Going Live!

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BBC (ended 1993)

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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
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