“Family duels” are an “Interville” of the general culture”, confirms Cyril Féraud

From this Monday, at 4.10 in the afternoon, on France 3, Cyril Féraud opened the doors of his large apartment. Or almost. The decoration of Duels of families, the game he created, looks like a big cozy living room. “The only thing that reminds me of a TV set is the tables. And also, when designing them, we started from real furniture. I have the impression of welcoming people into the house,” said the host of 20 minutes. Throughout the week, the same two families, consisting of four members, will play to collect several thousand euros and talk about their region of origin.

A new challenge Cyril Féraud, who also stacks the presentation of slam in the third channel, it seems to approach with excitement and peace.

How did you come up with the idea of ​​”Family Duels”?

It starts with a desire. We have never, at France Télévisions, had a game pitting families against each other. I am convinced that it will create a special atmosphere. One sleepless night, I started thinking about it. I wrote the concept on my iPhone and fell asleep at 5am. The program we put on the air was identical to my notes, except for a few details. Everything took shape very quickly. I said to myself that we need three rounds, a dramaturgy and, above all, that we have these families with us all week.


To be able to take the time to take an interest in all the members of each family, so they can tell us about the elements of their lives. I want families to really feel at home, so we ask them to come with their photo frames [qui apparaissent à l’arrière-plan du décor]. Contrary to what others have written on social networks, there is no question of change A golden family. Here, we really have a general culture game with quizzes based on words, images, music, knowledge of regions…

Each family represents the region it comes from. Was it a way of turning away from Parisianism?

It’s not anti-Parisianist because Paris is part of France and the people who live there also go to play. I have been in France 3 for many years, speaking in the regions of the candidates for my shows, telling them through The treasure map. I told myself that bringing the clans was an opportunity to create some kind of “ Intercity in general culture. These families come to tell their part of France, what their city can see…

Is it in the specifications requested by France 3?

No, the channel did not tell me: “We are looking for a game that talks about regions, with families”. I recommend this program. When we promoted the concept in December, France Télévisions liked it and asked me to do a pilot show [une émission test]. When I asked which box, I was told: “We don’t know. Do it, let’s see if it works. ” We did a pilot in December with no time limit and France Télés fell in love.

Does the channel set a target audience?

Honestly, no one gave me a number. I want to make about 10% because it is a nice number, which is not very easy to get.

Is it easy to find candidate families who are comfortable with TV and available for filming five shows?

It is not easy to find, but not only because of what you mentioned. We are in France 3 and have the required level. This is why I insist on differences A golden family which is a survey based game. We are here to learn things. Round 2, for example, is a duel of pictures, with postcards that you have to guess where they are sent, it is not simple …

Two games in the afternoon on weekdays on France 3, the presentation of “The Treasure Map”, appearing as Cyril Gossbo in “Fort Boyard”, the animation of event bonuses… The public service is no longer possible if you don’t…

(Laughs) We see a lot of people that some channels can’t do without and we don’t know what’s happening to them now. I’m still very… (find the word)


Yes. What is certain is that I have a lot of work. Everything: my texts, my jokes… These programs require a super square schedule. I hope that my participation in the work will make these programs successful and that my sincerity will shine through. In fact, whether they love me or not, I am the same as my life. When animators have been presenting games for years, they are often mistakenly marked with a branch and made to do so. I have been in France Télévisions for fifteen years and I have been trusted every time for different types of programs, I measure how lucky I am.

You said “Love me or don’t love me”. Have any reviews affected you?

Now, I took a step back from that. The more programs you have, the more you are exposed to criticism, you must know how to accept it. I pay attention to those who have strong grounds and are well argued. If a viewer writes to me to tell me that I’m cutting candidates, that’s good enough to make me think. I told myself I could be more dynamic. The truth is that, when we got to the seventh show of the recording day, we were a bit tired and, in order not to show it, we were probably in some kind of over-energy. Those are some interesting reviews. After that, “You do too much”, “You kiss the candidates, it’s unbearable”… I can’t help it, it’s part of me, my animation style

You heard your reaction to the death of Daniel Lévi, who died of cancer in early August. “France Dimanche” went from there to make its front page with the headline “Cyril Féraud: A cancer of lightning”, which suggests, wrongly, that you are sick. Does it affect you much?

Without exaggeration, I found it quite traumatic. In the morning, when I wake up, I usually check my press review in my newspaper app. There, when I saw my head, on the cover, big, with the words “A lightning cancer” and “So young, so beautiful, it’s so unfair”, there was half a second where I said, “Did you miss me about me? And then there will be a period of anger and I hope it will not bring me the evil eye. We know the tricks of this type of magazine, however, what we cannot control are the effects that it can do. I have a grandmother who is 86 years old, I know very well that this kind of coverage is posted by the press houses to attract customers. I don’t want people to go to see my grandmother within the a week with a crestfallen expression and say to him: “We learned about Cyril’s cancer”. I reacted with a tweet and posts on social networks to say what I think about it and, however, on the morning of the publication of Sunday in France, I received hundreds of messages on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, from people who did not understand and told me “Cyril, fight! You know, chemos now… “It’s horrible, really. Life is weird. Especially since I lost my dad to cancer. It’s a sensitive subject for me, it stirs up bad things in my family. I’m not the first of them to do this, but it’s still disgusting.

Back to television. Saturday, we will see you again at the controls of the “Quiz des champions”, at 9:05 pm on France 2…

My other child and my other great pride because succeeding in prime time to offer viewers a match at this level is a real challenge. Seeing people with a unique general culture may tire the public, but the first two issues were a huge success with a 16% share of the audience. So I’m very happy to be back with a third new issue. Bruno is definitely in the 12 strokes of noon or Isabelle, the last greatest reigning champion of Everyone wants to replace it

“100% logical, the answer is in front of your eyes” soon it will be on the air?

Yes, it will happen soon as a bonus in France 2. In front of me, a hundred candidates will try to win 100,000 euros. This is a game that will bring the whole family together in front of the TV, everyone can play. The show does not test general culture but logic, observation and common sense. I believe in him a lot – we shot four primes – because the real challenge in television today is to succeed in bringing the family to the sofa on a Saturday night.

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