I might be the only one, but I really miss this family entertainment show. It was corny, tacky and totally what a Saturday night game show should be. I have nothing but fond memories of this show. Right from my very early childhood when the show was presented by the late, great deliciously camp Larry Grayson right through to Bruce Forsythe and Jim Davidson.
The basic format to this show was that two members of a family would make a team and compete against another family. The competition would comprise of games in which experts from certain feilds would come onto the set and provide both teams with a demonstration. This could be anything from cake making to morris dancing. Then after the demonstration, the teams would have to try their hand at the task.
This would always lead to mayhem. Mad uncles going in totally the wrong direction. Dizzy daughters with not the faintest idea how to ice a cake. All leading to great comedy moments, that was good clean fun that all the family could enjoy.
This show, was simple in it's format. This simplicity is what made it so appealing and downright entertaining. The show was not high budget, infact the prizes and costumes were rustled up with minimal cost. But somehow the make do and mend attitude of the show seemed to further add to it's charm.
The show, did offer glamour in bucketloads via the glamorous assistants who would lead the families on and keep scores. The ultimate assistant was the very beautiful Isla st clair. I so wanted to be like her when I was a little girl. I vividly remember tuning in with my parents in order to see what gorgeous outfit Isla would be wearing. Maybe Isla is to answer for my infatuation with fashion today!!
Throughout this hour long show, which was always aired on BBC1. There would always be a great musical performance. Particularly when Bruce Forsythe was host. With his glam assistant Rosemary Ford. "What's the scores on the board miss ford?" I loved this old fashioned, gentle entertainment. Something which you don't see in tv anymore these days.
Basically this show was fun, comical and a great family show. A show you could all watch together without your finger hovering over the remote control in preperation for bad language or smut!
One of the most energetic and funny hosts to present this show was Jim Davidson. I don't like Jim at all as a comedian, but I think he worked well on this show and embraced it's fun and madcap energy. He proved himself charasmatic and warm.
At the end of each show, the winning team would sit in front of a conveyor belt. Along the conveyor belt would come a variety of prizes. No expense was spared on these prizes. Such valuables such as a cuddly toy a fondue set, A collection of glasses, a microwave. Then the family would have to remember what goods had passed down the belt. Whatever they remembered they could keep.
So no multimillion pound prizes, no fireworks or illusions, no mega superstars gracing the screen. But all in all a fun and smile enducing programme that became a British institution. I may be on my own with this one, but I for one miss this show greatly.
The Generation Game was at its peak with Bruce Forsyth and then featured a completely miscast Larry Grayson. Forsyth remains the best at this because, as the multitalented entertainer he was, he threw himself into the challenges every bit as much as the contestants did and is always excellent when working the public. Grayson made the show his own but relied on Isla St Clair to lead him about rather like a dog trainer and errant puppy.
The format of the show has hardly changed in the 20 years since it began. There is a sequence of parlour games like guessing the value of antique items or charades with a theme like nursery rhymes or songs. There is often a more physical challenge like dancing or a regular favourite - something military- or sometimes some building like bricklaying or plastering and sometimes cooking or icing a cake. The professional or expert does the task first and then the contestants have a go. Often the programme does rely on the quality of the contestants to provide the entertainment, sometimes they do with very funny results. Now Jim Davidson is supported by Melanie Stace to give the scores and lead couples about and Mel does this passably without displaying any great breadth of talent like Isla St Clair or Rosemary Ford did.
Which brings us to Davidson. He is not my favourite comedian being politically reactionary and with an offstage private life full of enough baggage to suggest he is not the nicest man around. But I judge him not for what he is like in private but for what he does in public and like Uncle Jack all those years ago I will make my choice and that is not to like what he is like.
Aaaaaarrrrgggghhhhh!!!!!! How I HATE this program!!! OK, got that off my chest and pretty much summed up the rest of this review in two very short 'sentences'. I fail to understand the attraction of this puerile nonsense to so many people. With Bruce Forsyth at the helm it was rubbish, but with Jim Davidson it plumbs new depths of stupidity. How old are we all? 5? 9 at the oldest surely, because nobody above that age could possible find all this slapstick claptrap entertaining. This program is like Noels House Party turned into a gameshow and quite frankly it stinks. You take a selection of related idiots and put them through some tasks which they have no chance of completing effectively because they are purposefully given less time to complete them that the experts who demonstrate the activity themselves at the start. You then get someone to do the scoring who is always totally unfair in their marking and generally wangles it so that it either ends up a draw or there is only one point in it. 4 couples start out, whittled down to two who have to act out some pantomime stage act and the best ones are voted for by the audience(who must be being paid...but nowhere near enough, to be there). They go on to play the conveyor belt game where you have to memorise 15 items to win the lot...hurrah! Well hurrah, because the crap has now finished. Throughout this you get Jim Davidson cracking seriously unfunny jokes, pulling faces, falling about and generally acting the fool that he so badly wants to be and Rosemary Ford in a variety of dresses for no apparent reason. What is it with Skippy, Benny Hill style girls running about the place and generally camp, tacky, and very OUTDATED pieces of crap which are maybe meant to be nostalgic but feel more like someone p*ssing unceremoniously over your memories? What the hell is it that you find so funny about this in the 21st century? This is about as puerile, boring and generally unwatchable as Noel's H
ouse Party was and should be pulled in the same way to save us from any more pain. Did I mention I wasn't a fan? Avoid this show like the plague and maybe they'll take it of and replace it with something mildly more amusing...although it'll probably be more reruns of Dads Army and Are You Being Served...why else do we pay our licence fee?
When the Gen Game (as Jim Davidson annoyngly refers to it) started back in the 70's, I imagine it would have been a fairly original idea and with Larry Grayson and Bruce Forsyth in control quite entertaining. Even when I was little, in the early 90's, the games were still funny and the original successful format remained untouched. Then Jim Davidson came along and the show became instantly unwatchable. The lack of new games was obvious and a non-descript co-host was introduced in place of Miss Ford (Rosemary). However, for me, the biggest and most unforgiveable change was to the conveyer belt game at the end. In Brucie's day, the two contestants would each take a turn at remembering what was on the conveyer belt, rather one of the contestants becoming quite useless at the end. Also, in the old days, there was the fun of guessing which prize would represent the big prize of a holiday or cash. Now we have the quite boring 'Guess 15 and you win' game. 3-2-1 didn't last into the 90's and it was quite similar to the Generation Game. This show now seems more dated than ever, and should have been axed before Mr Davidson could get his hands on it. As it is, its ratings will only get worse, before it disappears quietly from the schedules under a cloud.
What's wrong with this show? Answer; Jim Davidson, Jim Davidson, Jim Davidson. Why pick such an obnoxious, attention seeking vile person to present what used to be a fabulous show. BRING BACK BRUCIE. What is Jim Davidson's obsession with being on camera, since his first program he must have been in 85% of the shots. No longer can you delight in the muck ups or successes of the contestants attempting new tasks, because Jim Davidson has just squashed the persons clay vase all over his face to get a laugh at the expense of a contestant. Bruce used to entertain and get everyone in hysterics but then leave us to enjoy watching people try things out, which was the beauty of the show. It needs a new presenter, new ideas and keep the simple entertainment and not try to make it too glossy which is happening with most of our TV nowadays. Are we fatefully destined to constantly follow the US.
Dont't get me wrong, I think that Bruce Forsyth did a good job on the many years that he presented TGG, but after a while he just took over the show, and drowned any possible personalities that the contestants might have. Also, the puns and cracks became too predictable, although ironically I think that the 'Price is Right' is far better with him 'in charge'. As the contestants are a generation apart, I think it's apt that Brucie has handed over the mantle to Jim Davison, a generation younger.It's now bright, fresh, full of new ideas and he keeps the show running along at a good pace. It somehow has more punch, and the cracks he makes are more original. Then again, for a show that has been around for a long time, no presenter can keep up the same standards for ever. It will always have to evolve with new presenters every few years.It's the nature of the beast.
To be honest the Generation Game has never been my favourite show, as I hate watching people embrass themselves..But at least Brucie did'nt seem to patronize the participants quite so much as 'I love me Davidson ' does.. The man just dosen't know when to shut up..And his jokes are excrutiatingly unfunny..Whilst his disdain for women is becoming more apparent.. I also think the format of this show is more than a little tired,.Like Sunday Night at the Palladium it has had its day..Just like Jim Davidson.. Time to retire them both...
Generation Game is another game show presented by Jim Davidson but i think since Bruce left it has lost some spark ,smething in my view does not seem right, it seems all so different, in my view Jim Davidson is not as good as Bruce was, and these days it does not have the same appeal as it used to. I don't feel sad if I miss a game show or don't watch it for a while. That is my view I think that Jim Davidson is not as good as Bruce. However I like the end bit when they have to rememer the prizes that go past them. In my view an ok gameshow.
I could just about stand this programme when it was hosted by Brucie, but with Jim Davidson, it is just plain awful. It is not at all entertaining, and the humour is very child like. Come on who thinks that seeing Jim stuff a cake in his mouth is funny, not me. The basic set up of the game is that two members of a family compete in stupid games against another family, to get a chance of winning a holiday. The games involve the contestents creating a wedding cake in about sixty seconds, after just seeing a professional create one, we see how rubbish they do and them laugth at them, really funny. The winning two, are them split up and one of them has to memmorise items that come past, one will always be a CUDDLY TOY. If they repeat twenty they get the holiday, everyone should be able to get the holiday as jim is standing there shouting the items to them. I really hate it and BBC should create something better than this rubbish. If you haven't seen it don't watch and live your life in bliss, if you do watch it please stop.
I hate this programme. I hate it with a fiery passion. Jim Davidson is a fool, as was Bruce Forsyth before him. Watching normal people attempting to copy the incredibly talented in a series of random tasks (dancing and pottery featuring frequently) is not my idea of a good time, and I certainly wouldn’t spend an hour (the duration of the show) doing it. The expert comes on, does his/her thing, the teams compete to emulate that thing as best they can, then the expert judges the result while the presenter generally makes a mockery of everything. And that’s entertainment! If you want to see people making idiots of themselves, you’d be better of watching Dial A Date.
There isn't much game anymore in the Generation Game. All I can think of when I watched it was just a bunch of people doing silly things and having a laugh and just letting us watch them at it. It does have its funny silly moments, but that's all there is about the generation game. The contestants have a few tasks to complete that basically are just to copy whatever experts did before, and then they get marked for their task. They usually just end up making a fool of themselves, but it is fun to watch
One of the longest running games shows on the television. A lot of people will remember Bruce Forsythe oing it. The format has changed since then, but now has Jim Davidson doing it. He has brought the games up to date and modernised it but not enough to change things completely which is good. The "runner up! prizes are not too exciting - a shaking doll. The items on the surveyer belt going past with the cuddly toy - arrrr - is still the favourite part of the show.
Jim Davidson should be congratulated. Ten years ago he was known for racialist and sexist jokes with mainly over 18 material. Now he has made a remarkable transition to family entertainment attracting audiences from all ages. For example - at the end of the most recent series, my seven year old son was in tears for an hour afterwards, mourning for the passing of his Saturday evening Friend! Davidson's attitude to the show is vastly different to the previous hosts and I feel that is why he receives criticism. But surely bringing his own brand of entertainment to the show is a good thing as he can't and shouldn't be a carbon copy of Bruce. Jim Davidson has modernised the Generation Game format and brought in a new audience to a show that's now over a quarter of a century in age.
Now dont get me wrong in principle theres nothing wrong with me old mate Jim Davidson, but the Generation Game just isnt the same without Brucie. Saturday nights without the famous err errr good game good game and the famous chin just arent the same. Jim is a good comedian and good host of other shows but this really is Brucies show. Bruce is just too good an entertainer. Even during Brucies tenure as host I wasnt what youd class as a regular viewer, but I did watch it once every couple of weeks and could quite happily sit and watch it on a Saturday evening but not now I see the odd clippet but it just isnt the same. It was always going to be a tough job for Jim to take over from such a popular host as Brucie and it just hasnt come off. It was going to be a very difficult job for whoever took over because of the popularity of Bruce so to slate Jims version would be a little harsh, I just feel that it isnt the Generation Game anymore.
The success of this show is very much a sign of the times. That Jim Davidson is permitted to host a Saturday evening family entertainment show is bad enough, but it is even more disturbing that people actually find him funny. This show had a little bit of charm in the days of Brucey and Larry "shut that door" Grayson. Now it is lame and boring, and the makers have apparently gone for a strategy of finding the dullest, thickest contestants to take part. Saturday TV is always crap, but this is show represents the worst of the worst. How many more cheeky cockney grins from Jim can the public stand? If the BBC are so strapped for cash why are they paying that idiot huge piles of cash to host this load of old cobblers? They take off far better programmes in order to save money, so why not give JD's fee to charity? I'd rather sit through yet more repeats of Dad's Army than have The Generation Game on Saturday after interminable Saturday.