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The British version of this American game show – based on the card game Pontoon – started in 1975 as a programme shown in the Anglia region only. It became a networked show in 1978 and ran until 1985.


The original host was Fred Dinenage, later succeeded by Tom O’Connor. Michelle Lambourne was the card dealer.

Dinenage put general knowledge questions to married couples. If they gave the right answer – and got the right cards from Lambourne – they would be in line for money and some of the prizes described by John Benson.

Peter Fenn provided musical accompaniment.

The programme returned to ITV for a 12-week run in 1997, hosted by comedian Gary T Thompson.

Fred Dinenage
Michelle Lambourne
Tom O’Connor