Jeux Sans Frontières 1980

Entrants 1980: Belgium (B) • Switzerland (CH) • West Germany (D) • France (F)
Great Britain (GB) • Italy (I) • Portugal (P) • Yugoslavia (YU)

Presenters of International Heats / Commentators:
Mike Vendrengh and Paule Herreman (B)
Georges Kleinmann, Jan Hiermeyer, Ezio Guidi and Mascia Cantoni (CH)
Heinz-Günther Pianka, Hartmut Bruehl, Karl-Heinz Wocke and Manfred Erdenberger  (D)
Guy Lux, Simone Garnier and Claude Savarit (F)
Stuart Hall and Eddie Waring (GB)
Milly Calucci and Michele Gammino (I)
Elàdio Clímaco and Maria Margarida (P)
Mersiha Čolaković, Dunja Figenvald and Milan Sabota (YU)

International Referees: Gennaro Olivieri and Guido Pancaldi
Referees (BBC): Arthur Ellis (Heat 6 only) and Mike Swann (Heat 6 only)

Designer (BBC): Stuart Furber
Executive Producer (BBC):
Barney Colehan
Producer (BBC): Geoff Wilson
Director (BBC):
Tony Harrison
Produced by RTBF-BRT (B), SSR-SRG-TSI (CH), ARD-WDR (D), 
A2F (F), BBC North West (GB), RAI (I), RTP (P), JRT (YU)

 

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 Belgium, France, Great Britain, Italy, Portugal and West Germany observed DST)

F

Jeux Sans Frontières 1980

Heat 1

Event Staged: Wednesday 21st May 1980
Venue: Carré du 8 Mai 1945, Antibes, France

European Transmissions (Local Timings):
SSR (CH-French):
Wednesday 21st May 1980, 8.05-9.30pm (Live)
TSI (CH-Italian): Wednesday 21st May 1980, 8.05-9.30pm (Live)
JRT (YU):
Wednesday 21st May 1980, 8.05-9.30pm (Live)
BRT (B): Wednesday 21st May 1980, 9.05-10.25pm (Live - DST)
RTBF (B): Wednesday 21st May 1980, 9.05-10.25pm (Live - DST)
SRG (CH-German): Wednesday 21st May 1980, 9.05-10.30pm
RAI Due (I): Wednesday 21st May 1980, 9.05-10.30pm (Live - DST)
RTP (P): Wednesday 21st May 1980, 10.20-11.30pm
ARD-WDR (D): Saturday 24th May 1980, 2.45-4.15pm

Antenne 2 (F): Sunday 20th July 1980
BBC1 (GB):
Saturday 9th August 1980, 7.10-8.25pm

Theme: Bacchus and the Wine

Teams: Waremme (B) v. Bülach (CH) v. Bellheim (D) v. Antibes (F) v.
Rushcliffe (GB) v. Virgilio (I) v. Póvoa de Varzim (P) v. Titov Veles (YU)

Team Members included:
Rushcliffe (GB) - Brian Hughes (Team Coach), Chris Perry (Team Captain), Chris Bukarzer, Penny Howsen, Neil Reeston.

Games: Cups of Wine, Grapes into Nets, Crossing the Bridge, Wine and Carousel, Grapes into Baskets, Bottles, Wines and Cubes, Gongs and Dummies and Barrels Up Slopes;
Fil Rouge: Gongs and Bicycles.

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 --- 1 4 7 1 5 3

CH

6 4 12 5 --- 7 2 7 8

D

4 14 4 8 --- 4 5 5 6
F 1 7 1 7 2 14 --- 5 7

GB

--- 6 2 4 9 4 6 6 4
I --- 5 5 3 6 2 4 8 5
P 2 1 --- 6 1 5 3 2 2
YU 3 2 4 3 3 2 --- 1 1
Running Totals
(Leading teams shown in red)
B 5 8 8 9 13 20 21 26 29

CH

6 10 22 27 27 34 36 43 51

D

4 18 22 30 30 34 39 44 50
F 1 8 9 16 18 32 32 37 44

GB

0 6 8 12 21 25 31 37 41
I 0 5 10 13 19 21 25 33 38
P 2 3 3 9 10 15 18 20 22
YU 3 5 9 12 15 17 17 18 19

Result

 Team

Points

Final Scoreboard

1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th
7th
8th

 CH • Bülach l
 D • Bellheim
 F • Antibes
 GB • Rushcliffe
 I • Virgilio
 B • Waremme
 P • Póvoa de Varzim
 YU • Titov Veles

51
50
44
41
38
29
22
19

Additional Information

The participation of Yugoslavian team Titov Veles in this programme was in doubt following the death on Sunday 4th May 1982 of their country's president, Josip Broz Tito. The city, previously called Veles after a Slavic god, had been renamed Titov Veles after World War II out of respect to Tito, then Yugoslavia's Prime Minister. In the post-Communist era, the name reverted as of 1996 to Veles and is now a part of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (as it is recognised by the United Nations). The Yugoslavians were ultimately able to take part, but one wonders whether the disruption and uncertainty surrounding their participation was a factor in their poor performance on the night.

The timings of Yugoslavian transmissions by JRT between 1978 and 1982 are local time. Unlike the rest of Europe, Yugoslavia did not introduce Daylight Savings time adjustments until 1983. This meant that when a live transmission started, it was 8.05pm Central European Time but 7.05pm in Yugoslavia.

On the day of the BBC1 transmission of this heat, Saturday 9th August 1980, Rushcliffe team captain Brian Hughes was interviewed in the national press. He commented that "the teams treat the event very professionally. The Germans wouldn't mix with anyone else staying at the hotel, and they held secret training sessions." He further revealed that the team's training schedule had not been universally popular: "All of us involved got terrific stick from our wives or husbands because training took up so much time. We had one divorce, and then two temporary separations when two team members decided to get together. Really it needed a lot of understanding on all sides, because the commitment has to be so great." Brian had set the whole thing going in November 1979, when he invited applications for team places. More than 350 people wanted to be considered, and selection tests, concentrating on agility, fitness, co-ordination, timing and balance, were held for more than 200 people in January 1980. The squad of 56 were chosen along with 39 year old captain Chris Perry, and the Rushcliffe hopefuls set about their preparations: "We were training three times a week on an assault course mocked up in an old RAF hangar. Then came a guest appearance playing Jeux Sans Frontières style games before a Nottingham Forest football match, to get us used to appearing in front of a large crowd." Soon after, the squad was whittled down to the 25 needed for the It's A Knockout heat, a close-run event which Rushcliffe won by a nose, after a tie-breaker.

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P

Jeux Sans Frontières 1980

Heat 2

Event Staged: Tuesday 27th May 1980
Venue: The Marina, Vilamoura, Portugal

European Transmissions (Local Timings):
RTP (P):
Tuesday 27th May 1980, 8.00-9.30pm (Live - DST)
TSI (CH-Italian): Tuesday 27th May 1980, 8.05-9.30pm (Live)
JRT (YU): Tuesday 27th May 1980, 8.05-9.30pm (Live - Unconfirmed)
BRT (B): Tuesday 27th May 1980, 9.05-10.25pm (Live - DST)
RTBF (B): Tuesday 27th May 1980, 9.05-10.25pm (Live - DST)
RAI Due (I): Wednesday 28th May 1980
SSR (CH-French): Wednesday 28th May 1980, 8.10-9.35pm
SRG (CH-German): Saturday 31st May 1980, 2.15-3.45pm
ARD-WDR (D): Saturday 31st May 1980, 2.45-4.15pm
Antenne 2 (F): Sunday 27th July 1980
BBC1 (GB):
Saturday 16th August 1980, 7.10-8.25pm

Theme: The Wonders of the Sea

Teams: Marche-en-Famenne (B) v. Cernier (CH) v. Todtnau (D) v. Périgueux (F) v.
Rhuddlan (GB) v. Teramo (I) v. Vilamoura (P) v. Kikinda (YU)

Team Members included:
Todtnau (D) -
Linda Böhler, Harald Ebner, Fritz Ebser, Wolfgang Ebser, Angelika Fritz, Fritz Gnädinger, Edgar Iwertowski, Doris Lederle, Winfried Rotzinger, Heidi Strohmeier, Gerhard Thoma, Reiner Trojan, Andreas Walleser, Edgar Winterhalter and Hildegard Wurth;
Rhuddlan (GB) -
Peter Roberts;
Kikinda (YU) - Prof. Mičurin Berar (Team Manager), Prof. Tomislav Blaće (Assistant Manager), Milan Balaban, Slobodan Bokanić, Slavko Borovnica, Dragoslav Bukurov, Darinka Cucić, Lidija Grifatong, Jolanda Janićijević, Zoran Karanović, Jovan Knežević, Mile Ljubičić, Olivera Petrović, Dara Ristić and Slavko Stojković.

Games: Rain-Clouds, Mermaids, Sardine Cans, Fat Lady on Skis, Chimneys, Octopuses, Walking Up Pole, Cats and Ribbons and Boats;
Fil Rouge: Oysters and Seagulls.

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 3 --- 2 3 8 3 6 5

CH

2 5 2 6 --- 6 5 4 3

D

--- 2 4 7 12 4 1 8 6
F --- 1 9 3 2 7 3 2 4

GB

5 8 6 4 --- 1 9 6 1
I 3 7 2 8 5 2 --- 4 7
P 6 4 4 5 4 8 --- 1 8
YU 6 6 --- 1 1 3 6 8 2
Running Totals
(Leading teams shown in red)
B 2 5 5 7 10 18 21 27 32

CH

2 7 9 15 15 21 26 30 33

D

0 2 6 13 25 29 30 38 44
F 0 1 10 13 15 22 25 27 31

GB

5 13 19 23 23 24 33 39 40
I 3 10 12 20 25 27 27 31 38
P 6 10 14 19 23 31 31 32 40
YU 6 12 12 13 14 17 23 31 33

Result

 Team

Points

Final Scoreboard

1st
2nd
2nd
4th
5th
5th
7th
8th

 D • Todtnau l l
 GB • Rhuddlan
l
 P • Vilamoura
l
 I • Teramo
 CH • Cernier
 YU • Kikinda
 B • Marche-en-Famenne
 F • Périgueux

44
40
40
38
33
33
32
31

Presenters, Officials and Production Team

Team doctor Cees Kloos and British presenter Stuart Hall took time out from their commitments in this Portuguese International Heat to help a badly injured nine year old boy from Stourbridge. Paul Spencer, who had fractured his skull in a fall from a 12 foot diving platform at a hotel near the marina venue, was tended to by Kloos and Hall, who kept him breathing until they had got him to hospital. The boy's heart stopped twice, but Kloos was able to revive him. Three weeks later Paul had recovered sufficiently to return home, and Hall invited him and his family to the Championship Knockout at Charnock Richard. Within seconds of meeting them, Hall revealed that he had arranged for the family to return to the Algarve in September for a week-long holiday at his expense. A remarkable gesture.

Additional Information

As had been the case for the Yugoslavian team from Titov Veles in the previous heat, there was some doubt that the Kikinda team would be unable to attend this event due to the recent death of President Tito.

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YU

Jeux Sans Frontières 1980

Heat 3

Event Staged: Tuesday 10th June 1980
Venue: The Marina, Portorož, Yugoslavia

European Transmissions (Local Timings):
TSI (CH-Italian):
Tuesday 10th June 1980, 8.05-9.30pm (Live)
RTP (P):
Tuesday 10th June 1980, 8.05-9.30pm (Live - DST)
JRT (YU):
Tuesday 10th June 1980, 8.05-9.30pm (Live)
BRT (B):
Tuesday 10th June 1980, 9.05-10.20pm (Live - DST)
RTBF (B): Tuesday 10th June 1980, 9.05-10.25pm (Live - DST)
SSR (CH-French): Wednesday 11th June 1980, 8.10-9.35pm
RAI Due (I):
Wednesday 11th June 1980

SRG (CH-German): Saturday 14th June 1980, 2.00-3.45pm
ARD-WDR (D):
Saturday 14th June 1980, 2.45-4.15pm
Antenne 2 (F):
Sunday 3rd August 1980
BBC1 (GB):
Saturday 23rd August 1980, 7.05-8.20pm

Theme: The Navy

Teams: De Haan-Wenduine (B) v. Agno (CH) v. Bad Wurzach (D) v. Châteauroux (F) v.
Kettering (GB) v. Anagni (I) v. Coimbra (P) v. Portorož (YU)

Team Members included:
Kettering (GB) - Kate Blissett, Jeanette Butterfield, Roger Davies, Ian Dunns, Alan Fosbrook, Rowley Furness, Clive Hawkins, Peter Norton, Janet Smith, Jane Tight, Susan Wager, Chris Wilds.

Games: Baggage and Ship, Lifebelts and Slope, Sailors and Roses, Washing the Deck, Egg, Cup and Spoon, Sailors, Barrels and Bottles, Fruit Machine and Mermaids and Sails;
Fil Rouge: Salt and Horses.

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 6 5 --- 8 3 3 8

CH

9 3 --- 5 5 4 5 4 2

D

1 2 2 3 6 11 --- 1 6
F 3 6 4 8 --- 3 6 6 5

GB

--- 11 3 1 5 8 5 2 4
I 4 2 --- 2 2 5 1 8 1
P --- 5 5 7 1 1 2 5 3
YU 12 8 1 6 3 2 --- 7 7
Running Totals
(Leading teams shown in red)
B 2 6 12 17 17 25 28 31 39

CH

9 12 12 17 22 26 31 35 37

D

1 3 5 8 14 25 25 26 32
F 3 9 13 21 21 24 30 36 41

GB

0 11 14 15 20 28 33 35 39
I 4 6 6 8 10 15 16 24 25
P 0 5 10 17 18 19 21 26 29
YU 12 20 21 27 30 32 32 39 46

Result

 Team

Points

Final Scoreboard

1st
2nd
3rd
3rd
5th
6th
7th
8th

 YU • Portorož l l
 F • Châteauroux
 B • De Haan-Wenduine
 GB • Kettering
 CH • Agno
 D • Bad Wurzach
 P • Coimbra
 I • Anagni

46
41
39
39
37
32
29
25

Additional Information

Yugoslavian team Portorož led this competition from start to finish, except after Game 7 (which it had to miss out), when the leader on the scoreboard was the British team from Kettering!

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CH

Jeux Sans Frontières 1980

Heat 4

Event Staged: Wednesday 25th June 1980
Venue: Planche-Supérieure (Superior Board), Fribourg, Switzerland

European Transmissions (Local Timings):
TSI (CH-Italian):
Wednesday 25th June 1980, 8.05-9.30pm (Live)
SSR (CH-French):
Wednesday 25th June 1980, 8.05-9.30pm (Live)
RTP (P): Wednesday 25th June 1980, 8.05-9.30pm (Live - DST)
JRT (YU): Wednesday 25th June 1980, 8.05-9.30pm (Live)
BRT (B): Wednesday 25th June 1980, 9.05-10.25pm (Live - DST)
RTBF (B): Wednesday 25th June 1980, 9.05-10.25pm (Live - DST)
SRG (CH-German): Wednesday 25th June 1980, 9.05-10.30pm
RAI Due (I):
Thursday 26th June 1980
ARD-WDR (D): Saturday 28th June 1980, 2.45-4.15pm

Antenne 2 (F): Sunday 10th August 1980
BBC1 (GB):
Friday 5th September 1980, 7.00-8.20pm

Theme: Sunday Pastimes in Switzerland

Teams: Charleroi (B) v. Fribourg (CH) v. Groß-Zimmern (D) v. Troyes (F) v.
Coleraine (GB) v. Grado (I) v. Lousã (P) v. Varaždin (YU)

Team Members included:
Coleraine (NI) - David Blair, Helen Charteris, Linda Elliott, Trevor Gillan, Nicola Henry, John Mallows, Gary Moran, Renee Stewart;
Grado (Grado) (I) - Mauro Atturo, Claudio Bean, Laura Bressan, Loredana Cosatto, Antonio Casciaro, Cristina Filiput, Alessandro Gasparetti, Marino Gregoni, Fabio Persi, Aldo Piatto, Beniamino Ros, Francesca Rup, Leandro Tognon, Margherita Zacheli.

Games: Bells and Doves, Flags and Cheese, Catching Carp, Carrying Eggs, Pumping the Organ, Bottles and Beds, Riding the Pig and Trees Down Slope;
Fil Rouge: Ship Down Slope.

Game Results and Standings

Games

Team / Colour

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 FR 8

RES

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

Game void

4 2

CH

5 6 1 3 12 2 --- 3 8

D

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

GB

1 5 --- 1 3 5 4 8 6
I 6 7 1 8 --- 8 2 6 3
P 1 1 5 7 2 3 --- 2 5
YU 1 5 3 6 --- 8 3 1 4
Running Totals
(Leading teams shown in red)
B 0 8 14 16 21 25 37 37 41 43

CH

5 11 12 15 27 29 29 29 32 40

D

0 2 6 12 18 25 26 26 31 32
F 1 6 6 10 11 12 17 17 24 31

GB

1 6 6 7 10 15 19 19 27 33
I 6 13 14 22 22 30 32 32 38 41
P 1 2 7 14 16 19 19 19 21 26
YU 1 6 9 15 15 23 26 26 27 31

Fil Rouge abandoned during the final round of 4 due to equipment failure.
A reserve game was played after the scheduled final game.

Result

 Team

Points

Final Scoreboard

1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th
6th
8th

 B • Charleroi l
 I • Grado
 CH • Fribourg
 GB • Coleraine
 D  • Groß-Zimmern
 F • Troyes
 YU • Varaždin
 P • Lousã

43
41
40
33
32
31
31
26

Additional Information

After three heats of the Fil Rouge, game failure prevented Portuguese team Lousã and Swiss team Fribourg from finishing. A reserve game - ‘Sack Race Down Slope’ - was held after the final game. If the original result had stood, Italian team Grado would have finished in 3rd place on the Fil Rouge. However, in the reserve game, they finished in 5th place, robbing the team of 2 points, an equal 1st place with Belgian team Charleroi and a qualifying place in the International Final!

An excellent selection of behind the scenes photographs from this International Heat can be found on the flickr website (erroneously listed as hailing from 1987).

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I

Jeux Sans Frontières 1980

Heat 5

Event Staged: Wednesday 9th July 1980
Venue: Martina Franca, Italy

European Transmissions (Local Timings):
TSI (CH-Italian):
Wednesday 9th July 1980, 8.05-9.30pm (Live)
SSR (CH-French):
Wednesday 9th July 1980, 8.05-9.30pm (Live)
RTP (P): Wednesday 9th July 1980, 8.00-9.30pm (Live - DST)
JRT (YU):
Wednesday 9th July 1980, 8.05-9.30pm (Live)
BRT (B): Wednesday 9th July 1980, 9.05-10.20pm (Live - DST)
RTBF (B): Wednesday 9th July 1980, 9.05-10.25pm (Live - DST)
SRG (CH-German): Wednesday 9th July 1980, 9.05-10.30pm
RAI Due (I):
Friday 11th July 1980
ARD-WDR (D): Saturday 12th July 1980, 2.45-4.15pm

Antenne 2 (F): Sunday 17th August 1980
BBC1 (GB):
Friday 12th September 1980, 7.05-8.20pm

Theme: Return to Nature

Teams: Merksem (B) v. Lodrino (CH) v. Willingen (D) v. Rumilly (F) v.
Bridlington and North Wolds (GB) v.Martina Franca (I) v. Santarém (P) v. Budva (YU)

Team Members included:
Bridlington and North Wolds (GB) - Nigel Butterworth, Mark Fenton, Brian Gallagher, Caroline Gallagher, Dawn Holdsworth, Jean Hyde, Adrian Thompson, Valerie Wilkinson, Walter Wilkinson;
Martina Franca (I) - Elisabetta Bruno, Angelo Carbotti, Paolo Carrieri, Anna Maria de Ingeniis, Lucia Lodeserto, Martino Lodeserto, Patrizia Miola, Armando Pellegrini, Riccardo Ponte, Ester Russo, Giuseppe Schiavone (Team Captain), Rita Semeraro, Achille Tuzzi, Vito Zaino.

Games: Chickens, Sunflowers, Donkeys, Glow-Worms, Collecting Beans, Stingrays, Sheep and Giant Squirrels;
Fil Rouge: Frogs.

Game Results and Standings

Games

Team / Colour

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

CH

--- 4 2 4 5 6 3 4 4

D

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

GB

3 7 --- 5 1 4 1 6 3
I 4 4 4 14 6 2 --- 3 7
P 2 4 3 6 --- 1 2 1 1
YU 5 1 --- 3 3 3 12 8 6
Running Totals
(Leading teams shown in red)
B 0 8 13 20 26 34 39 46 54

CH

0 4 6 10 15 21 24 28 32

D

1 8 14 15 15 20 24 29 31
F 6 13 14 15 17 24 24 26 31

GB

3 10 10 15 16 20 21 27 30
I 4 8 12 26 32 34 34 37 44
P 2 6 9 15 15 16 18 19 20
YU 5 6 6 9 12 15 27 35 41

Result

 Team

Points

Final Scoreboard

1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
5th
7th
8th

 B • Merksem l l
 I • Martina Franca
l
 YU • Budva
 CH • Lodrino
 D • Willingen
 F • Rumilly
 GB • Bridlington and North Wolds
 P • Santarém

54
44
41
32
31
31
30
20

Additional Information

As the theme for this heat was ‘Return to Nature’, it gave Italian games designer Popi Perani the usual ideal conditions to create some wonderfully coloured costumed games.

The Belgian team Merksem were so determined to win this heat, they had ensured victory before the final game. Leading the Italian team from Martina Franca by 9 points, Merksem increased their lead by winning the final game (gaining another 8 points), whilst Martina Franca came in 2nd, scoring 7 points.

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GB

Jeux Sans Frontières 1980

Heat 6

Event Staged: Wednesday 23rd July 1980, 8.00-10.30pm
Venue: Avisford Park, Walberton, Arundel, West Sussex, Great Britain

European Transmissions (Local Timings):

RAI Due (I): Saturday 26th July 1980
ARD-WDR (D): Saturday 2nd August 1980, 3.10-4.35pm
RTP (P): Sunday 3rd August 1980, 7.00-8.30pm
TSI (CH-Italian): Wednesday 6th August 1980, 8.05-9.30pm
SSR (CH-French):
Wednesday 6th August 1980, 8.05-9.30pm
JRT (YU): Wednesday 6th August 1980, 8.05-9.30pm
SRG (CH-German): Wednesday 6th August 1980, 8.45-10.10pm

RTBF (B): Wednesday 6th August 1980, 9.05-10.25pm
BRT (B): Wednesday 6th August 1980, 9.10-10.35pm
Antenne 2 (F): Sunday 24th August 1980
BBC1 (GB):
Friday 19th September 1980, 7.00-8.20pm

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Theme: Magic

Teams: Saint-Ghislain (B) v. Meiringen-Hasliberg (CH) v. Groß-Umstadt (D) v.
Aurignac (F) v. Arun (GB) v. Monreale (Sicilia) (I) v. Machico (Madeira) (P) v. Tuzla (YU)

Team Members included:
Arun (GB) - Martin Eley (Team Captain), Jan Barnes, Brian Duffield, Erica Ellicot, Mike Fairs, Aileen Fletcher, Sally Groome, Penny McDougal, Graham Nicholson, Graham Oldrieve, Jennie Puttock, Peter Simmonds, Jeff Tidiman, Jeremy Tribe, Trevor Upton, Nigel Warr.

Games: The Disappearing Spots, Vanishing Act, Flying Carpets and Fakirs, Card Tricks, Rope Tricks, The Magic Box, The Magic Dice and Rabbits and Hats;
Fil Rouge: Budgies and Bells.

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 8 2 4 9 2 --- 2 3

CH

--- 6 6 7 12 6 4 7 7

D

9 1 --- 4 4 5 5 5 6
F 3 11 4 8 --- 7 1 6 4

GB

1 4 9 7 3 4 --- 8 1
I 12 5 --- 2 1 3 3 4 8
P 2 3 3 1 --- 1 12 3 2
YU --- 2 1 5 3 8 2 1 5
Running Totals
(Leading teams shown in red)
B 4 12 14 18 27 29 29 31 34

CH

0 6 12 19 31 37 41 48 55

D

9 10 10 14 18 23 28 33 39
F 3 14 18 26 26 33 34 40 44

GB

1 5 14 21 24 28 28 36 37
I 12 17 17 19 20 23 26 30 38
P 2 5 8 9 9 10 22 25 27
YU 0 2 3 8 11 19 21 22 27

Result

 Team

Points

Final Scoreboard

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

 CH • Meiringen-Hasliberg l l
 F • Aurignac
 D • Groß-Umstadt
 I • Monreale (Sicilia)
 GB • Arun
 B • Saint-Ghislain
 P • Machico (Madeira)
 YU • Tuzla

55
44
39
38
37
34
27
27

Looks Familiar?

The Fil Rouge in this heat involved giant budgerigars traveling along a perch and ringing a bell. Along with the giant rabbits (see note above), the budgerigars were to be a constant games feature in the 1981 season of It’s A Knockout.

Additional Information

This heat was unusual among Jeux Sans Frontières programmes of this era in that it was not transmitted live by any of the international broadcasters. In fact, in most cases it was not broadcast until over two weeks after it was staged. This was mainly due to the fact that the XXIInd Olympic Games were being held in Moscow from Sunday 19th July until Sunday 3rd August 1980, with most of the broadcasters concentrating their schedules on the event. This would also explain the 5-week staging difference between this and the following heat, and the reason that the next programmes were staged at one-week intervals instead of the normal fortnightly gaps, in order for the programme to spread into late autumnal stagings.

The Jeux Sans Frontières competition was staged as part of a four-day Summer Magic Festival at Avisford Park, starting on Sunday 20th July and culminating in the JSF heat between 8.00 and 10.30pm on Wednesday 23rd July 1980. Rehearsals were staged on Monday evening between 9.00 and 10.30pm and Tuesday between 8.00 and 10.30pm. The public were encouraged to attend both rehearsal nights, with Monday night tickets costing just 50p, Tuesday tickets £2.50 and the actual recording £3.50.

After Swiss team, Meiringen-Hasliberg’s win at Walberton, the BBC presented the team with one of the giant rabbit costumes which was used on the final game. The reason for the gesture was that Meiringen-Hasliberg lies in the Hasliberg valley, and the literal meaning of Hasliberg is ‘rabbit mountain’. The ‘rabbit’ made an appearance a year later when the Swiss heat was held at Meiringen-Hasliberg.

Swiss team Meiringen-Hasliberg was comprised of some very strong team members and was determined to win this heat. So much in fact that the team (like Belgian team Merksem in Heat 5) had already won the heat before the final game, and were 8 points clear of their nearest rival, French team Aurignac. But the team was not done yet and did not ‘lie on their laurels’ - whilst Aurignac was struggling on the game finishing in 5th place, Meiringen-Hasliberg had already come in 2nd on the game, securing another 7 points.

This heat was tragically marred by the death of co-organiser Jonathan Lewis, his body being found in the River Arun. Details can be found in Knockout TV.

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B

Jeux Sans Frontières 1980

Heat 7

Event Staged: Wednesday 27th August 1980
Venue: Stadspark, Diest, Belgium

European Transmissions (Local Timings):
TSI (CH-Italian):
Wednesday 27th August 1980, 8.05-9.30pm (Live)
SSR (CH-French):
Wednesday 27th August 1980, 8.05-9.30pm (Live)
JRT (YU): Wednesday 27th August 1980, 8.05-9.35pm (Live)
BRT (B): Wednesday 27th August 1980, 9.05-10.25pm (Live - DST)
RTBF (B): Wednesday 27th August 1980, 9.05-10.25pm (Live - DST)
SRG (CH-German): Wednesday 27th August 1980, 9.05-10.30pm
RTP (P):
Wednesday 27th August 1980, 9.55-11.25pm
ARD-WDR (D):
Saturday 30th August 1980, 3.10-4.35pm
RAI Due (I):
Sunday 31st August 1980

Antenne 2 (F): Sunday 31st August 1980
BBC1 (GB):
Friday 26th September 1980, 7.05-8.20pm

Theme: Conservation of the Earth

Teams: Diest (B) v. Airolo (CH) v. Baunatal (D) v. Coutances (F) v.
Bracknell (GB) v. Cortona (I) v. Figueira da Foz (P) v. Kraljevo (YU)

Team Members included:
Airolo (CH) - Ferruccio Aldighiero, Simona de Agostini, Luca Figgini, Marinella Jori, Massimo Filippini, Renato Gianetti, Franz Gut, Paul Gut, Edy Mottini, Sandro Pedretti, Donatella Pessina, Simona Peverelli, Ulisse Piccardi, Eliano Ramelli, Roberta Ramelli, Marcel Scheidegger;
Bracknell (GB) - Dennis Lansley (Team Captain), Michael Bond, Caroline Clarke, Terri Irvine, Martin Scarterfield.

Games: Collecting Banners, Collecting Food, Climbing on Globe, Water-Powered Cars (abandoned), Tug-o-War and Couples, Saving Energy at Home, Drilling for Oil and Irrigating the Desert;
Reserve Game: Sack Race;
Fil Rouge: Melting the Icebergs.

Game Results and Standings

Games

Team / Colour

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

CH

4 8 1 5 14 --- 8 6 7

D

1 6 --- 5 7 12 1 8 5
F --- 2 9 6 1 5 6 1 4

GB

5 6 3 --- 4 3 2 5 8
I --- 8 2 5 2 4 3 3 2
P 1 1 --- 5 5 1 4 2 3
YU 6 11 4 --- 6 2 5 4 6
Running Totals
(Leading teams shown in red)
B 3 9 21 21 22 26 26 33 40 41

CH

4 12 13 13 18 32 32 40 46 53

D

1 7 7 7 12 19 31 32 40 45
F 0 2 11 11 17 18 23 29 30 34

GB

5 11 14 14 14 18 21 23 28 36
I 0 8 10 10 15 17 21 24 27 29
P 1 2 2 2 7 12 13 17 19 22
YU 6 17 21 21 21 27 29 34 38 44

Following a protest by the West German team regarding the game equipment, Game 4 was abandoned and a reserve game was played after the scheduled final game.

Result

 Team

Points

Final Scoreboard

1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th
7th
8th

 CH • Airolo l
 D • Baunatal
 YU • Kraljevo
 B • Diest
 GB • Bracknell
 F • Coutances
 I • Cortona
 P • Figueira da Foz

53
45
44
41
36
34
29
22

The Venue

Diest, Belgium

The Belgian city of Diest, playing host to this International Heat, were that year celebrating the 750th Anniversary of the founding of their settlement in 1230.

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D

Jeux Sans Frontières 1980

Heat 8

Event Staged: Wednesday 3rd September 1980
Venue: Schloßplatz, Coburg, West Germany

European Transmissions (Local Timings):
TSI (CH-Italian):
Wednesday 3rd September 1980, 8.05-9.30pm (Live)
SSR (CH-French):
Wednesday 3rd September 1980, 8.05-9.30pm (Live)
JRT (YU):
Wednesday 3rd September 1980, 8.05-9.30pm (Live)

BRT (B): Wednesday 3rd September 1980, 9.05-10.25pm (Live - DST)
RTBF (B): Wednesday 3rd September 1980, 9.05-10.25pm (Live - DST)
RAI Due (I): Wednesday 3rd September 1980, 9.05-10.30pm (Live - DST)
SRG (CH-German): Wednesday 3rd September 1980, 9.05-10.30pm
RTP (P): Wednesday 3rd September 1980, 10.05-11.30pm
ARD-WDR (D): Saturday 6th September 1980, 2.45-4.15pm

Antenne 2 (F): Sunday 7th September 1980
BBC1 (GB):
Friday 3rd October 1980, 7.00-8.20pm

Theme: The Distractions of Coburg

Teams: Sint-Genesius-Rode (B) v. Braunwald (CH) v. Coburg (D) v. Annecy (F) v.
Gateshead (GB) v. Orvieto (I) v. Angra do Heroísmo (Terceira) (P) v. Priština (YU)

Team Members included:
Gateshead (GB) - Jim Atkinson, David Aywin, Steve Barrett, Diane Bell, Angela Corbett, Ian Hornby, Terry Lewis, Dave Roberts, Debbie Ross, George Skidmore, Ian Westwood, Anne Wilson.

Games: Horses and Chariots, Marbles, Cleaning the Well, Quarrel at the Market, Sausages, Spearing the Eagle, Pigs and Farmers and Gymnasts;p
Fil Rouge: Bears.

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 1 4 8 --- 5 2 2 5

CH

2 8 --- 1 1 3 1 7 7

D

12 4 2 5 5 6 --- 2 6
F 4 3 --- 3 12 7 6 5 8

GB

3 5 12 4 4 3 --- 4 4
I 1 2 3 2 --- 8 3 8 3
P --- 6 1 7 2 1 9 3 2
YU --- 7 9 6 3 5 4 6 1
Running Totals
(Leading teams shown in red)
B 5 6 10 18 18 23 25 27 32

CH

2 10 10 11 12 15 16 23 30

D

12 16 18 23 28 34 34 36 42
F 4 7 7 10 22 29 35 40 48

GB

3 8 20 24 28 31 31 35 39
I 1 3 6 8 8 16 19 27 30
P 0 6 7 14 16 17 26 29 31
YU 0 7 16 22 25 30 34 40 41

Result

 Team

Points

Final Scoreboard

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

 F • Annecy l l
 D • Coburg
 YU • Priština
 GB • Gateshead
 B • Sint-Genesius-Rode

 P • Angra do Heroísmo (Terceira)
 CH • Braunwald

 I • Orvieto

48
42
41
39
32
31
30
30

Additional Information

Gateshead were the only British team to win their Joker game this year!

Yugoslavian team Priština squandered the chance of winning this heat. Joint leaders with French team Annecy before the final game - ‘Gymnasts’ - the team came in 8th place on the game, whilst Annecy won the game and secured the ever-important 8 points. This poor Yugoslavian performance allowed West German team Coburg to sneak in and snatch 2nd place, after being 4 points behind both teams before the game!

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Exists in European archives

 

Teams Qualifying for International Final

Country

 Team Qualifying Heat Position Points
B  Merksem 5 I 1 54

CH

 Meiringen-Hasliberg

6 GB 1 55

D

 Toftnau

2 P 1 44
F  Annecy 8 D 1 48

GB

 Rhuddlan

2 P =2 40
I  Martina Franca 5 I 2 44
P  Vilamoura 2 P =2 40
YU  Portorož 3 YU 1 46
 

B

Jeux Sans Frontières 1980

International Final

Event Staged: Wednesday 10th September 1980
Venue: La Citadelle de Namur, Namur, Belgium

European Transmissions (Local Timings):
TSI (CH-Italian):
Wednesday 10th September 1980, 8.05-9.30pm (Live)
SSR (CH-French):
Wednesday 10th September 1980, 8.05-9.30pm (Live)
JRT (YU): Wednesday 10th September 1980, 8.05-9.30pm (Live)
BRT (B): Wednesday 10th September 1980, 9.05-10.25pm (Live - DST)
RTBF (B): Wednesday 10th September 1980, 9.05-10.25pm (Live - DST)
RAI Due (I): Wednesday 10th September 1980, 9.05-10.30pm (Live - DST)

SRG (CH-German): Wednesday 10th September 1980, 9.45-11.10pm

Antenne 2 (F): Sunday 14th September 1980
ARD-WDR (D):
Saturday 20th September 1980, 2.45-4.16pm
BBC1 (GB):
Friday 10th October 1980, 7.00-8.20pm
RTP (P): Not transmitted (see Additional Information)

Theme: The Marriage of the Young Bridegrooms

Teams: Merksem (B) v. Meiringen-Hasliberg (CH) v. Todtnau (D) v.
Annecy (F) v. Rhuddlan (GB) v. Martina Franca (I) v.Vilamoura (P) v. Portorož (YU)

Team Members included:
Todtnau (D) -
Linda Böhler, Harald Ebner, Fritz Ebser, Wolfgang Ebser, Angelika Fritz, Fritz Gnädinger, Edgar Iwertowski, Doris Lederle, Winfried Rotzinger, Heidi Strohmeier, Gerhard Thoma, Reiner Trojan, Andreas Walleser, Edgar Winterhalter and Hildegard Wurth;
Martina Franca (I) - Giuseppe Schiavone (Team Captain), Elisabetta Bruno, Angelo Carbotti, Paolo Carrieri, Anna Maria d’Ingeniis, Lucia Lodeserto, Martino Lodeserto, Patrizia Miola, Armando Pellegrini, Riccardo Ponte, Ester Russo, Rita Semeraro, Achille Tuzzi, Vito Zaino.

Games: Honeymooners and Maze, Car Up Slope and Flowers, Finding the Girl, Finding the Rings, Mothers-in-Law, Finding the Garter, Registry Office and Beam and The Wedding Night;
Fil Rouge: The Bridge Over the Canal.

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 3 --- 1 3 6 6 6 8

CH

--- 6 4 2 5 3 3 7 4

D

3 5 6 4 --- 7 2 8 2
F 9 1 6 8 --- 2 5 4 1

GB

1 4 6 5 6 8 --- 5 6
I --- 2 5 3 1 4 6 1 7
P 4 7 12 6 2 6 --- 2 5
YU 2 8 --- 7 6 1 1 4 3
Running Totals
(Leading teams shown in red)
B 6 9 9 10 13 19 25 31 39

CH

0 6 10 12 17 20 23 30 34

D

3 8 14 18 18 25 27 35 37
F 9 10 16 24 24 26 31 35 36

GB

1 5 11 16 22 30 30 35 41
I 0 2 7 10 11 15 21 22 29
P 4 11 23 29 31 37 37 39 44
YU 2 10 10 17 23 24 25 29 32

Result

 Team

Points

Final Scoreboard

1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th
7th
8th

 P • Vilamoura l
 GB • Rhuddlan
l
 B • Merksem
l
 D • Todtnau
 F • Annecy
 CH • Meiringen-Hasliberg
 YU • Portorož
 I • Martina Franca

44
41
39
37
36
34
32
29

Additional Information

Portuguese broadcaster RTP scored a massive own goal with their decision not to screen this International Final. The Portuguese team of Vilamoura scored a famous triumph and the viewers at home could not even watch! When they realised their error, RTP reportedly cut to the live feed, but only to show the euphoria of the Portuguese team celebrating their victory. This must have been a frustrating experience for Portuguese Jeux Sans Frontières fans.

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JSFnetGB Series Guide pages researched by
Alan Hayes, David Hamilton, Neil Storer, Christos Moustakas, Philippe Minet,
Sébastien Dias, Ischa Bijl, Paul Leaver and JSFnet Websites