How to solve the EU crisis – bring back Jeux Sans Frontières

by Charlie_East_West on May 20, 2013


Remember the classic TV game show, Jeux Sans Frontières (Games Without Frontiers)? It was the European version of It’s a Knockout where towns could represent their country and play against other European teams. It was hosted by Stuart Hall (whatever happened to him?).

In its original conception, it was broadcast from 1965 to 1999 by the European Broadcasting Union. The idea of the show first came from French President Charles de Gaulle, whose wish was that Europe would meet in a series of funny games to reinforce community spirit and friendship between nations after the Second World War.

The show was brilliant fun. Contestants used to dress up in ridiculously oversized outfits, and get up to all kinds of skulduggery to compete in a bizarrely constructed race or fight against their European rivals. So it was Norwich v Ghent v Eindhoven v Montepulciano v Malmo v Grazalema v Pau v Mönchengladbach v Cork v Geneva v Stavanger. It was bloody funny, and it brought Europe a little bit closer together under the auspices of laughter.

So, move forward to 2013, as the Euro crumbles, EU member states bicker about treaties, and the Tories begin their 19th nervous breakdown about Europe – it might just be time to bring Jeux Sans Frontières back. We could all do with a bit of a laugh over Europe.

Europe needs to get a smile back on its little face. Our political and financial leaders are slowly destroying the economic, social and political fabric of a collective European movement. So, as we are now facing the ludicrous prospect of an in/out EU referendum, it is time for all of us to demand a referendum for more European integration – through the return of Jeux Sans Frontières – a TV programme that gave us more European integration and more understanding about the merits of the European project than any bloody politician ever will.

The famous penguins on ice game on Jeux Sans Frontières was much more amusing than watching a man who is no stranger to wearing a penguin suit – David Cameron, sliding around over the European referendum whilst listening to the uncontrolled laughter from his Euroseptic Tory MPs.

It was also much more amusing than watching Nigel Farage playing the joker while his UKIP colleagues act like the oversized clowns that would be found within a Jeux Sans Frontières game.

There is only one snag to all of this. Britain might need a different host for the programme.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Ray_North May 20, 2013 at 10:55 am

Alas, I think It’s A Knockout has probably been confined to the same dustbin as Jim’ll Fix It and Rolf Harris Cartoon Time.


Charlie East-West May 20, 2013 at 11:00 am

Just get Ant & Dec to do it…or Nigel Farage.


Zedbeded May 21, 2013 at 10:52 am

You may well be adding “corrie” to that bin, so much of its cast are helping police with their enquiries that they are thinking of renaming it Incarceration Street.


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