Going For Gold History

10 10 2008

 

Today as part of my ongoing Going For Gold coverage I include a detailed history of Going For Gold and I will be updating this list as we learn more about the new series.  Enjoy!

12 October 1987 – First broadcast of Going For Gold on BBC One.  Presented by Henry Kelly.  Featured contestants from all over Europe and four rounds.  The show duration is 25 minutes and is pre-recorded.  This format would last throughout the 10 series broadcast on the BBC.

31 March 1988 – Last show of Series 1 (total 92 episodes and the longest series of all).  The winner was Daphne Fowler of England.  She is currently one of the team captains of the game show, Eggheads and has taken part in a multitude of other game shows including Bullseye, Sale Of The Century and Jeopardy!

17 October 1988 – First show of Series 2.

23 March 1989 – Last show of Series 2 completing 82 episodes.  The winner of Series 2 was Erik Matteson of Norway.

6 November 1989 – First show of Series 3.

22 March 1990 – Last show of Series 3 with 67 episodes having been produced.  Howard Atkinson of England became this series’ winner.

5 November 1990 – First show of Series 4.

22 March 1991 – Last show of Series 4.  A total of 65 episodes was produced and the winner was Luc Sucholtz of Belgium.

4 November 1991 – First show of Series 5.

18 March 1992 – Last show of Series 5 with 58 episodes aired – this would become the shortest series in the older format.  Soren Bergman of Denmark took the winner’s title this series.

7 September 1992 – First show of Series 6.

18 December 1992 – Last show of Series 6.  60 episodes were screened.  Christine Coslett of Wales won this series.

26 July 1993 – First show of Series 7.

12 November 1993 – Last show of Series 7.  68 shows were broadcast and James DeLoss of Belgium took the winner’s title.

25 April 1994 – First show of Series 8.  This series began very shortly after the previous series and began a pattern of series broadcasts over the spring-summer seasons.

25 August 1994 – Last show of Series 8.  59 shows were produced and Mieke Poelman of The Netherlands was series champion.

27 February 1995 – First show of Series 9.

5 July 1995 – Last show of Series 9.  73 episodes were aired having been one of the longer series in a while.  Sven Goll of Norway won the series champion title and became the final pan European champion as the next series would see only contestants from the UK.

1 April 1996 – First show of Series 10.  This series saw contestants only from the UK feature.  Contestants would represent different parts of the UK.

9 July 1996 – Last show of Series 10 and the last to be broadcast on BBC One and to be presented by Henry Kelly.  59 shows were aired and Mike Ramsden representing Kent became the series champion.

September 2008 – News of a revival of Going For Gold passed round the media and was finally confirmed by Channel Five.  It would be presented by John Suchet and retain the general show format, music and sound effects from the original show.

[EDIT: 13/10/2008] 13 October 2008 – First show of Series 11 (or Series 1 of the new format) aired on Channel Five.  Hosted by John Suchet the show loses the first round (of seven contestants) and begins at the First Round Proper or ‘Beat the Buzzer’ round.  This slight revision in show format brings it in line with other international formats including most particularly the French version, Questions Pour Un Champion.  The new series features contestants from different parts of the UK although there will be occasional shows featuring contestants from around Europe.  There is less emphasis on the regions represented by the contestants.  The show also now features interactive phone competitions and an additional separate 15 minute show called Going For Gold Extra in which the studio winner plays against someone at home.  The main show is also much longer than the original format at 1 hour and is broadcast live.

[EDIT: 23/10/2008] 23 October 2008 – One of the first contestants to appear on the initial show of Series 11, Michelle from Sheffield completes a successful run of eight shows as she became studio champion on each show since its start.  She amassed over £14,000 and won the Extra show 6 out of 8 times.  She lost in the ‘Four in a Row’ round in this episode.

19 December 2008 – This is the expected date of the final episode of Series 11.  50 shows have been commissioned.

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