Mel Giedroyc slaps back at critics of the Generation Game reboot

And she says she and Sue would happily make more

Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins discovered earlier this month that not everything they touch turns to gold, as their reboot of The Generation Game suffered a massive fall in ratings.

While the opening show of the two-parter clocked up reasonable figures of 5.1 million, it was reported that more than two million viewers switched off for the second episode.

However, Mel, 49, has come out fighting, suggesting that she and Sue, 48, faced an uphill struggle in making the show a success, and insisting that the pair are ready to make more episodes should they get the call.

Some critics slammed the reboot (Credit: Guy Levy/BBC)

Many people will remember The Generation Game from its 1970s and 80s heyday, when it was hosted by – at different times – TV legends Larry Grayson and Bruce Forsyth.

And Mel reckons that made it a difficult act for her and Sue to follow.

She told BBC News: “It was always going to be tricky to step into those very large Bruce Forsyth and Larry Grayson-shaped shoes.

“And we knew that it might come with a certain amount of: ‘Oh, what the hell are they doing, doing that?'”

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The disappointing ratings – and the slating from some critics – hasn’t put off the popular presenters, though, and Mel insists that she and her pal are ready to go again if BBC bosses decide to make more episodes.

She said: “Our thought is, if we’re asked to do more, we’ll be absolutely delighted to. And we just want to make it as good as we possibly can. If we get to do more, we just have to try and make it our own, give it our own voice.”

The show had its moments, but ratings fell rapidly (Credit: BBC)

If the BBC doesn’t commission any more episodes of The Generation Game, Mel and Sue won’t be short of other TV offers. And if Mel gets bored of appearing in front of a camera, she could even become a full-time Shakespearean actress.

She’s currently performing in Much Ado About Nothing at the Rose Theatre in Kingston upon Thames – although she admits that mastering the Bard’s work hasn’t been a walk in the park.

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“It’s unbearable,” she told BBC News. “I just had to drill it, drill it, drill it.

“I talked to friends who are actors and who do Shakespeare loads, and they all said: ‘Learn it so that your family wants to clobber you, they’re so bored.’

Mel says that learning Shakespeare is a sizeable task (Credit: BBC)

“You can never relax, that’s the problem, because when you do, a bit of Shakespeare comes up to bite your cheeky behind. It just does if you’re not really focused on it.”

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