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Series cast summary:
 Himself - Host (59 episodes, 1981-1985)
 Himself - Co-Host (41 episodes, 1981-1983)
Henry Kelly ...
 Himself - Co-Host (41 episodes, 1981-1983)
Sarah Kennedy ...
 Herself - Co-Host (41 episodes, 1981-1983)


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26 September 1981 (UK)  »

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The show was parodied in the BBC sketch comedy show "Not the Nine O'clock News", which Rowan Atkinson played Jeremy Beadle. Mel Smith played Matthew Kelly. Griff Rhys-Jones played David Kelly and Pamela Stevenson played Sarah Greene. In the sketch, "Game For A Laugh" is a sadistic prank show, which people got killed or hurt for a laugh and a prank is pulled on Jeffrey Lewis (Rowan Atkinson) by decapitating his wife and shooting his brother and Jeffrey getting his hand put in a meat mincer, as his reward. See more »


Referenced in Love, Nina: Episode #1.2 (2016) See more »

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"Are You...Game For A Laugh?"
12 December 2006 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

The reason 'Game For A Laugh' wasn't called 'Candid Camera' was that someone else owned the title. Otherwise it was the same show, consisting of pranks played on unsuspecting members of the general public. The main difference were the 'look at me, aren't I funny' presenters - Jeremy Beadle, Henry Kelly, Sarah Kennedy and Matthew Kelly. Celebrities were occasionally roped in, such as Duncan Goodhew, Kenny Everett, and Windsor Davies. Personally, I could have done without the annoying presenters and over-the-top laughter track. Some of the pranks were very funny, though, such as the man in the nightclub unexpectedly watching his wife doing a sexy cabaret number. The close-ups of his astonished face had me in hysterics.

'Game For A Laugh' was so popular it wiped the floor with its B.B.C.-1 rival - 'Larry Grayson's Generation Game'. It was the creation of Alan Boyd, an ex-B.B.C. producer who'd defected to L.W.T. where he'd, somewhat ironically, produced 'The Generation Game'.

'Not The Nine O'Clock News' did a funny take-off of 'Laugh' featuring an audience shrieking as though in pain and a prank in which a man comes home from work to find his wife decapitated.

Matthew Kelly, Henry Kelly and Sarah Kennedy left at about the same time and were replaced by Debbie Rix ( later Rusty Lee ), Martin P.Daniels and Lee Peck, and the revamped show was moved from Saturday nights to Sundays. But viewers were not happy, and it was eventually cancelled. However, it was reincarnated as 'Beadle's About'.

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