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Generation Game given celebs’ spin by Norton

LIFE is the name of the game and I wanna play the game with you” – so crooned Bruce Forsyth at the opening of every edition of The Generation Game in the 70s.

However, things have changed since then and in Generation Fame, an update of the show hosted by Graham Norton, it is celebrities rather than ordinary members of the public who are getting to grips with the potter’s wheel and cake-icing challenges.

“Hopefully it’ll be a giggle,” says Graham.

“There’s no jeopardy to it, really. You can win some stuff, but I don’t think anyone ever came on the show to pick up a Soda Stream or a teddy bear. They did it because they were up for a laugh.”

The eight hoping to generate some fun on the programme are Davina McCall and her father, Kelly Holmes and her mother, Harry Potter star Rupert Grint and his dad, and The Vicar Of Dibley’s James Fleet plus his uncle.

LIFE is the name of the game and I wanna play the game with you” – so crooned Bruce Forsyth at the opening of every edition of The Generation Game in the 70s.

However, things have changed since then and in Generation Fame, an update of the show hosted by Graham Norton, it is celebrities rather than ordinary members of the public who are getting to grips with the potter’s wheel and cake-icing challenges.

“Hopefully it’ll be a giggle,” says Graham.

“There’s no jeopardy to it, really. You can win some stuff, but I don’t think anyone ever came on the show to pick up a Soda Stream or a teddy bear. They did it because they were up for a laugh.”

The eight hoping to generate some fun on the programme are Davina McCall and her father, Kelly Holmes and her mother, Harry Potter star Rupert Grint and his dad, and The Vicar Of Dibley’s James Fleet plus his uncle.

LIFE is the name of the game and I wanna play the game with you” – so crooned Bruce Forsyth at the opening of every edition of The Generation Game in the 70s.

However, things have changed since then and in Generation Fame, an update of the show hosted by Graham Norton, it is celebrities rather than ordinary members of the public who are getting to grips with the potter’s wheel and cake-icing challenges.

“Hopefully it’ll be a giggle,” says Graham.

“There’s no jeopardy to it, really. You can win some stuff, but I don’t think anyone ever came on the show to pick up a Soda Stream or a teddy bear. They did it because they were up for a laugh.”

The eight hoping to generate some fun on the programme are Davina McCall and her father, Kelly Holmes and her mother, Harry Potter star Rupert Grint and his dad, and The Vicar Of Dibley’s James Fleet plus his uncle.

“I think we’ll get a real insight into those four celebs, in that we’ve never seen them before in the sorts of situations we’ll put them through on the show,” says Norton, 42, gleefully anticipating the prospect of unleashing a slew of crazy parlour games on his guests.

“Plus, it’ll be interesting to see what they’re like with their relatives, because who I am on television is very different to who I am at home. Will Davina still be Davina when her dad’s there? “We’ve got a twist on a couple of old games,” he continues, “which I’m not allowed to tell you about because it’s a big surprise.

“There are going to be some very funny cameos, too, with people you wouldn’t expect to see on The Generation Game turning up, in addition to the celebs.”

Ever since he moved to the BBC in 2004, there have been rumours that Norton would be taking on the challenge of reviving The Generation Game. However, he remains adamant that this programme is strictly a one-off.

“I think I would be very dubious about stepping in front of the cameras going: ‘Hello, I’m the new host of The Generation Game, let’s go’. But I’m happy to do this, because I think it’s a homage. “It’s a celebration of The Generation Game rather than a revival. There are no plans to make a series, it’s just a New Years’ Day special.

“I have to say, I love the show. There’s something very British and endearing about it. The idea of family members making absolute fools of themselves on television for no good reason at all, just to entertain us – I think there’s something great about that.”

Once Generation Fame is out of the way, Norton will be working on a second series of The Bigger Picture With Graham Norton.

“It was a really rocky start,” he says,, when referring to the show’s first outing, “but these things always are.

“It’s a new format, new show and you’re starting from scratch, so we made lots of mistakes and we did learn a lot doing it.

“I thought by the end of it, we turned it around and I hope the new series will be bigger and better.”

In addition to that, he’ll also be making his big screen debut in I Could Never Be Your Woman.

“I play a gay man,” he says. “I think I’m quite good.”

Keen to downplay it all, he insists: “I only have about five lines in the whole thing. “However, they are all to Michelle Pfeiffer. Because of the nature of film, in order to get both your heads into shot they make you stand really unnaturally close to each other.

“So I’m nose-to-nose with Michelle Pfeiffer and I was just thinking: ‘I smell bad, there’s hair coming out of my nose and I’m inches away from perfection’.

“I really must have smelt, actually, because she offered me some breath mints and she didn’t do that to anyone else.”


Original article found here: icLiverpool | December 23rd, 2005

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