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Les Dennis has complained that Gino D’Acampo’s reboot of Family Fortunes is too long, saying ITV “haven’t served Gino well”.
The former host of the classic TV game show shared his thoughts on its new version and admitted that he isn’t a fan of the format change.
Les’ problems with the show included it being too long, the questions being too similar, and the new team not taking it seriously enough.
He told The Sun: “It’s a different show now, it runs an hour, we were only half an hour. 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.”
Les, 67, hosted the show for a long run from 1987 to 2002 but when ITV decided to revive Family Fortunes last year, they put TV chef Gino at the helm instead.
Talking about the differences when he headed up the lighthearted show, Les said: “We all took it seriously. All of us would go into the office at 10 in the morning and have a question meeting.
“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’.”
He added that they used to do a full run-through rehearsal of the entire episode, meaning that he’d often do four rehearsal shows in a day, then record two the same evening.
Gino, whose other TV credits include Celebrity Juice and Gordon, Gino and Fred: Road Trip, took on the show from Vernon Kay who presented an All Star version from 2006 to 2015.
In the past, Les has had better things to say about Gino’s reboot, including the time he explained to Loose Women why going back to Family Fortunes would be like a Hollywood star returning to their most famous role.
He said: "I think (Gino) 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."
Les’ last regular TV role was a memorable stint in Coronation Street where he played Gail Platt’s burglar-turned-lover Michael Rodwell, a part he left in 2016.
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