The original format was called Gotcha and was designed as a BBC TV series to be presented by Paul Daniels, David Copperfield (the British comedian) and Pamela Stephenson. The pilot show was rejected, allegedly, for being 'too vulgar'. Jeremy Beadle then re-wrote the format - with producer Michael Hill in the US - and approached LWT, where producer and LWT Entertainment head Alan Boyd put the finishing touches to it. The show mixed elements of the US series Candid Camera and Truth or Consequences, to which LWT bought rights.
The hosts for its first few series were Beadle, Matthew Kelly, Henry Kelly (no relation) and Sarah Kennedy. When Kelly, Kelly & Kennedy left, the hosts were Jeremy Beadle, Martin Daniels (son of Paul Daniels), Rustie Lee, Lee Peck. The final series was hosted by Beadle, Daniels and Debbie Rix. The show revolved around a variety of practical jokes, either in game-type formats played out within the studio or as often elaborate set-ups on unsuspecting members of the public, either studio-based or shot on location. Each segment would end with the victim being made aware of the joke by a presenter, who would then announce that the person had proved to be "game for a laugh".
Although the other presenters went on to other different types of show, Jeremy Beadle went on to present several more practical-joke type shows, including Beadle's About! and became strongly identified with the genre in the UK.
The production team for the series overlapped with the later Surprise, Surprise, which was originally a spin-off format from Game For a Laugh, designed by Alan Boyd to comprise the 'surprising', bizarre and humorous 'real people' elements from Game For a Laugh.
Henry - "Watching us..." Sarah - "Watching you..." Matthew - "Watching us..." Jeremy - "Watching you...." (all) - "GOODNIGHT!"
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