Remembering Play Your Cards Right with Bruce Forsyth

The game

SHUFFLE those cards and line them up on the board. First card turned over is an ace – fantastic first card. ‘Lower‘ you shout as Bruce turns over the two of hearts. ‘Higher’ you scream and Bruce turns over the eight of spades. Eight of spades … you pause for a second as you consider this middle-of-the-road card. Do you stick or twist? Your motto is ‘no pain, no gain‘ as your heart beats at record speed before screaming ‘Higher’! Bruce pauses before turning over the next card. Bruce is taking ages to turn over the card … do it Bruce … do it now! Bruce ends the suspense by revealing the nine of diamonds. That was a close shave but you’ve made the right call. You leap with delight. You’re on a bit of a roll and this game favours the brave. ‘Lower’ you scream as you watch Bruce shuffle excitedly across the game board to reveal the next card. Your excitement swiftly turns into despair as the nine of clubs is revealed! Sadly you get nothing for a pair … not in this game!

It’s a game of chance. The host is Bruce Forsyth. It’s a game of pure guesswork. The game is Play your Cards Right.

Glued to the television

How many of us were glued to the TV for 30 minutes whilst screaming ‘Higher, Lower and Freeze!’ How many of us joined in with ‘Not in this game’ when there was two in a bed? How many of us shouted ‘Ooooo’ whenever a Brucie bonus was revealed? Bruce is the joker in the place with four little aces that sets the pace – and that is why he says with feeling, come on Dolly’s, do your dealing! Once the cards are dealt it’s a matter of getting a question right to get control of the board. Can you guess higher or lower successfully? Can you make the right calls and produce a four-card winning streak to get through to the final? Maybe you can pick yourself up a nice Brucie Bonus along the way.

Final round

So you’ve made it to the final round. Give yourself a couple minutes breather – don’t touch the pack, we’ll be right back! In this round points make prizes. Maybe you had your eye on that sewing machine or the holiday in St Lucia. Or maybe you fancied that Renault 5. What you win (hopefully you won’t head home empty handed) is all down to chance – you can only hope that you’ll play your cards right.

Higher or lower, freeze or keep going? Statistics, probability or sheer guesswork? What’s your lucky number? Do you have a preference – red or black? Just a few questions that will be running through your mind when Bruce asks ‘Higher or lower?’

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