Going Live!

BBC (ended 1993)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 4 : Ep 29

    April 17th 1993

    Aired 4/17/93

  • S 2 : Ep 9

    Episode 23

    Aired 2/27/88

  • S 1 : Ep 12

    Dec 12th 1987

    Aired 12/12/87

  • S 1 : Ep 6

    06 February 1988

    Aired 2/6/88

  • S 1 : Ep 6

    Episode 6

    Aired 10/31/87

  • Cast & Crew
  • Shane Richie


  • Phillip Schofield

    Presenter 1987-1993

  • Kristian Schmid

    Presenter (1993)

  • Sarah Greene

    Presenter 1987-1993

  • Annabel Giles

    Fashion expert

  • show Description
  • British chidren's variety show, in a sub-genre known in the UK as 'Saturday Morning TV'. Essentially the show was a magazine format, which ran for three hours every Saturday morning (usually on hiatus in the summer months) and featured celebrity interviews, games, cartoons and musical performances. The main presenters were Phillip Schofield, previously a children's TV link presenter, and Sarah Green, an ex-Blue Peter presenter. They were joined by an array of 'experts', such as TV cook Emma Forbes, novelist Paula Danziger and fashionista Annabel Giles. In 1993, Australian 'Neighbours' star Kristian Schmidt joined the presenting team, but could not complete all contracted shows due to his work permit running out. The game show element 'Double Dare' was hosted by Peter Simon and involved two teams of youngsters 'daring' each other to complete various gunge-related tasks. When Simon left the show in 1992, ex-holiday camp entertainer Shane Richie took over, and the game was re-launched as 'Run The Risk'. Comedy duo Trev and Simon were a staple element of the show, delivering comedy sketches such as 'Ken and Eddy Kennedy's Barber Shop' and 'The Singing Corner', whose catchphrase 'Swing Your Pants' will still raise a smile from 20-somethings in the UK. The duo were replaced by Nick Ball and James Hickish in the final series, but were re-instated after a poor reception for Ball and Hickish and a public outcry. The show's mascot was a hand puppet named Gordon the Gopher, whose popularity sparked a range of merchandising and a spin-off cartoon. Gordon could only communicate by squeaking, and was worked by producer Paul Smith. The puppet had a love-hate relationship with presenter Phil Schofield, who was a big part of the Gopher's range of audio tapes and books. Although Greene and Schofield were with the series to the end, there were gaps in their appearances. In 1988, Greene was badly injured in a helicopter crash and missed half the series, being replaced by pop singer Carol Decker of T'Pau. Phillip Schofield's appearances in the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat led to him being given a 'lie-in' and not presenting the first hour of the show. Stand-ins included Kristian Schmidt, Shane Richie and Jason Donovan. Going Live! is seen by many to be the apex of Saturday Morning Television.moreless

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (3)

    • Simon Hickson as 'Eddy Kennedy': [Repeated line] We don't do perms!

    • Simon Hickson as 'Eddy Kennedy': We used to have a barbers shop just in the - well, just in the studio actually, over there, in that corner. Everyone used to come in those days, Roger Daltrey, London Beat, Roger Daltrey...

    • Simon Hickson as 'Moon Monkey': Thanks to you Mick for my share of the Pot Fish sponsorship deal. I never expected 3 percent! And thanks to the kids for making some noise! And thanks to the microphone, and thanks to the fish, and all the creatures on this earth, and thanks to the moon, and thanks to all the little people dancing around in my brain!

    Notes (3)

    • In this episode, Andy Cunningham is a guest and talking about starting out as a puppeteer, and would be starting his own series, Bodger and Badger.

    • Music Sybil - When I'm Good and Ready Voice of the Beehive / Jimmy Somerville - Gimme Shelter Wet Wet Wet - This Time End theme from Stingray The Lemon Trees - Child Of Love

    • The script for this episode states that Hospitality was in Room 1257A of TV Centre, and that the audience would be held in Room B209.

    Trivia (3)

    • In this edition, the Trev and Simon game show 'It's A Shame' changed its catchphrases as follows: What have we got? A big budget What do you win? Big prizes! What's the point? Quality entertainment!

    • The competition answers for the contests on the prvious week's show were as follows: Q: Who won 'British Designer of the Year' in 1992? A: Rifat Ozbek (Prize = Malcolm X baseball cap and beauty kit) Q: What was the first music album released on compact disc? A: Dire Straits - Brothers In Arms

    • The prize levels for Nip The Squid were as follows: 1-2 shells - Glow in the dark dinosaur pyjamas 3-4 shells - Snoopy hairdryer 5-6 shells - Racing System or 'Clay Things' 7-8 shells - Boom box 9-10 shells - CD Walkman Mighty Mussel - Music Centre All players received the mermaid doll.

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • This is what Saturday mornings were all about!

    By mandy_gough, May 23, 2007

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