This year saw the continuation of the series of Campanile Sera that had commenced in September 1960. The Thursday night games continued all the way up until November 1961. The 1959-1961 run comprised 104 editions (exactly two years' programming) interrupted only once, for a 5 week period to allow for television coverage of the Rome Olympics of 1960. It is thought likely that the Campanile Sera series was commissioned by RAI Television in 13 or 26 week blocks (as was common in television then and remains so today) and the OIympics coverage did not affect the number of Campanile Sera programmes ordered. This theory is backed up by the short 13 week run given to the series when it returned in July 1962.

Notable performances during the 1961 series came from the likes of the Bracciano team (6 consecutive wins) and the team from Arona (also with 6 wins, but these were not consecutive), plus Laveno and Alba (on 5 and 4 consecutive wins respectively). Arona's wins came in two separate runs, registering four victories between May and June 1961 and returning in November 1961 following a dispute over their final June appearance in Programme 82. No team, however, quite matched Monreale's astounding eight-week winning streak of summer 1960.  The last winner from 1961 again returned when Campanile Sera resumed in July 1962, just as defending champions as Senigallia had the previous year.

Although not quite matching the surreal nature of the tie-breaker of the 1964 Intervilles Final, where the victory was decided upon the number of bald heads and beards among the crowds, the games in this series of Campanile Sera did go for the unusual. In one of the Laveno competitions in the summer of 1961, there was a game where victory depended upon which town had the heaviest man, prompting much hilarity and wide-eyed stares (as evidenced by the picture, shown to the left).

The 1960-1961 series of Campanile Sera lasted an incredible 63 weeks without as much as a week's break in transmission. This is by far the longest unbroken run of any series that this website covers!

JSFnetGB Series Guide pages researched by
Alan Hayes, David Hamilton, Neil Storer, Christos Moustakas, Philippe Minet,
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