Master Bridge



Nicola Gardener


Sammy Kehela


Brook for Channel 4, 16 April to 3 September 1983 (14 episodes in 1 series)


A duplicate bridge competition following the lead of the BBC’s Grand Slam, though unlike the Beeb’s series, Master Bridge was an individual contest, with eight players paired up with each of the others in turn. Although it wasn’t explained on screen, the deals had been devised by host Nicola Gardener (of the London School of Bridge, the end credits helpfully told us) and series creator/producer David Elstein specifically to illustrate interesting situations and strategies in the game.

The participants were Jeremy Flint, Martin Hoffman, Zia Mahmood, Rixi Marcus, Jane Priday, Irving Rose, Omar Sharif and Martin Sheehan.

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Martin Hoffman

Theme music

An instrumental cover of Steely Dan’s “Do It Again”. Bobby Lamb was credited for the arrangement.


The presentation studio.
Guess who?
Guess who? (2)
A game in progress.
Top half of the leaderboard, partway through the series.


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