Wood Lane finally opens!

12 10 2008

Hi all

As part of the redevelopment taking place in Shepherd’s Bush, Wood Lane station finally opens today (12th October).  The station is situated between what is now called Shepherd’s Bush Market and Latimer Road on the Hammersmith & City line.  The station is a 250 metre walk from White City on the Central line. It is there for the Westfield shopping centre which opens at the end of October.

I haven’t made a personal visit to the new station, but I have every intention to do so and will take photos of the newest station on the London Underground.

What do you think of the new station? Let me know!

David’s Going For Gold Challenge #6

12 10 2008

As we’re getting so excited for the relaunch of Going For Gold I had to treat you to yet another very tough Going For Gold Challenge – if you still haven’t got into it here are quick instructions.  Just guess who the featured celebrities are and how they’re linked to Going For Gold!  Easy?  Well, see if you can do it!! 🙂

Best of golden luck! 😉

David’s Going For Gold Challenge #5

12 10 2008

Any luck with the first four Going For Gold Challenges?  Not yet!  Come on!!! 😉  Here’s yet another crazy challenge to get your little grey cells working!  Who am I?  Identify the two featured celebrities and work out how they are linked to Going For Gold!  Answers please as comments to this post and if you get it you can dance around the streets tonight!  If you get all five challenges to date you can dance around the streets over the next five nights! 😉  No prizes I’m afraid, but nothing beats a bit of pride! 🙂

Best of golden luck! 😉

Questions Pour Un Champion

12 10 2008

Don’t worry!  I haven’t suddenly converted my blog to French 🙂 The reason for saying ‘Questions for a champion’ in French is because it’s the name of the French version of Going For Gold!  This version has been running non-stop for 20 years and is one of France’s biggest game shows.  Hosted by French television presenter, Julian Lepers it still proves popular and has seen over 300,000 contestants and over 500,000 questions during its lifetime.  Read on to find out about this success…

Questions Pour Un Champion is the French incarnation of Going For Gold but unlike Going For Gold on which the show is based, it has had a continuous run since it first aired on 7 November 1988 and has been presented throughout by television presenter, Julian Lepers.  It broadcast initially on France 3 but is now airing on TV5.

Julian Lepers is the long-running presenter.

Julian Lepers is the long-running presenter.

It retains the three traditional rounds of Going For Gold titled: «Neuf Points Gagnant» (literally translating as Nine Points Won, equivalent to the First Round Proper or ‘Beat The Buzzer’), «Quatre à la suite» (‘Four in a Row’) and «Face-à-face» (‘Face to Face’ equivalent to the Final round, ‘Head to Head’) and these are played in the same fashion as the British version.  During a number of series of the original British version, Questions Pour Un Champion shared the same set design and onscreen graphics as Going For Gold.  The sound effects are still retained by both shows to this day.

Unlike the new British version broadcasting on Five where winning contestants can continue to come back should they win successive shows and amass up to £2,000 (now £1,500) per show, on Questions Pour Un Champion the winner will earn firstly 500 € and build this up by 1,000 € per show they win up to five shows on top of the jackpot pool.


There have been many specials of the show including ‘Questions Pour Un Super-Champion’ and shows for schools.

And the French version outdoes Going For Gold on the number of broadcasts with some over 7,000 editions compared to the less than 1,000 episodes of Going For Gold (which includes the new ‘Extra’ shows).  However, unlike Going For Gold, ‘Questions Pour Un Champion’ has been on air continuously for some 20 years and is one of France’s biggest game shows.

Going For Gold Biographies: John Suchet

12 10 2008

Hi all!  Today I’ve got another Going For Gold treat as we’re here on the eve of the exciting return of this fantastic game show.  The treat is a detailed biography of the new presenter, John Suchet.  You’ll know John as one of ITN’s major news presenters and a classic music fan.  Well, now he’s taking on game shows and we look forward to that!  Anyway, here goes… John Suchet in-depth… enjoy!

John Suchet was born on the 29 March 1944 and is a British newscaster and television presenter.  Of Jewish and Anglican descent on his father’s and mother’s side respectively, Suchet attended the Uppingham School in Rutland and went on to study at the University of Dundee.  He was awarded an Honourary Doctorate .

John Suchet in his younger days as one of ITN's anchor newscasters.

John Suchet in his younger days as one of ITN

In 1972, Suchet would commence a long run as newscaster for Indepenedent Television News.  He presented various new bulletins from 1972 right up to 2004.  Bulletins included News At One and later the time revised News at 1:30.  He was also one of the anchor presenters on News At Ten, ITV’s most coveted news programme.  

John Suchet in a promo for Classic FM is a big classic music and Beethoven fan.

John Suchet in a promo for Classic FM is a big classic music and Beethoven fan.

In 1992, Suchet became one of the main presenters on the ITV Early Evening News shortly after it replaced the News At 5:40 programme and this Suchet continued to do until 1999.  Up to 1994, Suchet had alternated with Carol Barnes to read the news on the bulletin after which Suchet became the sole presenter.  Suchet had also replaced the traditional early evening newscasters for ITN, Michael Nicholson and Alastair Stewart.


Suchet participated in special event programmes for ITN including the coverage of Princess Diana’s funeral, election coverage shows and the Budget.

Into the new millennium, Suchet shifted television channels to become one of the newscasters for Channel Five after a brief break from news reading on ITV.  Suchet also featured as guest presenter on This Morning on ITV and a guest panelist on Five’s The Wright Stuff.  Suchet has also got involved with radio work and hosts the show, Composer’s Notes on Classic FM.  Suchet has admitted being a Beethoven fan and has toured with his material.  Also, Suchet mentioned he could speak lots about Chopin on a recent Going For Gold show after the composer was the answer to one of the questions.

The latest work for Suchet sees him present the new format of Going For Gold which plays on Five and sees its revival some twelve years later.

David Suchet is one of John's younger brothers and is well-known for his enactment of Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot.

David Suchet is one of John's younger brothers and famous as fictional sleuth, Hercule Poirot.

Suchet’s younger brother, David Suchet is well known for his role as the famous fictional Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, created by crime writer, Agatha Christie.  In a recent episode of BBC’s genealogy programme, ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’, David Suchet appeared trying to trace his ancestors.  John Suchet featured briefly in the programme helping his brother with the research.  The programme revealed that the Suchets’ paternal grandfather was a Lithuanian Jew and that the surname Suchet originated from the original name, Suchedowitz.