The French domestic series Intervilles entered its third year in 1964. The structure of the series was tweaked slightly from that of 1963, with six heats instead of eight, and just three quarter finals rather than the expected four. These competitions produced three semi-finalists and the 1963 Champions, Tarbes, were given a bye which allowed them to become the fourth semi-finalist (without having been involved previously in the 1964 series). This was in compensation for the loss of a season-ending Super Final as had been played in 1963 between Tarbes and 1962 Intervilles Champions, Dax.

While the programme remained a popular success with French audiences, Intervilles 64 attracted more than its fair share of criticism in the newspaper media. Guy Lux and his fellow hosts were attacked for the way in which they presented the programmes and the occasional technical failures and other shortcomings of the production during the run came in for heavy criticism. One review, in the Gazette de Lausanne on Friday 25th September 1964, was particularly dismissive: "The final of Intervilles last night between Royan and Compiègne fortunately brought this popular game show to an end, albeit temporarily. The series presented nothing of interest outside of its technical aspect and the formula and presentation have become very tired. This final was won by Royan thanks to bald heads, beards, and the tamer of the cows. We will not talk about it further until the next time." Fortunately, professional critics such as these were pretty much alone in their aloof damnation of the series, which was shortly to blossom into Interneige and Jeux Sans Frontières

The 1964 series was also notable for a sad and tragic event in the life of presenter and creator, Guy Lux, who lost his daughter and son-in-law in a car crash in early August. As a result, Guy Lux was not present at Heat 6 and the first Quarter-Final was postponed by a week as a mark of respect. All subsequent Intervilles programmes of the 1964 series were staged a week later than originally planned.

Finally, the winter series Interneige commenced this year and not in 1965 as previously believed. In its debut season, however, it was a French domestic competition and featured French teams only.

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