Saturday, 8pm (GMT) / 9PM (CET)
…and hopefully Youtube.
It’s not every day you get an entertainment show that lasts thirty years. Even fewer that after thirty years get their own spin-off series (A Question of Sport: Super Saturday?).
But here we are, and it looks like it’s got a budget to boot. Willy Rovelli opens up Pere Fouras’ old theme park (where he made his golden fortune, before falling in love with a fairy and exiling himself to Fort Boyard) to two teams of celebs, who armed with an initial 100 Boyards, will go round the park and its various rides and events trying to earn more gold for their chosen charities. Unfortunately for the celebs, the traditional sideshow games have been given a Boyard-esque twist, with games promising to be equally funny and horrible. In the end, teams will race to climb an 18m ferris wheel – whether this is as iconic as the Treasure Room remains to be seen.
Really it’s amazing more people haven’t used theme parks and carnivals as a base setting for something – they have a natural inclination towards games of skill and chance and unusual fun other things. Adventure Line seems to have gone pretty all-in on this and we hope it all works out for them (although not to the extent they stop putting effort into Fort Boyard, obv.) Four episodes to come.
Also of interest on France 5 on Sunday 22nd December at 4:30pm GMT, a documentary film Les maîtres des jeux télé, promising more footage of the Fort Boyard pilot. I’ll have to watch that on catch-up, but an exciting potential Christmas present!