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2 October 1971 (UK) See more »
Making a fool of the contestants as they try to copy professionals who have strange jobs. To win some... See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 4 of 16)
Bruce Forsyth ... Himself - Host (15 episodes, 1971-1994)
Jim Davidson ... Himself - Host (12 episodes, 1995-2001)
Melanie Stace ... Herself - Co-Presenter / ... (9 episodes, 1996-2001)
Anthea Redfern ... Herself - Hostess (8 episodes, 1971-1975)

Series Directed by
Alan Boyd (2 episodes, 1973)

Stuart Hall (unknown episodes)
Series Writing credits
Tony Hawes (2 episodes, 1973-1974)

Series Produced by
Terry Henebery .... producer (3 episodes, 1973-1974)
James Moir .... producer (3 episodes, 1973-1974)
Sue Andrew .... assistant producer / producer (2 episodes, 1994-1998)
Alan Boyd .... producer (1 episode, 1975-1980)

Ben Kellett .... producer (unknown episodes)
Series Film Editing by
Roger Martin (1 episode, 1994)
Series Production Design by
Jim Hatchard (1 episode, 1973)
Tony Burrough (1 episode, 1978)
Richard Morris (1 episode, 1994)
Series Art Direction by
Ross Dempster (unknown episodes, 2000)
Series Set Decoration by
Jim Hatchard (1 episode, 1973)
Series Costume Design by
Venetia Ercolani (1 episode, 1994)
Theresa Hughes (1 episode, 1994)
Series Makeup Department
Lesley Faulkner .... makeup designer (10 episodes, 1996-2001)
Helen Speyer .... makeup artist (6 episodes, 1997-1999)
Series Production Management
Simon Spencer .... production manager (1 episode, 1994)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Matthew Trigwell .... second second assistant director (5 episodes, 1997-1998)
Series Art Department
Mic Rolph .... graphics / set dresser (2 episodes, 1973)
Series Sound Department
Jack Sudic .... sound (2 episodes, 1973)
Chris Shellard .... sound (1 episode, 1994)
Series Visual Effects by
Matt Holland .... compositor (1 episode, 2001)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Robbie Robinson .... lighting (2 episodes, 1973)

Miguel Munguia .... camera operator: Los Angeles studio guests (unknown episodes, 1997)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bobi Bartlett .... costumer / costumes (2 episodes, 1973)
Series Editorial Department
John Barclay .... vision mixer (3 episodes, 1971)
Series Music Department
Ronnie Hazlehurst .... composer: conductor / music / ... (4 episodes, 1973-1978)
Series Other crew
Tony Hawes .... program associate / programme associate (2 episodes, 1973-1978)
Olga Kersner .... additional mottos / games researcher (2 episodes, 1973-1974)

Josef d'Bache-Kane .... floor manager: LA studio guests (unknown episodes, 1997)
David Etherton .... technical director: LA studio guests (unknown episodes, 1997)
Kate Rea .... stage manager (unknown episodes)

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60 min
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[Rolf is quickly painting a large portrait of Bruce]
Bruce Forsyth:I suppose it does help if you get people that have got a lot of character about them?
Rolf Harris:Yeah, but I'll make do. Could you stand still, please?
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
It Was Good When Grayson And Forsyth Presented It, 16 March 2003
Author: Big Movie Fan from England

The first presenter of The Generation Game was Bruce Forsyth, an entertaining old chap who put on a good show. The second presenter was Larry Grayson, who also did a good job. Forsyth returned to present the show for four years and then Jim Davidson took over in 1995. Davidson is a very good host and did a great job with snooker quiz show Big Break but he wasn't suited to The Generation Game which went downhill when he started presenting it.

Each week, four couples (not necessarily couples, they could be mother/son or father/daughter) would take part in activities ranging from making cakes to making balloon animals to performing sketches. Two of the couples would be knocked out if they had less points than the other. The remaining couples would then engage in a sketch (usually a play). One couple would win and go onto the conveyor belt where dozens of items ranging from teddy bears to bottles of wine would pass. Whatever they could memorize, they took home. That was the format of the show.

It was funny and original and original hosts Bruce Forsyth and Larry Grayson did a great job. As I said earlier, Jim Davidson did his best but quiz shows always suffer when the original host leaves. Also, during it's last years, the Generation Game format became quite boring as the games were usually either singing or dancing and each show just merged into the one previous.

But, it was fun whilst it lasted and did give me some happy memories so long live the Generation Game!

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