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24 July 2017, 15:42
Our favourite presenting duo are reviving an old classic.
If you’ve missed having Mel and Sue together on your screens, then we have good news. The BFFs and former Great British Bake Off hosts are to host the return of the BBC’s classic show The Generation Game.
The duo responded to the news in typical style. "It's a cuddly toy, it's a toaster, it's a circular power saw, no it's Mel and Sue doing the Generation Game! We can't believe it, we are so excited!" the hosts said.
The show has been commissioned for an initial four-episode run, although a launch date has yet to be set.
If you don’t remember the game show from its previous incarnations, the concept involves pairs of family members across generations taking part in performance and task-based games, with the ultimate goal of facing the Conveyor Belt.
This is a memory test whereby the winning pair watches prizes pass on the belt before attempting to remember each one to win it, from household appliances to the infamous cuddly toy.
All the family pairs will start the show in the studio audience and only find out which game they are playing when Mel and Sue announce them.
The new show will combine aspects of the original series with new games.
Perkins and Giedroyc famously refused to ‘follow the dough’ last year when The Great British Bake Off moved from BBC One to Channel 4. Sue hinted on Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs recently that they may reunite sooner rather than later.
"I'm very hopeful Mel and I will do some pratting about, but I couldn't tell you exactly what yet. Possibly some prime-time pratting," she told host Kirsty Young.
The Generation Game began on BBC One in 1971, with Sir Bruce Forsyth as its longest-serving host. The entertainer fronted the show for two spells from 1971 to 1977 and 1990 to 1994.
What will Brucie make of the new version? [Picture: Twitter]
The Generation Game was then presented by Larry Grayson between 1978 and 1982 and Jim Davidson from 1995 to 2002.
There have also been two one-off editions of the show. Graham Norton presented a Christmas edition in 2005, while Vernon Kay took charge of a version for Comic Relief in 2011.