Jason Manford has hinted at the return of an iconic BBC game show – 21 years after its final series aired.
The comedian, 41, revealed that he would make a ‘good host’ following in the footsteps of the late great Sir Bruce Forsyth.
Speaking to TV Mag, Jason said: The only show I would have a smash at, if it came up, is The Generation Game”.
The classic show featured pairs of family members across generations who compete in silly tasks and challenges to win prizes that were later displayed on the famous conveyor belt.
“If that came up again, and they wanted me to do it, I would definitely be up for that.
High hopes: Jason Manford has hinted at the return of an iconic BBC game show – 21 years after it’s final series aired
Shoes to fill: The comedian said he would make made a ‘good host’ following in the footsteps of the late great Sir Bruce Forsyth (pictured on the show in 1992)
New job? Jason said: The only show I would have a smash at, if it came up, is The Generation Game’
‘I feel like I would be good at it. I’m not a big fan of celebrity shows and all that – I like regular people’.
The late Sir Bruce Forsyth hosted the show between 1971 and 1977 before being replaced by Larry Grayson who fronted the show 1978-1982.
Bruce then returned to the series from 1990 and 1995 before Jim Davidson helmed the series from 1995-2002.
Back in 2018 the game show returned briefly with a panned reboot hosted by Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins.
Controversial comedian Jim criticised the new hosts of the much-loved TV show as being ‘not right’ for the programme which used to draw audiences of 25million.
He of the former GBBO team: ‘They’re not right, they won’t know how to ad-lib. They’re not there to teach them how to bake a f***ing cake.
‘I don’t know these women, I’ve never heard of them but you need someone that’s going to be able to ad-lib and drive the show along.’
Fun times: The show featured pairs of family members across generations who compete in silly tasks and challenges to win prizes that were later displayed on the now iconic conveyor belt
Comedy gold: The late Sir Bruce Forsyth hosted the show between 1971 and 1977 before being replaced by Larry Grayson (pictured) who fronted the show 1978-1982
Back again: Bruce then returned to the series from 1990 and 1995 before Jim Davidson helmed the series from 1995-2002 (above with Melanie Stace)
Panned: Back in 2018 the game show returned briefly with a panned reboot hosted by Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins (pictured)
An emotional Jason told his followers the family were trying their best to ‘stay strong’ despite the upsetting situation.
Writing: ‘Unfortunately she’s still in the hospital. Everyone is doing everything they can to get her home but she’s just stopped eating (even when given a box of her favourite chocolates for Mother’s Day!)’.
‘Not sure why, she says she wants to come home, knows that eating will help this, but for whatever reason, maybe her dementia, she just won’t eat.’
Heartbreak: The news come after Jason took to Instagram on Monday to share a ‘heartbreaking’ update after his beloved grandmother Leah, 99, was rushed into hospital last month
Family: The comedian posted photos of himself and his loved ones at the elderly lady’s bedside as he revealed she had sadly stopped eating
Love: the loving caressed his ill grandmother’s hand in one photo
Before adding: It’s heartbreaking if I’m honest, especially to see my dad upset. But we’re staying strong as a family, lots of laughs and spent more time than was necessary rubbing hand cream into those 99-year-olds hands…thanks again for all your kindness in messages.’
Fans and famous friends rushed to the comments section to offer their support with GMB’s Kate Garraway writing: ‘Sending love’.
While West End star Ruthie Henshall commented: ‘So much love. X’.
And former Emmerdale actress Gemma Oaten wrote: ‘Sending so much love Jase. Keep on. Keep holding each other close, you’ve got this, always here if you need an ear/friend (an earie friend? Chuffin creepy that!! ) Iove ya xxxx’.
No more: It comes after Jason said he has ruled out having any more kids, saying he needs a ‘spreadsheet’ to organise his six children
Jason shares his eldest four children with ex Catherine and his youngest two with TV producer wife Lucy Dyke, but the couple refrain from publicising the identities of their family on social media
He explained: ‘She is doing much better.
‘They get to a certain age, and they stop eating and drinking so we just had to get her in and on a drip but she’s feeling much better.
‘She’ll be back home in the next couple of days. It was a real turnaround, it didn’t look like it was going that way. She turns 100 in December and she’s desperate to get there so it was a bit worrying.
‘I stayed up all night with her in the hospital and they were great, they looked after her so well and she is a million times better, thankfully.’