It's A Knockout came to the end of the
line with the International Series itself drawing a close. For British viewers
it really was where it all ended, at least until the domestic series returned
briefly in 1999 and 2000 on Channel 5. Fans of the series in mainland Europe
only had six years to wait before Jeux Sans Frontières would return,
although British competitors would be absent until 1991 when Welsh broadcaster
S4C became involved in it.
This year’s Domestic series saw a ‘first’ of many things in It’s A Knockout. During the opening credits, previews of the games were
shown, with replays shown during the end credits, and there were also
picture-in-picture shots during the games.
Another overhaul of the It’s a Knockout scoreboard this
year (for the final time) - the flat numbered board scores which were changed
by the scoregirls, were replaced by wheeled numbers and were changed by a
member of the production crew behind the scoreboard out of eyeshot. This was
to give the impression of the scores being changed electronically.
Following Eddie Waring’s departure, It’s A Knockout
featured different guest presenters to present the marathon in each programme.