ITV axes Amazing Greys

ITV has axed game show Amazing Greys after just one series, according to reports.

The Saturday night contest, co-hosted by Paddy McGuinness and 69-year-old Angela Rippon, which pitched youngsters against expert golden oldies in a series of technical challenges, has been given the chop, according to The Sun.

The game show featured veterans including chef Prue Leith, World Cup-winning footballer Geoff Hurst and Mastermind champion Elizabeth Horrocks.

Amazing Greys show launched in April in the slot after Britain's Got Talent, and at first saw 5.2 million viewers tune in. But ratings plummeted and the show ended after six episodes with just 2.9 million viewers watching.

A source told the newspaper: "Amazing Greys was a great show. Everyone was proud of it. But it just didn't capture the public's imagination and the ratings were not enough to warrant a second series."

ITV is about to launch Generation Game-style show Keep It In The Family, hosted by TV favourite Bradley Walsh.



Patrick McLennan

Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 

An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.