[thread=598164]This thread[/thread] has spawned a discussion of Questions pour un champion, the French trivia game show hosted by Julien Lepers (which, looking at the French Wikipedia article, I’ve just learned is actually adapted from a British show). I watch it once in a while, when I can catch it, but I don’t follow it religiously. It’s interesting, but as I’ve said in the other thread, I find the questions hopelessly difficult and can rarely answer more than one or two in a show. And I’m usually not bad at trivia; my culture is fairly extensive.
The questions are of course slanted towards French culture, which may put non-French people at a disadvantage, but even when they don’t directly touch French culture I still find them especially difficult. I also watch Jeopardy!, another show slanted towards a culture different from mine (the American one, in that case), and while I don’t think I’d be good enough to get on the show, I can often do decently well. So what say you, other watchers of Questions pour un champion? Do you find their questions particularly difficult, or have I just been unlucky about the subjects up to now?
I also watch the show on (my country’s version of) TV5. It’s a good channel for those who’re interested in French-language movies and television shows from many different countries, and as pointed out it’s available in places we wouldn’t necessarily expect.
Capitaine Zombie, French is my first language, although judging from [post=13299033]our latest interaction[/post] I get the feeling you’d disagree with this claim.
It’s not the length of the questions that bothers me, it’s that I often don’t know if he’s actually reading the question or just chit-chatting with the contestants. And when a contestant gives a wrong answer, he sometimes takes time to start reading again, which can seriously influence the outcome of the final (timed) game especially.
And I’ve heard a lot here about how Alex Trebek is arrogant and contemptuous with Jeopardy! contestants (which I’ve never really noticed), but I do remember Lepers saying something like “this is completely wrong!” after a contestant gave a wrong answer. I felt bad for the poor guy.
And I know exactly what you mean by his over-the-top delivery.
You have to tell us about your experience.