It is, perhaps, the best loved game show in Britain’s TV history – fondly remembered by millions for its cheesy catchphrases and conveyor belt of less-than-thrilling prizes.
At its peak in the late 1970s, The Generation Game pulled in an astonishing 20 million viewers every Saturday evening, first with Bruce Forsyth at the helm and then Larry Grayson. And now the show is set to make a remarkable return . . . with comedienne Miranda Hart taking on the role of presenter.
The BBC plans to screen the new version within a year, and a pilot episode is already taking shape, The Mail on Sunday understands.
‘Everyone is excited about this happening,’ said a BBC source who asked not to be named.
‘Miranda is a great fan of the original show and she has made no secret of her admiration for Sir Bruce Forsyth, the show’s very first host. Miranda and The Generation Game could be a match made in telly heaven.’
Hart, 41, who has established herself as one of the most popular family entertainers in Britain with her sitcom Miranda and her role in hit drama Call The Midwife, will become the first female host of The Generation Game.
BBC bosses say the idea is at the early stages and nothing has been formally confirmed, but they believe the combination of the show’s format and Hart’s family-friendly persona will prove ratings gold.
I really don’t like the idea of Miranda hosting a game show cause I feel she’s just so much better than that but at the same time she would make an amazing host.I’m conflicted, I’m not sure if I want this to happen or not. :/