新系列《最弱環節》的名人參賽者曝光

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新系列《最弱環節》的名人參賽者曝光

12月17日星期六,全新系列的《最弱環節》回歸BBC One,全新陣容的明星選手將走進演播室,為贏得高達50,000英鎊的慈善獎金而戰。這個系列標誌着繼去年獲得BAFTA獎的羅梅什-蘭格納森大獲成功之後,他第二次出山擔任主持人。

即將到來的系列賽將有名人選手Scott Mills、David Haye、Naga Munchetty、Brian McFadden、Ruby Wax和Lawrence Chaney出場,選手們將在一系列的主題情節中進行競爭。以Strictly為主題的劇集拉開序幕,其他主題劇集將包括聖誕特別節目、新年前夜、日間電視、食品和飲料以及體育。

BBC工作室創意總監兼節目執行製片人皮特-奧格登說:"由羅麥斯掌舵這個標誌性的問答節目,回到第二個系列,這絕對是太棒了。我們在製作這個節目時有很多樂趣,我希望觀眾將再次樂於看到羅麥斯擊敗一些國家最受歡迎的名人,讓他們一決高下。"

The Weakest Link(12 x 45)在格拉斯哥的BBC Pacific Quay拍攝,是BBC Studios Entertainment製作的。BBC工作室的執行製片人是Pete Ogden和Gareth Edwards,BBC的委託編輯是Neil McCallum。

在新系列回歸之前,我們採訪了Romesh,聊一聊這個節目。

踏入你作為主持人的第二個系列,你覺得你是如何使這個節目成為你自己的?

說實話,我不覺得這個節目是我的,也不覺得我是它的明星。我覺得明星是實際的節目形式本身。但是我在做這個系列的時候稍微不那麼緊張,因為當我們做第一個系列的時候,你不知道人們會如何反應。所以現在人們已經接受了我的存在,感覺很好。在上一個系列中,我正在了解這個節目的運作方式,因為我以前從未主持過問答節目。因此,從本質上講,我可以把做上一個系列描述為在整個過程中處於驚恐發作的邊緣,而現在我做了相反的事情,我幾乎感覺太舒服。時不時我就會開始緊張,因為我意識到我的感覺還不夠恐慌。所以基本上我想告訴你的是,從來沒有一個設定讓我對事情的發展感到滿意或滿足。每天我都在等待有人拍拍我的肩膀,悄悄地說:'你想收拾東西,悄悄地離開嗎?我以前從來沒有做過這樣的事情,所以完全說實話,我甚至沒有百分之百的把握,我上次是否會有什麼好的表現。每個人都知道《最弱小的環節》,它基本上是一個機構,不是嗎?因此,第二次來的時候,我很興奮。

是什麼讓《最弱小的環節》與其他問答節目區分開來?你認為這個節目的持久吸引力背後是什麼?

首先,如果你是一個問答節目的粉絲,你會喜歡這個節目,因為它有這麼多問題。我的意思是,有這麼多的問題。這個節目的好處是,你不僅要回答問題,而且還要記住你有多少個答案在鏈中。因此,你必須決定是否去銀行,而且你不想過早或過晚地做這件事。除此之外,你也不希望你的同伴認為你是最薄弱的環節。因此,你的腦海中一直都有這些東西在發揮作用。在節目開始時,你會看到參賽者做自我介紹,然後我們就直接進入問答環節。它是如此之快,當我們進入第一輪時,我將永遠不會厭倦看到他們的表情。這種危險的感覺很強烈。他們也在作為一個團隊工作,但隨後又互相反目,所以有很多衝突的目標。你必須背水一戰,然後你必須合作,然後再背水一戰。你可以看到策略隨着遊戲的進行而改變,在某一時刻,他們想保留最強壯的人,因為他們想為慈善事業獲得資金,但他們也意識到,他們將到達一個點,他們將與這些人對抗。我喜歡它,因為它可以導致人們對最簡單的問題都回答得很糟糕。

觀眾對這個最新系列能有什麼期待?你是否帶來了任何新的形式變化或動盪?

我最興奮的是布景。它是......有點性感。我們已經改變了一些,但形式上不需要太多的修補。我想說的是,作為主持人和團隊的個人發言,我們對其中的每一種元素都很糾結,我們試圖儘可能地提升它。所以有一些調整,你可能不會立即意識到。但我們試圖做的是把我們上個系列所做的所有事情都做對,然後在這個系列中給它們一點促進。這一次,我已經變得更容易掌握這一集的敘述方式。你在不同的劇集中會有很多不同的故事,隨着我們變得更加自如,我想我們作為一個團隊,已經更好地發現了這些故事,使每一集都有自己的特色。

你最喜歡拍攝哪一集?你有一個最喜歡的主題嗎?

我想說的是,日間電視的舒適和微笑世界與日間電視參賽者如何對待 "最弱環節 "形成了鮮明對比。這是我們做過的最緊張的一集。參賽者們相互戲謔,但隨後的戲謔中又有了些許鋒芒,然後你可以看到人們開始把目光投向獎品。有一些友誼因為這個節目而處於危險之中。有些人可能走出那裡就不再是朋友了,而我卻在想'我想知道他們在這之後是否還能聊天......'。但這就是我進入這個遊戲的真正目的,我只是想把所有這些美好的友誼都結束掉。如果我能做到這一點,那麼我就完成了我的工作。基本上,我是一個混亂的代理人。

如果你是《最弱小的環節》的參賽者,你認為你的表現會如何?

我患有深刻的、存在性的焦慮。我會對其中的每一項內容都感到緊張。所以不僅僅是答對問題,還有我對參賽者的態度有多好,以及人們是否喜歡我。我不知道自己能不能接受被選為 "最弱環節"。我只是太偏執於人們的想法了。我最終會試圖得到人們的聯繫方式,這樣我就可以在節目結束後問他們,這是否是我個人所為,或者是否真的是因為我把一個非常簡單的問題弄錯了。當我在主持節目的過程中看着他們的臉時,我覺得想大喊'感謝上帝,那不是我!'。我能感覺到他們在我問問題時的緊張。通常情況下,問題的開始是我說問題的主題,有時你可以看到他們一聽到這個主題就放棄了。有些人一聽到 "體育",你就會看到他們的臉色很難看。

那麼,如果你必須選擇一個話題,你會選擇什麼?

如果 "最弱環節 "只包括關於1993年至1998年期間東海岸嘻哈的問題,我絕對會把它打碎。我將是不可撼動的。

有什麼特別的名人選手讓你興奮地在節目中看到嗎?

我非常期待尼哈爾-阿塔納亞克(Nihal Arthanayake)參加節目,顯然,只要有喜劇演員參加,我就會很興奮。我們還有傑西卡-克納佩特,我們剛剛一起參加了喜劇節目 "迴避",她扮演一個和我分手的女人。顯然,在節目的背景下,我是完全公正的,但看着一個夥伴經歷一些嚴重的壓力,總是會增加一個額外的元素......然後還有很多我在這個即將到來的系列中所仰望的人。一些為英格蘭隊效力並贏得過世界盃的神奇體育人,我在他們身邊總是有點緊張。這是一個真正偉大的範圍,不同的人和個性。


A brand-new series of The Weakest Link returns to BBC One on Saturday 17 December with a fresh line-up of celebrity contestants stepping into the studio to battle it out for a chance to win up to £50,000 for charity. The series marks the second outing as host for BAFTA award winning Romesh Ranganathan after a hugely successful series last year.

The upcoming series will feature appearances from celebrity contestants Scott Mills, David Haye, Naga Munchetty, Brian McFadden, Ruby Wax and Lawrence Chaney, with contestants competing across a range of themed episodes. Kicking off with a Strictly themed episode, other themed episodes are set to include a Christmas special, New Year’s Eve, Daytime TV, Food and Drink and Sports.

Pete Ogden, BBC Studios Creative Director Entertainment North and Executive Producer of the show says: “It’s absolutely fantastic to be back for a second series with Romesh at the helm of this iconic quiz show. We have so much fun making the show and I hope audiences will once again relish seeing Romesh take down some of the nation’s favourite celebrities as they go head to head.”

Filmed at BBC Pacific Quay in Glasgow, The Weakest Link (12 x 45) is a BBC Studios Entertainment production. The Executive Producers for BBC Studios are Pete Ogden and Gareth Edwards and the Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Neil McCallum.

Before the new series returns, we caught up with Romesh to chat about the show.

Stepping into your second series as the host, how do you feel like you've made the show your own?

I don’t feel like the show is mine or that I'm the star of it to be completely honest with you. I feel like the star is the actual show format itself. But I’m slightly less nervous going into this series because when we did the first one you go into it just not knowing how people are going to respond. So now that people have kind of accepted me being there it feels good. The last series I was getting my head around how the show works as I'd never hosted a quiz show before. So essentially I would describe doing the last series as being on the very edge of a panic attack for the entire duration, whereas now I’ve done the opposite thing where I almost feel too comfortable. Every now and again I'll start getting nervous because I realise I'm not feeling panicked enough. So basically what I’m trying to tell you is there's never a set up where I’m happy or satisfied with how things are going. Every day I’m waiting for a tap on the shoulder from somebody saying quietly ‘Do you want to just pack up and leave quietly?’. I had never done anything like this before so to be completely honest I wasn't even one hundred percent sure if I was going to be any good at it last time. Everybody knows The Weakest Link, it’s basically an institution isn’t it? And so the second time round I’ve come in buzzing.

What makes The Weakest Link stand apart from other quiz shows? What do you think is behind the show’s enduring appeal?

Well first of all, if you're a fan of quizzing you are going to love this because there's so many questions. I mean, there's just so, so many questions. The beauty of the show is you've not only got to answer the questions, but you've also got a bear in mind how many answers you've got in the chain. So you’ve got to decide whether to a bank or not, and you don't want to do that too soon or leave it too late. Then on top of that you also don’t want your fellow contestants thinking that you’re the weakest link. So you've got all of these things playing on your mind the whole time. At the beginning of the show you see the contestants do their intros, and then we just dive straight into the quiz. It's just so quick, and I will never tire of seeing their faces drop when we go into that first round. The feeling of jeopardy is high. They're also working as a team but then turning on each other, so there are a lot of conflicting objectives. You have to backstab, then you have to work together and then backstab again. You can see the strategies changing as the game goes on where at one point they want to keep the strongest people in, because they want to get money for charity, but then also they realise that they're going to get to a point where they're up against those same people. I like it because it can lead to people answering even the simplest questions terribly.

What can viewers expect from this latest series? Are you bringing in any new format changes or shakeups?

The thing I'm most excited about is the set. It’s… kind of sexy. We've changed that up a bit, but the format doesn't need a lot of tinkering with. The thing I would say, speaking personally as the host and on behalf of the team, is we sort of agonize about every kind of element of it, and we try to elevate that as much as possible. So there are tweaks that you might not be immediately aware of. But what we've tried to do is take all of the things that we did right last series, and then just give them a bit of a boost this series. I've become more comfortable at picking up what the narrative of the episode is this time around. You end up with lots of different stories in different episodes, and as we become more comfortable I think we've become better as a team at spotting those to give each episode its own identity.

What's been your favourite episode to film? Do you have a favourite theme?

I would say the cosy and smiley world of daytime TV sits in sharp contrast to how the daytime TV contestants actually approach The Weakest Link. It was one of the tensest episodes we’ve ever done. The contestants are bantering with each other, but then the banter has got a bit of an edge to it and then you can see people starting to get their eyes on the prize. There are some friendships that have been put in jeopardy as a result of this show. Some people might walk out of there not being friends again and I’m left thinking ‘I wonder if they're still going to chat after this...’ But that's what I got into this game for really, I just want to bring all these nice friendships to an end. If I can do that, then I've done my job. I’m an agent of chaos, basically.

How do you think you would fare if you were a contestant on The Weakest Link?

I suffer from deep, existential angst. I'd be nervous about every single element of it. So not just only getting the questions right, but also how nice I’m being to the contestants and whether people like me or not. I don't know how well I would take getting voted off as the Weakest Link. I just get too paranoid about what people think. I would end up trying to get people's contact details so I can ask them after the show if it was something I did personally, or if it really was because I got a very simple question incorrect. When I'm watching their faces often in the middle of hosting the show I feel like shouting ‘Thank God that's not me!’. I can feel their tension as I ask a question. Often the question starts with me saying what topic the question is on and sometimes you can see them give up as soon as they’ve heard the topic. Some people as soon they hear ‘sports’ you just see their faces drop.

So if you had to pick a topic what would be yours?

If The Weakest Link consisted exclusively of questions about East Coast hip hop between 1993 and 1998, I would absolutely smash it. I would be unassailable.

And are there any particular celebrity contestants that you're excited to see on the show?

So I'm really looking forward to having Nihal Arthanayake on the show, and obviously whenever there's comedians on I get excited. We've got Jessica Knappett on too, and we were just in the comedy show ‘Avoidance’ together where she plays a woman who splits up with me. Obviously in the context of the show I’m completely impartial, but watching a mate undergo some severe stress always adds an extra element to it… And then there's also loads of people that I look up to on this upcoming series. Some fantastic sports people that play for England and have won World Cups that I always get a bit nervous around. It's a really great range of different people and personalities.

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