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|Presented by||Phillip Schofield
|Starring||Trevor and Simon
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||6|
|No. of episodes||179|
|Running time||165–195 minutes|
|Original release||26 September 1987– 17 April 1993|
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.
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.
Phillip Hodson provided 'agony uncle' advice to young callers on diverse and often difficult topics in Growing Pains.
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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