Jeux Sans Frontières 1982

Entrants 1982: Belgium (B) • Switzerland (CH) • France (F)
Great Britain (GB) • Italy (I) • Portugal (P) • Yugoslavia (YU)

Presenters of International Heats / Commentators:
Paule Herreman (except Heat 6), Georges Kleinmann (Heat 6 only) (RTBF - B)
Mike Verdrengh (BRT - B)
Georges Kleinmann, Jacques Deschenaux, Jan Hiermeyer, Ezio Guidi and Mascia Cantoni (CH)
Guy Lux, Simone Garnier and Claude Savarit (ANTENNE 2 - F)
Stuart Hall and Brian Cant (BBC - GB)
Simona Izzo and Michele Gammino (RAI - I)
Alice Cruz, Eladio Clímaco and Maria João Carreira (RTP - P)
 Milan Sabota (JRT - YU)

International Referees: Gennaro Olivieri and Guido Pancaldi

Designer (BBC): Stuart Furber
Producer (BBC): Geoff Wilson
Director (BBC): John Rooney
Produced by RTBF-BRT (B), SSR-SRG-TSI (CH), ANTENNE 2 (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 Switzerland observed DST)

I

Jeux Sans Frontières 1982

Heat 1

Event Staged: Tuesday 25th May 1982
Venue: The Harbour, La Maddalena (Maddalena), Italy

European Transmissions (Local Timings):
RTP 1 (P):
Tuesday 25th May 1982, 8.00-9.35pm (Live - DST)
SSR (CH-French):
Tuesday 25th May 1982, 9.05-10.30pm (Live - DST)
TSI (CH-Italian): Tuesday 25th May 1982, 9.05-10.30pm (Live - DST)
RAI Due (I):
Tuesday 25th May 1982, 9.05-10.30pm (Live - DST)

BRT (B): Wedesday 26th May 1982, 9.05-10.30pm
RTBF (B): Wednesday 26th May 1982, 9.05-10.35pm
SRG (CH-German): Saturday 29th May 1982, 2.00-4.45pm

Antenne 2 (F): Sunday 25th July 1982
BBC1 (GB exc. Wales):
Friday 10th September 1982, 6.50-8.00pm

Theme: The Seven Islands of the Archipelago

Teams: Jette (B) v. Gordola (CH) v. Sancerre (F) v. Charnwood (GB) v.
La Maddalena (Maddalena) (I) v. Tomar (P) v. Zadar (YU)

Team Members included:
Jette (B) - Thierry Hansman;
Gordola (CH) - Fabrizzio Bibi;
Sancerre (F) - Pascal Debulain, Arnaux Oisnaux;
Charnwood (GB) - Jeremy Ball, John Buckley, John Cryer, Elaine Foster, Ken Fox, Ann Fraser, Veronica Lattow, Brian Pyle, Jill Staven, Neville Wade, Jim Whitehead;
La Maddalena (Maddalena) (I) - Annamaria Cocco, Luciano Cossu, Giuseppe de Marzo, Salvatore Mannoni, Marcello Meloni, Piero Mendola, Vincenzo Mureddu, Masina Palitta, Gabriella Sabatini, Antonello Sagheddu (Team Captain), Stefano Urgeghe.

Games: Collecting Postcards, Jumping onto Fish, Rabbits and Golf, Octopuses, Escaping the Wild Boar, Seven Items into Net, Stopping the Horse and Donkeys Up Slope;
Fil Rouge: The Boat’s Flag;
Jokers: National Flags.

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 1 2 1 5 3 --- 2 3

CH

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

GB

2 12 --- 6 6 5 5 3 5
I 5 6 5 --- 2 6 3 5 6
P 6 3 4 5 --- 2 2 4 3
YU 4 5 4 3 2 --- 4 7 4
Running Totals
(Leading teams shown in red)
B 3 4 6 7 12 15 15 17 20

CH

0 3 9 13 18 24 25 26 33
F 1 1 2 4 9 10 16 22 25

GB

2 14 14 20 26 31 36 39 44
I 5 11 16 16 18 24 27 32 38
P 6 9 13 18 18 20 22 26 29
YU 4 9 13 16 18 18 22 29 33

Result

 Team

Points

Final Scoreboard

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

 GB • Charnwood l l
 I • La Maddalena (Maddalena)
l
 CH • Gordola
 YU • Zadar
 P • Tomar
 F • Sancerre
 B • Jette

44
38
33
33
29
25
20

The Games in Detail

Game 5 - Escaping the Wild Boar

The total time taken to complete ALL six rounds of Game 5 - ‘Escaping the Wild Boar’ - took no more than 36 seconds!


Game 7 - Stopping the Horse

On Game 7 - 'Stopping the Horse' - British competitor Jeremy Ball cost the Charnwood team one point. Although he had successfully jumped on the horse, pulled the brake and stopped it ahead of French team Sancerre, success got the better of him and he jumped off the horse before bringing it to a complete halt, and the horse continued to move. The judges deemed that the horse had been stopped at its now ‘new’ position, which was just beyond the French team’s distance!

Looks Familiar?

Two of the games from this heat were almost exact copies of previous games in Jeux Sans Frontières. Game 3 - ‘Rabbits and Golf’ - was the same as Game 2 in International Heat 3 held at Caslano Malcantone, Switzerland in 1976, but then the rabbits were moles. Also Game 7 - ‘Stopping the Horse’ - was the same as Game 2 in International Heat 1 held at Senigallia, Italy in 1973, but then the horse was a bull.

Additional Information

As in the 1981 series, the BBC elected to show the international heats in an order different to the recording sequence. The BBC transmission, in recording order, ran like this: Heats 1, 2, 3, 6, 4, 5, 7, Final.

As the teams entered the arena and as the end credits rolled, the strains of Italian classical music group Rondo Veneziano’s Capriccio Veneziano could be heard.

After winning their Joker on Game 2, there was no stopping British team Charnwood. Two more consecutive wins, followed by two 2nd placings ensured that the team had won before the final game (leading by 7 points). It was to prove the final victory by a team from Great Britain in Jeux Sans Frontières. The Welsh, however, would meet with success under the 'GB' banner as Cymru/Pays de Galles between 1991 and 1994.

The 1982 Jeux Sans Frontières series appears not to have been transmitted by BBC1 Wales.

Made in Colour • This programme exists in the BBC Archives

 

YU

Jeux Sans Frontières 1982

Heat 2

Event Staged: Tuesday 8th June 1982
Venue: Stadion Rade Končara (Rade Končar Stadium), Šibenik, Yugoslavia

European Transmissions (Local Timings):
JRT (YU):
Wednesday 9th June 1982, 8.05-9.30pm
BRT (B):
Wedesday 9th June 1982, 8.35-9.54pm
SSR (CH-French): Wednesday 9th June 1982, 8.35-9.40pm
TSI (CH-Italian): Wednesday 9th June 1982, 8.40-10.00pm
RTBF (B):
Wednesday 9th June 1982, 9.00-10.30pm
RAI Due (I): Thursday 10th June 1982
SRG (CH-German): Saturday 12th June 1982, 2.00-3.30pm
RTP 1 (P): Saturday 12th June 1982, 9.30-11.05pm
Antenne 2 (F): Sunday 1st August 1982
BBC1 (GB exc. Wales):
Friday 17th September 1982, 7.00-8.10pm

Theme: Children’s Folk Tales

Teams: Wielsbeke (B) v. Vallée de Joux (CH) v. Foix (F) v. Keswick (GB) v.
San Benedetto del Tronto (I) v. Ilhas dos Açores (P) v. Šibenik (YU)

Team Members included:
Keswick (GB) - Steve Braken, Caroline Charlton, David Critt, Geoff Davison, Terry Dixon, Grant Horsborough, Ian Miellier, Christine Stevenson, Sean Turner, Janet Wilson, Celia Witham;
San Benedetto del Tronto (I) - Paola Monaldi;
Ilhas dos Açores (P) - Delia Tristão;
Šibenik (YU) - Svetislav Dragović (Team Captain), Velibor Baošić (Co-Team Coach), Joško Bego (Co-Team Coach), Andrzej Sznesznowicz.

Games: Hansel and Gretel, Gulliver’s Travels, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Rapunzel, Ali Baba, Sleeping Beauty, Little Red Riding Hood and The Fairytale Book;
Fil Rouge: Cinderella’s Slipper;
Jokers: The Seven Dwarves.

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 12 2 1 --- 5 6 7 6

CH

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

GB

--- 1 6 1 4 3 5 3 7
I 3 --- 5 1 1 1 2 4 3
P 2 4 --- 6 2 2 6 5 2
YU 6 9 3 --- 6 4 3 3 4
Running Totals
(Leading teams shown in red)
B 4 16 18 19 19 24 30 37 43

CH

1 5 6 7 10 10 11 12 13
F 6 10 14 19 24 36 36 42 47

GB

0 1 7 8 12 15 20 23 30
I 3 3 8 9 10 11 13 17 20
P 2 6 6 12 14 16 22 27 29
YU 6 15 18 18 24 28 31 34 38

Result

 Team

Points

Final Scoreboard

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

 F • Foix l l
 B • Wielsbeke
 YU • Šibenik
 GB • Keswick
 P • Ilhas dos Açores
 I • San Benedetto del Tronto
 CH • Vallée de Joux

47
43
38
30
29
20
13

The Venue

Šibenik, Yugoslavia

The venue for this heat was the home stadium for local football club HNK Šibenik (Hrvatski Nogometni Klub Šibenik) and a crowd of 10,000 people came to watch the competition. At the time of the Jeux Sans Frontières programme, the stadium was called the Stadion Rade Končara (Rade Končar Stadium), named after Rade Končar, a notable Second World War partisan hero who fought the Nazis. In the post-Communist era, the stadium is now called Stadion Šubićevac, named after the area in which it stands.

The Games in Detail

Game 3 - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Game 3 - ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ - was a game of chance and luck. The idea of the game was that a male competitor dressed as the Prince had to run towards six doors and choose one to open. Behind one was a female team member dressed as Snow White, but behind the other five would be giant dwarves. If the Prince chose the dwarf, then he had to pick up a giant apple and run back to the beginning of the course and place it in a basket, then come back and choose again. If however he chose the right door, he had to pick up Snow White on his back and carry her to the halfway mark, where roles were reversed and Snow White had to carry the Prince on her back to the finishing line. The French team went first and picked the correct door on the first choice and got a time of 17 seconds. Next went the Italian and again the Prince chose the correct door and got a time of 16 seconds. Amazingly, the Yugoslavian went next and chose the correct door again and got a time of 19 seconds. This started to defy the law of chance, but then the fun began. The Belgian went next but failed to pick the correct door on the first two choices and got a time of 39 seconds, and then the Swiss Prince picked ALL five wrong doors, and eventually opened Snow White’s door on the sixth attempt - but she was a very tall girl and weighed about 13-stone, and he just could not pick her up. He hobbled along with her to the change-over point, whereupon she had no problem carrying him. Stuart Hall was in hysterics once again, but the Swiss Prince and Snow White also saw the funny side and were laughing too. Their time was 1 minute and 25 seconds and they placed last on this game by some considerable margin. Incidentally, British team Keswick went last, and miraculously picked the correct door and got back to the start in 15 seconds, and secured 6 points!


Game 4 - Rapunzel

On Game 4 - ‘Rapunzel’ - (played in three heats of two teams) a male team member was released from the castle and had to jump into the moat and climb out again and go and collect a flaming light. He then had to return to the castle through the moat (without extinguishing the flame) and place it in a holder. He then had to climb halfway up the castle wall by means of Rapunzel’s hair, and then swing across and grab a bunch of flowers. On completing this, he then had to climb further up the wall and place these flowers in another holder and then pull a lever which ejected the opposing team’s player to the ground. Belgium and Italy went first and neither completed the game, and then the Portuguese team completed the course in a time of 1 minute and Switzerland was plunged to the ground. When the French team player participated against the British, he forgot to put the flowers in the holder and pulled the lever. Referee Gennaro Olivieri stated that because of this the French team would get a time as a losing team and not a winning team. He said that the time for depositing the flowers was 49 seconds (although this was shown on the scoreboard as 39 seconds!). Despite this mistake it only cost the French team one position, because apart from Portugal, all other participants got an out-of-time score of zero without any flowers being desposited and each received 1pt.

Returning Teams and Competitors

Some of the members of Portuguese team Ilhas dos Açores had previously participated in 1981 as members of the São Miguel (Açores) team.

Additional Information

Swiss team Vallée de Joux, representing a complete valley community equalled and broke several unwanted records in this heat. Firstly, the team finished in last place on six of the eight games they participated in (equalling the Jeux Sans Frontières record set by British team Hawick in 1967). Secondly, they achieved the lowest points score ever - just 13pts. Thirdly, they set another record up to this point by attaining just 23.21% of their possible points score (13 out of 56). The previous low had been recorded by Italian team Gubbio, who scored only 14pts out of 56pts at the British International heat at Windsor in 1977. And finally, they hold the record for the lowest average points per game - a paltry 1.625pts.

At the end of the contest on the final scoreboard, asterisks appeared beside the top three teams - Foix, Wielsbeke and Šibenik - signifying that these three teams were, at that point, the representative team for its country in the International Final. This was the first time that this had ever occurred and continued throughout this series.

Made in Colour • This programme exists in the BBC Archives

 

F

Jeux Sans Frontières 1982

Heat 3

Event Staged: Tuesday 29th June 1982
Venue: Île-Saint-Germain, Issy-les-Moulineaux, Paris, France

European Transmissions (Local Timings):
SSR (CH-French):
Wednesday 30th June 1982, 8.05-9.40pm
JRT (YU): Wednesday 30th June 1982, 8.05-9.30pm
TSI (CH-Italian):
Wednesday 30th June 1982, 8.40-10.10pm
SRG (CH-German):
Wednesday 30th June 1982, 8.40-10.10pm
BRT (B): Wedesday 30th June 1982, 8.45-10.10pm
RTBF (B): Wednesday 30th June 1982, 9.05-10.40pm
RTP 1 (P): Wednesday 30th June 1982, 9.15-10.45pm
RAI Due (I): Thursday 1st July 1982
Antenne 2 (F): Sunday 8th August 1982
BBC1 (GB exc. Wales):
Friday 24th September 1982, 7.50-9.00pm

Theme: Transport Through the Ages

Teams: Spa (B) v. Romanshorn (CH) v. Issy-les-Moulineaux (F) v.
Christchurch (GB) v. Lanuvio (I) v. Algarve (P) v. Čačak (YU)

Team Members included:
Issy-les-Moulineaux (F) - Francine Dell, Jean-Marc Plessinou;
Christchurch (GB) - Nicky Arnold, Sean Duckerby, Paul Holmes, Ruth James, David Kemp, Paul Newman, David Perfect, Julia Pitt, Alvin Ransom, Robert Robinson, Graham Sayer, Jeannette Thompson, Peter Thornhill;
Algarve (P) - Luis Seripa.

Games: Sedan Chairs, Cyclo-Cross, Ambush the Stagecoach, Pony Express, Motor Cars, Helicopter, Aeroplane Baggage and Steam Trains;
Fil Rouge: Cycling;
Jokers: Montgolfier Balloons.

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 6 5 4 3 6 2

CH

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

GB

2 2 1 2 --- 3 6 4 6
I 4 1 5 3 3 --- 2 2 5
P 12 3 6 1 1 3 --- 1 1
YU --- 6 4 9 6 6 4 3 7
Running Totals
(Leading teams shown in red)
B 2 2 5 11 16 20 23 29 31

CH

3 8 8 20 23 24 25 30 33
F 6 10 12 12 18 23 28 35 39

GB

2 4 5 7 7 10 16 20 26
I 4 5 10 13 16 16 18 20 25
P 12 15 21 22 23 26 26 27 28
YU 0 6 10 19 25 31 35 38 45

Result

 Team

Points

Final Scoreboard

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

 YU • Čačak l l
 F • Issy-les-Moulineaux
 CH • Romanshorn
 B • Spa
 P • Algarve
 GB • Christchurch
 I • Lanuvio

45
39
33
31
28
26
25

The Games in Detail

Game 1 - Sedan Chairs

Game 1 - 'Sedan Chairs' - involved the type of chairs which were used in the 16th and 17th centuries to transport members of the gentry. On the game, a girl on a moving carousel had to run off and sit in a sedan chair. It then had to be transported across a moving carousel by two team members over a see-saw (which was on the middle of the carousel) and then down off the carousel and over two more see-saws. It finally had to be carried through a 20th century automatic car wash machine! This somewhat marred the reality of the game.


Game 6 - Helicopter

Game 6 employed a real ‘Bell 47G’ crop-spraying helicopter to create a downdraught to blow away the polystyrene boxes which the teams had to build into a pile and then climb.

Additional Information

Television production company A2 produced one of the best French costumed heats at Issy-les-Moulineaux on the Île-Saint-Germain (a small island in the River Seine) with some breathtaking games and sets. The last game featured seven steam trains which were billowing out smoke created by incendiary devices inside the funnels. It was so real that at one point, the smoke threatened to obscure the game completely, and the French camera team found it difficult to film the game. Spectacular stuff!

As in 1981, although the Portuguese team was representing the Algarve, the team comprised mainly of members from the towns of Albufeira, Carvoeiro, Portimão, Vilamoura and also this year Faro.

Made in Colour • This programme exists in the BBC Archives

 

CH

Jeux Sans Frontières 1982

Heat 4

Event Staged: Tuesday 13th July 1982
Venue: Army Barracks Parade Ground, Tesserete, Switzerland

European Transmissions (Local Timings):
RTP 1 (P):
Wednesday 14th July 1982, 7.30-8.55pm
SSR (CH-French):
Wednesday 14th July 1982, 8.05-9.35pm
JRT (YU): Wednesday 14th July 1982, 8.05-9.30pm
TSI (CH-Italian):
Wednesday 14th July 1982, 8.35-10.00pm
BRT (B):
Wedesday 14th July 1982, 8.45-10.10pm
SRG (CH-German): Wednesday 14th July 1982, 8.45-10.10pm

RTBF (B): Wednesday 14th July 1982, 9.10-10.40pm
RAI Due (I): Thursday 15th July 1982
Antenne 2 (F): Sunday 15th August 1982
BBC1 (GB exc. Wales):
Friday 8th October 1982, 7.50-9.00pm (as Heat 5)

Theme: Local Customs, Folklore and Festivals

Teams: Turnhout (B) v. Tesserete (CH) v. Vendôme (F) v. Lochgilphead (GB) v.
Garda (I) v. Caldas da Rainha (P) v. Umag (YU)

Team Members included:
Lochgilphead (GB) - Duncan Aitkin, Craig Campbell, Ian Campbell, ‘Tizzy’ Carmichael, Alistair Dewar, Mayveen Duncan, Linda Farrow, Gordon Lyland, John McAlpine, Liz Pollock and Anita Sinclair;
Caldas da Rainha (P) - Paula Almeida, Nuno Aniceto, Jorge Bandeirinha, Manuel Barreto, Jorge Favas, Orlanda Ferreira, Luisa Gouveia, Henrique Sales Henriques, João Mateus, Vitor Milheiro, Sérgio Oliveira and Maria José Rocha.

Games: Tossing the Baton, Tiling the Roof, Nuts and Spoons, Articles on the Island, Nests on Chimneys, Pudding Bowl, Chickens on Carpets and Blasting the Granite;
Fil Rouge: The Drunken Husbands;
Jokers: Bunches of Grapes.

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 6 --- 12 3 5 4 5 2

CH

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

GB

6 5 1 1 4 --- 2 2 4
I 2 4 6 4 1 6 --- 6 6
P --- 2 1 3 3 3 9 4 7
YU 3 --- 5 2 5 1 3 3 1
Running Totals
(Leading teams shown in red)
B 5 11 11 23 26 31 35 40 42

CH

5 6 11 11 23 29 35 42 45
F 2 5 6 11 11 12 13 14 19

GB

6 11 12 13 17 17 19 21 25
I 2 6 12 16 17 23 23 29 35
P 0 2 3 6 9 12 21 25 32
YU 3 3 8 10 15 16 19 22 23

Result

 Team

Points

Final Scoreboard

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

 CH • Tesserete l
 B • Turnhout
 I • Garda
 P • Caldas da Rainha
 GB • Lochgilphead
 YU • Umag
 F • Vendôme

45
42
35
32
25
23
19

The Games in Detail

Game 4 - Articles on the Island

Game 4 - ‘Articles on the Island’ - involved a boy from each team standing on a floating podium in the pool, and he had to hold sixteen larger-than-life items (without any of them touching the podium) which were given to him by his team-mates. These items included a beach ball, a bottle of wine, a box of chocolates, a bunch of grapes, a carpet, a cigarette packet, a framed picture, a roll of cloth, a shoe, a smoker’s pipe, a straw hat, a string of sausages, a suitcase, a vase, a watch and a wedge of cheese.


Game 6 - Helicopter

Game 6 employed a real ‘Bell 47G’ crop-spraying helicopter to create a downdraught to blow away the polystyrene boxes which the teams had to build into a pile and then climb.

Additional Information

Following two nights of clear weather for the rehearsals, the weather changed dramatically and torrential rain poured down during the recording. Lightning could clearly be seen and thunder heard during the TV transmission.

After a good start (1st place on Game 1, 2nd place on Game 2), things went sour for British team Lochgilphead. On Game 3, team member Alistair Dewar did not comply with the rules and was placed last, a placing they repeated on Game 4. The team was not able to recover and continued this downward trend.

Due to the inclement weather it was decided that at the start of Fil Rouge 2, to remove the large shoes on the feet of the ‘Drunken Husbands’, because the teams had had a hard time negotiating the course. This of course created faster times to complete the course, but hindered those teams that had scored good times on the first round, one of which was the British team!

Belgian town Turnhout was the centre of the playing card manufacturing industry in Europe at the time, with six major factories producing playing cards. All around the arena there were strewn hundreds of playing cards.

More bloopers galore in this heat! Once again, the BBC had failed to re-edit the commentary and screen displays. At the end of the programme, Swiss team Tesserete and Portuguese team Caldas da Rainha were both asterisked to show they were at the time qualifying for the International Final. However, the previous week, the BBC had already transmitted the recorded Heat 6, wherein Swiss team Versoix and Portuguese team Vila Real-Mateus had both achieved better positions and were currently the qualifying teams. Even Stuart Hall stated that no other team had bettered Tesserete’s score, and there had been four different winning countries from the first four heats, whereas in reality this was the fifth heat the BBC had transmitted. Oops again!

Although not officially celebrated, this was the 200th programme staged under the Jeux Sans Frontières name. This comprised 44 Winter programmes (35 Heats and 9 Finals), 144 Summer programmes (123 Heats, 4 Semi-Finals and 17 Finals) and 12 Christmas programmes.

Made in Colour • This programme exists in the BBC Archives

 

P

Jeux Sans Frontières 1982

Heat 5

Event Staged: Tuesday 27th July 1982
Venue: Escola Secundária de Francisco Franco, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

European Transmissions (Local Timings):
SSR (CH-French):
Wednesday 28th July 1982, 8.05-9.35pm
JRT (YU): Wednesday 28th July 1982, 8.05-9.30pm
TSI (CH-Italian): Wednesday 28th July 1982, 8.40-10.10pm
BRT (B):
Wedesday 28th July 1982, 8.35-10.00pm (unconfirmed)
SRG (CH-German):
Wednesday 28th July 1982, 9.00-10.25pm
RTBF (B):
Wednesday 28th July 1982, 9.00-10.35pm (unconfirmed)
RTP 1 (P): Wednesday 28th July 1982, 10.10-11.45pm
RAI Due (I):
Thursday 29th July 1982
Antenne 2 (F): Sunday 22nd August 1982
BBC1 (GB exc. Wales):
Friday 15th October 1982, 7.50-9.00pm (as Heat 6)

Theme: Madeiran Life

Teams: Rochefort (B) v. Schinznach (CH) v. Lodève (F) v. Rotherham (GB) v.
Recoaro Terme (I) v. Ilha da Madeira (P) v. Novi Sad (YU)

Team Members included:
Lodève (F) -
Gilles Balaine, Michel Bertrand, Alain Franc, Daniel Fuentes, Christine Julien, Claude Moulin, Michelle Moulin, Martine Nespoulous, Pascal Vaillé, Nicolas Vierne, Sylvie Vierne;
Rotherham (GB) - John Ambler, June Beardsley, Michael Braden, Sharon Burton, Duncan Cadman, Jackie Cross, Martin Evans, Derek Franks, Brian Hardy, John Timmonds, Janine Winder;
Recoaro Terme (I) - Mauro Asnicar, Raffaella Besco, Nevio Bosa, Alfonso Castagna, Giorgio Castagna, Laura Cornale, Diego dalla Vecchia, Giovanna Luna, Gastone Pace, Maria Cristina Randon, Elena Rovere, Davide Stocchero, Livio Storti, Maurizio Storti.

Games: Oxen and Sledges, Trampling the Grapes, Uncorking the Wine, Cats and Fish, Collecting Fruit, Riding the Seagull, Defending the Goal, Cycling and Donkeys and Madeira;
Fil Rouge: Washing and Flowers;
Jokers: Brinquinhos.

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 4 9 5 4 --- 4 7 1

CH

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

GB

1 --- 1 1 1 1 4 2 5
I 1 2 --- 3 3 6 1 5 7
P 1 1 6 --- 12 5 6 6 3
YU 5 3 4 6 --- 4 5 4 6
Running Totals
(Leading teams shown in red)
B 6 10 19 24 28 28 32 39 40

CH

1 13 16 22 27 30 30 33 37
F 0 12 14 16 18 20 22 23 25

GB

1 1 2 3 4 5 9 11 16
I 1 3 3 6 9 15 16 21 28
P 1 2 8 8 20 25 31 37 40
YU 5 8 12 18 18 22 27 31 37

Result

 Team

Points

Final Scoreboard

1st
1st

3rd
3rd
5th
6th
7th

 B • Rochefort l l
 P • Ilha da Madeira
l l
 CH • Schinznach
 YU • Novi Sad
 I • Recoaro Terme
 F • Lodève
 GB • Rotherham

40
40

37
37
28
25
16

Presenters, Officials and Production Team

At the end of the fourth Fil Rouge, Stuart Hall stated that the Belgian team had won three out of the four Fils Rouge rounds and that it was the first time that a team had achieved it. He had a very short memory as it was only the previous year that the team of Kingston-upon-Hull achieved the same feat at Pula in Yugoslavia!

Looks Familiar?

The cat costumes used on Game 4 of this heat were the same as those used at the Portuguese International Heat at Belém in 1981.

Additional Information

This was the heat where British team Rotherham equalled the record set by Belgian team Middelkerke in 1972, for the lowest score ever in Jeux Sans Frontières after Game 6. The scorecard for Rotherham at that point was as follows: Game 1 (1 point), Game 2 (did not compete), Game 3 (1 point), Game 4 (1 point), Game 5 (1 point - played the Joker), Game 6 (1 point). A total of 5 points from 6 games!

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GB

Jeux Sans Frontières 1982

Heat 6

Event Staged: Tuesday 10th August 1982
Venue: Sherborne Castle Park, Sherborne, Dorset, Great Britain

European Transmissions (Local Timings):
SSR (CH-French):
Wednesday 11th August 1982, 8.05-9.35pm
JRT (YU): Wednesday 11th August 1982, 8.05-9.30pm
TSI (CH-Italian): Wednesday 11th August 1982, 8.40-10.10pm
BRT (B):
Wedesday 11th August 1982, 8.35-10.00pm
SRG (CH-German): Wednesday 11th August 1982, 8.45-10.10pm
RTBF (B): Wednesday 11th August 1982, 9.00-10.35pm
RTP 1 (P): Wednesday 11th August 1982, 9.35-11.15pm

RAI Due (I): Thursday 12th August 1982
Antenne 2 (F): Sunday 29th August 1982
BBC1 (GB exc. Wales):
Friday 1st October 1982, 7.45-9.00pm (as Heat 4)

Theme: The Sailors' Homecoming

Teams: Frameries (B) v. Versoix (CH) v. Dieppe (F) v. West Dorset (GB) v.
Lizzano (I) v. Vila Real-Mateus (P) v. Ulcinj (YU)

Team Members included:
Frameries (B) - Alberto Cassas, Pedro Cassas, Joseline Demustier and Michele Maurice;
Versoix (CH) - Jacques Stigmeyer;
Dieppe (F) - Philippe Bonpierre;
West Dorset (GB) - Tim Barclay, Sally Bunwell, David Butt, Alex Fairley, Penny Fowler, Robert Hayman, Colin Hayward, David Mason, Peter Mason, Jeff Palmer, Sue Rowe, Chris Thomas-Peters and Michael Woods;
Lizzano (I) - Luciano Boscaino, Cosimo Cervellera, Anastasia Cesarano, Antonio Paolo D'Arcangelo, Massimo Donadei, Francesco Laudadio, Raffaella Leo, Anna Maria Paradisa, Cosimo Peluso, Michele Rapezzi and Elisa Romito;
Vila Real-Mateus (P) - Maria Lopez and Carlos Santos.

Games: The Landing Party, Sir Walter’s Cape, The Tavern Barmaid, Sword Fight, The Sailors’ Parrots, Barrel of Rum, The Press Gang and Return to the Ship;
Fil Rouge: The Stowaways;
Jokers: Pirates and Parrots.

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 2 2 1 2 3 1 2

CH

6 --- 6 12 3 4 6 5 4
F 1 4 --- 4 2 9 2 7 5

GB

3 9 4 --- 4 1 5 6 6
I 2 3 3 3 --- 6 5 5 3
P 5 6 5 9 6 --- 1 5 1
YU 4 2 2 1 6 12 --- 5 7
Running Totals
(Leading teams shown in red)
B 0 1 3 5 6 8 11 12 14

CH

6 6 12 24 27 31 37 42 46
F 1 5 5 9 11 20 22 29 34

GB

3 12 16 16 20 21 26 32 38
I 2 5 8 11 11 17 22 27 30
P 5 11 16 25 31 31 32 37 38
YU 4 6 8 9 15 27 27 32 39

Result

 Team

Points

Final Scoreboard

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

 CH • Versoix l l
 YU • Ulcinj
 GB • West Dorset
 P • Vila Real-Mateus
 F • Dieppe
 I • Lizzano
 B • Frameries

46
39
38
38
34
30
14

The Games in Detail

Game 4 - Articles on the Island

Game 4 - ‘Articles on the Island’ - involved a boy from each team standing on a floating podium in the pool, and he had to hold sixteen larger-than-life items (without any of them touching the podium) which were given to him by his team-mates. These items included a beach ball, a bottle of wine, a box of chocolates, a bunch of grapes, a carpet, a cigarette packet, a framed picture, a roll of cloth, a shoe, a smoker’s pipe, a straw hat, a string of sausages, a suitcase, a vase, a watch and a wedge of cheese.


Fil Rouge - The Stowaways

Although Yugoslavian team Ulcinj completed the 3rd Fil Rouge heat in a time of 44 seconds, referee Gennaro Olivieri disqualified the team as they had gained an advantage on time because the male team member had failed to completely cover his female co-competitor with the sack. Olivieri considered that this made the game too easy to complete. The team was therefore given the maximum time of 1 minute 30 seconds. The Belgian team of Frameries were also disqualified in the same Fil Rouge heat for the same reason. Italian team Lizzano committed the same mistake in the 4th Fil Rouge and were similarly disqualified.

Presenters, Officials and Production Team

The RTBF’s regular commentator Paule Herreman was unwell when this International Heat was staged and consequently, she was replaced for one event only by Georges Kleinmann of the Swiss Television French language broadcaster SSR. British viewers had no clue as to Ms Herreman's illness other than a credit for Kleinmann appearing on the end credits. However, the RTBF broadcast included a mention of this by the in-studio continuity announcer before the programme and also at the beginning of the broadcast, Kleinmann is heard to greet the Swiss audience along with the Belgian. He explained that Paule Herreman was ill and that she had personally asked him to stand in for her and extend her best wishes to the Belgian team of Frameries. He added that all Paule's friends in the JSF family wished her a speedy recovery.

Additional Information

This was a disappointing night for Belgian team Frameries, as this was the team’s second appearance in Jeux Sans Frontières (the first being in 1977 at International Heat 2 held at Saint-Vrain, France). On that occasion, the team finished a reputable 3rd position, but this year, the team became the second worst team in the programme’s history (at this time) by scoring just 14 points. This equalled Italian team Gubbio’s score of 1977 at International Heat 5 held at Windsor, but the team had been saved from total disgrace by Swiss team Vallée de Joux which had scored just 13 points earlier this year in International Heat 2.

The town of Frameries issued a commemorative bronze coin to mark their participation in this Jeux Sans Frontières event (not that when the day came the team offered much to be remembered!). The coin was one of a set of four, with the other three celebrating the 150th Anniversary of a famous writer from the town, Joseph Dufrane, who wrote under the pseudonym Bosquètia. The date on the coin suggests that the JSF event was originally scheduled to be staged on Wednesday 11th August 1982. The BBC ultimately staged the recording a day earlier on Tuesday 10th. Larger images of the front and rear of the coin can be seen in our Collectables section, here.

Due to the BBC’s transmission sequence being different to the recording order, it failed to re-edit the commentary and screen displays. At the end of the programme, Portuguese team Vila Real-Mateus should have been asterisked to show it was at the time qualifying for the International Final, but it wasn’t. Stuart Hall stated that Versoix had bettered the Tesserete’s score and were qualifying for the International Final, but Tesserete’s heat had not yet been transmitted!

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B

Jeux Sans Frontières 1982

Heat 7

Event Staged: Tuesday 24th August 1982
Venue: Sint-Pietersplein, Gent, Belgium

European Transmissions (Local Timings):
SSR (CH-French):
Wednesday 25th August 1982, 8.05-9.40pm
JRT (YU): Wednesday 25th August 1982, 8.05-9.30pm
TSI (CH-Italian): Wednesday 25th August 1982, 8.40-10.00pm
BRT (B):
Wedesday 25th August 1982, 8.45-10.05pm
RTBF (B): Wednesday 25th August 1982, 8.55-10.45pm
SRG (CH-German): Wednesday 25th August 1982, 9.00-10.25pm
RTP 1 (P): Wednesday 25th August 1982, 9.30-11.15pm

RAI Due (I): Thursday 26th August 1982
Antenne 2 (F): Sunday 5th September 1982
BBC1 (GB exc. Wales):
Friday 22nd October 1982, 7.50-9.00pm

Theme: Gent in the Year 1544

Teams: Gent (B) v. Plaffeien (CH) v. Le Cannet (F) v. Gloucester (GB) v.
Maratea (I) v. Viseu (P) v. Jajce (YU)

Team Members included:
Gent (B) - Michael Pauls, Bruno Everite;
Plaffeien (CH) - Christiane Pillar;
Gloucester (GB) - Peter Boone, Julie Burrell, Barry Evans, Andy Hammond, Keith Irwin, Lynn Parker-Dodd, Nigel Phelps, Tina Prince, Paul Stanwood, Mike Wilmott, Vivian Woolley;
Viseu (P) - Pedro Palma.

Games: Unsaddling Horsemen, Escaping from Dungeon, Loading the Carts, Erecting the Painting, Lifting the Mace, The Cooking Pot, The Giant Dragons and Unreeling the Banners;
Fil Rouge: The Flying Men;
Jokers: Flying Dragons.

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 3 3 --- 6 3 4 7 7

CH

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

GB

6 5 9 2 1 6 --- 4 4
I --- 1 3 1 5 2 1 1 3
P 1 --- 12 3 2 1 5 3 1
YU 5 1 --- 5 3 9 3 2 2
Running Totals
(Leading teams shown in red)
B 1 4 7 7 13 16 20 27 34

CH

4 10 11 17 17 23 25 31 37
F 3 7 13 17 23 23 29 34 39

GB

6 11 20 22 23 29 29 33 37
I 0 1 4 5 10 12 13 14 17
P 1 1 13 16 18 19 24 27 28
YU 5 6 6 11 14 23 26 28 30

Result

 Team

Points

Final Scoreboard

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

 F • Le Cannet l
 CH • Plaffeien
 GB • Gloucester
 B • Gent
 YU • Jajce
 P • Viseu
 I • Maratea

39
37
37
34
30
28
17

The Games in Detail

Game 6 - The Cooking Pot

The most hilarious game of the night was Game 6 - ‘The Cooking Pot’ - which again was based on another game, this time Game 4 at the Belgian International Heat held at Antwerpen in 1977. The game involved a large steaming cooking pot and three team members dressed as vegetables - a stick of celery, a leek and a carrot - and an opposing girl team member dressed as a headless chicken. The idea of the game was for the two boys to lift the ‘vegetables’ into the pot whilst the ‘chicken’ obstructed them from doing so. Then the chicken had to be lifted (with obvious impediment from the girl inside) into the pot as well, to obtain the time. Whilst most of the girls (as headless chickens) used their head (no pun intended) and ran to the end of the course after the second vegetable had been lifted into the pot, it was a different story when the Italian girl from Maratea played against Great Britain. After the second ‘vegetable’ had been lifted into the pot, the Italian ‘chicken’ stayed at the edge of the pot and so made it easy for the British boys to grab and lift her in the pot! The Yugoslavians and the Swiss both played their Jokers on this game but were demoted to 2nd and 3rd places respectively because Great Britain won the game (the second on the night). Once again, BBC commentator Stuart Hall was in fits of hysterics, and the crowd could clearly be seen and heard laughing and clapping.

Looks Familiar?

It was déjà vu for Great Britain in this heat. Game 5 - ‘Lifting the Mace’ - was an exact copy of Game 5 at the Swiss International held at Carouge in 1977. On that occasion, British team Macclesfield had to lift a 25-foot hammer, and turn it 180° on a pivot, whereas in this heat it was a giant mace. The same fate happened to the Gloucester team - it was unable to lift the giant mace and finished in last place on the game.

Additional Information

This heat was definitely the best Belgian heat to date, and ironically happened to be the last heat of the initial run of Jeux Sans Frontières!

With Gloucester securing a 2nd place in this heat, Great Britain achieved a unique record this year, by having teams placed at every possible position across the seven International Heats: 1st Place - Charnwood; 2nd Place - Gloucester; 3rd Place - West Dorset; 4th Place - Keswick; 5th Place - Lochgilphead; 6th Place - Christchurch and 7th Place - Rotherham.

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Teams Qualifying for International Final

Country

 Team Qualifying Heat Position Points
B  Rochefort 5 F =1 40

CH

 Versoix

6 GB 1 46
F  Foix 2 YU 1 47

GB

 Charnwood

1 I 1 44
I  La Maddalena (Maddalena) 2 I 2 38
P  Ilha da Madeira 5 P =1 40
YU  Čačak 3 F 1 45
 

I

Jeux Sans Frontières 1982

International Final

Event Staged: Tuesday 7th September 1982
Venue: Piazzale del Meratele, Urbino, Italy

European Transmissions (Local Timings):
RAI Due (I):
Tuesday 7th September 1982, 9.05-10.30pm (Live - DST)
JRT (YU): Wednesday 8th September 1982, 8.00-9.30pm
SSR (CH-French): Wednesday 8th September 1982, 8.05-9.45pm
TSI (CH-Italian): Wednesday 8th September 1982, 8.40-10.10pm
BRT (B):
Wedesday 8th September 1982, 8.45-10.10pm
SRG (CH-German): Wednesday 8th September 1982, 9.05-10.30pm
RTBF (B): Wednesday 8th September 1982, 9.10-10.40pm
RTP 1 (P): Wednesday 8th September 1982, 9.35-11.15pm
Antenne 2 (F): Sunday 12th September 1982
BBC1 (GB exc. Wales):
Friday 29th October 1982, 7.50-9.00pm

Theme: Choice Games

Teams: Rochefort (B) v. Versoix (CH) v. Foix (F) v. Charnwood (GB) v.
La Maddalena (Maddalena) (I) v. Ilha da Madeira (P) v. Čačak (YU)

Team Members included:
Versoix (CH) - Dominic Benier, Jacques Stigmeyer;
Charnwood (GB) - Jeremy Ball, John Buckley, John Cryer, Elaine Foster, Ken Fox, Ann Fraser, Veronica Lattow, Brian Pyle, Tina Small, Shelna Stant, Jill Staven, Neville Wade, Jim Whitehead;
La Maddalena (Maddalena) (I) - Antonello Sagheddu (Team Captain), Luciano Cossu, Annamaria Cocco, Giuseppe de Marzo, Salvatore Mannoni, Marcello Meloni, Piero Mendola, Vincenzo Mureddu, Masina Palitta, Gabriella Sabatini, Stefano Urgeghe.

Games: The High Jump (Italy), Mice and Cheese (Switzerland), Stilt Walkers (Belgium), Chess Pieces (Yugoslavia), Swimming to Lifebelts (Portugal), Roasting the Chickens (France), The Balancing Tigers (Great Britain) and Plates of Spaghetti;
Fil Rouge: Descending Orchestra;
Jokers: Irish Leprechauns.

Game Results and Standings

Games

Team / Colour

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

CH

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

GB

5 1 1 4 9 --- 3 5 2
I 9 3 --- 5 2 1 4 2 7
P 2 --- 3 2 4 2 12 4 6
YU 2 4 4 6 --- 3 2 6 1
Running Totals
(Leading teams shown in red)
B 0 12 17 20 22 28 33 40 45

CH

6 11 23 23 29 33 34 35 38
F 3 5 7 9 12 17 17 20 24

GB

5 6 7 11 20 20 23 28 30
I 9 12 12 17 19 20 24 26 33
P 2 2 5 7 11 13 25 29 35
YU 2 6 10 16 16 19 21 27 28

Result

 Team

Points

Final Scoreboard

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

 B • Rochefort l
 CH • Versoix
l
 P • Ilha da Madeira
l
 I • La Maddalena (Maddalena)
 GB • Charnwood
 YU • Čačak
 F • Foix

45
38
35
33
30
28
24

Presenters, Officials and Production Team

As this was to be the last International Final, designers from each of the competing countries were asked to devise a game. Italian designer Adolfo ‘Popi’ Perani was also responsible for the Fil Rouge, ‘Descending Orchestra’, and the final game, ‘Plates of Spaghetti’.

At the end of this heat, RTBF Belgian commentator Paule Herreman was given a special mention because she had been with Jeux Sans Frontières for all of its 18 years! A remarkable achievement, which was never bettered in the commentary box.

Looks Familiar?

The Fil Rouge in this heat, which saw an orchestra of seven team members holding a different instrument in each of the four rounds, was almost the same as the Fil Rouge in International Heat 3 held at Riccione, Italy in 1975. The four different instruments being held were violins, harps, double basses and pianos, and all four rounds were played against strains of the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Hooked on Classics.

Additional Information

For the first time ever, the teams were not introduced into the arena. Their entrances had been filmed earlier in the day, in and around Duke Federico da Monfeltro’s palace (which over-shadowed the arena) and were played on the TV screens for the spectators.

The old saying “If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again” clearly came to fruition for Belgian team Rochefort this year. After three attempts in Jeux Sans Frontières (the first being in 1975 when the team finished 5th, the second in 1978 when they finished 2nd), not only did the team succeed in winning their International Heat, but was also victorious in this International Final!

There was a major blooper at the start of this heat. For some obscure reason when transmitting the animated opening titles, those from the 1979-80 series were used. These clearly showed West German broadcaster ARD (who had left the programme at the end of 1980), and the now infamous misspelling of It’s a Knockout as ‘Its’s a Knockout’!

The final music played over the end credits was very fitting - ‘Auld Lang Syne’!

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