With thanks to Jack to alerting us to the new Turkish version of Avanti un Altro! which is OK but a bit baffling.
However this morning we watched Au Suivant, the French-Canadian version currently airing on Radio Canada which you can watch using the dark arts. It’s actually very good, by far the best version of the format outside of Italy. It plays down the comedy aspect that defines the Italian show (although don’t take that to mean it gets rid of it, host Stéphane Bellavance is as congenial as they come and looks like Chris Moyles) whilst keeping the energy up and plays up the quiz aspect – around fifteen rounds in its 35 minutes of main game. It does not have a regular set of characters, instead twice a show the stage opens up and people are bought in to show off their talent or skill and then a round of questions is asked on it. The carousel seems to have a lot more special scrolls, including bonus prizes.
I really like it, it’s proof the show can work without Paolo Bonolis if it’s approached the right way, although I’ve got no idea how well it’s rating. It’s been running weekdaily since September.