Revisited by Alan Carr, Bruce Forsythe’s classic Play Your Cards Right is for “more enlightened times.”

When you stick the word “epic” into anything, you need to know that you’re on a pretty solid foundation.

in terms of cinema, you look at the likes Ben Hur or The Shawshank Redemptionin music Bohemian Rhapsody or my personal favorite, Epic by Faith No More hit number 25 in 1990. Not so epic.

However, from a TV standpoint, it seems a bit grand and out of place, especially when the surrounding words are Alan, Carr, and the game show.

Nothing against Mr. Carr, a very funny man indeed, but the third series of his remake of “epic” game shows is back with Play your cards righta format that Charlton Heston or Morgan Freeman have struggled to give credibility to.

Other classics from the past include apple, Choose, Hit it lucky and new this time Children’s Play.

I’m especially looking forward to the latter as it will be a chance for my friend (we’ll call him Alexander to save him the embarrassment) who failed his original show audition when he blurted out “Margaret Thatcher” when asked to describe the lead role. . minister. There is also a sweatshirt. And it still suits him.

I got distracted.

Maybe, Play your cards right was bigger than Maggie in her heyday. It began in 1980 and was in the hands of Bruce Forsythe for seven years.

But Carr’s reboot isn’t the first. Brucie returned for another five years in 1994 and another less successful party in 2002.

Carr’s is different in that it features celebrity couples, with Sir Mo and Lady Tanya Farah pitted against comedian Russell Kane and his wife, Lindsey.

We also had actor Jimi Mistry with his significant other, ex Dancing with the Stars about Flavia Cacache, Claire Balding and her radio host, Alice Arnold, all playing for charity.

It’s beautiful and dignified, but it doesn’t have the same impact or romance as Grimsby’s Gary and Tracy hoping to win a few pounds to break up their caravan.

Some things remain the same. In a tribute to Brucie, Carr’s opening monologue is terribly horrendous, and there’s enough staged banter to drive even the funniest of boys into despair. We also have “nothing for a pair – not in this game” when two cards of the same value are revealed, which sends the audience into apoplexy.

What we don’t have is “doll dealers”. To the uninitiated, they were two ladies, usually blond and sweet, whose difficult task was to take part in jokes with Brucie and put the cards on the shelf.

We went further. Now there’s a dealer dressed for the new generation, but we weren’t even shown her face, let alone her name, before the show started.

However, we have learned a few things about celebrities. Lady Farah said that Mo was very sloppy, especially when he left candy bar wrappers on his back side. I bet it was a marathon…

Flavia and Jimi own 12 sheep, judging by their sound, doll dealers, and they gambled or played final to play Mo and Tanya.

“We searched the archives of the original series Play your cards rightso it’s time to go back to 1997,” Carr told us.

This made me nervous. Some of the questions in older versions were, shall we say, inappropriate for these more enlightened times.

“We asked 100 married women in their 20s, would you recognize your husband if he had nothing but a paper bag on his head?” he said.

It could have been much worse. Don’t believe me? Well, the 2002 reboot is currently shown on Challenge, where the dolls are alive and well and political correctness was in its infancy.

For example, Brucie’s opening monologue.

“And like Prince Philippe Pavarotti said, ‘hello, fat,'” he said to a nervous laugh, before saving the situation with a quick “good to see, good to see you.”

There’s also a salute to female employees: “Here’s a couple worth talking about, okay, dolls, mind your own business,” and those cases are probably still being handled by lawyers right now.

Not as much as this classic question of its time – and that was, by the way, in 2002.

“We asked 100 male models, if a female casting director pinches your butt, would you report sexual harassment to her?” Brucie asked before poking fun at the doll dealers plucking meaningfully in the corner of the studio.

The contestant replied that “it fits the job, doesn’t it?” Her hubby said “I won’t complain” and you can only imagine that today’s archive searches for the question were thorough.

As for Sir Mo and Lady Tanya, they won a lot of money for charity, probably helping injured dealers and male models start a new life.