Bruce Forsyth's Hot Streak

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Bruce Forsyth's Hot Streak
Genre Game show
Directed by James Marcione
Presented by Bruce Forsyth
Judges Burt Wheeler
Narrated by Gene Wood
Marc Summers
Composer(s) Ray Ellis
Marc Ellis
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 65
Executive producer(s) Robert Noah
Producer(s) Pam Meerson
Roger Speakman (Development Producer)
Caryn Lucas (Development Producer)
Location(s) The Prospect Studios
Hollywood, California
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 25 minutes
Production company(s) Reg Grundy Productions
Original network ABC
Original release January 6 (1986-01-06) – April 4, 1986 (1986-04-04)

Bruce Forsyth's Hot Streak is an American television game show that aired on ABC from January 6 to April 4, 1986. British television personality Bruce Forsyth hosted the series, the only time he hosted a series outside of his native United Kingdom. Gene Wood was the original announcer, with the last two weeks of shows announced by Marc Summers.

The show originated as a pilot in 1983 hosted by Gene Rayburn called Party Line. The show was picked up with a few minor changes, mainly Forsyth replacing Rayburn as host and the show title changed.

Reg Grundy Productions produced Bruce Forsyth's Hot Streak, which was the first daytime series the Grundy company produced for a network other than NBC. It was also only Grundy's fourth series he attempted in America, after Scrabble, Time Machine, and daytime and syndicated editions of Sale of the Century. To that point, the daytime Sale and Scrabble had been hits while Time Machine and the syndicated Sale were relatively short lived.

Bruce Forsyth's Hot Streak was also the last American production for the Grundy Organisation to premiere until 1993.


Two gender-specific teams of five contestants, one of which was a returning champion, each competed in a game of word association. The challengers, or winners of a coin toss in the case of two new teams, played first. In round one, the captain of the team in control chose one of two words presented by the host. The other four team members wore headphones to ensure they could not hear the word. Once a word was chosen, the team was given 40 seconds to communicate the word down the line. The team captain described the word to the second team member, who, after guessing the word, then did the same for the third team member. The process continued down the line until the team completed the transition down the line, time ran out, the team gave an illegal clue, repeated a key word, gestured or said the word (or a form of the word). The opposing team played the other word in the round.

In the second round, the next players in line became the captains and the team trailing after round one chose the first word. In rounds one and two, each successful transition was worth $100, for a maximum of $400 per round. The third and final round started with the trailing team, and each correct transition was worth $200, for a possible $800. The maximum grand total for a game was $1,600.

The team with the most money won the game, kept their winnings, and advanced to the bonus round. The losing team received parting gifts, plus their previous winnings if they were returning champions. If the game ended in a tie, the captain of the champion team was given one final word and opted to play or pass. The team that played the tie-breaker had to communicate the word down the line without faltering to win. If they were unable to do so, the other team won.

Bonus round[edit]

The bonus round involved the members of the winning team trying to come up with words to describe certain people, places, or things.

For each subject, Forsyth would show the team captain the subject while his/her teammates were placed in isolation with headphones so they could not hear. The captain then came up with four words that he/she thought best described the subject. Once the captain came up with those four words, the rest of the team came out of isolation and were told the subject. Each of the other four players was given five seconds to guess them (twenty seconds in all). Each time the team came up with a word, it was worth $200. After the twenty seconds was up, a second subject was played for $300 per correct guess. Finally, a third subject was played and if the team came up with all four words their winnings were multiplied by five, for a potential $10,000. If the team could not come up with all four words for the third subject, they kept what they had won in the first two parts of the round.

Champions return for a maximum of five matches.

Broadcast history[edit]

The show originated as an unsold pilot in 1983 hosted by Gene Rayburn called Party Line. The show was picked up by ABC with a few minor changes, mainly Forsyth replacing Rayburn as host and the show title changed from Party Line to Hot Streak. The game play for the most part remained unchanged.

Hot Streak was placed in ABC's 11:00 am Eastern/10:00 am Central time slot that was already home to two hit daytime game shows, CBS's The Price is Right and NBC's Wheel of Fortune. Consequently, Hot Streak was routinely beaten in the ratings and came in a distant third to both shows and ABC decided not to renew the show when its thirteen-week order ended.

International versions[edit]

These were some of the international versions of the (Bruce Forsyth's) Hot Streak format produced:

Country Local Name Host Network Year Aired
 Australia Hot Streak James O'Neill Seven Network 1998
 Belgium Rap Klap Anne De Baetzelier VTM 1990-1991
 France Passe à ton voisin Alexandre Pesle France 2 June 30-September 5, 1997
 Germany Ruck Zuck Werner Schulze-Erdel (1988-1991)
Jochen Bendel (1992-2000, 2004-2005)
Mathias Euler-Rolle (2005)
Oliver Geissen (2016)
Tele 5 (1988-1992, 2004-2005)
RTL II (1993-1995)
tm3 (1995-2000)
RTLplus (2016-present)
Kinder Ruck Zuck Désirée Nosbusch Tele 5 1992
 Greece Pouk Zouk
Rouk Zouk
Mary Miliaresi Mega Channel 1994-1997
Zeta Makrypoulia ANT1 2017
 Indonesia Komunikata Isam Surentu (2000-2005)
Indra Bekti (2005)
TPI (now MNCTV) 2000-2005
Komunikata Kapten Bintang Isam Surentu 2001
Komunikata Junior 2002
Katakan Katamu Ben Kasyafani antv 2010-2011
Kata Bergaya Sule and Rizky Febian 2014-2015
 Israel חמש ,חמש
Hamesh, Hamesh
Channel 2 1993-1994
 Kazakhstan Ποйми мeʜя
Poymy Menya
НТК October 5, 2013 - present
 Poland Podaj Dalej Wiesław Tupaczewski RTL7 2000-2001
 Russia Ποйми мeʜя
Poymy Menya
Oleg Marusev (1995-2000)
Matvey Ganapolsky (1995)
Eugene Dvorzhetsky (1999)
Eugene Stychkin (1999-2000)
Ποйми мeʜя
Poymy Menya (Kids edition)
Olga Shelest Karusel September 8, 2013 - present
 Serbia Zlatni Krug
Golden Circle
Boris Milivojevic & Sofia Rajović B92 2014-present
 Spain Dame una pista Luján Argüelles Cuatro 2010-2011


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