Show Business: The Race Is to the Daft

It may comfort U.S. televiewers to learn that European programming has its shortcomings too. The highest TV rating in the history of Eurovision went last week to Games Without Boundaries (called It's a Knockout in Britain), a sort of Hellzapoppin' Olympics that would make Truth or Consequences seem comparatively cerebral. Yet the six-nation finals pulled more than 70 million viewers in six countries.

Over the months, the program has included such nutball events as a race in which the participants sledgehammer an upright piano into pieces that can fit into a nine-inch hole, a...

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