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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 18 August 2017 at 5:09pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

I have no idea how well-known Sir Bruce is outside the UK, but he has passed away:


I enjoyed seeing Sir Bruce host many quiz shows over time, such as THE GENERATION GAME and PLAY YOUR CARDS RIGHT. He did so much else, too.
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He did one US game show, for a few months in 1986, HOT STREAK.:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FXf7e2UEHU

Awkward all around.
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Thanks for sharing that, Brian, I hadn't heard of it. 
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Neither have a lot of other people, Robbie, unless they're 'game show historians'! It looks like it was based on the old party game, 'Telephone'(or 'Chinese Whispers'). There had been an unsuccessful pilot episode a few years before, with Gene Rayburn(best known here for 'The Match Game'...which was adapted as 'Blankety Blanks' in the UK). but it was retooled in an attempt to launch Forsyth's Amercan career(he had been passed over to host another American game 'Card Sharks', which aired at roughly the same time 'Hot Streak' got started).
Daytime game shows(newer concepts, at least) were falling out of favor by the mid-80s, and ABC in particular lagged well behind the more established 'Wheel of Fortune', and 'Price Is Right', which killed Forsyth's 'streak' before it could get even lukewarm,
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A friend messaged me on WhatsApp saying Poor Brucey.

I thought either Steve Bruce had been tinned by Villa or Bruce Forsythe had left the grand stage. I googled Steve Bruce and it seemed he still had his job, and I thought, oh crap.

With Wogan, Ronnie Corbett and Brucey gone, Tarbie must be looking over his shoulder.

Another hero of light entertainment gone.
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Bruce was Mr Saturday night Prime time,in my
childhood! Card Sharks...would that be `Play Your
Cards Right` in the U.K.? It was a big hit for Bruce
over here,i`m wondering if they thought that success
would translate into U.S. success?A bit of
trivia...his first professional gig was in
Bilston.P.S. i saw rehearsals for Strictly Come
Dancing during a BBC backstage tour a few years
ago,from way up in a viewing gallery i could read
Bruce`s autocue as it was one word per screen for his
poor eyesight `NEXT     UP    ;WE   HAVE    
WESTLIFE` It was interesting to see behingd the
curtain.

P.S. Americans might recognise him from Bedknobs and
Broomsticks.Also,he was in an episode of Magnum P.I.
according to IMDB,but i have no recollection of that.

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Also,he was in an episode of Magnum P.I. 
according to IMDB,but i have no recollection of that.

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Nor do I. 

IMDb can be inaccurate. I find it hard to believe (one example) that Christopher Reeve was considered for the role of Batman in the 1989 version. Bullshit. I doubt WB would have wanted to go with someone who was so identified with Superman from 1978-87. 

I believe that IMDb, like Wikipedia, is reliant on 'facts' from the general public. Some bullshitter obviously liked the idea of Reeve as Batman - and submitted it as trivia.

I suppose Sir Bruce may have been in MAGNUM P.I., but I own that series on DVD. And I cannot recall it happening.
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I`m sure the UK media would have made a big thing of
such a thing at the time.
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Posted: 20 August 2017 at 3:52pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

http://magnum-mania.com/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=2636

A Youtube clip of the episode is here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aa1SJ4aZmy4




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Fair enough. :)
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According to the comments, the episode aired during the same week that 'Hot Streak' left the air.
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Larry Manetti...a miserable bugger!
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Obvious thread-drift, but...just how popular was 'Magnum, P.I' on its first in the UK? What sort of time slots did it have? Bearing in mind that 'Dallas' was probably still the most popular US import of that era (1985-86), did 'Magnum' at least give J.R. a run for his money?
That episode aired near the end of season 6, its last year in its original Thursday time slot on CBS(when the show was losing a lot of ground to the juggernaut that was 'The Cosby Show')
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Brian, I can barely remember what I had for dinner two days ago. And you're asking me what time-slot MAGNUM, P.I. had in the 80s. Seriously? ;-))

My friend, I'm gonna guess: I am sure I remember it airing on Saturdays, probably around 7-9pm. If I'm wrong, someone will no doubt tell me. :)
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I think it was 8pm Prime Time over here,it was very
popular,can't recall what night it was on,maybe Friday or
Sunday.I remember Hart To Hart definitely had 8pm Sunday
slot when it was on here.
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Thanks, Bill...and just the general idea, Robbie.;-)
 I know that US shows nowadays have pretty much vanished from the BBC, and get earlier or later slots on the other channels(or are banished to the 'premium' channels), so was just curious what they did with 'imporrs' back then.
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You are correct Brian,most U.S. shows are relegated to
the premium channels,although the Lethal Weapon tv
series did get a 9pm Friday night slot on ITV,our main
competitor to the BBC.
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