The Generation Game. Image shows from L to R: Mel Giedroyc, Sue Perkins. Copyright: BBC
The Generation Game

The Generation Game (2018)

  • TV comedy
  • BBC One
  • 2018
  • 2 episodes (1 series)

Revival of the classic comedy game show, hosted by Mel & Sue. Also features Mel Giedroyc, Sue Perkins and Mike Winsor.

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Series 1, Episode 1

The Generation Game. Image shows from L to R: Sue Perkins, Mel Giedroyc. Copyright: BBC
Four family pairs from different generations battle it out in games including Bollywood dancing, plate spinning, sausage making, and pottery. Mel and Sue are also joined by celebrity panellists, quiz show host Richard Osman and TV presenter Lorraine Kelly, plus special appearances from Basil Brush and surprise guests!

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Broadcast details

Sunday 1st April 2018
60 minutes

Cast & crew

Mel Giedroyc Host / Presenter
Sue Perkins Host / Presenter
Mike Winsor Guest
Guest cast
James Argent Guest
Gemma Collins Guest
Martin Kemp Guest
Johnny Vegas Guest
Naz Choudhury Guest
Gary McClure Guest
Andrew Van Buren Guest
Lorraine Kelly Self
Richard Osman Self
Writing team
Sam Fletcher Writer
Christian Manley Writer
Andrew Dawson (as The Dawson Brothers) Writer (Additional Material)
Steve Dawson (as The Dawson Brothers) Writer (Additional Material)
Tim Inman (as The Dawson Brothers) Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
Ollie Bartlett Director
Keith Cotton Series Producer
Aoife Bower Producer
Kerry Flanagan Producer
Reshmi Bajnath Producer
Nic McNeilis Executive Producer
Jane Atkinson Line Producer
Lauren Tee Producer
Chris Lewis Editor
Jon Ellis Editor
Guy Freeman Editor
Alistair Knapp Editor
Patrick Doherty Production Designer
Suzie Bradley Costume Designer
Debbie Dannell Make-up Designer
Oli Richards Lighting Designer
Bruce Forsyth (as Sir Bruce Forsyth) Composer
Kalpna Patel-Knight Commissioning Editor


Pottery Innuendos

Johnny Vegas shows everyone how to do pottery.

Featuring: Mel Giedroyc, Sue Perkins & Johnny Vegas.


The new Generation Game is a woeful flop

We can only hope Brucie and Larry were not looking down from Variety Heaven. Mel and Sue turned their flagship into an embarrassing travesty.

Christopher Stevens, Daily Mail, 2nd April 2018

The Generation Game attracts 5.2 million viewers

It looked like the knives were truly out for Mel and Sue ahead of their first episode of the rebooted version of The Generation Game, but they still managed to pull in a respectable amount of viewers.

Daniel Welsh, The Huffington Post, 2nd April 2018

Feelings of loss surrounding Bruce Forsyth are assuaged by this reboot, with Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins hosting two episodes reviving the 70s gameshow. Families compete in plate-spinning and teapot-throwing challenges, with Lorraine Kelly, Richard Osman and Martin Kemp acting as celebrity insurance.

David Stubbs, The Guardian, 1st April 2018

When The Generation Game was a national institution during the 1970s and 80s, Bruce Forsyth and subsequent hosts were joined by a female co-host. Here, Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins take charge of the proceedings. Star judges will assess how the teams are getting on during their challenges.

The National (Scotland), 1st April 2018

Mel & Sue hit back at 'The Generation Game' detractors

'We are not trying to change it or hurt the brand.'

Daniel Welsh, The Huffington Post, 1st April 2018

The Generation Game, BBC1, review

Latest reboot lacked Brucie's genius for the impromptu.

Jeff Robson, i Newspaper, 1st April 2018

Generation Game on a Sunday night? That's sacrilege!

In terms of what we should expect from prime time Easter television, this fell well short of the mark. And it focuses the mind on what we should be saying to those responsible for entertainment at the BBC: stop trying to revisit the past. Go away and think up some original ideas.

Gerard O'Donovan, The Telegraph, 1st April 2018

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