Bruce Forsyth (1988 – 1990)
Matthew Kelley (1991 – 1995)
Darren Day (1996 – 1997)
Ellis Ward (1988 – 1991)
Diane Youdale (1996)
Sarah Matravers (1997)
ITV: 20 February 1988 – 12 April 1997

You Bet! was a charity stunt game show based on the German show, Wetten, dass..?


Three (later four) celebrities appeared each week, betting on how members of the public could complete unlikely challenges and stunts, which they practised many times within a certain amount of time. Some of the challenges were played in the studio, while the rest took place on location. Challengers who were successful received a betsy (or, in later series, a trophy); failing meant they received a scroll (or, in later series, a medal).

Each celebrity would bet on weather or not the challenge would be completed successfully, as did the 100 members of the studio audience. Each celebrity sponsored one challenge, but the one who did so always had to bet that the challenger would succeed; the host always sponsored the final challenge (in the fourth and fifth series, the hostess would sponsor a challenge too). Each celebrity who bet correctly scored points based on how many audience members did the same. (In the final series, each celebrity was given a You Bet! Bonus Card. At any point in the game, they could play the card, and if they bet correctly, they would score double the points. However, they could only play it once in the whole game.) For every audience member who bet correctly, one point would go into an "audience pot."

At the end of the show, the total number of points scored by the panelists, as well as the total number of points in the "audience pot," would be added together, converted into pounds, and donated to a charity chosen by the celebrity with the highest score. In early series, only the points from the audience and the winning celebrity were added together, plus (after the first series) a £1,000 bonus. In a later series, it was changed to the aforementioned scoring system; except, at first, if the total points scored were less than 1,000, the chosen charity received £2 per point scored in that programme.

Forfeits and the Celebrity ChallengeEdit

In the first seven series, panelists sponsoring a failed challenge had to do a forfeit that they chose before the show; this also applied to the host (when Bruce Forsyth was the host, the majority vote determined his prediction, with an incorrect prediction resulting in him doing his forfeit; when Matthew Kelly was the host, if the audience bet the challenge would be completed and it was indeed completed, he didn't have to do his forfeit; otherwise, if the audience bet the challenger would fail and/or the challenge wasn't completed, he had to do his forfeit).

In the eighth series, the forfeits were replaced with a celebrity challenge: the celebrity who scored the fewest points would do one forfeit challenge which would be shown the following week. The public would then have a chance to donate £1,000 to charity by predicting if the celebrity succeeded or failed. This wasn't a success, so they brought back the forfeits, this time chosen automatically by the show's crew at the end of the show for the celebrity with the lowest score.

In the final series, the celebrity challenge returned, but was changed a little bit: at the end of the show, the audience would choose the challenge from two possibilities with cryptic clues to their objective.


When Bruce Forsyth hosted the show, he would close each episode with the You Bet! Rap, with the audience shouting the show's name in between lines. The rap went like this:

Do you wanna bet on it? (YOU BET!)
So you wanna bet on it? (YOU BET!)
So don't fret, get set, are you ready? (YOU BET!)

The rap was dropped from the show when Matthew Kelly became the new host in 1991.

YouTube LinksEdit

Full EpisodesEdit

Full Episode from Series 2

Full Episode from Series 3

Full Episode from Series 4
Full Episode from Series 5
Full Episode from Series 6
Full Episode from Series 7

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