I saw the British edition of Gambit when I visited London thirty years ago, and was surprised.
Gambit, you have to understand, was a daytime game show, in which couples competed against other couples for prizes. The game was basically a game of Blackjack, played with outsize cards. One twist was that you didn’t just get the cards, but had to earn them by correctly answering questions. I think you had the right, once having earned a card, of giving it to you opponents, in hopes of breaking their hand.
In any event, both American and British versions were identical so far. The thing is that, like most American game shows of the period, the show was a thin excuse for advertising, so that when a couple won, the host could call the prize by the manufacturer’s name and extol its virtues. (“You’ve just won a $1000 gift certificate from Spiegel Catalog! Spiegel’s catalogh is filled with the finest gifts…etc. Spiegel. Chicago, Illinois.”) This was in the American edition. In Britain, they used no name brands at all. (“You’ve just won a set of luggage!”) The entire raison d’etre of the show was gone.
I was also amused by this question:
Host: Not a race, it’s what an American calls a darby.
(Me, watching this in the hotel room: Darby? I don’t call anything a “darby”)
Host (after the couple gives us): It’s a Bowler Hat!
(Me: “Bowler Hat”? Oh – a Derby. I’d forgetten how that --er-- often gets pronouned as if it’s --ar–)