Boyard was created by Jaques Antoin which was firstly
broadcast in France back in 1990. The first series
was called 'Le Cles De Fort Boyard' (The Keys Of
Fort Boyard) and was presented by Patrice Lafont
(Boyard) and Sophie Davant. The series was so popular
that many other TV stations around Europe, including
Channel 4, wanted to make their own series on the
Fort. Due to the lack of money and technology only
Germany was able to make their own series. This
unfortnatelly only lasted for one season. As our
own Channel 4 was unable to make a series, they
asked Jaques Antion to devise a simular adventure
gameshow. Jaques came up with 'The Crystal Maze'
which was exclusive to the UK and ran for 6 series!
the launch of Channel 5 and 8 successful years of
Fort Boyard being made for French TV (by Expand
Images). Pearson Televison and Grundy applyed to
make our own series. With updated equipment and
more money, Fort Boyard burst onto our screens in
November 98 on Channel 5, Staring Melinda Messenger,
Leslie Grantham and Geoffrey Bayldon as the Professor.
Boyard remained on our screens for 4 seasons but
was finally axed by Channel 5 in 2001 to fit in
new programs and presenters.
in 2003 Fort Boyard is bouncing back on our screens
new presenters, games and challenges. The series
was filmed in the last week of July and the makers
say that we are in for a supprise! I'll
keep you posted!