Thursday, 16 June 2016
418 Play Your Cards Right
First viewed : February 1980
Play Your Cards Right was given a big build-up as the return of Bruce Forsyth after a period spent licking his wounds after the disaster that was Brucie's Big Night.
The show was based on the American show Card Sharks and basically required contestants to guess whether the next giant playing card was going to be higher or lower than the one before. That was it really, no skill or knowledge required , just guesswork and a lot of luck. That's what all the hype about Brucie's big move had come down to , host of the crappiest game show on TV.
Of course he had the catchphrases , the slightly sadistic banter with the contestants and the young dolly birds turning over the cards but that could never compensate for the game at the heart of the show being utter shit. The ratings were good but , you know , sometimes the viewing public's just plain stupid.
Brucie was stuck in this purgatory for seven years until he found an escape route in America hosting Bruce Forsyth's Hot Streak. He returned to the UK to host You Bet for a couple of years then returned to the BBC for three years re-installed as host of The Generation Game . ITV lured him back in 1994 for a relaunch of Play Your Cards Right which lasted for the rest of the decade. Bruce had a new toupee for this which makes dating stills and clips a bit easier.
The show was revived again in 2002 but now the show, the host and most importantly the audience were tired and it was axed after 12 episodes.