Generation Fame, 2005 and Onwards
The Generation Game had come to an end in 2002 amidst falling audiences. Never ones to give up on a good idea the BBC attempted a relaunch for 2004 with Paul O’Grady as host. However after two non screened pilots were made neither O’Grady or the BBC were happy with the result. Paul O’Grady felt that it wasn’t the kind of show suited to him and left the project.
In 2005 a further revival got off the ground. Graham Norton presented a celebrity edition entitled ‘Generation Fame’ many felt it was a pilot for a proposed new series. It turned out to be just a one off special.
In 2011 another revival appeared, This time for Comic Relief, as part of Comic Relief’s 24hr panel people. Again celebrity contestants with teams headed by David Walliams and Miranda Hart. The host was Vernon Kay.
It would be 2014 before the idea of a revival was mentioned again. This time round a Christmas edition of a revamped Generation Game was to be hosted by Miranda Hart. A pilot episode was filmed, but the then controller of the channel Charlotte Moore revealed in August 2015 that the project was “very much on hold” due to Hart wanting to concentrate on her acting and writing career.
In May 2017, The Sun newspaper and other media reported that comedians and former Bake Off hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins were being lined up to front a revival of the popular game show. A source said: “Mel and Sue are seen as exactly what this classic show needs. They were seen as a perfect replacement.” Nothing more has been reported at the time of this post.
Silly games and naff prizes a plenty as Graham Norton and Vernon Kay host one-off celebrity specials of The Generation Game.
Graham Norton and Davina Mc Call
Vernon Kay: 6th March 2011
Original Transmission Dates:
Generation Fame: 31st December 2005