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Sunday 18th August 2019 - JSF 1968... Rounding off our 1968 updates, Neil has turned his attention to Jeux Sans Frontières 1968, and as a result the page has received a major update.

Friday 16th August 2019 - Spiel Ohne Grenzen 1968 / Stedenspel-Zeskamp 1968... Staying with the 1968 series, today Neil updates the Spiel Ohne Grenzen and Stedenspel-Zeskamp pages for that year.

Thursday 15th August 2019 - New Brighton 1968 / Interneige 1968 / It's A Knockout 1968... It's always thrilling to be able to add some information concerning the earliest days of It's A Knockout, and that what we've been able to do today as Ian and Sandra Hughes have kindly furnished us with details of a 1968 IAK between New Brighton and Blackpool. This includes New Brighton team members (IAK 1968 Heat 2, JSF 1968 Heat 1), an Additional Note for the IAK heat and a newspaper clipping from The Wallasey News. Also today, the pages for Interneige 1968 and It's A Knockout 1968 have received a major spruce-up thanks to Neil Storer's diligent research work.

Tuesday 13th August 2019 - A Proper Catch-Up Session... Lots added today, things that have been waiting in my inbox for a day when I had some time on my hands. Let's get straight down to it: a Dutch Referee's Pocket Badge from 1970; team photo for Hoogland 1970; team photo for Wierden 1974; team photo for Maastricht 1975 (thanks to Neil Storer); a photo of the Maastricht venue added to the Series Guide page (from Neil); team photo for Ragusa 1979 (thanks to Gianni Magrin); a lovely newspaper feature about British referee Mike Swann from 2004 (from Gianni); Andy Aliffe and Neil have kindly supplied Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft team members, added to IAK 1970 (a photo, venue information and game standings have also been added) and JSF 1970 (a photo has also been added to the International Final). Finally, thanks to Ian and Sandra Hughes for a photo of the New Brighton team of 1968.

Thanks also to David Laich Ruiz, who has sent over the latest news about the 'new JSF'. It appears that in a break with tradition, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) will not be involved in the programmes, with the Mediaset conglomerate running it, primarily Mediaset Italia. While the series is acknowledged as being the return of Jeux Sans Frontières, it will in this new era go by the new name of Eurogames. Participating countries are confirmed as being Spain, Italy, Greece, Poland, Germany and a sixth country that (depending on the source) is either France or Russia. Each country is to provide five teams composed of competitors with a link to the towns they represent. Spanish teams will be: Ciudad Rodrigo (previously competed in 1992), Mérida, Aranda de Duero (Burgos) and Monforte de Lemos (Lugo). This has been confirmed by Ciudad Rodrigo's city council, which has started the selection process for the show (their team will be in Rome from 11th-15th September 2019). The fifth Spanish team is yet to be confirmed (at least to the media). Each team in the new competition will comprise 10 members of ages between 18 and 55. Town councils will each pay €10,000 including tax to the organisers – this payment will cover participation expenses in the contest, including travel and accommodation. It still remains unclear whether the French version announced by France Télévisions in June is the same programme as Eurogames or not.

Monday 12th August 2019 - A tough year... The last few months have been very busy for me - and also very sad as since April I've lost both my closest friend, suddenly and unexpectedly at just 55, and also a much-loved pet, whose cancer my wife and I had been managing since the New Year. There have been other things going on, too, not least the fact that my parents have been burgled three times this year - and we've been beefing up their security (and the good news is that finally things have quietened down with them). Anyway, I wanted to explain on the site why maybe updates have been less frequent and email response time has been sometimes wayward. I do apologise, but 2019 has been one of those years where real life has got in the way.

 
 

One thing I do want to highlight is that there is an It's A Knockout-related stage play coming up in October at the Theatre Seven in Shrewsbury entitled Shrewsbury's Finest Hour, about the 1969 IAK/JSF team from that city which ended up sharing the 1969 JSF Gold Trophy with Wolfsburg of Germany. I have a feeling that this is almost certainly the first play about JSF! Click here for details!

Monday 22nd July 2019 - The TWO? Returns of JSF... They say you wait for a bus and then two come along at once, and it's now looking like the same applies to JSF as it appears there are two distinct revival series being produced. The EuroGames series (now confirmed as being recorded at Cinecittà World in Rome) appears to be a separate entity from the series announced by France Télévisions back in June, so we might have two new JSF series happening in 2019. Swiss Television were reportedly approached by producers Mediaset to be involved in EuroGames, but did not consider they had time to organise their participation and hope to join the series for the second year in 2020. EuroGames filming takes place from 2nd September to 18th October this year. Thanks to Neil for rooting out this news.

Friday 19th July 2019 - Latest on the Return of JSF... Thanks to Neil for the latest news about the return of Jeux Sans Frontières. It seems that the Italians will be producing the series, with six heats and a final being staged at Cinecittà World Amusement Park in Rome. They will be calling the series EuroGames, though other competing countries - Germany, Poland, Austria, Spain and Switzerland - may possibly use the JSF name. Hosts will be Ilary Blasi and Alvin. The first programme is due to air on either the 12th or 19th September with the final being screened in November.

Monday 8th July 2019: A couple of lovely promotional items have been sent in by Neil Storer - namely a commemorative plate for the Liège 1976 JSF heat (Collectables 1976) and a tie produced for the Windsor 1977 JSF heat (Collectables 1977).

Thursday 27th June 2019 - The Return of JSF! Maybe the biggest announcement ever at this site. Twenty years after the final edition of the 'second series' of Jeux Sans Frontières in 1999, it appears that plans are afoot in France to revive the show for a third series! After six months of planning, Nagui will be producing a revived JSF for the France 2 channel, with teams from France and five other countries (one of whom is believed to be Italy, where it will air on Canale 5) competing. The show is likely to be recorded in Romania. The news was announced on 18th June at the Théâtre Marigny by Takis Candilis, Deputy General Manager for France Télévisions, at the group's press conference. Thanks to Kostas at JSFnetGREECE for letting us know about this exciting development. More news when we have it! :)

Wednesday 26th June 2019: It's not often that we are able to add a whole new year's competition to a series, but thanks to Neil Storer's diligent research we are able to do so today! A previously unknown (to us at least) series of Zeskamp from 1971-72 has come to light. Details are sketchy but it's great to find out about it. Also updated as a result, the Netherlands Team Database and Venue Database. A note has also been added to JSF 1972 Heat 4. Well done, Neil!

Sunday 16th June 2019: Official theme and game titles plus Welsh team members added for the two Wales heats of JSF 1993.

Friday 7th June 2019: Dave Moore has come back to us with a photo from the Shrewsbury team's 50th anniversary get together. The photo, by Deanna Selby, can be seen on the IAK 1969 page.

Wednesday 29th May 2019: Thanks to Shrewsbury team member Dave Moore for dropping us a line to let us know that the team got together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their It's A Knockout appearance (IAK 1969) on Saturday 25th May. Great to hear!

Tuesday 7th May 2019: Many thanks to Val Matthews, who has kindly donated a souvenir programme relating to the 1980 JSF heat at Antibes. As a result, I've been able to update the Games titles and Team Members for that event (Heat 1 JSF 1980).

Tuesday 16th April 2019: My thanks to the JSFnetGREECE site for passing along some sad news today.

Kostas Sgontzos, the Greek presenter of Jeux Sans Frontières for the 1996 to 1999 series, passed away following a stroke at the age of 62 on 14th April 2019. Kostas was well known in Greece, having enjoyed a long career in television and radio as a music presenter, radio producer and journalist. He became known to the public by presenting the ERT music show Mousiko Kalidoskopio (Music Kaleidoscope) and from JSF, which he co-hosted with Dafne Bokota (1996-1997) and later worked on as sole Greek presenter (1998-1999). He participated in the production of the legendary festival Rock in Athens 85. JSFnetGB are sad to hear the news of his death and send our condolences to his family, friends and fans. Rest in peace Kostas.

Wednesday 13th March 2019: A nice JSF collectible today - a souvenir pin badge from the 1979 British heat at St Albans.

Friday 22nd February 2019: Two team photos added today - Blanzac-Porcheresse to Teams 1977 and Sunderland to Teams 1981. Thanks to Neil for sending these along.

Tuesday 19th February 2019: Another great item added to Collectibles 1978, again with thanks to Neil, a sheet of commemorative stamp tags issued to coincide with the staging of the JSF heat from Verbania, Italy. Neil has also tracked down some team member names for the Blanzac-Porcheresse team that competed at Carouge in JSF 1977.

Monday 18th February 2019: A modest update today - thanks to Neil I've been able to add a commemorative sticker from the Swiss JSF heat in Arosa - see Collectibles 1978.

Wednesday 13th February 2019: A rare dalliance into the 1990s today - to present corrected staging dates for all JSF 1992 programmes along with official theme and games titles for the two Welsh heats. Team member names have also been added for the Abertawe (Swansea) team for these events.

Saturday 19th January 2019: The focus today is on Collectibles... Many thanks to Andy Garner who has photographed and sent me a JSF baseball-style cap from the 1974 Northampton JSF heat. Scroll down the Collectibles 1974 page to see Andy's photograph of it. Further collectibles examples have been provided by Neil Storer - a beer mat from JSF Bristol 1973, an entry ticket for Spiel Ohne Grenzen 1974 from Rheinhausen, an IAK snack packet from 1976, what we think is probably a sticker from Frameries 1977 and a pin badge from the revived It's A Knockout 1999.

Tuesday 15th January 2019: A nice addition today - I've found some great film footage of the IAK Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth teams training for IAK 1970 Heat 5. It can be seen online at the East Anglian Film Archive site and is linked to from the IAK 1970 page.

Also today, I've added two PDFs to IAK 1976 Heat 6 (Redcar) - help yourselves to a free downloadable Souvenir Programme and Teams Sheet from this event! The information contained means I've been able to update the entry for this edition.

Sunday 13th January 2019: Thanks today to Hazel Ford for sending in a recent Radio Times feature mentioning IAK which I have added to the Magazines section (since the Radio Times section covers only the years that the show was on air in the UK).

Saturday 12th January 2019:  Happy New Year to all visitors and contributors to JSFnetGB!  We at JSFnetGB hope that readers had a good Christmas and New Year celebration! We hope that 2019 is good to all our visitors - and this site!

We start off for this first update of 2019 by adding the names of the full squads for the Dartmouth, Exmouth and Plymouth teams - IAK 1981 and for Dartmouth JSF 1981 - with thanks to Neil Storer for finding this information.


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