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Game For A Laugh

1 9 8 1 – 1 9 8 5 (UK)
100 x 30 minute episodes

“Watching us, watching you”

At the bidding of four permanently smiling hosts sat on high stools, contestants performed asinine stunts in the studio, which were interspersed with pre-filmed hidden camera pranks – usually embarrassing, always graceless.

Throughout, the audience collectively brayed like a donkey at this taste-challenged derivative of Candid Camera.

The original four presenters were Henry Kelly, Matthew Kelly, Sarah Kennedy and Jeremy Beadle (pictured).


The bearded Beadle made something of a speciality of Candid Camera-type shows, following Game For A Laugh with Beadle’s About (1986 – 1990), People Do The Funniest Things (1986 – 1987) and Beadle’s Box Of Tricks (1989). He also hosted You’ve Been Framed (1990), a showcase of allegedly amusing home video howlers.

On 25 January 2008, it was reported that Jeremy Beadle had been admitted to the London Hospital and was subsequently placed in a critical care unit due to severe pneumonia. He died on 30 January 2008, at the age of 59.

Matthew Kelly
Jeremy Beadle
Sarah Kennedy
Henry Kelly
Rustie Lee
Martin Daniels
Lee Peck
Debbie Rix