Friday, August 18, 2017

RIP Bruce Forsyth

RIP Sir Bruce Forsyth
February 22, 1928 - August 18, 2017

Bruce Forsyth and Anthea Redfern

My most vivid memory of Bruce Forsyth is his role as the host of The Generation Game, a game in which four teams consisting of two people from the same family, but from different generations, compete against each other.  His co-host, during the years we watched it in England, was Anthea Redfern (think Vanna White).  I couldn't remember a lot of the details (other than the conveyor belt) so I had to turn (where else?) to Wikipedia to fill in the gaps.

In the first two rounds, two couples compete against each other in two games. One game usually involves first seeing a skilled professional construct or perform something, such as pottery or dancing. The contestants attempt to do the same, and a score is given by the professional. The other game usually involves more of a quiz element, such as identifying pieces of music. At the end of each of the first two rounds, the couple with the lower score is eliminated.
The two highest-scoring couples compete against each other in the final. This is often a big set-piece performance; in the series presented by Bruce Forsyth it was usually a drama or farce. The couple that scores the highest go through to the final 'conveyor belt'. Originally, this was scored the same way in the first rounds.
At the end of the show, one member of the victorious team watches prizes pass on a conveyor belt, and wins as many as could be recalled in 45 seconds with some items awarding a bonus prize if the contestant or team recalls that item.
As I read this, it all comes back to me and I'm really giggling.  It was a very funny show.

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