History Series / TheWeakestLink

23rd Oct '16 3:30:35 PM jameygamer
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* CuttingTheKnot: Each round has a maximum cap on what can be earned. Technically, contestants could have just banked values just a little before the top of the chain if they felt like it would be too hard to rattle off a consecutive chain of correct answers and simply accumulate the maximum value, automatically ending the round. Too bad this strategy never really saw use, because a ''lot'' of the games ended up being mired down by the contestants' unwillingness to even go past the first few links in the chain without compulsively banking.

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* CuttingTheKnot: Each round has a maximum cap on what can be earned. Technically, contestants could have just banked values just a little before the top of the chain if they felt like it would be too hard to rattle off a consecutive chain of correct answers and simply accumulate the maximum value, automatically ending the round. Too bad this strategy never really saw use, because a ''lot'' of the games ended up being mired down by the contestants' unwillingness to even go past the first few links in the chain without compulsively banking.banking (this by default earns them derision from Anne and George).



** There have also been rounds where ''[[FailureIsTheOnlyOption no money at all was banked]]''. These were the instances when Anne really shined with her pithy commentary.

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** There have also been rounds where ''[[FailureIsTheOnlyOption no money at all was banked]]''. These were the instances when Anne really shined with her pithy commentary. George would become a LargeHam in these scenarios. Generally, on the UK version, if the team banked less than £100 in a round, Anne would mock them (this is less than $10,000 on the U.S. nighttime version and less than $1,000 on the U.S. daytime version).
23rd Oct '16 3:26:32 PM jameygamer
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* AllOrNothing

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* AllOrNothingAllOrNothing: The "kitty" ultimately goes to just one player, and that's the person who survives all the votes and then wins the final head-to-head, at which point the bank is theirs to take home. Everyone who gets voted off and the loser in the final head-to-head leave with nothing.
23rd Oct '16 3:24:24 PM jameygamer
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# If the target value in the chain is reached (£1,000 in the normal version, £5,000 in the celebrity version) and banked, the round immediately ends and is essentially considered a perfect run, though not necessarily flawless. Alternatively, if the target value is accumulated despite not being reached in the chain, it also results in the round being successfully completed. In the final timed round with two contestants left, the banked money in that round is either doubled or tripled (depending on the format, and that's if anything is banked).
# The maximum value that could be won on the UK version show was £10,000 (£50,000 in the celebrity version) if in all rounds the target value is met. As with a large number of game shows, this is never done, as the rules encourage the contestants to not play perfectly, and anyway, the questions become much harder near the end.
# If anyone gets a question wrong, all the team's unbanked money is lost.

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# If the target value in the chain is reached (£1,000 in the normal version, £5,000 in the celebrity version, $125,000 on the nighttime American version, and $12,500 then $25,000 on the daytime version) and banked, the round immediately ends and is essentially considered a perfect run, though not necessarily flawless. Alternatively, if the target value is accumulated despite not being reached in the chain, it also results in the round being successfully completed. In the final timed round with two contestants left, the banked money in that round is either doubled or tripled (depending on the format, and that's if anything is banked).
banked; one half-hour nighttime American version episode would quadruple the final banked total of this round).
# The maximum value that could be won on the UK version show was £10,000 (£50,000 in the celebrity version) if in all rounds the target value is met. On the nighttime American version, the max value was $1,000,000, and the daytime version cut this down to $75,000 and then $100,000. As with a large number of game shows, this is never done, as the rules encourage the contestants to not play perfectly, and anyway, the questions become much harder near the end.
# If anyone gets a question wrong, all the team's unbanked money on that chain is lost.lost and they are reset at the start of the chain.



Made Anne Robinson very famous and gave her a [[TheMeanBrit reputation for nastiness]] as she took her tough, no-nonsense style (previously seen on consumer-affairs show ''Watchdog'') to [[DeadpanSnarker new levels]]. Her popularity made it so that she ended up hosting the American version as well (which, however, lasted only a year). George Gray later helmed a syndicated version in the U.S. with its top prize and run time cut in half and the contestant pool reduced, but it didn't last more than a season either and wound up in reruns on low-rated Creator/{{PAX}} afterwards.

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Made Anne Robinson very famous and gave her a [[TheMeanBrit reputation for nastiness]] as she took her tough, no-nonsense style (previously seen on consumer-affairs show ''Watchdog'') to [[DeadpanSnarker new levels]]. Her popularity made it so that she ended up hosting the American version as well (which, however, lasted only a year). George Gray later helmed a syndicated version in the U.S. with its top prize and run time cut in half and the contestant pool reduced, but it didn't last more than a season either and wound up in reruns on low-rated Creator/{{PAX}} afterwards.
23rd Oct '16 3:20:20 PM jameygamer
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# If the target value in the chain is reached (£1,000 in the normal version, £5,000 in the celebrity version) and banked, the round immediately ends and is essentially considered a perfect run, though not necessarily flawless. Alternatively, if the target value is accumulated despite not being reached in the chain, it also results in the round being successfully completed. In the final timed round with two contestants left, the money increments are doubled.

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# If the target value in the chain is reached (£1,000 in the normal version, £5,000 in the celebrity version) and banked, the round immediately ends and is essentially considered a perfect run, though not necessarily flawless. Alternatively, if the target value is accumulated despite not being reached in the chain, it also results in the round being successfully completed. In the final timed round with two contestants left, the banked money increments are doubled.in that round is either doubled or tripled (depending on the format, and that's if anything is banked).
10th Mar '16 5:05:35 PM HowlingSnail
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* JokeCharacter: K9 in the Doctor Who special.
3rd Feb '16 11:21:49 AM Gimere
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* CatchPhrase[=/=]TitleDrop: "You ''are'' the weakest link. Goodbye!"

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* CatchPhrase[=/=]TitleDrop: CatchPhrase: "You ''are'' [[TitleDrop the weakest link.link]]. Goodbye!"



* DeadpanSnarker: Anne and George alike.

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* DeadpanSnarker: Both Anne and George alike.had their moments.



* RunningGag: [[{{Troll}} People seem to like trying to make Anne Robinson laugh by cracking jokes or doing something weird.]]

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* RunningGag: [[{{Troll}} People seem to like trying to [[{{Corpsing}} make Anne Robinson laugh laugh]] by cracking jokes or doing something weird.]]
30th Dec '15 8:11:55 PM Gimere
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!!GameShow Tropes in use:

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6th Dec '15 2:20:10 PM bravo104
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** One memorable first round featured a contested who spend a good twenty seconds figuring out [[WhatAnIdiot which days of the week began with the letter T.]] As he went first, he ended up being the only contestant who answered two questions correctly and was technically the strongest link. It didn't stop him being voted off.

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** One memorable first round featured a contested contestent who spend spent a good twenty seconds figuring out [[WhatAnIdiot which days of the week began with the letter T.]] As he went first, he ended up being the only contestant who answered two questions correctly and was technically the strongest link. It didn't stop him being voted off.
6th Dec '15 10:00:10 AM bravo104
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** One memorable first round featured a contested who spend a good twenty seconds figuring out [[WhatAnIdiot which days of the week began with the letter T.]] As he went first, he ended up being the only contestant who answered two questions correctly and was technically the strongest link. It didn't stop him being voted off.
3rd Dec '15 4:46:37 AM HowlingSnail
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# If the target value in the chain is reached ($1,000 up to $125,000 in the hour-long original version, $100 up to $12,500 in the downsized 30-minute syndicated version) and banked, the round immediately ends and is essentially considered a perfect run, though not necessarily flawless. Alternatively, if the target value is accumulated despite not being reached in the chain, it also results in the round being successfully completed. In the final timed round with two contestants left, the money increments are doubled.
# The maximum value that could be won on the show is $1,000,000 ($100,000 in the syndicated version) if in all rounds the target value is met. As with a large number of million-dollar primetime game shows, this never happened due the rules purposely being stacked against the contestants' favor, contestants being pitted against each other rather than working as teams (save for a few charity episodes where they really do willingly work together) and plenty of game mechanics that incite self-defeat.

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# If the target value in the chain is reached ($1,000 up to $125,000 (£1,000 in the hour-long original normal version, $100 up to $12,500 £5,000 in the downsized 30-minute syndicated celebrity version) and banked, the round immediately ends and is essentially considered a perfect run, though not necessarily flawless. Alternatively, if the target value is accumulated despite not being reached in the chain, it also results in the round being successfully completed. In the final timed round with two contestants left, the money increments are doubled.
# The maximum value that could be won on the UK version show is $1,000,000 ($100,000 was £10,000 (£50,000 in the syndicated celebrity version) if in all rounds the target value is met. As with a large number of million-dollar primetime game shows, this is never happened due done, as the rules purposely being stacked against encourage the contestants' favor, contestants being pitted against each other rather than working as teams (save for a few charity episodes where they really do willingly work together) to not play perfectly, and plenty of game mechanics that incite self-defeat.anyway, the questions become much harder near the end.
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