Family Fortunes’ Les Dennis unimpressed by Gino D'Acampo’s revival

Catherine Earp
·2-min read

Family Fortunes recently returned to ITV with This Morning chef Gino D'Acampo taking over presenting duties.

But original host Les Dennis has admitted he's not overly keen on the revamped show.

Speaking to The Sun's Bizarre column, Les mentioned the new running time.

Photo credit: ITV
Photo credit: ITV

"It's a different show now, it runs an hour, we were only half an hour," he said. "I think that it's quite long at an hour. I think to keep on it needs to be tighter. ITV haven’t served Gino well there."

He added that he also found some of the questions asked on the show were too similar now.

"We all took it seriously. All of us would go into the office at 10 in the morning and have a question meeting," he continued.

"That was so that we didn’t go, 'Oh that question has a similar answer to that next one and it’s also a similar kind of subject’.

"When it came to rehearsals, by the time it got to the evening to do the two shows, we’d done four shows before, because I used to do the full rehearsal with all the contestants."

Photo credit: Thames/FremantleMedia - ITV
Photo credit: Thames/FremantleMedia - ITV

However, Les was previously complimentary of Gino's hosting abilities, telling Loose Women: "I think he does a really, really good job. People will say to me, 'Les, why don't you go back?' I mean, that would be like Adam West asking to be Batman again.

"I think he does it in his Gino way, and it's terrific."

He also remarked on the longer running time then, saying that Gino "seems to rattle along with it".

Les presented the show from 1987 to 2002. A revival of sorts came in 2006, with an All Star version hosted by Vernon Kay which ran until 2015.

Photo credit: ITV
Photo credit: ITV

Last year, ITV brought the show back once again, with I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here winner Gino as the host.

Speaking of the show returning to screens, Gino previously said: "I am delighted that ITV asked me to be the host that is bringing back Family Fortunes to the British public, following in the footsteps of some legendary presenters.

"It's a much beloved show in the USA, and around the world, and I cannot wait to get going and add more laughs to this format."

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