Fort Boyard 2020

Saturdays from July 11th,
8pm UK/9pm France
France 2 and hopefully Youtube

This ought to be an intriguing year for the show – the 31st season (and actual 30th birthday), and filmed under COVID conditions – facemasks at the relevant times and teams are reduced to five (from six) and they’ll stay outside the Treasure Room with Passe-Partout taxi-ing relevant players to relevant tests – not unlike how they did the bonus tasks on Toujours plus Fort! last year (which is also back for post-adventure entertainment after eight of the eleven episodes this year).

But they’re promising this won’t be a wasted year, there only seem to be a couple of new tests and adventures (that have been revealed to the press anyway) but they’ve gone big on the side events to freshen it up. There are the new Boos (Big and Little to go alongside Lady Boo), Willy Rovelli’s restaurant has been shut down in retaliation for opening Boyard Land without asking Pere Fouras first so he’s opened a speakeasy and changed the nature of Willymix, Cyril Gossbo is a new Ken doll-like character representing “the perfect gameshow host”, played by regular celeb contestant and ex-FB intern Cyril Ferraud, and the Boyard Academy has opened for remedial lessons as everyone’s missed school for months under the tutelage of comic Kevin Raze, who unfortunately is the laziest professor ever.

So plenty of surprises in store, hopefully it will still be a good watch even under the difficult recording cirumstances.

16 thoughts on “Fort Boyard 2020

  1. TVs Michael Harmstone

    Games we know are still on the fort – Manoir, Garage, Rodeo Dino, Laverie, Museum, Croco World, Temple Maudit, Bibliotheque Abandonée*, Roi du Silence, Saut de l’Ange, Araignée. No pictures have been released of anywhere outside of the Fort interior, but there’s an assumption that not much will have changed.

    (* = I think the door is still the same)

    Games that have been removed – Lutte (now Slaime), Voyage dans le temps (now Dentiste), Boyardodrome (now Willy’s Speakeasy), Percolateur (now Tata Fouras), Tri Selectif (now additional space for the catering, due to social distancing). Megagaf is also not on the fort this year, and the originally planned return of Narcisse isn’t happening this year (and that’s an interesting piece of information given the hornet’s nest it’s kicked!), and neither is the Napoleonic expert.

    I also think Momie may have been removed (the small bit of the door we’ve seen for it doesn’t look like the Momie door, although I’m aware that they don’t actually stand in front of the real room where it is).

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    1. Lee Turner

      I think Boyardodrome is actually still on the Fort. I remember seeing an article saying the Willy event replaces it but i’ve seen no where else that says the same thing. I remember also seeing a picture a contestant posted of them holding the clepsydre outside the room with the same door.

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      1. Alex Richards

        I think what they’ve done is gotten the numbers wrong in the reveal. Boyardodrome is 115. I believe (although I have no real evidence other than well-meaning speculation) the Dentist at 118 is a front for the speakeasy. There would be a mention of a proper ‘dentist’ game otherwise.

        Also it wouldn’t surprise me if a lot of what they removed in 2020 were to come back next year, this was always going to be a bit of an odd year in terms of stuff.

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        1. Brig Bother Post author

          I think it would be quite clever if, in fact, Boyardodrome was still listed as Boyardodrome, still looked like Boyardodrome from the outside, but once the contestants go in… surprise! It would make sense thematically.

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          1. TVs Michael Harmstone

            I’d be shocked if the door isn’t something completely innocuous (or the Boyardodrome one, given we know Willy’s Speakeasy is a two-player game) – this is a great way for them to bring back the original surprise of Willy’s Restaurant.

  2. TVs Michael Harmstone

    It also appears that Garage has had a little makeover inside. The game is still exactly the same, they’ve just refitted some bits.

    Also, Vincent C (formerly of the Boyard Academy parish) was on France’s Got Talent in 2017. One of the judges is Eric Antoine (formerly of the Boyard Academy parish in the same year as Vincent). He lost in the semi-final.

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  3. Lee Turner

    Judging by pics in Episode 2. Not all episodes will end with the Treasure room at night (Or the aftershow won’t be at night either)

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        1. Lee Turner

          Also looks like Boyard Wash is down to 1 player this year.

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          1. Alex Richards

            To be honest it went from one of the hardest games to one of the easier ones when it became automatic, anyway.

    1. Brig Bother Post author

      I don’t think the episodes that didn’t have Toujours plus Fort last year had it at nivht either.

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      1. Lee Turner

        All episodes had the Treasure Room at night last year. Will actually miss that this year. 🙁

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