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For the song, see Playa Cardz Right. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_0

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Play Your Cards RightPlay Your Cards Right_header_cell_0_0_0
GenrePlay Your Cards Right_header_cell_0_1_0 Game showPlay Your Cards Right_cell_0_1_1
Created byPlay Your Cards Right_header_cell_0_2_0 Chester FeldmanPlay Your Cards Right_cell_0_2_1
Presented byPlay Your Cards Right_header_cell_0_3_0 Bruce ForsythPlay Your Cards Right_cell_0_3_1
Country of originPlay Your Cards Right_header_cell_0_4_0 United KingdomPlay Your Cards Right_cell_0_4_1
Original languagePlay Your Cards Right_header_cell_0_5_0 EnglishPlay Your Cards Right_cell_0_5_1
No. of seriesPlay Your Cards Right_header_cell_0_6_0 16Play Your Cards Right_cell_0_6_1
No. of episodesPlay Your Cards Right_header_cell_0_7_0 248 (inc. 6 specials & 4 unaired)Play Your Cards Right_cell_0_7_1
ProductionPlay Your Cards Right_header_cell_0_8_0
Running timePlay Your Cards Right_header_cell_0_9_0 30 minutes (inc. adverts)Play Your Cards Right_cell_0_9_1
Production companiesPlay Your Cards Right_header_cell_0_10_0 LWT in association with Talbot Television and Goodson-Todman Productions (1980–7)

LWT and Talbot Television (1994–5) LWT and Fremantle (UK) Productions (Grundy) (1996–9) Thames (2002–3)Play Your Cards Right_cell_0_10_1

DistributorPlay Your Cards Right_header_cell_0_11_0 ITV Studios

FremantlePlay Your Cards Right_cell_0_11_1

ReleasePlay Your Cards Right_header_cell_0_12_0
Original networkPlay Your Cards Right_header_cell_0_13_0 ITVPlay Your Cards Right_cell_0_13_1
Picture formatPlay Your Cards Right_header_cell_0_14_0 4:3 (1980–7, 1994–9)

16:9 (2002–3)Play Your Cards Right_cell_0_14_1

Audio formatPlay Your Cards Right_header_cell_0_15_0 Mono (1980–7)

Stereo (1994–9, 2002–3)Play Your Cards Right_cell_0_15_1

Original releasePlay Your Cards Right_header_cell_0_16_0 1 February 1980 (1980-02-01) –

20 June 2003 (2003-06-20)Play Your Cards Right_cell_0_16_1

ChronologyPlay Your Cards Right_header_cell_0_17_0
Related showsPlay Your Cards Right_header_cell_0_18_0 Card SharksPlay Your Cards Right_cell_0_18_1

Play Your Cards Right (or Bruce Forsyth's Play Your Cards Right) is a British television game show based on, and played similarly to, the American show Card Sharks. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_1

History Play Your Cards Right_section_0

Play Your Cards Right broadcast on ITV from 1 February 1980 to 22 November 1987, produced by LWT, and hosted by Bruce Forsyth. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_2

LWT produced a more modern version from 18 March 1994 to 4 June 1999, initially expected to be presented by Brian Conley, who filmed a pilot show before Forsyth was lured back after he unexpectedly quit The Generation Game. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_3

In 2002, Forsyth hosted another revival, with slightly modified rules. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_4

This version was produced by Thames Television and ended on 20 June 2003. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_5

Forsyth also presented a parody of the format, Play Your Iraqi Cards Right (originally titled Play Your Kurds Right), when he was guest host on the satirical BBC TV series Have I Got News for You in June 2003. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_6

On 15 October 2005, it made a one-off return as part of Ant & Dec's Gameshow Marathon, celebrating 50 years of ITV. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_7

It made another one-off return in 2007 again part of Gameshow Marathon. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_8

An interactive DVD game of Play Your Cards Right was released in 2007, with an updated sequel released in 2008, both produced by DVDPro. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_9

Format Play Your Cards Right_section_1

Main game Play Your Cards Right_section_2

Two couples (two single players during the first series) alternated who went first on each question. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_10

The questions were based on surveys of 100 people. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_11

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. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_12

(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.) Play Your Cards Right_sentence_13

Whoever was correct gained control of the cards. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_14

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?"). Play Your Cards Right_sentence_15

The first couple would joke around with Bruce, and then decide on a sum of, say, 64. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_16

The second couple would say "higher" (and Bruce would pretend to be offended). Play Your Cards Right_sentence_17

If the answer was, say, 26, the second couple were wrong in guessing "higher", so the first couple started with the cards. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_18

There were five cards for each team laid out, and they had to guess if the next card was higher or lower — ace being the highest card, and two being lowest. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_19

The first card could be changed if the couple wished. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_20

If the guess was correct, the couple would continue with the next card, and so on. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_21

Correctly guessing all cards to the end won the game, but if the couple guessed wrong at any time or if they got a pair of cards, they would retreat back to the card where they started and the other team would have a free attempt at their own cards. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_22

(In this case, the couple could not change their first card.) Play Your Cards Right_sentence_23

After any correct guess, a couple could "freeze", which would protect their cards. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_24

A marker would be placed by a dealer beside the frozen card, which meant that on the next question, a wrong guess on their cards would put them back no further than where they froze. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_25

This was usually done when the card shown was of a middle rank, such as a seven, eight or nine. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_26

After a couple froze their cards, play would continue to the next question. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_27

Should the couple regain control of the board on a correct question, they will be allowed to change the frozen card (due to it now being the card the couple would start on. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_28

). Play Your Cards Right_sentence_29

If the next card was the same rank as the card showing, it counted as a wrong guess; indeed, this is the only way to be wrong when an ace or deuce appeared. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_30

"You don't get anything for a pair, not in this game" was Forsyth's catch phrase on such occasions. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_31

If no team had managed to predict the last card correctly within the first three questions sudden death was played. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_32

The couple who gained control of the cards (either through their own correct prediction or the other couple's incorrect prediction) had to make a decision, either to "Play" and correctly predict the remainder of their cards to win, or "Pass" and force their opponents to achieve the feat. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_33

An incorrect prediction now caused their opposition to win the round. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_34

By 1985, the winner of each of the two games in the first half would get a prize known as a "Brucie Bonus". Play Your Cards Right_sentence_35

The overall winner was the first couple to win two games. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_36

If a third game was required, three cards were played by each couple instead of five, with sudden death occurring on the third question instead of fourth. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_37

Also around the time a gift of a bottle of champagne was given to a couple in the rare instances where they correctly guessed the exact answer of a question. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_38

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The winning couple got 200 points to begin with. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_39

Bruce would then ask a question, if they got it right, they'd win an extra 50 points, if they got it wrong, they lost 50 points. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_40

There were two rows of three cards dealt out (going from left to right, and upward), and one final card at the top. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_41

At the start of each row, they could change their card. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_42

At the start of the second row, they got an extra 200 points. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_43

The rules are the same as in the previous game, but they had to bet on each turn of the card with a minimum bet of 50 points, or up to the number of points they have at that time. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_44

When they got to the final card, the couple's score determined the prize they played for. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_45

If they had 4,000 or more, they could play for the car (which was a separate game on the US version). Play Your Cards Right_sentence_46

They were asked a simple question (usually to name 5 of something – no-one ever got this wrong), and then predicted higher or lower for the final card. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_47

If they were right, they would win the car. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_48

If not, they won a prize based on their score. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_49

In the 90's version, points became pounds, but the rules remained the same. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_50

Also, on the final card, if they have £4,000 or more, and they were wrong, they would just have the money. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_51

What was emphasized was that their money was safe. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_52

If the couple got to the final card with under £4,000, they could choose to take the money, or gamble all of it on the last card – with Bruce emphasising thus: "The rules are strict here – it is all or nothing" (unlike all US versions which required players to bet one-half or more of their winnings on the final card, allowing players to bet the minimum one-half if they were not confident because of a middle card; the 2019 US version added the option of taking the money before the final card from this version, regardless of the amount won, with the one-half minimum bet still in effect if they went on). Play Your Cards Right_sentence_53

The maximum amount of money that could be won was £17,600, which was never achieved. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_54

(The highest win was £9,500) Play Your Cards Right_sentence_55

2002 version Play Your Cards Right_section_3

The rules of the 2002 revival were partly based on the changes made in the 2001 revival of Card Sharks in the United States. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_56

All 13 cards from the suit of hearts from the 'Two' to the 'Ace' were put out face down. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_57

Four couples would then come on, and the two couples with the two highest cards would go through to the main game (the couple who picked the highest card was red team.). Play Your Cards Right_sentence_58

This was just an opening game. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_59

After this, Bruce's gag was to say "Well done you winners, and so sorry losers, we really are sorry to lose you so early in the show...tough." Play Your Cards Right_sentence_60

– followed by audience laughter. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_61

The rules of the main game were exactly the same as in the original version, except the "Brucie Bonus" was £1,000. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_62

If one couple won both the games, the losing couple would be sent home with a case of champagne before the break, otherwise, the losing couple would get to keep the £1,000 for winning their one-game (there was no money awarded for the tie-breaker). Play Your Cards Right_sentence_63

In the Cash Cards, Bruce would first ask the winning couple a ridiculously hard, trivial or stupid question. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_64

They often pondered for a few seconds over this, then Bruce said "Aren't you glad you don't have to answer a question like that? Play Your Cards Right_sentence_65

", to which the audience would laugh – except that on at least two occasions, the contestants correctly answered the question, shocking Bruce, who accused the contestants – though in a humorous manner – of "ruining the show", prompting much more laughter from the audience. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_66

The Cash Cards game was played similar to the United States versions from 1980-81 season and also the entire 1986-89 version's run. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_67

The couple was given £1,000 to start with and their minimum bet had to be £100, but they could bet the whole lot if they wanted to. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_68

If the couple survived the first three cards, another £500 would be added to the total on the fourth card. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_69

On the final card, the couple had to bet at least half the amount they had at that point. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_70

If a couple bet on the whole lot the wrong way during the first three cards, that card would be put on the row above and the additional £500 would be added on. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_71

If there was a pair revealed in the Cash Cards, "push" rule that had been implemented in the aforementioned US versions was in play, as they moved on to the next card without losing any money. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_72

If the last two cards on a row were a pair, the second card would be used as the base card for the row above. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_73

The theoretical maximum in the Cash Cards is £136,000. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_74

Personnel Play Your Cards Right_section_4

Among Forsyth's other quips, he would, at the beginning of some shows, say, "What a lovely audience! Play Your Cards Right_sentence_75

You're so much better than last week." Play Your Cards Right_sentence_76

The joke was that the same audience was used for more than one show, therefore it was the same one. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_77

Bruce started each show with his trademark "It's nice to see you, to see you nice" (whereby the audience join in on the last "nice".). Play Your Cards Right_sentence_78

When a pair was revealed, he'd say "You don't get anything for a pair, not in this game. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_79

", and the audience would join in with the "not in this game" part. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_80

On the 2002 series in particular, he would often start the show with a made-up quote. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_81

When Card Sharks was slated for a revival in 1986, Forsyth himself was considered as possible host by creator/producer Mark Goodson (Forsyth, at the time, was in the United States filming the short-lived Bruce Forsyth's Hot Streak). Play Your Cards Right_sentence_82

The job ultimately went to Bob Eubanks and Bill Rafferty. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_83

Card dealers include Jo Thomas, Yvonne Younger, Zena Clifton, Natalie Shaw, Denise "Denni" Kemp, Lesley Anderson, Gillian Elvins, John Melainey, Camilla Blair, Gillian Duxbury, Alison Bell, Carol Dean, Brenda Haldane, Wendy Marler, Robin Martyne, Denni Kemp, Natalie van de Braam, Alison Bell, Carol Dean, John Melainey, Vicki Brattle, Sophie Allisstone, Carly Carter, Debbie Flett, Sharon Amos, Sheryl Deane, Charlie Maloney, Maxine Restall, Annalise Braakensiek and Vicki-Lee Walberg. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_84

Gameshow Marathon Play Your Cards Right_section_5

Play Your Cards Right was one of the games on the series Gameshow Marathon in 2005 and 2007. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_85

Potential revivals Play Your Cards Right_section_6

In 2011, a new pilot was made for a planned reboot of Play Your Cards Right on ITV with Vernon Kay as the new host. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_86

However, in November 2013, it was later scrapped because it "didn't involve enough skill". Play Your Cards Right_sentence_87

In June 2019 it was announced that, as one of the country's five all-time favourite game shows, it would be "supersized and rebooted" in a new series Alan Carr's Epic Gameshow filmed at dock10 studios for broadcast on ITV. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_88

Hosted by Alan Carr, the new episode was a celebrity special and was broadcast on 30 May 2020 as the first episode in the series. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_89

Carr had been linked to a possible revival of the show in August 2018. Play Your Cards Right_sentence_90

Transmissions Play Your Cards Right_section_7

Series Play Your Cards Right_section_8

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SeriesPlay Your Cards Right_header_cell_1_0_0 Start datePlay Your Cards Right_header_cell_1_0_1 End datePlay Your Cards Right_header_cell_1_0_2 EpisodesPlay Your Cards Right_header_cell_1_0_3 PresenterPlay Your Cards Right_header_cell_1_0_4
1Play Your Cards Right_cell_1_1_0 1 February 1980Play Your Cards Right_cell_1_1_1 9 July 1980Play Your Cards Right_cell_1_1_2 18Play Your Cards Right_cell_1_1_3 Bruce ForsythPlay Your Cards Right_cell_1_1_4
2Play Your Cards Right_cell_1_2_0 5 September 1980Play Your Cards Right_cell_1_2_1 19 December 1980Play Your Cards Right_cell_1_2_2 16Play Your Cards Right_cell_1_2_3
3Play Your Cards Right_cell_1_3_0 2 October 1981Play Your Cards Right_cell_1_3_1 22 January 1982Play Your Cards Right_cell_1_3_2 15Play Your Cards Right_cell_1_3_3
4Play Your Cards Right_cell_1_4_0 17 September 1982Play Your Cards Right_cell_1_4_1 3 April 1983Play Your Cards Right_cell_1_4_2 16Play Your Cards Right_cell_1_4_3
5Play Your Cards Right_cell_1_5_0 11 September 1983Play Your Cards Right_cell_1_5_1 1 January 1984Play Your Cards Right_cell_1_5_2 15Play Your Cards Right_cell_1_5_3
6Play Your Cards Right_cell_1_6_0 31 August 1984Play Your Cards Right_cell_1_6_1 14 December 1984Play Your Cards Right_cell_1_6_2 15Play Your Cards Right_cell_1_6_3
7Play Your Cards Right_cell_1_7_0 30 August 1985Play Your Cards Right_cell_1_7_1 15 December 1985Play Your Cards Right_cell_1_7_2 16Play Your Cards Right_cell_1_7_3
8Play Your Cards Right_cell_1_8_0 29 August 1986Play Your Cards Right_cell_1_8_1 12 December 1986Play Your Cards Right_cell_1_8_2 16Play Your Cards Right_cell_1_8_3
9Play Your Cards Right_cell_1_9_0 4 September 1987Play Your Cards Right_cell_1_9_1 22 November 1987Play Your Cards Right_cell_1_9_2 12Play Your Cards Right_cell_1_9_3
10Play Your Cards Right_cell_1_10_0 18 March 1994Play Your Cards Right_cell_1_10_1 8 July 1994Play Your Cards Right_cell_1_10_2 16Play Your Cards Right_cell_1_10_3
11Play Your Cards Right_cell_1_11_0 10 February 1995Play Your Cards Right_cell_1_11_1 26 May 1995Play Your Cards Right_cell_1_11_2 16Play Your Cards Right_cell_1_11_3
12Play Your Cards Right_cell_1_12_0 2 February 1996Play Your Cards Right_cell_1_12_1 17 May 1996Play Your Cards Right_cell_1_12_2 16Play Your Cards Right_cell_1_12_3
13Play Your Cards Right_cell_1_13_0 5 January 1997Play Your Cards Right_cell_1_13_1 11 May 1997Play Your Cards Right_cell_1_13_2 17Play Your Cards Right_cell_1_13_3
14Play Your Cards Right_cell_1_14_0 16 January 1998Play Your Cards Right_cell_1_14_1 1 May 1998Play Your Cards Right_cell_1_14_2 16Play Your Cards Right_cell_1_14_3
15Play Your Cards Right_cell_1_15_0 22 January 1999Play Your Cards Right_cell_1_15_1 4 June 1999Play Your Cards Right_cell_1_15_2 16Play Your Cards Right_cell_1_15_3
16Play Your Cards Right_cell_1_16_0 7 September 2002Play Your Cards Right_cell_1_16_1 20 June 2003Play Your Cards Right_cell_1_16_2 12Play Your Cards Right_cell_1_16_3

Christmas Specials Play Your Cards Right_section_9

Play Your Cards Right_table_general_2

DatePlay Your Cards Right_header_cell_2_0_0 PresenterPlay Your Cards Right_header_cell_2_0_1
27 December 1981Play Your Cards Right_cell_2_1_0 Bruce ForsythPlay Your Cards Right_cell_2_1_1
25 December 1982Play Your Cards Right_cell_2_2_0
25 December 1983Play Your Cards Right_cell_2_3_0
21 December 1984Play Your Cards Right_cell_2_4_0
20 December 1985Play Your Cards Right_cell_2_5_0
19 December 1986Play Your Cards Right_cell_2_6_0


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