Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Something of a dry run for the British game show Don't Try This at Home, You Bet! trafficked in headstrong contestants who claimed that they could perform wild, dangerous, and near-impossible stunts. One-hundred members of the studio audience and three celebrity panelists wagered whether or not the contestants could make good their boasts. If indeed the brag was backed up by results, the audience members received cash prizes, while the celebrities turned the earnings over to their favorite charities. In addition to the physical challenges, the contestants also had to answer general-knowledge and pop-culture questions, and to participate in games of skill. Originally hosted by the seemingly inescapable Bruce Forsyth, You Bet! (based on the German series Wetten dass...?) was broadcast in the U.K. from 1989 to 1996.