Going For Gold is Back!!!

13 10 2008

Hi all!  The day has finally come!!!  GOING FOR GOLD IS BACK!!! And it’s fantastic!  Now broadcasting on Five and hosted by ITN newsreader, John Suchet, this new version of the classic TV show features the traditional three rounds (without the seven contestants first round) and plenty of interactive phone competitions.  It also has an additional 15 minute show called ‘Going For Gold Extra’ which sees the studio champion pit their wits against a member of the viewing audience.  The new show is now one hour long.  See the following for screenshots of this first new show and you’ll notice similarities between the new version and the old…

1- The all-new Going For Gold intro screen – it also features the original music (albeit slightly updated) sung by Sandy McClelland and composed by Hans Zimmer.

2 – The all-new Going For Gold set – plenty of gold everywhere and John Suchet is all ready to present the show!

3 – John Suchet prepares to quiz plenty of contestants on all general knowledge!

4 – The first round, ‘Beat The Buzzer’ sees the four contestants score 9 points to get to the next round…notice the all-new graphics but same concept as the original version.

5 – Next round, ‘Four-in-a-row’.  Categories are provided to the three qualifying contestants…

6 – ‘Four-in-a-row’ is just that – Each contestant must score the highest in 40 seconds of furious question answering.  If they get an answer wrong it’s back to zero but whatever their highest score after 40 seconds, that’s what they’ll earn.  The best performance is obviously 4 answers in a row!

7 – And it’s the Final!!!  ‘Head to Head’ sees the qualifying two contestants beat each other at a duel of general knowledge.  Contestants can only answer the question while they have control and will earn the points in the corresponding zone if they answer correctly.  Notice the all-new graphics for the ticking level.  It’s all gold coins!

8 – Talking about coins – look!  The consolation prize is a fantastic (or maybe fantastic) Going For Gold Commemorative Coin (or Medal).  It just looks a little too silver/bronze to me…  This is awarded to the loser of the ‘Head to Head’ round.

9 – Michelle from Sheffield becomes Going For Gold’s first champion of the new version!  Congratulations to Michelle!

10 – John Suchet can now have a good lie down and strong coffee as he prepares for the Extra show!  Good job, John!

You can check out Going For Gold at http://www.five.tv/goingforgold

What do you think of the all-new show?  Does it surpass the older version?  Is John Suchet up to standard against Henry Kelly?  Is the all-new set decent?  What do you think of the format of the show?  Please let me know!  And enjoy many Going For Golds to come!  Can’t wait!  🙂

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