Les Dennis says revamp of his old show 'Family Fortunes' is 'boring'

Julia Hunt
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Family Fortunes star Les Dennis has hit out at the reboot of the game show, saying it’s “boring”.

The TV star, 67, hosted the popular programme from 1987 until 2002.

It has now been revived with This Morning chef Gino D'Acampo taking over as the host – and it seems show veteran Dennis is not a fan.

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He told The Sun that the programme, which sees two families go head-to-head by trying to guess the popular answers to questions based off of surveys, runs a bit long.

“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.

Gino D'Acampo seen on the red carpet during the Virgin Media BAFTA Television Awards 2019 at The Royal Festival Hall in London. (Photo by Keith Mayhew / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Gino D'Acampo (SOPA Images/Sipa USA)

Dennis said in his day the questions were all taken seriously, with the staff having a meeting in the morning to work out what the contestants were going to be asked.

“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’,” explained the star, who was the show's longest running host.

Family Fortunes was originally presented by Bob Monkhouse from 1980 to 1983 before Max Bygraves took over for a two-year stint.

Les Dennis attending the British Soap Awards 2016 at the Hackney Empire, 291 Mare St, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 28, 2016. See PA Story SHOWBIZ Soap. Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/PA Wire
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Dennis fronted the series from 1987 to 2002 and after his departure the show was moved into a daily daytime slot with Andy Collins hosting. 

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However, it proved to be short-lived and went off air until it was rebooted last year.

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