Alan Carr (pictured) is set to bring classic British TV shows back to our living rooms later this year
Classic gameshows are set to make a primetime comeback with comedian Alan Carr at the helm later this year.
Play Your Cards Right, Strike It Lucky, Bullseye, Take Your Pick and The Price is Right are all returning to British living rooms.
Epic Gameshow will feature contestants competing for ‘big-cash rewards or top-of-the-range prizes’ on ITV.
The seven-part series will revive one of the classic gameshows per episode, plus two specials.
Viewers can also look forward to a Christmas edition of The Price Is Right and a Play Your Cards Right celebrity special.
Carr said: ‘It is such a privilege for me to be involved in these truly iconic shows that have brought so much joy to my childhood. A little bit of nostalgia but a whole load of fun.’
Gameshow legend Sir Bruce Forsyth hosted the original Play Your Cards Right and The Price Is Right, with Michael Barrymore fronting Strike It Lucky and Jim Bowen starring in Bullseye.
Bullseye was originally presented by Jim Bowen (left). It will make a comeback alongside Play Your Cards Right (Bruce Forsyth presents the programme, right)
‘Big shoes to fill I know,’ Carr said. ‘But these shows should be back on telly for a whole new generation to sit down and enjoy with their family just like I did all those years ago.’
It won’t entirely unfamiliar territory for the Chatty Man host, as he previously hosted a one-off The Price is Right for Channel 4.
Strike It Lucky originally starred Michael Barrymore (left) and will hit screens alongside fellow classic Bullseye (right, Bowen on the show)
The new series, made by Talkback, will feature the familiar ‘entertaining, hilarious and nail-biting contests’ but with an ‘epic endgame’.
Joe Mace, ITV’s commissioning editor for entertainment, said: ‘We are really excited to bring these brilliant shows back to primetime with Alan Carr.
‘They are the perfect match and we can’t wait for the audiences to fall in love with both.’
What are the five shows returning to UK screens in Epic Gameshow?
Play Your Cards Right
First aired: 1 February 1980
Presented by: Sir Bruce Forsyth
Concept: First round – Two couples alternated answering questions based on surveys of 100 people, with the first pair how many respondents answered a certain way. The second pair guess if the actual number is higher or lower.
Second round – Five cards for each team laid out, with contestants guessing if the next card will be higher or lower.
Correctly guessing all cards wins the game but just one wrong guess means starting again. If no team had managed to predict the last card correctly within the first three questions sudden death was played.
The couple who gained control of the cards decide either to Play and correctly predict the remainder of their cards to win, or ‘Pass’ the challenge to their opponents. Incorrect guesses mean a win for the opposition.
‘Brucie Bonuses’ arrived in 1985, with the winner of each game getting a prize. The overall winner was the first couple to win two games. If a third game was required, three cards were played by each couple instead of five, with tie breaks on the third question instead of the fourth.
Catchphrases: ‘Nice to see you, to see you, nice!’
‘What do points make? Prizes!’
‘Don’t touch the pack, we’ll be right back!’
Last aired: 20 June 2003
Strike It Lucky
First aired: 29 October 1986
Presented by: Michael Barrymore
Concept: Three teams of two compete. One member answers questions as the other moved along a path lined with 10 television. They need a total of nine steps to reach the end.
The team in control has a list of six answers and the answering contestant plays two, three, or four questions. If they answer all correctly, their teammate moves a step ahead for each question. Incorrect answers give the next team in line a chance to steal control by answering that question and any that follow.
When a team finished the questions round, the moving contestant pressed the button below each TV reveal cash, a prize, or a Hot Spot. Cash and prize could be banked, end their turn or risk taking another step. If they hit a Hot Spot all un-banked prizes are forfeited and the turn ends. The first team to correctly answer their final question won the game and banked any prizes still at risk.
There then followed a bonus round in which contestants had to make 10 steps without hitting more than the number of HotSpots they believed were hidden on the path.
Last aired: 23 August 1999
First aired: 28 September 1981
Presented by: Jim Bowen
Concept: Teams of two were comprised of a darts thrower and a question taker. The person answering the questions chose their preferred category from the board and the player aimed for said category.
If they hit that spot or the bullseye, a bonus was available. If they missed, no bonus was possible.
Over the three rounds, correct answers bill more money for the participants. Categories were removed from play after one question had been asked.
In the second part of the show, a professional darts thrower aimed to earn cash for a charity chosen by the contestants.
The team with the highest cash total from both rounds then threw nine darts at Bully’s Prize Board, the winning team had to decide whether to risk their prizes for a chance at ‘Bully’s Star Prize’ which was hidden behind a screen.
If they chose to risk it they had to score 101 or more on a standard board. If they won they got all the prizes, but if they lost, all of their cash and prizes would be forfeited.
Last aired: 28 July 2006
Catchphrases: ‘You can’t beat a bit of Bully!’
‘Look at what you could have won.’
‘Super, smashing, great!’
Take Your Pick
First aired: 23 September 1955
Presented by: Des O’Connor
Concept: The host asked the player a series of questions within 60 seconds. The contestant could not say ‘yes’, ‘no’, or nod or shake their heads. The second round had 10 boxes numbered from one to 10. Three had booby prizes and one had a card awarding a star prize. Six contained cards with other prizes. No-one on the show knew what each box contained.
Next contestants answered general-knowledge questions. If they answered three out of four questions correctly, they picked a key from a set of ten, matching one of the boxes. The host would then try to buy back the key with rising amounts of cash. One box held a key to box 13, which triggered a bidding round leaving the contestant to choose between their first prize, cash, or box 13.
Last aired: 23 December 1999
Catchphrases: ‘There’s the keys, take your pick.’
‘Take the money/Open the box.’
The Price is Right
First aired: 24 March 1984
Presented by: Bruce Forsyth, Leslie Crowther, Bob Warman, Joe Pasquale
Concept: The game of luck Plinko is played, with contestants able to risk their cash winnings on one final chip to in hopes of adding a car or other large prize to their winnings. The board featured ‘WIN’ and ‘LOSE’ tags. Landing on ‘LOSE’ scraps all the cash accumulated, while landing on ‘WIN’ bagged the large prize.
Last aired: 12 January 2007
Catchphrases: ‘Oh, wasn’t that a shame!’
‘OK dollies do your dealing.’