It seems that presenters Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins might just be regretting their decision to stay with the BBC, as there are rumours swirling that their revival of The Generation Game has been cancelled after just two episodes.
Fresh from this embarrassment, former Generation Game presenter Jim Davidson has weighed in, saying: "They're not right, they won't know how to ab-lib." Davidson, who presented the programme from 1995 until 2002 also claimed to never have heard of Mel and Sue.
The presenting pair stayed loyal to the channel after The Great British Bake Off moved to Channel 4 (taking Paul Hollywood with it) along with Mary Berry. But while Mary has had success with new shows including Britain’s Best Cook and Mary’s Country House Secrets (making an impressive amount of money in the process) it seems that Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins have missed out on her magic.
The Sun has reported that the new version of the classic Bruce Forsyth gameshow has been axed after two episodes, at a cost of £400,000 to the BBC. A source told the paper: “The BBC had announced four programmes, but when they saw what had been taped could only realistically air two.”
It comes at the end of a bad run for the two, as Mel’s Pitch Battle was cancelled after one series and Sue’s Insert Name Here had lacklustre viewing figures.
Take a look back at The Generation Game in 1973:
Nice to see you, to see you...nice!
The Generation Game was a staple of our family TV – especially the conveyer belt section where we struggled to remember the luxury items that had whizzed past contestants. Well, apart from ‘a cuddly toy’ which we never forgot to shout out! It ran from 1971 – 1977, and was then revised in the early nineties too.
At its peak it drew in a whopping 21 million viewers, but it looks unlikely to repeat its success any time soon, sadly.
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