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HC
Hatton Cross Central (West) Midlands Today
Of course, Small Talk was pretty much a reboot of LWT's Childs Play - hosted by Micheal 'the Aspel' Aspel.

Repeat fees? Highly unlikely, I'd have thought. The format meant that once you've watched it (and there are some 'all cultural references correct at time of recording') issues, Reg Grundy probably knew the BBC were not going to repeat it - at least on BBC One.

I guess, the children featured probably got a very small fee - once their contribution was used within the show - and the school also got a nice square rectangle with at least 3 figures on it, for allowing the cameras into the 'reading room' for a day during term.
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NJ
Neil Jones Founding member Central (West) Midlands Today
Small Talk had repeats of some sort according to Genome, looks like it earned a daytime repeat in July and August 1996 and then when September rolled around a series was repeated, but it was still on the air in 1998 despite having gone out of production in 1996. It was last seen on the BBC January 14th 1998.
GM
Gary McEwan STV Central Reporting Scotland
Jon posted:
I thought they said Weakest Link was going to return to the BBC last year for a full series with Anne Robinson after the 2017 Children in Need Special? Seems to have gone quiet...

‘They’ might have said that. The BBC didn’t.


There seems to be a bit of a resurgence for the Weakest Link in Europe at the minute.

The Netherlands have just brought it back, Cyprus have just launched it, it's just finished in Finland, Greece and Turkey are both on the air as well.

From watching a few of the revivals, it seems to have lost its 'mean' streak and is all lovely and nice now.
NG
noggin Founding member
I wonder if any of the kids on Small Talk have been watching it now.


They'll all be in their 30's now Shocked
Wonder if they get any repeat fees?


Very unlikely - they won't have been contracted as actors or musicians so won't have had Equity or MU contracts. Their parents will almost certainly have signed consent forms and agreed to a no-fee (or fixed single-fee) contract that will have allowed the BBC (or indie who made it) all rights for future repeat or sales.
IN
Interceptor
I wonder if any of the kids on Small Talk have been watching it now.

I have 2 friends who were on it together (twins). One of them alerted me to the fact the episode was on Now TV not long ago.


No fees were paid; now nor then.
HC
Hatton Cross Central (West) Midlands Today

I have 2 friends who were on it together (twins). One of them alerted me to the fact the episode was on Now TV not long ago.


Nice to see the strong visual branding of Challenge TV works well, then!

No fees were paid; now nor then.


Nice to know. That backs up my theory of my posting above, that any fee went to the school, under the cloak of a 'use of the facilities' fee.
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AS
AS 21 West Country (West) Spotlight
According to Digiguide, BBC game show Impossible begins on Challenge next Sunday at 7pm.
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TI
This Is Granada UTV
The Weakest Link has now been in the 6pm weekday slot for 5 weeks now, and from tomorrow goes to double episodes at 6pm & also 7pm.

Is that a sign its been doing rather well on Challenge??

I have been enjoying watching it again, and would like Challenge to go further back than series 10 and show early 2000 episodes....i.e..Anne pre-facelift.

Goodbye😉
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JO
Jon Central (West) Midlands Today
As already stated it would be a mistake to show the early episodes as they’re played quite straight and the later episodes are a more enjoyable watch when Anne started to have a bit a of fun with the contestants, rather than pointing out a “maths teacher got a maths questions wrong.”
NJ
Neil Jones Founding member Central (West) Midlands Today
I have been enjoying watching it again, and would like Challenge to go further back than series 10 and show early 2000 episodes....i.e..Anne pre-facelift.



Here is the first episode, you'll notice quite a few differences from much later, including a more compact looking set, less chunky graphics, and the irksome final round (and its delivery):
TI
This Is Granada UTV
Anne does come across rather 'wooden' in that first episode.
It would still be good to see early episodes on TV again, as Millionaire's early eps still see the light of day on Sony Channel.

Was it only series 1 that 'the weakest link' appeared on the programme titles? Or was it later they dropped the 'the'?

Even on Series 10 currently on Challenge, on the voting boards, you can still see the 'the' on the weakest link logo before the player flips the board around!
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RO
rob Founding member Meridian (Thames Valley) South Today
Was it only series 1 that 'the weakest link' appeared on the programme titles? Or was it later they dropped the 'the'?


When the primetime BBC One episodes began, they dropped the 'the'. I think they dropped them on the daytime episodes shortly afterwards...
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