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Going Live!
Genre Children's
Presented by Phillip Schofield
Sarah Greene
Starring Trevor and Simon
Annabel Giles
Phillip Hodson
Emma Forbes
Nick Ball
James Hickish
Mark Chase
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 6
No. of episodes 179
Running time 165–195 minutes
Original network BBC1
Picture format 4:3
Original release 26 September 1987 (1987-09-26) – 17 April 1993 (1993-04-17)

Going Live! was a British children's television series that aired on BBC1 from 26 September 1987 to 17 April 1993. It was presented by Phillip Schofield and Sarah Greene. Other presenters included Trevor and Simon, Annabel Giles, Phillip Hodson, Emma Forbes, Nick Ball, James Hickish and Mark Chase.

In 1988, when the second series started, Greene was hurt in a helicopter crash with her then boyfriend (who subsequently became her husband), Mike Smith. Guest presenters stood in for her including T'Pau's Carol Decker. Similarly, in 1992–93 during the final series, Schofield was starring in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and was unable to present the show even though he was offered £1,500,000 per show. A third presenter took his place. Originally, then Australian soap Neighbours actor Kristian Schmid took the role but soon left after problems with his work permit. Various other celebrities to stand in included Shane Richie and Robbie Williams during his Take That days.

Show segments

Double Dare

Double Dare was presented by Peter Simon, and it was best known for Simon to fall, during the final round, into the Gunge. It was replaced in later series of Going Live!, first by Clockwise, presented by Darren Day, and then by Run the Risk, which was again presented by Simon. The latter of these shows continued onto Live & Kicking.

Growing Pains

Phillip Hodson provided 'agony uncle' advice to young callers on diverse and often difficult topics in Growing Pains.

Live Line

In this segment, the show's producers would arrange for popular musical groups and performers to pay surprise visits to their fans.

The Press Conference

The big set-piece interview at the end of each programme, featuring questions from both the studio audience and from phone callers. These were often with politicians, high-ranking executives in the BBC, or people who had made a notable achievement (e.g. sports people who had success at the Olympics).

The Video Vote

This was a phone-in section where the viewing public were encouraged to cast their opinions on the popular music videos of the time, which were then shown according to popularity.

Trevor and Simon

These two anchormen (who were essentially clowns) provided light-hearted humour and character comedy. Popular characters played by the duo included:

  • 'The Sister Brothers', a pair of rogue traders;
  • 'The Singing Corner', a folk duo;
  • DJ Mick McMac and rave-goer Moon Monkey;
  • 'Blimey, that's good!', a parody of television shopping channels;
  • The Bottomless Bin;
  • The Witch Finders, who appeared every Halloween to enlist members of the studio audience to hunt 'witches' and other evil-doers. This normally ended up with them poking Phillip with sticks.

They were replaced in series five by Nick Ball and James Hickish, but returned for the last series.

It Started With Swap Shop

Going Live! had their own section on the BBC's It Started With Swap Shop featuring classic clips of the show. It is presented as elevator employees recalling favoured parts of the show.


In 1992, the show's opening sequence of a 'colourbars army preparing to Go Live', was nominated for a Bafta Award, created by the BBC Design team consisting of Morgan Almeida, Mark Knight and Paul Baguley.


Series Start date End date Episodes
1 26 September 1987 16 April 1988 30
2 8 October 1988 15 April 1989 28
3 23 September 1989 14 April 1990 30
4 22 September 1990 13 April 1991 30
5 21 September 1991 18 April 1992 31
6 26 September 1992 17 April 1993 30
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