Dad and son enjoy challenge of competing in new-look Generation Game

Peter and David Willey with Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc on The Generation Game. Picture: BBC/GUY LE

Peter and David Willey with Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc on The Generation Game. Picture: BBC/GUY LEVY - Credit: BBC/Guy Levy

Suffolk dad Peter Willey and son David enjoyed the challenge of competing in the first new-look Generation Game.

Pete and David Willey with Sue Perkins, on The Generation Game. Picture: BBC/GUY LEVY

Pete and David Willey with Sue Perkins, on The Generation Game. Picture: BBC/GUY LEVY - Credit: BBC/Guy Levy

Retired bank manager Peter, 66, from Badingham near Framlingham, said he and David, 33, both had a great time during filming of the revamped show. It was presented by Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins and screened on Easter Day.

David, 33, a motorsport events manager, grew up in Suffolk and is a former pupil of Thomas Mills High School in Framlingham, but now lives in Chelsea. It was his idea to apply for the show, after he heard about it in 2017.

The pair had a long wait before they were called for an audition, with filming finally taking place in November.

“It was wonderful - I thoroughly enjoyed it,” Peter said. “We didn’t have any nerves. It didn’t faze me at all, and the same for David.” He added that they both had experience of public speaking, which had helped.


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They took part in games including sausage-making and plate spinning in the first of a two-part revival of the classic show, as it returned after a seven-year break.

Peter and David got through to the final, but didn’t win, so they missed out on a chance to win prizes from the show’s iconic conveyor belt.

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However, they did receive a surprise runners-up prize. Peter said: “It was a night in a four-star hotel in central London, tickets for a show and £50 cash. And we also got a Generation Game trophy.

“Mel and Sue were fine - they came up to the green room before we started filming.” He and David also met TV stars Richard Osman and Lorraine Kelly, actor Martin Kemp and puppet Basil Brush.

“We also met Gemma Collins and ‘Arg’ (James Argent) from TOWIE (The Only Way is Essex), and I had the privilege of dancing with Gemma,” Peter said.

Peter’s wife, Wynne, couldn’t go along to watch the filming because she is a nurse and was working nights. His daughter Helen and her husband James were also unable to go along, but they all enjoyed watching it on TV.

The revamped show, famously presented by Sir Bruce Forsyth and others in the past, has come in for some criticism, but Peter said: “I think it’s OK. You have got to look ahead and try a different format.”

The pair have already featured in another TV show, Take Me Out. David took part and went on a date to the show’s “Isle of Fernando’s”, and the film crew also filmed the rest of the family.

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