Jeux Sans Frontières 1973

Entrants 1973: Belgium (B) • Switzerland (CH) • West Germany (D) •
France (F) • Great Britain (GB) • Italy (I) • Netherlands (NL) 

Presenters of International Heats / Commentators:
Paule Herreman (RTB - B)
Jan Theys and Willy Delabastita (BRT - B)
Jan Hiermeyer (SSR - CH)
Georges Kleinmann (SRG - CH)
Mascia Cantoni and Ezio Guidi (TSI - CH)
Renata Calani, Camillo Felgen, Hartmut Brühl and Erhard Keller (ARD-WDR - D)
Guy Lux, Simone Garnier and Claude Savarit (ORTF - F)
Stuart Hall and Eddie Waring (BBC - GB)
Rosanna Vaudetti and Giulio Marchetti (RAI - I)
Barend Barendse and Dick Passchier (NCRV - NL)

International Referees: Gennaro Olivieri, Guido Pancaldi
Referee (BBC):
Arthur Ellis

Designer (BBC): Stuart Furber

National Producers:
Pierre Chevreuille, Diane Lange and André Lange (RTB - B)
Jef Savenberg, Els Goethals and Herman Verelst (BRT - B)
Jean-Luc Balmer (SSR - CH)
Marius Berger (SRG - CH)
Sandro Bertossa, Sergio Cavaglieri and Carlo Piccardi (TSI - CH)
Marita Theile (ARD-WDR - D)
Guy Lux, Claude Savarit and Roger Lago (ORTF - F)
Barney Colehan (BBC - GB)
Luciano Gigante (RAI - I)
Piet Hooy, Dick Van't Sant and Wim van Schaik (NCRV - NL)

National Directors:
Lode Hendrickx (BRT - B)
Marco Blaser (TSI - CH)
Günther Hassert (ARD-WDR - D)
Claude Fayard and Georges Barrier (ORTF - F)
Bill Taylor (BBC - GB)
Luigi Turolla (RAI - I)
Wim van Schaik (NCRV - NL)

Director: Bill Taylor
Produced by RTB-BRT (B), SSR-SRG-TSI (CH), ARD-WDR (D), 
ORTF (F), BBC North West (GB), RAI (I), NCRV (NL)

 

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)

I

Jeux Sans Frontières 1973

Heat 1

Event Staged: Wednesday 6th June 1973
Venue: La Spiaggia di Velluto (The Velvet Beach),
Lungomare Alighieri (Alighieri Waterfront), Senigallia, Italy

European Transmissions (Local Timings):
BRT (B):
Wednesday 6th June 1973, 9.20-10.25pm (Live)
RTB (B): Wednesday 6th June 1973, 9.05-10.15pm (Live)
SSR (CH-French):
Wednesday 6th June 1973, 9.05-10.25pm (Live)
TSI (CH-Italian):
Wednesday 6th June 1973, 9.05-10.20pm (Live)
SRG (CH-German):
Wednesday 6th June 1973, 9.05-10.25pm (Live)
ARD-WDR (D):
Wednesday 6th June 1973, 9.05-10.50pm (Live)
NCRV (NL): Wednesday 6th June 1973, 9.05-10.20pm (Live)

RAI Due (I): Thursday 7th June 1973

ORTF 2 (F): Saturday 30th June 1973 (1st)
BBC1 (GB):
Friday 27th July 1973, 7.45-9.00pm

Theme: Around the World in 80 Days

Teams: Seraing (B) v. Fontainemelon (CH) v. Alzey (D) v.
Moëlan-sur-Mer (F) v. Bicester (GB) v. Senigallia (I) v. Raalte (NL)

Team Members included:
Alzey (D) -
Enrico Schpärmann;
Bicester (GB) -
Robert Tedder (Team Manager), Roy Hutton (Team Trainer), Mike Swann (Team Adviser), Carol Baber, Michael Barlow, Peter Barrett, Nina Cartwright, Jennifer Clay, Chris Coleman, Carol Day, Kathy Goodwin, David Grove, Thomas Jones, Stephen Kinchin, Margaret Leitch, Bjorn Massey, Stephen Poulter, Geoff Redhead, Jean Seth, Michael Siggers, Hilary Vallender, Robert Wachowski, David Waller, Christine Ward;
Senigallia (I) - Brunello Raffone (Co-Team Coach), Carlo Travaglini (Co-Team Coach), Maurizio Alessandroni, Stefano Belucci, Gennaro Berardi, Loretta Carletti, Lorenzo Cerlini, Corseo Corsaletti, Franco Curzi, Roberto degli Emili, Anna Frumenzi, Fabio Frumenzi, Daniela Giombi, Annamaria Giulietti, Roberto Irbetti, Renzo Mandolini, Sisto Marcantognini, Loredana Paparelli, Lorenzo Piccinini, Giuliana Portavia, Alfonso Roncarati, Renzo Sartini, Gianluigi Siboni and Athos Zanzani.

Games: Lumberjacks and Bears, Taming the Bull, The Sultan's Treasure, The Giant Snowballs, Eskimos and Fish, The Archaeologists, The Plate Spinners, Samurais and the Dragon;
Fil Rouge: The Cosmonauts.

Game Results and Standings

Games

Team / Colour

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

CH

5 1 --- 10 6 1 6 4 3

D

1 1 3 --- 6 6 4 4 1
F 1 1 3 2 --- 10 1 1 4

GB

1 2 5 1 6 --- 4 5 7
I 6 1 6 12 2 6 --- 1 3
NL --- 1 5 3 6 4 12 7 5
Running Totals
(Leading teams shown in red)
B 4 4 5 9 10 14 16 22 29

CH

5 6 6 16 22 23 29 33 36

D

1 2 5 5 11 17 21 25 26
F 1 2 5 7 7 17 18 19 23

GB

1 3 8 9 15 15 19 24 31
I 6 7 13 25 27 33 33 34 37
NL 0 1 6 9 15 19 31 38 43

Result

 Team

Points

Final Scoreboard

1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th
7th

 NL • Raalte l
 I • Senigallia
l
 CH • Fontainemelon
 GB • Bicester
 B • Seraing
 D • Alzey
 F • Moëlan-sur-Mer

43
37
36
31
29
26
23

The Venue

Senigallia, Italy

This heat in Senigallia was held on the beautiful Velvet Beach (so called due to the sand’s incredible softness), which is situated along the Alighieri promenade next to the Rotonda pier. Despite there being no daily tides in the Adriatic Sea (part of the Mediterranean Sea), the producers used a very small area of the beach to erect the games and viewing platforms. This made the games appear to be somewhat sub-standard for an Italian International Heat, with most of the games being basic, without any of the normal flair and colour associated with the country’s output.

The Games in Detail

Game 2 - Taming the Bull

The second game in this heat - ‘Taming the Bull’ - which has been shown in many retrospective compilations over the years, involved a large bull being pushed along a course by five opposing team members. At a given point, the other competing team member had to mount the moving bull and stop it before it reached the end of the course. In order to do this, he had to lift the bull’s head up by means of its horns - and this was supposed to bring the bull to a halt. If he was unable to do this, he was tossed into a pool when the bull reached the end of the course. The game did not perform as well as the designers had hoped, with none of the competitors able to stop the bull, despite having two attempts each. The game even suffered a mechanical defect halfway through and a spare bull had to be brought in to replace it. The consequence of none of the teams being able to score created a unique result for Jeux Sans Frontières. Gennaro Olivieri delivered the results by stating that although all the teams had finished the game equal, none had been able to score therefore all teams would be awarded 0:00. This meant that this game had no winner and all teams were awarded 1 pt each - the only time this had ever happened in the programme. A similar incident had happened in 1972 when the British team of Lincoln were the only scoring team in one of the games in their heat and they were awarded 6 pts whilst their five opponents score a solitary point each. The 'no score' on Game 2 was particularly bad news for the British team of Bicester, who had played their Joker on this game and consequently only scored 2pts out of a possible 12. Having scored just 1 pt in the first game, this result had almost sealed their fate and the possibility of a win was virtually impossible.

Additional Information

The games in this heat were based on different countries visited by Phileas Fogg on his global journey in Jules Verne's adventure novel, Around the World in Eighty Days (1873). The nine games were representative of the following countries respectively - Canada, the United States of America, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Greenland, Egypt, China, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and Japan.

Dutch team, Raalte made an incredible comeback to win this heat. Having scored just nine points from the first four games, the team scored their remaining 34 pts from the final five games to overhaul the Italians. However, the Italians did not do themselves any favours either. Setting off at an incredible pace by winning four out of the first six games, the team floundered on the other four games by being placed last in two games and fifth place in the other two!

As had been the case in International Heat 6 of 1972, the on-screen scoreboard in this heat was also displayed in black and white whilst the on-site scoreboard was seen in its normal blue colour.

The final scoreboard as seen on screen failed to show the points awarded to Belgian team, Seraing and update the scores for the West German and British teams of Alzey and Bicester after the final game. We have corrected the scoreboard above to take account of this.

Made in Colour • This programme does not exist in the BBC Archives
Exists in European archives

 

CH

Jeux Sans Frontières 1973

Heat 2

Event Staged: Wednesday 20th June 1973
Venue: Piazza Collegiata, Piazza Nosetta e Municipio
(Collegiate Square, Nosetta Square and Town Hall), Bellinzona, Switzerland

European Transmissions (Local Timings):
BRT (B):
Wednesday 20th June 1973, 9.05-10.30pm (Live)
RTB (B): Wednesday 20th June 1973, 9.05-10.30pm (Live)
SSR (CH-French):
Wednesday 20th June 1973, 9.05-10.25pm (Live)
TSI (CH-Italian):
Wednesday 20th June 1973, 9.05-10.20pm (Live)
SRG (CH-German):
Wednesday 20th June 1973, 9.05-10.25pm (Live)
NCRV (NL):
Wednesday 20th June 1973, 8.55-10.25pm (Live)
ARD-WDR (D):
Wednesday 20th June 1973, 9.05-10.30pm (Live)
RAI Due (I): Thursday 21st June 1973
ORTF 2 (F):
Saturday 14th July 1973 (3rd)
BBC1 (GB):
Friday 3rd August 1973, 7.45-9.00pm

Theme: Market Traders of the Middle Ages

Teams: Herentals (B) v. Bellinzona (CH) v. Ansbach (D) v.
Bagnères-de-Bigorre (F) v. Manchester (GB) v. Matera (I) v. Hoogeveen (NL)

Team Members included:
Ansbach (D) - Horst Goppelt;
Manchester (GB) -
John Krizak;
Hoogeveen (NL) -
Gerrit Nienhuis (Team Captain), Jannie van Wezel-Duhoux (Team Coach), Klaske Bakker, Alie Breukers-Dijkstra, Aly Kerssies, Henny Kleinman, Anneke Seinen van der Kolk, Koosje Stoter, Hilly Lip, Jan Beumer, Rieks Bos, Raoel Coppens, Johann Dornbos, Ever Everts, Look Haandrikman, Johan Prins, Reinder Strijker, Bert Sehotenboer, Johnny Wildeboer

Games: Unrolling the Silk, The Golden Geese, Hurling the Fish, The Water Melons, Vegetable Football, Wrapping the Sweets, Mouse and Cheese and The Plant Growers;
Fil Rouge: The Endless Fountain;
Jokers: House of Visconti Coats of Arms.

Game Results and Standings

Games

Team / Colour

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

CH

2 5 3 4 3 3 --- 7 1

D

--- 6 8 4 1 5 2 4 2
F 2 --- 3 1 6 4 1 2 3

GB

10 2 --- 4 5 6 5 7 5
I 3 1 5 --- 4 8 3 3 4
NL 6 3 6 6 --- 1 12 5 6
Running Totals
(Leading teams shown in red)
B 4 8 11 16 18 18 26 28 35

CH

2 7 10 14 17 20 20 27 28

D

0 6 14 18 19 24 26 30 32
F 2 2 5 6 12 16 17 19 22

GB

10 12 12 16 21 27 32 39 44
I 3 4 9 9 13 21 24 27 31
NL 6 9 15 21 21 22 34 39 45

Result

 Team

Points

Final Scoreboard

1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th
7th

 NL • Hoogeveen l
 GB • Manchester
 B • Herentals
 D • Ansbach
 I • Matera
 CH • Bellinzona
 F • Bagnères-de-Bigorre

45
44
35
32
31
28
22

The Venue

Bellinzona, Switzerland

This was quite a unique heat as the games were held in three different locations in the town of Bellinzona. Although all close to each other, the majority of the games took place in Piazza Collegiata, Games 3 and 7 in Piazza Nosetta and the Fil Rouge being held inside the Town Hall courtyard.

Presenters, Officials and Production Team

When the teams were introduced at the beginning of the heat, West German commentator Camillo Felgen introduced the British team as the home of Manchester City and Manchester United. The latter football club was mentioned throughout the night whenever he and Renata Calani spoke of the British Jeux Sans Frontières team.

Returning Teams and Competitors

After Swiss team, Bellinzona’s second disastrous appearance in the programme (the team had participated in 1968 and had also finished in the bottom two places), Swiss TV executives changed their rules so as to prevent teams from participating more than once. This decision was reversed in 1977.

Looks Familiar?

The Fil Rouge - 'The Endless Fountain' - was played again in a similar fashion in Heat 3 of Jeux Sans Frontières 1999, once again as the Fil Rouge.

Additional Information

The heat was beleaguered by the torrential rain from start to finish and it hampered the contestants on most of the games as rehearsals had all been held in the dry.

The theme of the night was 'Market Traders of the Middle Ages' and each game was meant to represent a market stall which would have been found during the period 400-1500. The nine traders represented by the games were silk merchants, poultry sellers, fish merchants, fruit sellers, vegetable sellers, confectioners, cheese sellers, wine sellers and florists respectively.

As in the first heat of this year, the scoreboard in Piazza Collegiata was the normal blue, but the on-screen one in this heat was a lurid orange-red!

After Game 6 when the scores were announced, the scoreboard operators got the allocation of points completely wrong. Great Britain having won the game were announced as scoring 6 pts but inadvertently the French were awarded 15 pts giving them a total of 27 pts (which should have been the British score) and the British were given none. As the points continued to be awarded, the French were then given the correct score of 4 pts (2 pts doubled with the Joker) and their score was reduced to the correct total of 16 pts. Although the British score had not been changed, as the placings on the left-hand side of the scoreboard were displayed, it showed them in 1st place with 21 pts and West Germany in 2nd place with 24 pts. After the next round of the Fil Rouge, Swiss host Ezio Guido announced that Great Britain’s score should be 27 pts and the scoreboard was changed.

This heat was a two-way battle between British team, Manchester and Dutch team, Hoogeveen. Changing positions throughout the night, both teams went into the final game with 39 pts each. However, finishing the game just a few seconds ahead of the British, Hoogeveen came second on the final game and clinched victory for the Dutch, their second consecutive win.

Despite winning this heat, Dutch team Hoogeveen had to wait to see if they were to qualify for the International Final until the very last game of International Heat 7. National rivals Heusden-Altena were leading with 41 pts before the last game of Heat 7 and had already secured victory. They needed to score 5 pts or more to pip Hoogeveen and qualify for the International Final. The team secured 2nd place on the game and the Hoogeveen team lost out at the last minute on that coveted place in the Final!

Made in Colour • This programme does not exist in the BBC Archives
Exists in European archives

 

F

Jeux Sans Frontières 1973

Heat 3

Event Staged: Wednesday 4th July 1973
Venue: Cloître Notre Dame (Cloister of Our Lady),
Cathédrale de Chartres (Chartres Cathedral), Chartres, France

European Transmissions (Local Timings):
BRT (B):
Wednesday 4th July 1973, 9.05-10.30pm (Live)
RTB (B): Wednesday 4th July 1973, 9.05-10.30pm (Live)
SSR (CH-French):
Wednesday 4th July 1973, 9.05-10.30pm (Live)
TSI (CH-Italian):
Wednesday 4th July 1973, 9.05-10.20pm (Live)
SRG (CH-German):
Wednesday 4th July 1973, 9.05-10.25pm (Live)
ARD-WDR (D):
Wednesday 4th July 1973, 9.05-10.30pm (Live)
NCRV (NL): Wednesday 4th July 1973, 9.05-10.20pm (Live)

RAI Due (I): Thursday 5th July 1973

ORTF 2 (F): Saturday 7th July 1973 (2nd)
BBC1 (GB):
Friday 10th August 1973, 7.45-9.00pm

Theme: The History of Chartres Cathedral

Teams: Ieper (B) v. Engelberg (CH) v. Hof (D) v. Chartres (F) v.
Peebles (GB) v. Cantù (I) v. Zandvoort (NL)

Team Members included:
Ieper (B) -
Dirk Beligne and Georges Mibeck;
Chartres (F) - Dominic Lesfours;
Peebles (GB) -
Ian Weir (Team Captain);
Zandvoort (NL) -
Wim Buchel Sr. (Team Coach), Fekke Boukes, Dick van der Nulft and Dries Zonneveld.

Games: The Clothes Do Not Make the Monk, The Betrothed of the Tower, Vice and Virtue, The Tailors' Beams, The Lazy Kings, The Bell Ringers, The Archers and the Elephants and The Race of the Gargoyles;
Fil Rouge: The Stone Masons.
Jokers: Pictures of Chartres Cathedral.

Game Results and Standings

Games

Team / Colour

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

CH

6 5 5 12 --- 1 1 3 3

D

2 4 6 2 2 --- 4 2 7
F 10 1 1 3 6 5 --- 7 7

GB

--- 4 4 1 5 4 4 5 3
I 4 --- 3 8 1 6 6 4 3
NL 3 3 --- 5 6 4 4 1 7
Running Totals
(Leading teams shown in red)
B 1 13 16 16 20 22 28 35 42

CH

6 11 16 28 28 29 30 33 36

D

2 6 12 14 16 16 20 22 29
F 10 11 12 15 21 26 26 33 40

GB

0 4 8 9 14 18 22 27 30
I 4 4 7 15 16 22 28 32 35
NL 3 6 6 11 17 21 25 26 33

Result

 Team

Points

Final Scoreboard

1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th
7th

 B • Ieper l l
 F • Chartres
l
 CH • Engelberg
 I • Cantù
 NL • Zandvoort
 GB • Peebles
 D • Hof

42
40
36
35
33
30
29

The Venue

Cathédrale de Chartres

 

As the production team set the games up for this JSF event,
it is abundantly clear just how small a space this International Heat was staged in!

 

The Games in Detail

Game 7 - The Archers and the Elephants

Game 7 - 'The Archers and the Elephants' - was divided into two distinct parts. At the start of the game, boys on the ramparts of the castle had to lower down a drawbridge by means of a rolling chain, which when lowered to its horizontal angle and pressed down onto a large balloon which burst - at which point the time was taken. The second part of the game involved the six girl team-mates atop an enormous elephant, who had to fire arrows into a large circular target above their individual drawbridge entrances. After each girl had fired her arrows, the elephant was moved along to the next drawbridge entrance. However, the time given to the girls to fire the arrows was dependant on the time taken by her team-mate to lower the drawbridge. The time limit for both parts of the game was just 1 minute, so if the boy had taken 35 seconds to lower his drawbridge, then the girl only had 25 seconds to aim arrows at the targets. The points awarded on the game were dependant on the number of arrows hitting the targets. The Great Britain team from Peebles saved their Joker until this game but could only hit the target with two arrows, which in turn gave the team just 4 points for their Joker!

Additional Information

The Belgian team of Ieper won the last two games and the Fil Rouge (a total of 20pts) to give it victory on the night, but not to be outdone, French team Chartres also won the Fil Rouge and the final game. In fact, the final game saw four teams score 7 pts each and three teams score 3 pts each, an occurrence which had never happened before and has never happened since!

Made in Colour • This programme exists in the BBC Archives
Exists in European archives

 

NL

Jeux Sans Frontières 1973

Heat 4

Event Staged: Wednesday 18th July 1973
Venue: Markt, Arnhem, Netherlands

European Transmissions (Local Timings):
BRT (B):
Wednesday 18th July 1973, 9.05-10.30pm (Live)
RTB (B): Wednesday 18th July 1973, 9.05-10.30pm (Live)
SSR (CH-French):
Wednesday 18th July 1973, 9.05-10.30pm (Live)
TSI (CH-Italian):
Wednesday 18th July 1973, 9.05-10.25pm (Live)
SRG (CH-German):
Wednesday 18th July 1973, 9.05-10.25pm (Live)
ARD-WDR (D):
Wednesday 18th July 1973, 9.05-10.30pm (Live)
NCRV (NL): Wednesday 18th July 1973, 9.05-10.20pm (Live)

RAI Due (I): Friday 20th July 1973
ORTF 2 (F):
Saturday 21st July 1973 (4th)
BBC1 (GB):
Friday 17th August 1973, 7.45-9.00pm

Theme: Holidays

Teams: Arlon (B) v. Châtillon (CH) v. Meinerzhagen (D) v. Guingamp (F) v.
Ely (GB) v. San Vito al Tagliamento (I) v. Ten Boer (NL)

Team Members included:
Arlon (B) - Jean-Paul Goudert;
Châtillon (CH) - Jean-Luc Cerey and Roland Eschmann;
Meinerzhagen (D) - Klaus Guthof (Co-Team Coach), Walter Haverkamp (Co-Team Coach), Martina Bockholt, Helga Braun, Peter Bundle, Reinhard Busch, Karin Erbe, Gundel Fastenrath, Joachim Gabriel, Eva Hake, Angelika Hegemann, Hans-Dieter Hoffmann, Christa Hohage, Harald Kessler, Rolf Kintea, Ingo Knothe, Rüdiger Kolb, Volker Noetzelmann, Helmut Rüßmann, Wolfgang Wilhelm, Herbert Wolff;
Ely (GB) - David Cornwell (Team Manager), Bill Oughton (Team Coach), Mike Hoare (Team Coach), Jean Milne, Lydia Scott, Pete Wilson, Lynne Tanner, Kevin Brown, Tony Fell, Mike Goddard, Martin Evans, John Grafik, David Muncey, Mike Wilkin, Colin Carter, Colin Bent, Linda Goodwin, Mike Hardy, Robert Harwood, David Allen, Barry Elsden, Ian Rodger, Kevin Russell, Janis Carter, Bruce Smith, Sharon Gillies, Pauline Jaggard, Jenny Linney, Pat Cuthbert, Elaine Munro, Maureen Sulman and Jackie Bradford;
Ten Boer (NL) - Jannes Nijboer (Team Captain), Harm Jan Havinga (Team Coach), Gerda Olthof, Janny van Kampen, Marga Pit, Elly van Dijken, Anneke Moesker-Vos, Greet van Dijken-Klok, Froukje Havinga, Jan de Vries, Jaap Koenes, Henk Reinders, Klaas Sminia, Gerard van der Deen, Beanie van Huis, Luppo Dubben, Tinus Werkman, Enne Huinenga.

Games: Travelling to the Hotel, The Beach Showers, Mini-Bikes and Carpets, Gathering the Edelweiss, Passing the Beach Ball, The Bucking Bronco, The Shower Cubicles and The Group of Hikers;
Fil Rouge: Beach Hoop-la;
Jokers: Giant Ice-Cream Cornets.

Game Results and Standings

Games

Team / Colour

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

CH

3 --- 4 3 5 5 12 1 5

D

6 10 --- 1 6 5 4 3 3
F 5 1 3 --- 2 10 1 5 1

GB

8 6 5 2 --- 5 5 6 4
I 1 2 3 6 5 --- 8 5 6
NL 6 5 1 5 1 5 --- 7 7
Running Totals
(Leading teams shown in red)
B 0 3 9 13 19 25 27 28 30

CH

3 3 7 10 15 20 32 33 38

D

6 16 16 17 23 28 32 35 38
F 5 6 9 9 11 21 22 27 28

GB

8 14 19 21 21 26 31 37 41
I 1 3 6 12 17 17 25 30 36
NL 6 11 12 17 18 23 23 30 37

Result

 Team

Points

Final Scoreboard

1st
2nd
2nd
4th
5th
6th
7th

 GB • Ely l l
 CH • Châtillon
l
 D • Meinerzhagen
 NL • Ten Boer
 I • San Vito al Tagliamento
 B • Arlon
 F • Guingamp

41
38
38
37
36
30
28

The Venue

Arnhem, Netherlands

This heat was held in the Arnhem’s Market Square located behind the famous St. Eusebio’s Cathedral which was severely damaged during World War II, and just 100 metres from Memorial Place and the famous Arnhem Bridge (now called the John Frost Brug - after the British commander of the troops) which was featured in director Richard Attenborough’s epic war film, A Bridge Too Far.

After the opening credits of this heat, the introductory film of Arnhem was shown to the music of Those Lazy Hazy Days of Summer and ended with the logo 'Arnhem - The City of Holidays'.

The Games in Detail

Game 1 - Travelling to the Hotel

Although this was British team Ely’s night, the team nearly blew their chances of winning. Playing their Joker on the opening game - ‘Travelling to the Hotel’ - the team had a false start and had to recompose themselves. The game itself involved two male competitors with six suitcases which had to be placed onto the roof-rack of a large sponge car. The competitors then had to get inside it and drive ‘Flintstones’ style with their feet. As the team loaded the cases on the car, they inadvertently forgot one which was in front of the car. They set off without it but fortunately, and unknowingly, pushed the case with the front of the car until the case went underneath and appeared inside the car. The team stopped immediately and placed the case on the roof. Although this lost them valuable seconds, the referees did not penalise the team. In the meantime, the Dutch and Italians were having difficulty ‘driving’ their cars up the slippery slope to the hotel's entrance, and this permitted the Ely team to recover and finish the game in front of both of them. However, although the team could only muster 8 pts with their Joker, British hearts had slight palpitations when they realised that it could have been a lot worse!


Game 4 - Gathering the Edelweiss

The fourth game - 'Gathering the Edelweiss' - involved six hikers having to mount a large airbed representing a mountain. They had to climb to the top to retrieve a large edelweiss flower from the seat of a chair-lift hanging above the ‘mountain’. This was an elimination race and, at the start, there were five flowers hanging from the seat. However, when all the six teams came down to the rostrum, they all had a flower, or that’s how it seemed. However, referee Gennaro Olivieri explained that the Italian and West German competitors had both grabbed the same flower and had ‘half a flower’ each. An extra run had to be played to decide the sixth-placed team on the game.


Game 5 - Passing the Beach Ball

Game 5 - 'Passing the Beach Ball' - produced a somewhat unique situation. The idea of the game was that a competitor had elongated arms (like stilt-walkers have legs) and they had to pick up a ball between the hands and pass it to a team-mate behind them who passed it to the next until the sixth competitor placed it in another basket at the other end of the course. French team, Guingamp had started to play the game, but after almost forty seconds, referee Guido Pancaldi blew the whistle to stop the game and requested that a new basket be brought in with more beach-balls in it. Watching the replay, it can be seen that the reason for this was that the starting basket had not been placed close enough to the first player and there were not enough balls inside it to enable the player to pick them up.


Game 6 - The Bucking Bronco

One of the quickest games to be played in Jeux Sans Frontières occurred on Game 6 - ‘The Bucking Bronco’ (which perhaps should have been called ‘The Bronco Dip’!) and involved a competitor dressed as a cowboy sitting on a rodeo horse mounted above a pool. On the whistle, opposing players released the horse and the idea was that the cowboy had to hold his ‘bucking’ position on the horse, without falling off. However, the drop down appeared too steep and only the Belgian competitor was able to survive longer than a quite pathetic two seconds. Whilst he scored 6 pts, all the other teams were awarded 5 pts each and, with the French having played their Joker, it secured them a very lucky 10 pts.


Game 7 - The Shower Cubicles

At the start of Game 7 - 'The Shower Cubicles' - it was still an open contest with any of the teams having the possibility of winning the heat. Switzerland and Italy produced their Jokers and a win by either of them would firmly put them in the running for victory. The idea of the game was that a man and woman from each team had to pump water into a bucket above their heads from a large tap. Once the bucket had sufficient water in it, they had to run halfway up the course and pour the water into a second bucket which was placed on the head of another of their team-mates. This competitor then had to run the other half of the course, climb a ladder and pour the water collected into a tank placed above a shower cubicle, and the game was repeated. After a designated amount of water had been placed in the tank, the pressure would release the door of the cubicle and all four members of the team had to race down the course, get inside and close the door. British team, Ely appeared to have collected a lot of water, but the door would not open. Their two opponents finished well ahead of them, and it seemed that the team had finished in last place. However, Gennaro explained that there was a problem with the door mechanism and both Ely and Swiss team, Châtillon (which had used the same lane in the previous heat of the game, would be given a re-run using the outside lanes. This proved beneficial to both teams as the Swiss finished the game with the best time and secured 12 pts and the British achieved the second fastest time.


Game 8 - The Group of Hikers

Before the final game, Great Britain was leading West Germany by 2 pts and the Swiss by 4 pts and the Ely team needed to finish in the top three places on the game to guarantee victory. This remained the case after the first round with the elimination of Belgium and France, but in the second round with both West Germany and Britain being eliminated in fifth and fourth places respectively, victory was Ely’s, because the Swiss could then only mathematically score 40 pts.

Additional Information

When the teams entered the Market Square through the Albert Picasa, a memorial arch at the south-west corner of the market square, the music played was When the Saints Go Marching On. Both pieces of music were played by the Crescent City Jazz Band from Helmond, which played music throughout all the games.

The scoreboard suffered a glitch after awarding Italy’s points following the Fil Rouge result. Instead of adding 5 pts to the score, it deducted all their score to show zero points (in reality it was 30 pts), but as the current positions were displayed the team’s correct position was shown!

As the credits rolled at the end of the contest, three Dutch street artists, using the jazz band’s music, mimed a barrel organ complete with wind-up mechanism, robotic movements, clogs and hammers. Quite impressive!

The Swiss team of Châtillon became the smallest town or village ever to participate in the programme, with a population of a mere 350 people!

All the props and banners for this International Heat were made in Hilversum.

Made in Colour • This programme does not exist in the BBC Archives
Exists in European archives

 

GB

Jeux Sans Frontières 1973

Heat 5

Event Staged: Wednesday 1st August 1973
Venue: Durdham Down, Clifton, Bristol, Great Britain

European Transmissions (Local Timings):
BRT (B):
Wednesday 1st August 1973, 9.05-10.30pm (Live)
RTB (B): Wednesday 1st August 1973, 9.05-10.30pm (Live)
SSR (CH-French):
Wednesday 1st August 1973, 9.05-10.30pm (Live)
TSI (CH-Italian):
Wednesday 1st August 1973, 9.05-10.20pm (Live)
SRG (CH-German):
Wednesday 1st August 1973, 9.05-10.25pm (Live)
ARD-WDR (D):
Wednesday 1st August 1973, 9.05-10.50pm (Live)
NCRV (NL): Wednesday 1st August 1973, 9.05-10.25pm (Live)

RAI Due (I): Thursday 2nd August 1973
BBC1 (GB):
Friday 24th August 1973, 7.45-9.00pm
ORTF 2 (F): Saturday 25th August 1973 (5th)

Theme: A Medieval Tournament

Teams: Koekelberg (B) v. Sargans (CH) v. Marburg an der Lahn (D) v. Cognac (F) v.
Blyth (GB) v.
Chieri (I) v. Kapelle (Zuid Beveland) (NL)

Team Members included:
Koekelberg (B) -
Yves Cabiere;
Sargans (CH) -
Patrice Capell;
Marburg an der Lahn (D) - Ulrich Becker, Karl Finger, Reiner Flanten, Ludwig Gleichmann, Walter Jung, Werner Kermann, Karl-Heinz Kuhn, Otto Muller, Barbel Peters and Otto Schrittner;
Blyth (GB) - Brian Attwood (Team Manager), Albert Grant (Men’s Team Coach), Pamela Brown (Ladies’ Team Coach), Walter Appleby, George Armstrong, Henry Armstrong, Sheila Bates, Maureen Bland, Tom Brooks, David Brown, David Campbell, Adrian Cartie, David Cordes, Anne Finlay, Peter Ferry, Maria Johnson, Christine Lambert, John Logan, Anne McCabe, Ann Marley, Jimmy Norris, Jennifer Orton, Philip Pearson, Alan Peel, Janet Roberts, Alan Robson, Alison Roper, Michael Simpson, Jimmy Smith, Ian Thompson, Arthur Thurban, Tim Viard, Julie Wilson;
Chieri (I) -
Marco Pennatti;
Kapelle (Zuid Beveland) (NL) - Gerard de Jong, Ade de Schieper and Jan van Houden.

Games: Firing the Cannons, The Unbalanced Carts, The Chefs' Golden Eggs, Releasing the Damsels, Feeding the Prisoners, The Trainer and the Bear, The Coopers’ Barrels and The Chariot Race;
Fil Rouge: The Court Jesters;
Jokers: Human Jokers.

Game Results and Standings

 

Games

Team / Colour

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

CH

1 3 3 --- 1 2 5 7 7

D

12 2 6 6 --- 6 3 7 5
F 2 12 2 2 3 --- 6 5 6

GB

5 1 10 3 6 5 --- 4 3
I --- 4 1 1 6 1 1 3 1
NL 4 --- 4 5 5 1 2 1 4
Running Totals
(Leading teams shown in red)
B 6 11 11 15 20 24 28 31 33

CH

1 4 7 7 8 10 15 22 29

D

12 14 20 26 26 32 35 42 47
F 2 14 16 18 21 21 27 32 38

GB

5 6 16 19 25 30 30 34 37
I 0 4 5 6 12 13 14 17 18
NL 4 4 8 13 18 19 21 22 26

Result

 Team

Points

Final Scoreboard

1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th
7th

 D • Marburg an der Lahn l l
 F • Cognac
 GB • Blyth
 B • Koekelberg
 CH • Sargans
 NL • Kapelle (Zuid Beveland)
 I • Chieri

47
38
37
33
29
26
18

The Venue

Bristol, Great Britain

The BBC chose the city of Bristol to host Jeux Sans Frontières this year because it was celebrating the 600th anniversary of the charter granted to it by King Edward III on August 8, 1373.

The Games in Detail

Game 6 - The Trainer and the Bear

Swiss team, Sargans were favourites to win this heat, but things did not go their way on the night of recording. Game 6 - ‘The Trainer and the Bear’ - involved a female team member (as the trainer) and a male team mate (as the bear) having to make their way down a course of spring-loaded podiums. In order to move from one to the other, two other team members pushed a giant ringmaster with his whip shaped like a ring over the course and the trainer and bear had to jump through the ring onto the next podium as it passed by. If successful, they could stand on a small block to the left of the podium whilst the ringmaster passed back to the beginning of the course. This was repeated until the trainer and bear had both reached the sixth podium. The rules of the game stated that the pushers must not encroach over a white marker board when pushing the ringmaster. The Swiss team decided to play their Joker on this game, but despite two rehearsals, their pushers crossed the white marker and although they had the fastest time after the third round, Gennaro Olivieri disqualified them. Incredibly, the Dutch team went next and completed the course in the fastest time of the night, but as with the Swiss were disqualified for breaching the rules. And if that did not send out warning messages to the remaining teams, Italian team Chieri did the self same thing! The Swiss were awarded just 2pts on their Joker, but still won the Fil Rouge and the final game, to redeem themselves.

Presenters, Officials and Production Team

British commentator Stuart Hall opened the show by stating that although Jokers are played in the International competition, this was the first time in Jeux Sans Frontières history there were real-life Jokers. He was referring to the 'human Jokers' and not the standard of competitors!

Additional Information

West German team Marburg an der Lahn won five games on the night and led the competition from beginning to end. As they had amassed enough points before the final game, they could not beaten.

There was a four week gap in French TV transmissions between Heat 4 and this heat due to the fact that ORTF transmitted the four first round heats of the 1973 series of Intervilles in the regular Saturday timeslot used for Jeux Sans Frontières.

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Exists in European archives

 

B

Jeux Sans Frontières 1973

Heat 6

Event Staged: Wednesday 15th August 1973
Venue: Havenplein (Harbour Square), Blankenberge, Belgium

European Transmissions (Local Timings):
BRT (B):
Wednesday 15th August 1973, 9.05-10.30pm (Live)
RTB (B): Wednesday 15th August 1973, 9.05-10.30pm (Live)
SSR (CH-French):
Wednesday 15th August 1973, 9.05-10.30pm (Live)
TSI (CH-Italian):
Wednesday 15th August 1973, 9.05-10.25pm (Live)
SRG (CH-German):
Wednesday 15th August 1973, 9.05-10.25pm (Live)
ARD-WDR (D):
Wednesday 15th August 1973, 9.05-10.30pm (Live)
NCRV (NL):
Wednesday 15th August 1973, 9.05-10.20pm (Live)

RAI Due (I): Wednesday 15th August 1973, 10.05-11.30pm (Live - DST)
BBC1 (GB): Friday 31st August 1973, 7.45-9.00pm
ORTF 2 (F): Saturday 1st September 1973 (6th)

Theme: A 1900s Beach Holiday

Teams: Blankenberge (B) v. Balerna (CH) v. Werl (D) v.
Bourg-en-Bresse (F) v. Ashington (GB) v. Battipaglia (I) v. Geleen (NL)

Team Members included:
Balerna (CH) - Roberto Rizza (Team Captain), Cristiano Bernasconi, Walter Bernasconi, Annamaria Cerruti, Giorgio Frigerio, Antonello Galfetti, Antonio Galfetti, Giorgio Grassi, Maurizio Manfredini, Antonello Maspoli, Luisa Neri, Elena Riva, Manuela Riva, Giovanni Rogonesi, Eros Ruffoni, Giuseppina Russo, Giuseppe Sulmoni and Fausto Vanini;

Werl (D) - Werner Rinsche (Team Manager), Theodor Blume (Co-Team Coach), Klaus Ittermann (Co-Team Coach), Marianne Bethge, Hubert Fuchs, Ursula Jensen, Jürgen Klauwunn, Silvia Klinger, Gerd Klötter, Günter Korf, Ursula Kümpel, Eberhard Mühr, Michael Peters, Günter Pieperhoff, Norbert Reher, Ulrich Reiter, Wolfgang Schröer, Regina Schüler, Willi Stehmann, Annette Steinau, Rainer Weber;
Ashington (GB) - Jim Alder (Team Trainer), Alan Mole (Men’s Team Coach), Gwen Woodman (Ladies’ Team Coach), Gerry White (Team Manager), Jackie Armstrong, David Boone, Ron Brotherton, Alan Brown, Oliver Cole, Gordon Conway, Susan Crewe, Alan Cutter, Margaret Davies, Mary Forster, Barbara Hudson, Kenneth Johnson, Gill Matterface, Eric Moore, Ron Morris, Don Murray, Ken Patton, Melvin Robson, Ernie Slaughter, Austin Straker, Kathy Thomas, Jim Watson, John Watts.

Games: The Cyclo-Cars, Ice-Cream Sellers, Balloon Limbo Race, Marine Creature Quoits, The Sand Balance, The Clown's Costume, Swings and Balls and The Circus Bicycles;
Fil Rouge: The Blind Cyclists;
Jokers: Mermaids / Lorelei.

Game Results and Standings

Games

Team / Colour

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

CH

--- 5 2 4 3 4 4 7 2

D

6 --- 5 5 12 1 4 6 4
F 2 1 --- 2 8 5 1 2 5

GB

3 2 3 --- 2 2 12 4 3
I 1 12 1 6 --- 3 3 5 1
NL 10 4 4 1 5 --- 6 3 6
Running Totals
(Leading teams shown in red)
B 5 8 20 23 24 30 30 31 38

CH

0 5 7 11 14 18 22 29 31

D

6 6 11 16 28 29 33 39 43
F 2 3 3 5 13 18 19 21 26

GB

3 5 8 8 10 12 24 28 31
I 1 13 14 20 20 23 26 31 32
NL 10 14 18 19 24 24 30 33 39

Result

 Team

Points

Final Scoreboard

1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
5th
7th

 D • Werl l
 NL • Geleen
 B •
Blankenberge
 I • Battipaglia
 GB • Ashington
 CH • Balerna
 F • Bourg-en-Bresse

43
39
38
32
31
31
26

The Venue

Blankenberge, Belgium

This heat was held on a small promontory in the harbour at Blankenberge, which was normally used as a car park.

Presenters, Officials and Production Team

When the British team of Ashington was mentioned by West German commentator, Hartmut Bruehl, he stated that the town was the birthplace of English footballer, Bobby Charlton. He also mentioned that after the previous heat at Bristol, where they were real-life, the Jokers presented to the referees at this heat had returned to their normal playing card format.

Belgian commentator Paule Herremann began commentary duties for RTB/RTBF at the annual Eurovision Song Contest from this year until 1980.

Additional Information

After the first round of Game 7 - ‘Swings and Balls’ - one of the female Italian competitors collapsed because she was unable to breathe properly and had to be rushed off to be given medical assistance. This can clearly be seen on-screen when the girl is carried off by a Dutch team player. At the end of the game, the girl was presented to the cameras to show that she was okay and had fully recovered.

This was the second consecutive International Heat that the West Germans had won. Coincidentally, it was also the second consecutive heat that the team had amassed enough points before the final game to ensure victory.

At the end of the programme as the credits rolled, fireworks were lit to spell out BLANKENBERGE and also to say farewell in five languages - AU REVOIR, TOT WEERZIENS, AUF WIEDERSEHEN, ARRIVEDERCI and GOODBYE.

West German team Werl were accompanied at this heat by their local metalworks marching band comprised of twenty-eight members. Der Musikzug der Standard-Metallwerke was founded in Werl in 1958. Their members had always worn blue uniforms and were known locally as The Blue Jackets. However, in 1972 the band’s colours were changed to dark red and were given the honour of being asked to accompany the team to this heat.

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D

Jeux Sans Frontières 1973

Heat 7

Event Staged: Wednesday 29th August 1973
Venue: Dockside Car Park, Heiligenhafen, West Germany

European Transmissions (Local Timings):
BRT (B):
Wednesday 29th August 1973, 9.05-10.25pm (Live)
RTB (B): Wednesday 29th August 1973, 9.05-10.30pm (Live)
SSR (CH-French):
Wednesday 29th August 1973, 9.05-10.30pm (Live)
TSI (CH-Italian):
Wednesday 29th August 1973, 9.05-10.20pm (Live)
SRG (CH-German):
Wednesday 29th August 1973, 9.05-10.20pm (Live)
ARD-WDR (D):
Wednesday 29th August 1973, 9.05-10.50pm (Live)
NCRV (NL):
Wednesday 29th August 1973, 9.05-10.25pm (Live)

RAI Due (I): Thursday 30th August 1973
BBC1 (GB):
Friday 7th September 1973, 7.00-8.15pm
ORTF 2 (F): Saturday 8th September 1973 (7th)

Theme: The Ship's Launch

Teams: Dottignies (B) v. Grenchen (CH) v. Heiligenhafen (D) v.
Vittel (F) v. Wells (GB) v. Foligno (I) v. Heusden-Altena (NL)

Team Members included:
Dottignies (B) -
André Junge (Team Captain);
Grenchen (CH) - Herbert Hargmann (Team Captain);
Heiligenhafen (D) - Dieter Hopf (Team Captain) and Peter Rheinicker;
Vittel (F) - Erik Crisbert (Team Captain);
Wells (GB) - Jolyon Armstrong (Team Manager), Dave Cowley (Team Coach), Derek Bayliss (Team Captain), Jacky Baldwin, Julie Binding, Robert Brownlow, John Carter, Yvonne Connelly, Simon Cooper, Robert Davies, Christine Harding, John Franks, David Griffiths, Alan Guyver, Leslie Harrop, Lionel Isaac, Martin Leach, Phil Leaver, Jenny Lennard, Peter McEllin, Mark McGeoch, Terry Millard, Gerald Nightingale, Deborah Norton, Roger Rayward, Jackie Sampson, Linda Skirton, Mike Thurgur, Pauline Tooze, Betty Western, Helen Western, Philip Watson, Helen Whitehead and Tony Williams;
Heusden-Altena (NL) - Wem Kok (Team Captain) and Okta Kok.

Games: Naming the Ship, The Quayside Singers, Washing the Decks, Loading the Supplies, The Ship's Cook, Storing the Lifebelts, The Sailors' Shore Leave and Painting the Ship;
Fil Rouge: The Rough Seas;
Jokers: Fat Sailors.

Game Results and Standings

Games

Team / Colour

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

CH

2 5 12 4 1 --- 4 4 1

D

3 1 2 12 5 4 --- 3 7
F --- 3 5 3 4 10 2 2 6

GB

5 --- 1 10 6 3 3 1 4
I 1 8 --- 1 2 2 5 6 3
NL 4 6 4 --- 3 6 12 7 5
Running Totals
(Leading teams shown in red)
B 6 8 11 13 13 15 17 22 24

CH

2 7 19 23 24 24 28 32 33

D

3 4 6 18 23 27 27 30 37
F 0 3 8 11 15 25 27 29 35

GB

5 5 6 16 22 25 28 29 33
I 1 9 9 10 12 14 19 25 28
NL 4 10 14 14 17 23 35 42 47

Result

 Team

Points

Final Scoreboard

1st
2nd
3rd
4th
4th
6th
7th

 NL • Heusden-Altena l l
 D •
Heiligenhafen
 F • Vittel
 CH • Grenchen
 GB • Wells
 I • Foligno
 B • Dottignies

47
37
35
33
33
28
24

The Games in Detail

Game 2 - The Quayside Singers

Game 2 - ‘The Quayside Singers’ - was a very entertaining and unusual game and was based on the ceremonial singing on the quayside to wish the ship good luck on its maiden voyage. Thirty members of the local Heiligenhafen men’s choir were standing in front of the game in six groups of five and on the whistle began to sing. Behind them, the game began and involved a competitor carrying a large bell over his head while running down the course towards the singers. At a given point, a team-mate standing on a podium would lift the bell from his head with a hook and then turn 180° and place it over one of the five singers of his group. Once covered, the singer would cease singing and this was repeated until all five singers were covered. As the game progressed, it gradually became quieter and quieter until the last singer of the thirty was covered and then there was silence.


Game 3 - Washing the Decks

The British team from Wells left it to the very last second to present their Joker to the referees on Game 3 - 'Washing the Decks'. With West Germany having already displayed their Joker, the referees readied themselves and the competitors to start the game. As they did this, the British Joker was being brought on in the background and at the last moment Gennaro Olivieri stopped Guido Pancaldi from blowing the whistle. He stated that there was a second Joker being played. Whilst the West German team won the game with 12 pts, the British team finished just one second behind them to finish in 2nd place, securing 10 pts. A close call indeed!


Game 4 - Loading the Supplies

Italian team Foligno were unlucky to be disqualified on Game 4 - ‘Loading the Supplies’ - just for holding a barrel on the rim instead of the sides when running from the shore to the ship! Despite this, it was quite a funny game especially when the ‘sacks’ began running down the course. West German presenter Camillo Felgen laughed and said it looked like Charlie Chaplin was in the sack.


Game 5 - The Ship's Cook

During Game 5 - 'The Ship's Cook' - the Yorkshire tones of British referee Arthur Ellis could clearly be heard. The Swiss competitor had inadvertently dropped some of the fish as he placed them on the cooking grille, and Erhard Keller announced that some of the fish were on the floor. Arthur Ellis is heard to say “I will tell him to pick them up” and on the cook’s return to the grille he stated, “I will tell him, Gennaro, to pick these up”.


Game 6 - Storing the Lifebelts

Game 6 - 'Storing the Lifebelts' - involved the use of 336 inflatable rings which simulated lifebelts. Each team had seven members playing and each of them had to carry eight of them around their bodies down the course and store them in the ship!


Game 7 - The Sailors' Shore Leave

Game 7 - ‘The Sailors’ Shore Leave’ - was another unusual game, despite its simplicity. The game consisted of competitors dressed as sailors with large open-mouthed heads and they were dressed with clear mackintoshes. On the whistle, team mates would run towards them and place buckets of water on tables from which the sailors had to pick up the buckets and drink from them. As the water was poured into the mouths, it drained into the inside of the mackintoshes and the more they drank, the heavier they became. After drinking twelve buckets of water, the sailors were then taken off to be weighed.


Fil Rouge - The Rough Seas

The Fil Rouge was played by the team captain of each team and involved him sitting in a small sailing-boat which had small holes punched into the sides and was placed in the middle of a large calmed pool. On the whistle, a member of each of the six other competing countries dressed as a large sea trout, would bob their heads up and down producing waves to simulate a rough sea, trying to sink the boat. To try to prevent a quick sinking, he was permitted to use his captain’s hat to bail out as much water as possible. On the fourth round, the Belgian fish was facing in the wrong direction and as he was bobbing his head up and down, the water was splashing up and over the blackboard used to record the scores. At the end of the round, Gennaro Olivieri had to re-write the scores as they had almost been washed off.


Game 8 - Painting the Ship

Having already secured victory before the last Fil Rouge was played, Dutch team Heusden-Altena were leading by 10 pts before the last game. However, the team still had to finish in the first four places on the final game - 'Painting the Ship' - to qualify for the International Final. A 5th place would have given the team 45 pts, equalling the score of rivals Hoogeveen (Dutch winners of International Heat 2). However, although both teams had won four games each, Hoogeveen would have qualified due to having recorded one 2nd placing compared to none for Heusden-Altena. Not to be outdone, the Heusden-Altena team secured the coveted place in the International Final by finishing in 3rd place on the game.

Additional Information

After the first six International Heats, this West German competition proved that the best had indeed been left until last. Games designer Willi Steinberg did not disappoint in this nautical themed programme with games based around the launching of a new ship.

Made in Colour • This programme does not exist in the BBC Archives
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Teams Qualifying for International Final

Country

 Team Qualifying Heat Position Points
B  Ieper 3 F 1 42

CH

 Châtillon

4 NL =2 38

D

 Marberg an der Lahn

5 GB 1 47
F  Chartres 3 F 2 40

GB

 Ely

4 NL 1 41
I  Senigallia 1 I 2 37
NL  Heusden-Altena 7 D 1 47
 

F

Jeux Sans Frontières 1973

International Final

Event Staged: Wednesday 12th September 1973
Venue: Port de La Bourdonnais, Paris, France

European Transmissions (Local Timings):
BRT (B):
Wednesday 12th September 1973, 9.05-10.25pm (Live)
RTB (B): Wednesday 12th September 1973, 9.05-10.30pm (Live)
SSR (CH-French):
Wednesday 12th September 1973, 9.05-10.30pm (Live)
TSI (CH-Italian):
Wednesday 12th September 1973, 9.05-10.25pm (Live)
SRG (CH-German):
Wednesday 12th September 1973, 9.05-10.25pm (Live)
ARD-WDR (D):
Wednesday 12th September 1973, 9.05-10.50pm (Live)
NCRV (NL):
Wednesday 12th September 1973, 9.05-10.20pm (Live)
BBC1 (GB): Friday 14th September 1973, 7.45-9.00pm
ORTF 2 (F): Saturday 15th September 1973 (8th)

RAI Due (I): Saturday 15th September 1973

Winners' Trophies presented by: Pierre Sebac, ORTF 2 Controller of Programming

Theme: The History of Communications

Teams: Ieper (B) v. Châtillon (CH) v. Marburg an der Lahn (D) v. Chartres (F) v.
Ely (GB) v. Senigallia (I) v. Heusden-Altena (NL)

Team Members included:
Ieper (B) -
Dirk Beligne and Georges Mibeck;
Chartres (F) - Dominic Lesfours;
Châtillon (CH) -
Jean-Luc Cerey and Roland Eschmann;
Marburg an der Lahn (D) -
Ulrich Becker, Karl Finger, Reiner Flanten, Ludwig Gleichmann, Walter Jung, Werner Kermann, Karl-Heinz Kuhn, Otto Muller, Barbel Peters and Otto Schrittner;
Ely (GB) -
David Cornwell (Team Manager), Bill Oughton (Team Coach), Mike Hoare (Team Coach), Jean Milne, Lydia Scott, Pete Wilson, Lynne Tanner, Kevin Brown, Tony Fell, Mike Goddard, Martin Evans, John Grafik, David Muncey, Mike Wilkin, Colin Carter, Colin Bent, Linda Goodwin, Mike Hardy, Robert Harwood, David Allen, Barry Elsden, Ian Rodger, Kevin Russell, Janis Carter, Bruce Smith, Sharon Gillies, Pauline Jaggard, Jenny Linney, Pat Cuthbert, Elaine Munro, Maureen Sulman and Jackie Bradford;
Senigallia (I) - Brunello Raffone (Co-Team Coach), Carlo Travaglini (Co-Team Coach), Maurizio Alessandroni, Stefano Belucci, Gennaro Berardi, Loretta Carletti, Lorenzo Cerlini, Corseo Corsaletti, Franco Curzi, Roberto degli Emili, Anna Frumenzi, Fabio Frumenzi, Daniela Giombi, Annamaria Giulietti, Roberto Irbetti, Renzo Mandolini, Sisto Marcantognini, Loredana Paparelli, Lorenzo Piccinini, Giuliana Portavia, Alfonso Roncarati, Renzo Sartini, Gianluigi Siboni and Athos Zanzani;
Heusden-Altena (NL) - Wem Kok (Team Captain), Okta Kok.

Games: Biblical Apples, The Marathon Runners, The African Tom-Tom, The Morse Code Message, Delivering the Mail, The Satellite Run, Television Songstresses and Building the Eiffel Tower;
Fil Rouge: The Telephone Dial;
Jokers: Paris Département Shields.

Game Results and Standings

Games

Team / Colour

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

CH

2 --- 1 2 6 2 4 3 6

D

3 2 12 1 4 5 --- 7 7
F 12 5 --- 6 5 3 1 6 1

GB

4 4 5 --- 6 12 6 1 5
I 5 6 3 4 4 --- 6 4 4
NL 1 3 3 3 --- 8 2 2 2
Running Totals
(Leading teams shown in red)
B 0 2 6 18 19 20 24 29 32

CH

2 2 3 5 11 13 17 20 26

D

3 5 17 18 22 27 27 34 41
F 12 17 17 23 28 31 32 38 39

GB

4 8 13 13 19 31 37 38 43
I 5 11 14 18 22 22 28 32 36
NL 1 4 7 10 10 18 20 22 24

Result

 Team

Points

Final Scoreboard

1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th
7th

 GB • Ely l
 D • Marburg an der Lahn
l
 F • Chartres
l
 I • Senigallia
 B • Ieper
 CH • Châtillon
 NL • Heusden-Altena

43
41
39
36
32
26
24

The Venue

Paris, France

The Paris venue for this International Final was the Port de La Bourdonnais, a landing pier and car parking area next to the Pont d’Iéna, situated on the River Seine at the base of the Eiffel Tower. The area was named after Bertrand-François Mahé de la Bourdonnais (1699-1753). He was a French naval officer and administrator in the service of the French East India Company. La Bourdonnais left his memoirs which were published by his grandson, a celebrated chess player, Count Louis-Charles Mahé de La Bourdonnais (1795-1840). The construction and naming of the Pont d’Iéna (Bridge of Jena) was ordered by imperial decree by Napoléon I in 1807 to celebrate his victory over the Prussian Army a year earlier at the Battle of Jena. The bridge opened in 1814.

The Games in Detail

Game 3 - The African Tom-Tom

On Game 3 - ‘The African Tom-Tom’ - part of the Belgian competitor’s hammer broke and it had to be replaced by the judges. To allow for time parity in the game, the Belgian player was permitted to continue to play the game for 10 seconds after the final whistle had been blown.


Game 5 - Delivering the Mail

On Game 5 - ‘Delivering the Mail’ - the equipment on the game suffered a glitch and resulted in the game having to be stopped. After the problem was fixed, the game was restarted at the exact time it was stopped, so that the Belgian team could continue their run. In the BBC version of the International Final this is not shown and at the point of equipment failure, the programme was edited to show the scoreboard after the points had all been awarded. Only by watching a live version of this programme is it possible to view this restart and the full times and points awarded.


Game 6 - The Satellite Run

On Game 6 - ‘The Satellite Run’ - the Ely team captain played their Joker and it looked like they were going to win the game after team member Ian Rodger set up a lightning fast time of 27 seconds. His Belgian rival managed to beat this time by one second and suddenly, it looked like the chance of Ely getting maximum points had gone. However, Gennaro Olivieri stepped up and announced that the Belgian competitor had been disqualified because the rules of the game had stated that the competitor must remove the flag from its holder and bring it down with him, and therefore he had been demoted to last place. This was great news for the British, as it now meant that 12 pts were in the bag unless the French competitor from Chartres could beat their time. The whistle blew and the French competitor could not emulate the pace of Ian Rodger, finally finishing in fourth place on the game. This result meant that for the first time Ely were showing in 1st place on the scoreboard, along with the French. Incidentally, British player Ian Rodger almost forgot to bring his flag down with him (which would have been disastrous for the team) but it can clearly be seen in the recording that as he began his descent, somebody told him to get the flag. This someone, in Ian’s own words, was impartial British judge Arthur Ellis. Read Ian’s recollection of this event in the Memories Section.


Game 7 - Television Songstresses

The seventh game - ‘Television Songstresses’ - proved just as beneficial for the British and even more disastrous for the French. It involved a large television set and behind it was a row of twelve female mannequins (songstresses) which had to be knocked down with flour sacks thrown by opposing females whilst the screen was moved along in front of them. Ely won the game (the third consecutive) along with the Italians whilst the French finished in last place. This meant that the British were now leading the French by 5 pts, but they were lying in last place on the Fil Rouge whilst the French were in first place. West Germany went last in the Fil Rouge and outran the French time, pushing them into second place. It now all hinged on whether the Ely team could hold their nerve and transport the Eiffel Tower along a course almost underneath the actual Tower itself. The French and British teams were equal before the final game on 38 pts each, the West Germans were 4 pts behind them and the other four countries were out of contention.


Game 8 - Building the Eiffel Tower

The idea of the final game - 'Building the Eiffel Tower' - was to complete a course in three runs, picking up a third of an Eiffel Tower after each run. On the whistle, the teams had to run a small course carrying the base of the Tower and at the end had to turn 180° and run back to the start. They then had to place the central section of the Tower onto the base and repeat the course. On the third run, they had to carry the completed Eiffel Tower up the course and cross the finishing line to get a time. Great Britain and France set off at a steady pace whilst the West Germans and the Italians stormed the game and crossed the line in 1st and 2nd places respectively. However, just as the Italians put their Tower down, the top part wobbled and fell off and they had to start rebuilding. This allowed the Swiss to come in and snatch second place on the game. Although the Ely team could afford to finish four places behind the West Germans, it was the French that were the real danger to them. The French team overtook the British on the third run because the British girls seemed to be having trouble lifting the three parts of the Tower. The French took full advantage of this and it looked like the British girls had blown the team’s chances of winning the Final. However, on reaching the halfway mark up the course, the French team’s top section also began to wobble and ultimately fell off. This gave the British the break they needed and the team successfully held their nerve and gradually overtook the French and the rest of the other four teams to finish in 3rd place. With the Italians finally rebuilding their Tower and finishing in 4th place, the French were still trying to re-build theirs, and the other two outsiders overtook them, and they finished in 7th place. France’s disaster not only possibly cost the team the chance of lifting the Jeux Sans Frontières Golden Trophy in front of their own crowd, but allowed the West Germans to also to nip in and ‘steal’ the Silver Trophy from them, and for Great Britain to celebrate their greatest Jeux Sans Frontières victory.

Presenters, Officials and Production Team

After the teams were introduced, French co-host Simone Garnier along with referees Guido Pancaldi and Gennaro Olivieri, tried a little trick camera-work by seemingly pushing the Eiffel Tower over to lean at an angle of 45°. Of course, this was done simply by turning the camera to the same angle to give that illusion. French co-host Guy Lux cried out, “Non, Non! Stop, Stop” before the camera (and the Tower) was tilted back again to its correct position. After this, Gennaro and Guido set in motion a lavish firework display from the Eiffel Tower itself, over which was played a song by singer Maurice Chevalier, commemorating his death in Paris the previous year.

In the Fil Rouge, all the commentators were invited down from their commentary positions to countdown the whistle for their respective countries.

This was to be West German presenter Camillo Felgen’s final Jeux Sans Frontières. Having been with the programme since its conception in 1965, he was witness to the ‘glory years', wherein West Germany won four of the first nine International Finals they competed in. Ironically, the four wins were consecutive between 1966 and 1969. At the end of the programme when commentator Erhard Keller told viewers, “Gute Nacht und Abschied bis zum nächsten Jahr”, Camillo interrupted by stating that this was his final Spiel Ohne Grenzen and that he would not be here next year - and then said his final goodbye.

Additional Information

This was the first time in the programme's history that the scoreboard was super-imposed over live action shots of the watching crowd. This was to become the norm in the early 1980s when advances in technology made it possible to list the teams in position order after each game, but this was still seven years away!

The opening film showing the viewer around Paris was accompanied by French crooner Yves Montand singing À Paris (translated as ‘In Paris’). There was none of the normal introductory commentary by any of the television companies until the cameras panned onto the arena at the end of the song.

The Jokers in the International Final were quite unique, as not only did the teams present them to play them, but attached to each one was a large helium-filled balloon which had a card attached to it by means of a length of string. When the Joker was played, Gennaro cut the string and the balloon rose up into the night sky. The idea was that when the balloon finally fell back to terra-firma, the finder could fill the card in with their personal details and send it to ORTF’s headquarters in Paris, and a prize would be sent in return. However, what the prize would be was not mentioned!

Although this was Great Britain’s finest hour ever in Jeux Sans Frontières, it was not such a walkover as British commentator Stuart Hall had suggested. The French team of Chartres led the contest almost from start to finish and early on, it really looked like the British team had blown their chances following a dismal Fil Rouge performance after the fourth game. This saw the team lying in bottom place on the Fil Rouge scoreboard. This resulted in the team having to pull out all the stops from this point on, and with a bit of luck they won the next three games outright.

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