My grandmother used to complain that he was like that on Strictly, so some things never changed.
I remember my grandfather being round our house the other Christmas and when a trailer came on for Strictly with Brucie, my grandfather said he wondered when he was jacking it in because he was so old. My grandfather was in his eighties at the time.
Brucie always said he was able to get away with bullying the contestants and showing off "because I come on a lot grander than people know I am", and everyone knew the gag was that Brucie was trying to put on a good show and the contestants were ruining it for him. One thing you notice when you watch old gameshows is how little the contestants actually contribute, but Bob Monkhouse used to say that when they were doing The Golden Shot there was some kind of ruling by the IBA that they had to pick contestants at random, hence a lot of them were very boring.
If people are sick and tired of the current Saturday night schedules, they simply should go back into their archive, and for one Saturday night, just air a typical Saturday night schedule from say 1972 and see if people enjoy that?
BBC One on Saturday 14th October 1972 had Bruce Forsyth and the Generation Game, Dixon of Dock Green, The Two Ronnies, Saturday Film, Panic in the Streets, Match of the Day and Parkinson - air this and see how the public react.
This is the thing, even on those classic Saturday nights you usually had a repeated film right in the middle of primetime. Back in the nineties you used have Dad's Army and Are You Being Served repeats at teatime, week after week, and loads of imports as well. BBC1 this Saturday is all new and all British from 7pm til midnight, and that's despite one programme having to be cancelled at the last minute and a pandemic that has crippled pretty much all television production for six months.
Everyone's happy to slag off Saturday night telly but nobody ever seems to have any better ideas. A few years ago BBC1 ran a series of Celebrity MasterChef on Saturday nights which was a bit of a departure from what we normally get in that slot and seemingly in response to people saying they were bored of back-to-back shiny floor shows. Turns out it was a huge flop, mostly because it didn't right on Saturday nights at all. The only other thing people say is "just put a film on", but rather new and British programming, I feel.