Celebrities gamble on the outcome of a challenge performed by members of the public.




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Series cast summary:
Matthew Kelly ...  Himself - Host 58 episodes, 1991-1995
Bruce Forsyth ...  Himself - Host 26 episodes, 1988-1990


You Bet! is an anthology game show. Various members of the public bet that they can perform some kind of challenge - be it a stunt (such as driving a car through a slalom course on two wheels), a memory test (identifying songs or objects from a brief sample), or a skill (such as dribbling two basketballs over an obstacle course). The task is performed before three celebrities and 100 audience members, who will bet on the outcome of the challenge. The celebrities win points based on their correct bet and the percentage of the audience who bet correctly (for example, if the celebrity bets 'yes' on a challenge, and 79% of the audience also bet 'yes', if the challenger completes his challenge, the celebrity would get 79 points). The points of all celebrities and all correct audience responses are added together at the end of the show and multiplied. The corresponding amount of cash is donated to a charity of the winning celebrity's choice. The losing celebrity had to perform a 'forfeit', ... Written by J-Pikachu

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20 February 1988 (UK) See more »

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Did I like it? YOU BET !!!
19 October 2002 | by Russell_HortonSee all my reviews

..it's all true, for years You Bet was THE diamond in the big, shiny, intricate crown that is British Saturday night television. The premise of the show is well documented here and I will not repeat what has been said. My favourite "bet" of all time saw a man make 30 clay pots in 3 minutes. Anyone who has even a basic interest in pottery will understand how difficult that would be. ...but that was the joy of "You Bet" - it featured real life, miracle makers. The man who lived up the street who could use a fork lift truck to turn a magazine page. The cultural importance of this programme cannot and should not be underrated. I knew people (without video recorders) who would literally postpone their holiday's so as not to miss an episode. It touched people and was a real pre-cursor to all these interactive gameshows as featured on digital TV nowadays. One evening, I ran up a debt of over £10 with my brother simply because I thought it was impossible for British astrologist Patrick Moore to play the xylophone in the buffet car of a British Rail train....

Life affirming, truly original TV. BRING IT BACK !!!

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