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Play Your Cards Right 

A British television game show based on and played similarly to the American show known as Card Sharks.




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Series cast summary:
Bruce Forsyth ...  Self - Host 32 episodes, 1980-2003
Debbie Flett Debbie Flett ...  Dolly Dealer 14 episodes, 1997




Two couples (two single players during the first series) 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. (If the first couple guessed exactly the number of people, they would win a case of champagne, as opposed to a cash bonus depending on type of question on the US versions ($100 for 10-person surveys with another $100 split among the panel, $500 for 100-person surveys or general knowledge questions.) Whoever was correct gained control of the cards.

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Unlike the US version, the questions usually had some comedy value (for example: The question would be, "We asked 100 tattoo-artists if somebody came in asking for a tattoo of Bruce Forsyth, would you try to talk them out of it?"). See more »


Himself - Host: What a lovely audience! You're so much better than last week.
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Spoofed in Britain's Got More Talent: Episode #9.1 (2015) See more »

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Excellent game show
7 March 2005 | by chris_gaskin123See all my reviews

Bruce Forsyth first hosted Play Your Cards Right in 1979 but it was axed when he defected to the BBC for the Generation Game in the early 1990's. Whe he went back to ITV in the mid to late 90's, it was revived, but not for long. Brucie is now back at the BBC with Strictly Come Dancing.

Two couples competed and were asked a question and then the fun started. They were given a base card and then had to guess which of the following cards were higher or lower. If things went right, they won but if they were wrong, the other couple had a go. Pairs were not allowed either. The winning couple went on to the final round where they played for cash and other prizes, including cars and holidays.

Play Your Cards Right was noted for Brucie's sayings, which include "You don't get anything for a pair, not in this game" and "Nice to see you, to see you nice".

I rather miss this show and would be nice to see it back.

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1 February 1980 (UK) See more »

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