Play Your Cards Right, 1980

Another game show classic from the longest serving British Entertainer, Bruce Forsyth.  What’s more it came back for three bites of the cherry and was successful on each occcasion.

Initially produced by London Weekend Television in 1980 Play your Cards Right With Bruce Forsyth where it ran for eight series until 1987.

In 1994 LWT produced a more up to date version, Bruce Forsyth’s Play Your Cards Right, this was initially expected to be hosted by Brian Conley, who actually filmed a pilot show.  However LWT managed to lure Brucie back in time for a full series that was broadcast until 1999.

Three years later and Bruce was back with another revival of the popular show, this time produced by Thames Television, this ran for 2 series until 2003.


In a nutshell, couples alternated who went first on each question. The questions were based on surveys of 100 people. The first couple would guess how many of the 100 gave a certain answer to the question, and the second would guess whether the actual number was higher or lower than the other couple’s guess.

The couple with the nearest answer went through to the next round.

In the next round there were five cards laid out and they had to guess if the next card was higher or lower — ace being the highest card, and two being lowest. The first card could be changed if the couple wished. If the guess was correct, the couple would continue with the next card, and so on. Correctly guessing all cards to the end won the game, but if the couple guessed wrong at any time, they would retreat back to the card where they started and the other team would have a free attempt at their own cards. (In this case, the couple could not change their first card.)









Starring: Bruce Forsyth


Channel: ITV
Produced By: London Weekend Television and Thames Television
Created By: Chester Feldman
Original Transmission Dates: 1st February 1980 – 20th June 2003




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