Reboot of The Generation Game to return for a second series

Reboot of The Generation Game to return for a second series
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Despite the series experiencing some harsh criticism, the rebooted version of the classic BBC game show will see Mel Giedroyc, 50, and Sue Perkins, 48, making a comeback to their presenting roles.

The BBC is reportedly ready to give the series another chance and support the show. A source told The Sun newspaper's Bizarre TV column: "The BBC have booked a new filming slot for Mel and Sue to have another go at the Generation Game.

"They are going to mix things up a bit while staying true to the format. They don't want to be remembered as the hosts of a flop, so said they were at least take part in another episode to sort out the problems.

"The BBC are then hopeful that Mel and Sue will both commit to another series once they've done a successful run-through. It's thought the show will have a new producer, and they'll look at nixing the celebrity panel which didn't really work."

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After presenters Mel and Sue received a whole load of criticism for their reboot of The Generation Game, Jim Davidson has yet again spoke out against them, telling the BBC to rehire him as the host of the show instead.

The 64-year-old presented the show from 1995 until 2002, and has told the broadcaster to sack Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins and give him back the reins, as he believes they're not doing it "correctly."

Speaking to the Daily Star newspaper, he said: "The BBC like to tick boxes. These ladies are nice as they checked several... female, gay, labour supporters. If they 'The Generation Game' to be done correctly, they should call me."

And this isn't the first time Jim has hit out at them...

It seems that presenters Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins might just be regretting their decision to stay with the BBC, as it has been cut from being a four episode series to just a two episode series after with the BBC harbouring concerns about the quality of the show which is set to aire in April. 

To make matters worse for the presenting duo, it has been claimed that makers of the show are being forced to use canned laughter after the laughs from the live audience weren't quite enough to make the new series of the The Generation Game enthusiastic enough. 

It was just last month that 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.”

 The former GBBO team

The former GBBO team

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.