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About Going Live!
1987 saw a brand new show appear in the Saturday morning slot – Going Live!
Phillip Schofield took a side-step from the CBBC Broom Cupboard to become presenter, and was joined by Sarah Greene who came on board from Saturday SuperStore. Phillip was joined by his infamous side-kick Gordon the Gopher (performed by BBC Executive Paul Smith) – who often seemed to be the real star of the show...
There were a couple of additional team members - Trevor Neal and Simon Hickson, who injected a comedy strand to the proceedings. Trev & Simon went on to become a crucial part of Saturday morning television on BBC ONE.
The pace of the show was much faster, and appeared pretty hectic, compared to its predecessors; it had the ability to move seamlessly from pop, cartoon, guests, comedy, cooking (a few of the cooking exploits of Mr. Schofield are real gems...)
The show also introduced a more serious side to the formula when Phillip Hodgson appeared as Going Live's Agony Uncle. He presented items such as Growing Pains and All About Me which had never been attempted before, but were undeniably popular with the audience - and something that has not been attempted on a similar scale since those days on Saturday mornings.
The show brought us a number of classic TV moments - remember when Gordon got attacked by a small hairy dog? Or when Phillip got hit by a giant prop conker?
A further innovation was the broadcasting of programmes away from the studio. The most challenging of these came when they broadcast from a 'moving' base. An early outsider came from a ferry; but the most entertaining was from a moving steam train on the Watercress line. Everyone was dressed in period costume, and they even attempted cookery with their resident expert Emma Forbes on a moving steam train - with fairly predictable results...
Going Live! ran for a total of six years (the same duration as Swap Shop), and it was decided by all that it should go out whilst it was still at the top. The last programme was broadcast on April 17, 1993 and was quite understandably an emotional affair.
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