ...
March 5, 2021

Australia’s Channel Nine and BBC Studios Australia and New Zealand are rebooting Weakest Link two decades after the quiz format first bowed on Seven Network.

The hybrid game show will be fully produced by BBC Studios’ local production arm, led by director of production Kylie Washington. It was commissioned by Channel Nine head of content, production and development Adrian Swift.

Weakest Link sees eight contestants answer general knowledge questions to bank prize money across multiple rounds.

The contestants take turns to answer the questions to build chains of correct answers. Consecutive correct answers greatly increase the value of the chain, while incorrect answers break it and force the contestants to start over on the lowest rung with the smallest amount of money.

At the end of each round, the contestants vote out who they perceive to be the “Weakest Link” remaining.

The BBC Studios format has been produced in 46 territories around the globe with more than 1,500 episodes having been aired in the UK alone.

NBC recently recommissioned a second season in the U.S., where actress Jane Lynch (Glee) hosts.

The series aired for just two seasons on Seven Network from 2001 to 2002.

Swift said in a statement: “Weakest Link is one of the world’s most loved and enduring quiz formats. It’s not just about what you know, but also knowing who’s your biggest threat and when to bank your winnings. We are very proud to have the new Weakest Link here on Nine.”

BBC Studios is also currently in production in Australia on a third season of Mastermind and Celebrity Mastermind for SBS and is coproducing Dancing With The Stars: All Stars with Warner Bros International TV Production Australia for Seven.

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