Takeover Bid



Bruce Forsyth


Claire Sutton


BBC1, 26 May 1990 - 15 July 1991 (28 episodes)


The show always started with Bruce attempting to throw his hat and umbrella onto a hat-stand and always failed miserably. We individually met all the contestants and each one was treated to Forsyth's Fact or Fib?, where Bruce would first feel smug about the alliteration, then read a statement which was either true or false. If they got it correct they were able to start with a bonus five-star prize, and if they didn't then they didn't.

The round that followed, Crazy Cryptics, involved the contestants answering questions to steal prizes. A contestant had to nominate a prize of their own to bet against a prize of their choice from one of their opponents. Each prize was valued at 1 to 5 stars, and there was some rule that said you could only try to steal an opponent's prize that was one star better than the prize you were risking. These two people went head to head. We think each contestant had two or three chances each to nominate a steal.

Whoever won the big game went onto the final, Star Spin. There was a big circle on the wall divided into 10 subjects and there was a giant five-pointed star in the middle. The star was spun and wherever the five points landed would determine which subjects were asked. If they got them all correct they won a holiday and if they didn't, they didn't.

A bit like Raise the Roof. Except entertaining. And without a house.


Hostess Claire Sutton was part of the cheerleading group G-Force on Gladiators and now presents for QVC.

Theme music

Theme by Ian M Wilson and Brucie himself. Altogether now:

Takeover Bid, Takeover Bid, I'm gonna be
the first on the grid to take over you!


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