Sue Perkins

Sue Perkins

Date of birth: 22-11-1969
In the autumn of 1988, Sue Perkins, a student at New College, Cambridge University, got onto a stage for her first ever stand up routine. She was interrupted by a girl called Mel Giedroyc, marking the the start of a double act that would last 17 years.

Sue became president of the Cambridge Footlights in 1990, taking over from Henry Naylor, and in 1993 was shortlisted (with Mel) for the Daily Express Best Newcomer Award at the Edinburgh Festival.

After a few years writing for French & Saunders they hosted a lunchtime show on Channel 4 called Light Lunch, and an teatime version, Late Lunch, as well as breakfast show RI:SE

On her own, Perkins appeared in Celebrity Big Brother in 2002 on Have I Got News For You, Room 101, Celebrity Weakest Link, Question Time and Newsnight on TV; and The News Quiz and Just A Minute on Radio 4. She also chaired the Radio 4 panel game 99p Challenge.

In 2005, she premiered her first one woman show at the Edinburgh Fringe, which then toured the county.

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The Regeneration Game

BBC 'give Mel and Sue second shot at gameshow'

The BBC are giving Mel and Sue another chance to revive the Generation Game, it has been reported.

Their first attempt at a reboot earlier this year was mauled by critics and viewers, providing a disappointing culmination of a troubled production history. 

Miranda Hart was originally lined up to host but pulled out; the planned  four episodes were slashed to two as bosses thought they weren’t up to scratch; and laughter reportedly had to be edited in because the hosts’ jokes fell flat.

But according to The Sun, BBC bosses have decided to give the show another shot – after it scored well in their own audience research.

The paper reports an unnamed source saying: ‘They are going to mix things up a bit while staying true to the format’ and suggested that a new producer would be brought on board.

And they added that Mel and Sue ‘don’t want to be remembered as the hosts of a flop, so said they were at least take part in another episode to sort out the problems.’

The Generation Game’s previous hosts include Bruce Forsyth,  Larry Grayson and Jim Davidson – and in its heyday was watched by more than 25million viewers.

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Published: 13 Jul 2018

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