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Show how media devices build up tension in 'The Weakest Link

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Carla Horton English Show how media devices build up tension in 'The Weakest Link' The Weakest Link is broadcast on BBC2 at half past five most weekdays and its target audience is mainly middle class people between thirty and fifty. The TV show is based on the idea of nine contestants 'battling it out' to take home the pot of money banked during each round. Eight of them will leave with nothing, as, round by round; the player voted The Weakest Link is humiliated on the Walk of Shame. This game show is hosted by Anne Robinson who is a stern and very sarcastic character; she always dresses in black clothes with steel rimmed glasses, creating a tough powerful image. ...read more.


The rest of the studio is in darkness. Bright red lights are directed at the players whilst they are voting who they think is the Weakest Link. This emphasizes the intense moment and shows a sign of danger. Close-up shots are used when individuals answer questions; this can make participants nervous and allows the viewer to witness their tension. However when all contestants are in view, wide angle shots are used slightly pointing downwards, again giving the effect that they are a lower position. For example when Anne Robinson asks who the contestants believe is the Weakest Link which puts pressure on them. ...read more.


This talking over the competitors seems powerful and shows control. Whilst the contestants are answering the questions the music is slower and eerie however as time comes to an end the music gets louder with a harder bass. Anne Robinson uses Standard English; she often criticizes and humiliates the contestants with comments like 'Who is three pence short of a shilling?' This is aimed to make the contestants feel weak and gives Anne Robinson a superior feeling of power. "Who do you think is the weakest link?" is a rhetorical question. It is repeated at the end of each round. Although it is not always obvious, viewers enjoy tension, for example when you are watching a scary movie you look away but you always look back as you are drawn to the suspense of the scene. ...read more.

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