The Weakest Link
was an Australian game show
based on the successful UK format
, which aired from February 2001 until April 2002 and was broadcast on the Seven Network
. Presented by Cornelia Frances
, the show featured nine contestants competing for a potential prize of $100,000. Airing twice weekly in primetime, on Mondays and Fridays, later Thursdays, it received modest ratings until its cancellation.
The Monday edition indirectly competed against the more-popular Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
(which airs at a later time on another network) and the Friday edition served as a lead-in to the AFL telecasts
in Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia only. Later on in the year, The Weakest Link
was moved to Thursdays at 7:30pm. In 2002, the show aired only once a week, on Mondays. Due to poor ratings, the show was cancelled for good with one of the final episodes being a lifestyle special that aired on 8 April 2002.
The show was produced in the Seven Network
's South Melbourne
The format of the Australian series was identical to that of the British version
apart from some slight time differences on rounds. The first round lasted for 2 minutes and 30 seconds as opposed to 3 minutes on the British version, and each round thereafter was reduced by 10 seconds (meaning a time limit of 80 seconds for the triple stakes round). As well as this, any money banked in round eight is tripled (e.g. if the contestants bank $1,000 then $3,000 would be added to the... Read More