But the BBC made a mess of The Generation Game, while Channel 4 ditched The Price Is Right after just one episode.
Now ITV is getting in on the act, with Play Your Cards Right next in line for a reboot.
Alan Carr will be at the helm, just as he was for C4’s doomed The Price Is Right.
I’m told bosses are shooting a pilot of the show — which Brucie hosted for 16 series from 1980 — before deciding on its future.
A TV source said: “It’s very early days but they have begun work on what the comeback would look like and everyone is excited.
“They’re treading very carefully as they know it’s an iconic format, and was fronted by a legend.
“But Alan is a great fit and is one of the very few current stars with the personality and skills to hold a show like this.
“C4 and the BBC have both failed in their efforts to do a Brucie classic justice, but ITV bosses are hopeful of cracking it.”
It’s only a matter of time before Channel 5 get in on the action, and try to revive You Bet!
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Hughes got eye on Honey?
HE’S been a journeyman in the soap world but Stephen Rahman-Hughes is now looking to settle down on EastEnders.
The former Doctors and Emmerdale man, pictured, is moving to Walford as dentist Adam Bateman who sets his sights on Honey Mitchell, played by Emma Barton to the annoyance of her estranged husband Billy, Perry Fenwick.
A soap source said: “His character is the perfect catch – suave, sophisticated and with a dazzling smile. This well-respected professional will do anything for anyone.
“When Honey needs emergency dental care, he is quickly on hand.
“As sparks fly in the dentist chair, the pair soon end up going on a date.
“This will cause a bit of stir on the Square, especially for Billy who doesn’t want to let go of his relationship with Honey.”
Stephen said: “I’m so thrilled to be joining an incredible cast on such an iconic show, which I’ve grown up watching.”
He is the latest addition to the cast following the news that Leonard Fenton, Louisa Lytton and Shane Richie are all returning.
They’re going to need to extend Albert Square at this rate.
Elsewhere, Rebecca is running out of time and David offers Matty a job in the shop.
In Coronation Street Abi struggles to cope during a tricky home visit from the twins and Rana gets some upsetting news.
Steve confronts Johnny about his fling with Liz and goes on to give Abi the benefit of his experience.
Meanwhile, Saira bans Rana from attending Hassan’s sickbed, and Johnny and Jenny steal Gemma’s dream.
Dy is back by demand
AS a magician performing carefully planned tricks at lightning speed, you’d have expected Dynamo to spot this curveball career twist a mile off.
But Bradford’s finest illusionist is heading back to TV with his own series, called Every Trick In The Book.
It’s a spot of much-needed good news for Dynamo, pictured in April, after eating raw chicken in a restaurant this year sparked a severe flare-up of Crohn’s disease, a bowel condition he has suffered from most of his life.
As well as weight gain and a swollen face from medication, a side-effect from the disease was arthritis, which meant he couldn’t even shuffle a pack of cards — a basic task for any magician.
A TV insider said: “It’s fair to say that Dynamo’s had a terrible time in recent months but this might just be the launchpad for a TV comeback that he really needs.
“It is great news for fans.”
It is thought the show will be given a primetime slot on Saturday nights, if the pilot episode proves a success with bosses.
Fingers crossed it gets a full series.
Dynamo is Britain’s best trickster, and much better than the tedious Derren Brown.
FORMER Home And Away actor Kyle Pryor needs to put away his shades and prepare for the harsher climate of the north of England. Kyle, who played Nate Cooper in the Aussie soap, is joining the cast of Hollyoaks.
Real-life reasons to Mone
YOU would expect this group of celeb kids have had it pretty easy as they’ve grown up.
But they are about to get the shock of their lives in a new four-part Channel 4 documentary.
Called Born Famous, it will see teenagers Bethany Mone, Jack Ramsay, Phoenix Chi and Ria Ince and experience the humble origins of their famous mums and dads – Michelle Mone, Gordon Ramsay, Mel B and Paul Ince. Jack will return to his TV chef dad’s old home in Bretch Hill, Oxfordshire, while Bethany will sample the delights of Glasgow’s East End where her mum, the millionaire Ultimo underwear tycoon, was raised.
Ria will return to Dagenham, Essex, where her England footballer dad first kicked a ball about, while Phoenix treads the inner-city Hyde Park area of Leeds where mum Scary Spice dreamt of fame and fortune.
Each youngster will be teamed with a teen from the locality to get a sense of how their lives might have turned out if their parents hadn’t hit the big time.
WHAT? 24 Hours In A&E, Channel 4, 9pm.
WHY? One of the most harrowing – yet inspiring – episodes of this fly-on-the-wall documentary.
It features NHS staff who are attacked by the people they are caring for.
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