Mel and Sue are bringing The Generation Game back to BBC One

Bigger and better than ever before, the much-loved family gameshow The Generation Game is returning to our screens for a two episode run with Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins running proceedings.

Published: 23 July 2017
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!
— Mel and Sue

This classic show, from BBC Studios, combines elements everyone knows and loves from the original series, whilst being brought up to date with a hilarious selection of brand new games and challenges for families of all ages to play in studio and enjoy watching at home.

Pairs of family members across generations will battle it out in a series of fun performance and task based games with the ultimate goal of facing the legendary conveyor belt, and taking home an array of fabulous prizes.

All our family pairs will start the show in the studio audience and only find out which game they’re playing when Mel and Sue get them from their seats. There’s no time for rehearsals in this gameshow, so anything could happen on the night.

Mel and Sue are joined by a panel of star judges, there to score our family pairs after each game and ultimately decide which pair faces the conveyor belt.

Furthermore, special celebrity guests will be getting involved in the action along the way.

Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins say: “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!”

Charlotte Moore, Director of Content, says: “The Generation Game is an iconic BBC One show, so to be able to bring it back for today’s audience with Mel and Sue overseeing things is a wonderful moment for the channel.”

Kate Phillips, Controller Entertainment Commissioning, said: “We’re so thrilled to be bringing back this much loved show to BBC One. With the marvellous Mel and Sue at the helm, it promises to be a real treat for all generations.”

Guy Freeman, Editor, Special Events and Formats BBC Studios, says: “When asked, this is the TV show that viewers most wanted to see back on their screens and so we are thrilled to be able to make that happen with Mel and Sue, who I know will have just as much fun hosting it as contestants will playing it.”

The show has been co-commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Director of Content, and Kate Phillips, Controller, Entertainment Commissioning and is made by BBC Studios’, the BBC’s main commercial production arm. Nic McNeilis is the Executive Producer for BBC Studios.

The Generation Game began on BBC One in 1971 and its longest-serving host was Sir Bruce Forsyth.

Series details including scheduling and celebrity judges will be announced in due course.

Applications to be on the show can be made via the following link:


*This release was amended to reflect that the series will now consist of two episodes rather than four.