Jeux Sans Frontières 1968

Entrants 1968: Belgium (B) • Switzerland (CH) • West Germany (D) •
France (F) • Great Britain (GB) • Italy (I) 

Presenters of International Heats / Commentators:
Paule Herreman and Jean-Claude Mennessier (RTB - B)
Georges Kleinmann (SSR - CH)
Jan Hiermeyer and Herrmann Weber (SRG - CH)
Mascia Cantoni (TSI - CH)
Camillo Felgen and Tim Elstner (ARD-WDR - D)
Simone Garnier (Heat 1 only) (ORTF - F)
David Vine, Katie Boyle (Heats 1-3) and Eddie Waring (Heat 4) (BBC - GB)
Enzo Tortora, Giulio Marchetti and Renata Mauro (RAI - I)

International Referees: Gennaro Olivieri and Guido Pancaldi
Referee (BBC):
Eddie Waring and Cecil Korer (Heat 4, replacing Waring)

Producer (BBC): Barney Colehan
Produced by RTB (B), SSR-SRG-TSI (CH), ARD-WDR (D),
ORTF (F), BBC North West (GB), RAI (I)

 

Key:
International Heats
 
l = Qualified for International Final / l = Heat Winner (Silver Trophy)
International Final
l = Gold Trophy   l = Silver Trophy   l = Bronze Trophy

DST = Daylight Saving Time
(ONLY Great Britain and Italy observed DST)

F

Jeux Sans Frontières 1968

Heat 1 (Cancelled)

Intended Staging: Wednesday 19th June 1968
Intended Venue: Paris, France
Relocated Venue: Épinal, France

Teams: Bastogne (B) v. Neuchâtel (CH) v. Inzell (D) v.
Cancale (F) v. Worthing (GB) v. Alghero (Sardegna) (I)

Additional Information

This heat was at first relocated and then cancelled as a result of the fall-out from student riots which had broked out in Paris in early May and continued throughout the month. The producers, fearing that the event may be sabotaged by protesters, decided to relocate the French International Heat to Épinal, a commune in the Moselle region in the north east of the country near the West German border. However, the riots intensified into early June, spreading across the country, and resulting in a national strike that nearly brought France to a halt. When the strike spread to include workers of broadcaster ORTF, the corporation cancelled the heat completely and made a decision not to broadcast any of the 1968 Jeux Sans Frontières series. .

The teams due to take part in the French heat battled it out instead at an additional event (designated as Heat 6) held in West Germany a week after the planned German heat. The Swiss heat in Zofingen was re-designated Heat 1. Despite the programmes not being transmitted in France, French teams still participated in the competitions.

 

CH

Jeux Sans Frontières 1968

Heat 1

Event Staged: Wednesday 3rd July 1968
Venue: Niklaus-Thut-Platz, Zofingen, Switzerland

European Transmissions (Local Timings):
RTB (B):
Wednesday 3rd July 1968, 9.00-10.15pm (Live)
SRG (CH-German):
Wednesday 3rd July 1968, 9.05-10.20pm (Live)
ARD-WDR (D):
Wednesday 3rd July 1968, 9.05-10.20pm (Live)
BBC1 (GB):
Friday 5th July 1968, 7.30-8.50pm
RAI Due (I):
Friday 5th July 1968
ORTF (F): Not transmitted

Theme: Balance and Dexterity

Teams: Watermael-Boitsfort (B) v. Zofingen (CH) v. Kaufbeuren im Allgäu (D) v.
Haguenau (F) v. New Brighton (GB) v. Trani (I)

Games: Cheese Stacks, See-Saw Water-Balls, The Prisoner’s Balloons, Dressing the Bridegroom, The Limbo Competition (Jeu Divisée), Heading the Ball, The Party Items, Lancing the Rings, Bells in the Haystack and Chained Ball Balancers (Jeu Handicap);
Jokers: Playing Cards.

Game Results and Standings

Games

Team / Colour

1 2 3 4 JD 5 6 7 8 9
Points Scored
(Joker games shown in red)
B 3 6 12 4 3 1 3 5 6 4

CH

1

5

4

12

4

5

5

3

6

1

D

6

2

3

5

3

6

12

2

4

6

F

5

4

6

3

6

1

4

6

1

4

GB

3

3

1

1

12

1

1

2

4

5

I 5 1 4 2 6 1 2 4 1 2
Running Totals
(Leading teams shown in red)
B 3 9 21 25 28 29 32 37 43 47

CH

1

6

10

22

26

31

36

39

45

46

D

6

8

11

16

19

25

37

39

43

49

F

5

9

15

18

24

25

29

35

36

40

GB

3

6

7

8

20

21

22

24

28

33

I 5 6 10 12 18 19 21 25 26 28

Result

 Team

Points

Final Scoreboard

1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th

 D • Kaufbeuren im Allgäu l
 B • Watermael-Boitsfort
 CH • Zofingen
 F • Hagenau
 GB • New Brighton
 I • Trani

49
47
46
40
33
28 (*)

(*) Trani (I) incorrectly awarded 3pts instead of 2pts on the final game

The Games in Detail

Game 8 - Bells in the Haystack

The eighth game in this heat - 'Bells in the Haystack' - involved the teams having to climb a 5-metre high haystack unaided, to collect their national flags which were situated in holes above it. After returning to the ground with their flags, they had to then ascend the haystack once more and dig from the top down to find cowbells which were hidden deep inside the hay. The French player fell badly when descending with his flag and was unable to re-climb the haystack for quite some time after due to his injury. In the meantime, it looked at one point that the teams were never going to find any bells, but in the end, the Swiss and the Belgians managed to find two bells each to win the game.

Presenters, Officials and Production Team

At each of the 1968 International Heats, the commentary teams for each of the countries were presented to the camera by the on-site presenters. Although the programme was not transmitted in France this year, French commentator Simone Garnier was in the ORTF commentary box at this heat.

Additional Information

The scoreboard in this heat was continually breaking down and at one point presenter Herrmann Weber had to read out the running totals to the crowd from a piece of handwritten paper. At the end of the competition, Italian team Trani were inadvertently given an extra point on the last game. After Guido Pancaldi had clearly announced that Belgium and France had both tied in third place on the game with 4pts each, he went on to state ‘Italien mit zwei punten’ (Italy with two points), but the scoreboard added 3pts. The corrected score is shown above.

In this heat, the New Brighton (GB) and Haguenau (F) teams both played their Jokers on the ‘Jeu Divisée’. It was a very risky game as it involved a male team member having to limbo under an ever-descending pole (which began at 80cm and was lowered in stages to 45cm). However, although the French could only manage three runs under the bar before being eliminated, the British competitor continued on for another four runs and tied with the Italians for first place - bagging 12pts for the team.

Made in B/W • This programme does not exist in the BBC Archives
Exists in European archives

 

B

Jeux Sans Frontières 1968

Heat 2

Event Staged: Wednesday 17th July 1968
Venue: Place du Martyr (Martyr's Square), Verviers, Belgium

European Transmissions (Local Timings):
RTB (B):
Wednesday 17th July 1968, 9.00-10.15pm (Live)
ARD-WDR (D):
Wednesday 17th July 1968, 9.05-10.20pm (Live)
BBC1 (GB):
Friday 19th July 1968, 7.30-8.50pm
RAI Due (I):
Friday 19th July 1968
ORTF (F): Not transmitted

Winners' Trophy presented by: Paule Herremann

Theme: Adult's Playtime

Teams: Verviers (B) v. Bellinzona (CH) v. Homburg im Saarland (D) v.
Saint-Quentin (F) v. Plymouth (GB) v. Terracina (I)

Team Members included:
Homburg im Saarland (D) -
Karl Ludwigsch;
Plymouth (GB) -
Lesley Copp, Frederick Gill;
Terracina (I) -
Pietro Tomeucci (Men’s Team Coach), Velia Vella (Women’s Team Coach), Giovanni Bellini, Flora Belotti, Bruna Bianconi, Pierfederica Bizzarri, Piergiorgio Botoni, Giancarla Calerio, Nicola Caltagirone, Francesco Camilli, Alfonso Castelli, Domenico Centurione, Carlo Comelli, Katia Cotella, Guido de Plazer, Patrizia d’Onofrio, Carlo Fazi, Carlo Ferruti, Maria-Grazia Forte, Benedetto Fromone, Maria Garzato, Pietro Grugni, Giancarlo Leopardi, Laura Lombardi, Maurizio Mauri, Claudia Millo, Vittorio Palmadessa, Alessandro Rizzuti, Carmelo Saccà, Maria Stavola, Vincenzo Viaggini, Francesco Viarengo.

Games: The Water Balance, Clowns and Flowers, Bulls and Matadors, Viking Basketball, The Banana Slide, Roller-Skating Waiters, Knights and Toll Gates, The Floral Roundabout and The Border Crossings;
Fil Rouge: Eye of the Needle;
Jokers: Small Joker Playing Cards.

Game Results and Standings

Games

Team / Colour

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 FR 9
Points Scored
(Joker games shown in red)
B 6 5 1 6 2 12 5 1 6 4

CH

4

2

6

2

5

1

2

2

8

2

D

2

4

6

12

4

5

1

3

6

5

F

3

1

3

4

1

3

6

5

1

1

GB

1

3

3

1

3

2

6

12

3

6

I 5 12 6 4 6 4 4 4 3 3
Running Totals
(Leading teams shown in red)
B 6 11 12 18 20 32 37 38 44 48

CH

4

6

12

14

19

20

22

24

32

34

D

2

6

12

24

28

33

34

37

43

48

F

3

4

7

11

12

15

21

26

27

28

GB

1

4

7

8

11

13

19

31

34

40

I 5 17 23 27 33 37 41 45 48 51

Result

 Team

Points

Final Scoreboard

1st
2nd
2nd
4th
5th
6th

 I • Terracina l l
 B • Verviers
 D • Homburg im Saarland
 GB • Plymouth
 CH • Bellinzona
 F • Saint-Quentin

51
48
48
40
34
28

The Games in Detail

Game 4 - Viking Basketball

On Game 4 - ‘Viking Basketball’ - the West German team captain presented their Joker right at the last moment. Whilst Guido Pancaldi blew the whistle, the team captain presented the Joker to Gennaro Olivieri. Although the presentation was by now out of camera shot, after the start of the game the camera quickly panned back to Gennaro and the West German captain holding the Joker! At the blackboard after the first heat of the game, Gennaro told presenter Jean-Claude that the team was fortunate to have had their Joker accepted, as they had literally left it to the last moment.

Presenters, Officials and Production Team

As was sometimes the case in International JSF, if there were two commentators per broadcasting company, one would present from the on-site arena itself, whilst the other would provide commentary for the viewers at home from a commentary box above the arena as per their peers. However in this heat, whilst Jean-Claude Mennessier presented from the on-site arena, co-host Paule Herremann remained indoors in a glass-fronted portacabin situated on the arena floor, sipping a glass of champagne with her producer, Diane Lange. Throughout the night, long camera shots clearly showed them walking around in the portacabin. When the points were awarded, instead of the scoreboard being shown as normal with the updated scores, the camera panned to Paule and she quite literally announced the positions and points of the countries. The camera then panned to a TV screen scoreboard inside the portacabin itself! However, she did make an appearance on the arena at the end of the programme to present the trophy to the winning team.

From this heat onwards, there were no French television commentary boxes or commentators present at any of the heats.

Additional Information

This International Heat featured the first ever Fil Rouge in Jeux Sans Frontières. This was a game that was played individually between each of the other games (in this case between Games 3 and 8. Switzerland played their Joker on this Fil Rouge, but in later competitions this was not permitted. Interestingly, Switzerland also played their Joker on the Fil Rouge in this year’s International Final. They were the only country ever to play their Joker on the Fil Rouge!

Whilst Italian team Terracina stormed the first five games and then faltered on the last four games, British team Plymouth appeared to have saved their energy to the end, but left it a bit too late to make it count. The team floundered in the bottom three positions of games throughout the night, but won the last three games, one of which was their Joker game!

Made in B/W • This programme does not exist in the BBC Archives
Exists in European archives

 

I

Jeux Sans Frontières 1968

Heat 3

Event Staged: Wednesday 31st July 1968
Venue: Piazza Ducale and Castle Courtyard, Vigevano, Italy

European Transmissions (Local Timings):
RTB (B):
Wednesday 31st July 1968, 9.00-10.30pm (Live)
ARD-WDR (D):
Wednesday 31st July 1968, 9.05-10.20pm (Live)
BBC1 (GB):
Friday 2nd August 1968, 7.30-8.50pm
RAI Due (I):
Friday 2nd August 1968
ORTF (F): Not transmitted

Theme: Attack and Defend

Teams: Bressoux (B) v. Estavayer-le-Lac (CH) v. Landau in der Pfalz (D) v.
Libourne (F) v. Merton (GB) v. Pordenone (I)

Team Members included:
Landau in der Pfalz (D) -
Margarita Kleiner;
Merton (GB) - Tom Baptie (Team Manager), Jean Bleakley, Gary Collins, Peter Dunckley, Robert Dunckley, Terence Dunseath, Clive Goldsmith, John Hayward, Janet Hillyer, Gillian Hornby, Robin Howard, Carol Jordan, David Malkin, Daniel O’Connor, Rodney Perry, Susan Poulter, Kenneth Roberts, Anita Roll, David Roll, Susan Roll, Tony Roll, Susan Taylor, Roberta Trotman, David Watts and Kathie Williams.

Games: The Equestrians, Defending the Pyramids, The Dart Slide, Spooning the Water, Tractors and Cakes, The High Kickers, The Goalkeepers, Feeding the Dogs, The Hula-Hoop Girls (Jeu Divisée) and The Jockeys’ Silks (Jeu Handicap);
Jokers: Playing Cards

Game Results and Standings

Games

Team / Colour

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 JD 9
Points Scored
(Joker games shown in red)
B 5 5 4 1 3 6 5 12 5 4

CH

1

4

2

4

5

5

2

4

1

6

D

1

6

5

12

6

3

5

3

1

1

F

12

4

4

3

4

1

5

5

1

2

GB

1

4

1

2

2

3

12

3

1

3

I 1 1 6 5 1 8 2 1 6 5
Running Totals
(Leading teams shown in red)
B 5 10 14 15 18 24 29 41 46 50

CH

1

5

7

11

16

21

23

27

28

34

D

1

7

12

24

30

33

38

41

42

43

F

12

16

20

23

27

28

33

38

39

41

GB

1

5

6

8

10

13

25

28

29

32

I 1 2 8 13 14 22 24 25 31 36

Result

 Team

Points

Final Scoreboard

1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th

 B • Bressoux l l
 D • Landau in der Pfalz
 F • Libourne
 I • Pordenone
 CH • Estavayer-le-Lac
 GB • Merton

50
43
41
36
34
32

The Host Town

The town of Vigevano hosted Jeux Sans Frontières again twenty-three years later, when two Italian heats were held in the town in 1991.

Memories of JSF

This heat featured the game which was highlighted by the BBC's Eddie Waring in the 1977 It’s A Knockout Annual, where he recalled, “We were in Italy and one of the games involved a cage of stray dogs with a conveyor belt running through the centre of the cage. The idea was to put a plate of meat on the belt and then try and distract the dogs so that they didn’t eat too much of the meat. When the plate came out the other side, the meat was weighed and the team that had managed to slip the most through was declared the winner. Several teams had tried all kinds of methods to distract the dogs but to no avail. Then on the night, the Belgians played their Joker and everyone thought they were mad. But sure enough the dogs did not seem to eat so much of theirs. It wasn’t until a few days later when I was in conversation with a fellow West German commentator that he told me how they had done it. Apparently before the game, the team had poured petrol on the hands of the team member who placed the meat on the tray. Of course nobody thought of checking something like that!" In reality, the game utilised meat pellets, there were six conveyer belts running through the cage and it wasn't the weight but the number of pellets through which won the game. Belgium did indeed play their Joker and sure enough scored the maximum 12pts.

Presenters, Officials and Production Team

Whenever West German commentators Tim Elstner and Camillo Felgen explained to viewers the location of Merton, they always referred to it as “the area of London that has the tennis place - Wimbledon”.

Additional Information

On Game 1 which utilised real horses, four teams - the Swiss, French, British and Italians - all failed to get any of their rings on any of the other teams' hooks and were therefore all awarded 1pt each, which clearly showed on the scoreboard. However, after Game 2 when the Italian team scored only 1pt again, their score had miraculously increased to 5pts. This anomaly continued to be part of their score until the fourth game when it was finally corrected.

This heat was also transmitted to viewers in Austria, Denmark, Luxembourg and Netherlands by the West German television service.

Made in B/W • This programme does not exist in the BBC Archives
Exists in European archives

 

GB

Jeux Sans Frontières 1968

Heat 4

Event Staged: Wednesday 14th August 1968
Venue: West Park Stray, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, Great Britain

European Transmissions (Local Timings):
RTB (B):
Wednesday 14th August 1968, 9.00-10.00pm (Live)
ARD-WDR (D):
Wednesday 14th August 1968, 9.05-10.20pm (Live)
BBC1 (GB):
Wednesday 14th August 1968, 9.05-10.25pm (Live - DST)
RAI Due (I):
Thursday 15th August 1968
ORTF (F): Not transmitted

Winners' Trophy presented by: Alan Mayes, Mayor of Harrogate

Theme: Fun and Games

Teams: Mons (B) v. Stans (CH) v. Osterholz-Scharmbeck (D) v.
Vannes (F) v. Dundee (GB) v. Ascoli-Piceno (I)

Team Members included:
Osterholz-Scharmbeck (D) -
Heinrich Hallfeldt (Co-Team Coach), Karl-Wilhelm Herlinghaus (Co-Team Coach), Hans Lucht (Co-Team Coach);
Dundee (GB) -
Stewart Allen, Joseph Brady, Joyce Carberry, Ross Elder, Angus Hartley, Muriel Hutchinson, Evelyn Keyes, Hazel Mason, Alistair Nicholl, Derek Tomlinson.

Games: The Moon Rocket, Three's a Crowd, Water on the Brain, Wheelbarrow Jousting, Swinging Words, Barrel Game, Trampoline Netball, Roundabout Waiters, Knights in Armour (Jeu Divisée) and The Nursery Stakes (Jeu Handicap);
Jokers: Playing Cards.

Game Results and Standings

Games

Team / Colour

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 JD 9
Points Scored
(Joker games shown in red)
B 2 1 2 1 2 Game void 1 10 4 5

CH

6

6

3

5

3

6

3

2

6

D

6

5

6

6

5

4

8

3

4

F

2

8

2

4

5

3

6

5

3

GB

6

2

5

3

2

3

3

12

2

I 6 3 4 3 6 6 6 2 1
Running Totals
(Leading teams shown in red)
B 2 3 5 6 8 8 9 19 23 28

CH

6

12

15

20

23

23

29

32

34

40

D

6

11

17

23

28

28

32

40

43

47

F

2

10

12

16

21

21

24

30

35

38

GB

6

8

13

16

18

18

21

24

36

38

I 6 9 13 16 22 22 28 34 36 37

Result

 Team

Points

Final Scoreboard

1st
2nd
3rd
3rd
5th
6th

 D • Osterholz-Scharmbeck l  l
 CH • Stans l
 F • Vannes
 l
 GB • Dundee
 I • Ascoli-Piceno
 B • Mons

47
40
38
38
37
28

Presenters, Officials and Production Team

British referee Eddie Waring swapped his role to be David Vine’s co-commentator for this heat, after reports that Katie Boyle had been refused payment by BBC producer Barney Colehan to have her hair done!

Waring's promotion to co-commentator had an unexpected benefit for Cecil Korer, who had been the Assistant Producer on the first two BBC It's A Knockout series (and who would later become It's A Knockout's Producer in 1976). Korer had gone to work in London prior to the 1968 series and was not involved in its production. Cecil Korer remembers the day of recording: "Harrogate is twenty minutes from Leeds, where I had lived most of my life, and where my Ma lived. I took advantage of this to stay with my Mother and nipped over to Harrogate just to say hello. I didn't know that it was at this particular programme that Barney Colehan had decided to use Eddie Waring as a commentator rather than as a judge. I arrived in Harrogate just at the time that Barney, Guido and Gennaro were wondering what to do about replacing Eddie as a referee. This was before Arthur Ellis came on the scene. I was pounced on by all three. I was given a stopwatch and was told, 'You are the BBC referee!', and so I was, for that one and only time. So, I have been JSF Assistant Producer, Producer, Executive Producer and a JSF Referee. Beat that!"

Looks Familiar?

Three games in this heat had previously been used in British Domestic heats earlier in the year: ‘Water on the Brain’ and 'Swinging Words' were almost exact copies of ‘Fireman’s Hose’ and 'Pick A Letter' from from Heat 1 staged at Cheltenham Spa, and ‘Knights in Armour’ was an exact copy of that from Heat 4 staged at Wimbledon.

Additional Information

This heat was plagued with problems from the outset when torrential rain fell throughout the night. As well as the Paris student riots which caused the abandonment of the French heat earlier in the year, another problem which first arose during the 1967 series raised its ugly head once more. As had happened to one of the games the previous year, Game 6 in this heat - ‘The Barrel Game’ - had to be abandoned. However, on this occasion it was not the game itself that resulted in the abandonment, but the inclement weather on the night that had caused the game’s equipment to malfunction. After the game was abandoned, the three countries - Switzerland, West Germany and Italy - that had presented their Jokers for this game were told by Gennaro Olivieri that they would be permitted to play them again on any of the remaining three games. Coincidentally, it was also in International Heat 4 of the previous year that this had occurred, and Switzerland had also presented their Joker on that game too. Teams should have maybe taken note after this and considered whether to play their Joker at the same time as Switzerland!

Also like last year, there were no reserve games scheduled (something that was to change from 1969) and consequently, the qualification criteria for the International Final was amended as per Jeux Sans Frontières rules of the time. The rule was also used last year and it stated that to preserve parity for all teams, average game points (total points scored divided by number of games played) would be used to establish qualification rights for the International Final. However, unlike the previous year (when no teams in practice were actually affected), the abandoned game in this heat had wider implications. This was due to the fact that other teams with the same finishing positions had scored higher points during this series, but failed to qualify for the International Final because their average scores per game were less than those involved in this heat.

This explained how the West German team Osterholz-Scharmbeck with just 47 pts qualified for the International Final ahead of Inzell (52 pts), Kaufbeuren im Allgäu (49 pts) and Siegen (48 pts) and why French team Vannes (with 38 pts) qualified instead of Libourne (41 pts). This resulted in the following averages:

West Germany

Average

France

Average

Osterholz-Scharmbeck
Inzell
Kaufbeuren im Allgäu
Siegen

 
5.22pts
5.20pts
4.90pts
4.80pts

Vannes
Libourne

 
4.22pts
4.10pts

As can be seen, West German team Inzell lost out on a place in the International Final by just 0.02pts per game and French team Libourne by 0.12pts per game! From 1969, reserve games were always scheduled to cover for any such unforeseen incidents.

Another problem arose at the start of Game 8 - ‘Roundabout Waiters’ - when the West Germans and Italians played their Jokers for a ‘second’ time. After showing their intention to do so to Guido Pancaldi, Gennaro came running in asking for the Belgian captain, because the team had still not produced their Joker and with just the second round of the Jeu Divisée left to play, he stated that they could play it on the ‘handicap’ game. Despite a couple of calls, the captain did not come forward and the game went ahead. Before the second round, Guido explained to Eddie Waring that the Belgian Joker was valid on the game as the team captain had been on the opposite side of the park and had acknowledged its play with one of the on-course referees.

Made in B/W • This programme does not exist in the BBC Archives
Exists in European archives

 

D

Jeux Sans Frontières 1968

Heat 5

Event Staged: Wednesday 28th August 1968
Venue: Leimbachstadion, Siegen, West Germany

European Transmissions (Local Timings):
RTB (B):
Wednesday 28th August 1968, 9.00-10.30pm (Live)
ARD-WDR (D):
Wednesday 28th August 1968, 9.05-10.20pm (Live)
BBC1 (GB):
Friday 30th August 1968, 7.30-8.50pm
RAI Due (I):
Friday 30th August 1968
ORTF (F): Not transmitted

Theme: Travel and Transportation

Teams: Gembloux (B) v. Mendrisio (CH) v. Siegen (D) v.
Épinal (F) v. Cheltenham Spa (GB) v. Biella (I)

Team Members included:
Mendrisio (CH) -
Ezio Bellati (Co-Team Coach), Elio Sala (Co-Team Coach), Otello Sédran (Co-Team Coach), Claudia Bernasconi, Giancarlo Bernasconi, Mario Camponovo, Flavio Casellini, Stelio Conconi, Fiorenzo Croci, Verena Croci, Guiseppi Dalcò, Bruno Daldini, Orlando Guanziroli, Gert Kühn, Jacques Lecanellier, Renato Lordelli, Nelda Lurà, Pietro Mazzola, Rita Monzani, Fiorella Porlezza, Riccardo Prada, Francesco Pusterla, Renzo Quattropani, Giancarlo Rusca, Matilde Rusca, Renato Sala, Gianfranco Silini, Ivana Tettemanti, Ermolao Valsangiacomo;
Cheltenham Spa (GB) -
Bill Spragg (Team Manager), Ian Rodger.

Games: Dress of Balloons, Rucksacks of Water, Kangaroos, Chinese Rickshaws, Chain of Balloons, Step and Build, Fat Belly Ball Roll, Tractor Push, Penguin Basketball and The Vikings' Grand Prix (Jeu Handicap);
Jokers: Playing Cards

Game Results and Standings

Games

Team / Colour

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Points Scored
(Joker games shown in red)
B 1 3 8 2 3 5 4 2 6 2

CH

2

2

5

5

1

4

10

4

1

3

D

6

2

3

6

5

6

6

5

3

6

F

3

12

1

4

2

1

3

3

6

1

GB

10

4

6

1

4

3

2

6

4

4

I 5 5 2 3 12 2 1 1 3 5
Running Totals
(Leading teams shown in red)
B 1 4 12 14 17 22 26 28 34 36

CH

2

4

9

14

15

19

29

33

34

37

D

6

8

11

17

22

28

34

39

42

48

F

3

15

16

20

23

23

26

29

35

36

GB

10

14

20

21

25

28

30

36

40

44

I 5 10 12 15 27 29 30 31 34 39

Result

 Team

Points

Final Scoreboard

1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
5th

 D • Siegen l
 GB • Cheltenham Spa
 I • Biella
 CH • Mendrisio
 B • Gembloux
 F • Épinal

48
44
39
37
36
36

The Venue

The venue for this heat was the Leimbach Stadium - home to local football team, Sportfreunde Siegen.

The Rehearsals

Cheltenham Spa team member Ian Rodger recalls: "One thing that I do remember well is the German guy at Siegen going up the inclined pole to collect water. During rehearsals he went up and down like a mountain goat and we were convinced that he had special shoes on. On the night, he slipped going up the first time, panicked, lost his nerve and came in last, with the Joker on him too!

Returning Teams and Competitors

Swiss team coach Elio Sala returned to coach the Mendrisio team in 1994, whilst team member Mario Camponovo’s daughter Lavinia and Verena Croci’s son David both participated as members of the Mendrisio team in 1994.

Additional Information

Unlike the previous four International Heats, there was no Jeu Divisée played at either of the two West German Heats. No explanation was given for this fact.

There were several problems with the coaches taking the Cheltenham team to Germany. Two broke down and a third was required to get them there. Twenty thousand German fans at Siegen were joined by a small contingent of the Gloucestershire Regiment stationed in West Berlin.

Made in B/W • This programme does not exist in the BBC Archives
Exists in European archives

 

D

Jeux Sans Frontières 1968

Heat 6

Event Staged: Wednesday 4th September 1968
Venue: Marktplatz, Schwäbisch Hall, West Germany

European Transmissions (Local Timings):
RTB (B):
Wednesday 4th September 1968, 9.00-10.20pm (Live)
ARD-WDR (D):
Wednesday 4th September 1968, 9.05-10.20pm (Live)
BBC1 (GB):
Friday 6th September 1968, 7.30-8.50pm
RAI Due (I):
Friday 6th September 1968
ORTF (F): Not transmitted

Theme: Miscellany of Games

Teams: Bastogne (B) v. Neuchâtel (CH) v. Inzell (D) v.
Cancale (F) v. Worthing (GB) v. Alghero (Sardegna) (I)

Team Members included:
Worthing (GB) -
Michael Coates, John Monger and John Press.

Games: Header Basketball, Space Hoppers, The Hedgehogs, The Shower Tubes, Net of Balls, Erecting the Antenna, The Money Trail, The Leaking Tarpaulin, Conjoined Clowns and Pedal Power (Jeu Handicap);
Jokers: Playing Cards.

Game Results and Standings

Games

Team / Colour

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Points Scored
(Joker games shown in red)
B 2 3 5 10 3 1 1 1 5 4

CH

1

1

2

1

1

6

2

4

8

5

D

4

6

6

6

6

4

6

5

4

6

F

3

4

4

2

4

12

4

2

1

3

GB

6

5

1

6

2

4

6

12

2

2

I 6 1 3 8 5 4 3 3 6 1
Running Totals
(Leading teams shown in red)
B 2 5 10 20 23 24 25 26 31 35

CH

1

2

4

5

6

12

14

18

26

31

D

4

10

16

22

28

32

37

42

46

52

F

3

7

11

13

17

29

33

35

36

39

GB

6

11

12

18

20

24

30

42

44

46

I 6 7 10 18 23 27 30 33 39 40

Result

 Team

Points

Final Scoreboard

1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th

 D • Inzell l
 GB • Worthing
l
 I • Alghero (Sardegna)
 F • Cancale
 B • Bastogne
 CH • Neuchâtel

52
46
40
39
35
31

The Host Town

Schwäbisch Hall, West Germany

The venue for this heat, Schwäbisch Hall’s market place, was one of the most unusual the programme had visited in that the market place is built on an incline. Therefore, with the exception of two games which were played on the only level area of the market-place, the games were designed to be played uphill or downhill dependant on the direction the game.

Presenters, Officials and Production Team

Guido Pancaldi was unable to attend this heat because of a family bereavement back in Italy, and consequently Gennaro Olivieri carried on as the sole main referee.

Additional Information

This additional German heat was added to compensate for the cancellation of the planned first heat in France, which was to have featured these teams.

The only disappointing aspect of this heat was the quality of the games, which were somewhat inferior to those seen in the other West German heat the previous week, resembling the type of games used in British Domestic heats. It is quite possible that this was due to the heat having been staged at short notice, the extra costs to ARD-WDR’s budget and the location’s limited space and accessibility.

Before the final game, West German presenter Camillo Felgen explained to the television viewers that due to an abandoned game at Harrogate, the current West German team qualifying for the International Final was Osterholz-Scharmbeck with 47pts. At the end of the competition, boos and whistles were heard when he explained to the home crowd that although Inzell had won the heat with 52pts they would not be going to the Final because their average points score was just short of that of Osterholz-Scharmbeck (see Heat 4 above for further detail).

Made in B/W • This programme does not exist in the BBC Archives
Exists in European archives

 

Teams Qualifying for International Final

Country

 Team Qualifying Heat Position Points
B  Bressoux 3 I 1 50

CH

 Stans

4 GB 2 40

D

 Osterholz-Scharmbeck

4 GB 1 47
F  Vannes 4 GB 3 38

GB

 Worthing

6 D 2 46
I  Terracina 2 B 1 51
 

B

Jeux Sans Frontières 1968

International Final

Event Staged: Wednesday 11th September 1968
Venue: Grand-Place, Bruxelles/Brussel, Belgium

European Transmissions (Local Timings):
RTB (B):
Wednesday 11th September 1968, 9.00-10.30pm (Live)
ARD-WDR (D):
Wednesday 11th September 1968, 9.05-10.20pm (Live)
BBC1 (GB):
Friday 13th September 1968, 9.05-10.20pm
RAI Due (I):
Friday 13th September 1968
ORTF (F): Not transmitted

Winners' Trophy presented by: Lucien Cooremans, Mayor of Bruxelles/Brussel

Theme: Finale Fun and Games

Teams: Bressoux (B) v. Stans (CH) v. Osterholz-Scharmbeck (D) v.
Vannes (F) v. Worthing (GB) v. Terracina (I)

Team Members included:
Osterholz-Scharmbeck (D) -
Heinrich Hallfeldt (Co-Team Coach), Karl-Wilhelm Herlinghaus (Co-Team Coach), Hans Lucht (Co-Team Coach);
Worthing (GB) - Michael Coates, John Monger and John Press;
Terracina (I) -
Pietro Tomeucci (Men’s Team Coach), Velia Vella (Women’s Team Coach), Giovanni Bellini, Flora Belotti, Bruna Bianconi, Pierfederica Bizzarri, Piergiorgio Botoni, Giancarla Calerio, Nicola Caltagirone, Francesco Camilli, Alfonso Castelli, Domenico Centurione, Carlo Comelli, Katia Cotella, Guido de Plazer, Patrizia d’Onofrio, Carlo Fazi, Carlo Ferruti, Maria-Grazia Forte, Benedetto Fromone, Maria Garzato, Pietro Grugni, Giancarlo Leopardi, Laura Lombardi, Maurizio Mauri, Claudia Millo, Vittorio Palmadessa, Alessandro Rizzuti, Carmelo Saccà, Maria Stavola, Vincenzo Viaggini, Francesco Viarengo.

Games: Balloon Carousel (abandoned), Spinning Hoop-la, Boot Football, Pirate Trapeze, Bonnie and Clyde, Musical Waitresses, The Spider's Legs and Relay Race (Jeu Handicap);
Fil Rouge: The Telephone Dial;
Jokers: Small Joker Playing Cards.

Game Results and Standings

Games

Team / Colour

1 2 3 4 5 6 FR 7 8
Points Scored
(Joker games shown in red)
B

Game void

2 6 4 1 2 4 4 4

CH

6

4

4

4

4

8

6

3

D

5

4

6

3

12

5

5

1

F

10

6

3

2

3

6

1

2

GB

5

1

5

5

5

2

4

5

I 2 4 1 6 1 1 3 6
Running Totals
(Leading teams shown in red)
B 0 2 8 12 13 15 19 23 27

CH

0

6

10

14

18

22

30

36

39

D

0

5

9

15

18

30

35

40

41

F

0

10

16

19

21

24

30

31

33

GB

0

5

6

11

16

21

23

27

32

I 0 2 6 7 13 14 15 18 24

Result

 Team

Points

Final Scoreboard

1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th

 D • Osterholz-Scharmbeck l
 CH • Stans
l
 F • Vannes
l
 GB • Worthing
 B • Bressoux
 I • Terracina

41
39
33
32
27
24

The Games in Detail

Game 1 - Balloon Carousel

Just like Game 6 in International Heat 4, the first game of the night - 'Balloon Carousel' - had to be abandoned after the first round due to mechanical failure and again no reserve game was played. However, whereas before the number of games / points available needed to be equal for parity of qualification for the International Final, it had no bearing in the Final as all teams still played the same number of games. Therefore, no points were awarded for the abandoned game. The Italian team had played their Joker on this game and (as in International Heat 4) were told they would be permitted to choose another game to play it on. The team opted for Game 3 because it was the only other one the team felt particularly confident about, but unfortunately they finished 5th on the game and therefore only scored 4pts on their Joker.


Game 8 - Relay Race

West German team Osterholz-Scharmbeck were leading Switzerland by 4pts before the last game - 'Relay Race' - and needed only a 5th place finish on the game to win the Golden Trophy. However, the West Germans finished in last place on the game scoring a single point rather than the two they needed. However, their Swiss rivals failed to take advantage of this and could only finish in 4th place, leaving them two points short of Osterholz-Scharmbeck's final score.

Returning Teams and Competitors

The teams from Stans (CH), Osterholz-Scharmbeck (D) and Vannes (F) had all qualified for the Final from International Heat 4 at Harrogate, Great Britain. By coincidence, these three teams finished in the Final in the exact positions as they had finished in that heat!

Additional Information

Whilst all the qualifying heats comprised of ten games in total, the International Final was played out over just nine games as it was in 1967 (although for the 1968 Final, one of those games was a Fil Rouge), and just like the previous two International Heats there was no Jeu Divisée in the Final. With the abandonment of the first game, there were just eight games in which the teams could score.

This year saw West German teams win four International Heats and the International Final - the third West German Gold Trophy win in as many years. The remaining two heats (won by Italian and Belgian teams) ended with the German teams in 2nd place. Dropping just two positions from achieving a clean sweep of seven wins, this goes down in the record books as the most successful performance in one year by any country in the whole thirty year history of Jeux Sans Frontières.

Made in B/W • A French-language version exists at RTB, Belgium, a DVD copy of which now resides in the BBC Archives

 

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