David’s Going For Gold Challenge Answers!!!

30 10 2008

I knew you were getting impatient!  Well, after many days of careful consideration I decided I should be kind and give you all the answers to my ten Going For Challenges which I set you ages ago.  To revisit the challenges just browse through my blog.  Here are the answers!!!

CHALLENGE 1 – Celebrities are David Suchet and Kelly Clarkson.  Link to GFG: David Suchet has the name Suchet as John Suchet and Kelly Clarkson has the first name Kelly as in Kelly, surname of Henry Kelly.  John Suchet and Henry Kelly host Going For Gold.

CHALLENGE 2 – Celebrities are Sir Trevor McDonald and Sarah Kennedy.  Link to GFG: Sir Trevor is a newscaster just like John Suchet.  Sarah Kennedy hosted Game For A Laugh just like Henry Kelly.  John Suchet and Henry Kelly host Going For Gold.

CHALLENGE 3 – Celebrities are Sir Elton John and Dame Kelly Holmes.  Link to GFG: Sir Elton John has surname John as in John, first name of John Suchet.  Dame Kelly Holmes has the first name Kelly as in Kelly, surname of Henry Kelly.  John Suchet and Henry Kelly host Going For Gold.

CHALLENGE 4 – Celebrities are Chris Hoy and Rebecca Adlington.  They’re GB Olympians having won five medals between them (Hoy winning three and Adlington two).  Link to GFG: They’re gold medal winners and they truly did go for gold!!!  And just to remind you…John Suchet and Henry Kelly host Going For Gold.

CHALLENGE 5 – Celebrities are Ludwig van Beethoven and Ludwig van Beethoven.  Link to GFG: Beethoven is one of John Suchet’s favourite classic music artists and hosted shows on Classic FM.  Henry Kelly also hosted shows on Classic FM.  John Suchet and Henry Kelly host Going For Gold.

CHALLENGE 6 – Celebrities are Lord (John) Major and Lenny Henry.  Link to GFG: Lord Major has the first name John as in John, first name of John Suchet.  Lenny Henry has the surname Henry as in the first name of Henry Kelly.  John Suchet and Henry Kelly host Going For Gold.

CHALLENGE 7 – Celebrities are Samuel L. Jackson and Keeley Hawes.  Link to GFG: Samuel (L.) Jackson has initials S.J. the reverse of the initials of John Suchet, J.S.  Keeley Hawes has initials K.H. the reverse of the initials of Henry Kelly, H.K.  John Suchet and Henry Kelly host Going For Gold.

CHALLENGE 8 – Celebrities are Natasha Kaplinsky and Maggie Philbin.  Link to GFG: Natasha Kaplinsky presents Five News as does John Suchet.  Maggie Philbin has a radio show on BBC Radio Berkshire as does Henry Kelly.  John Suchet and Henry Kelly host Going For Gold.

CHALLENGE 9 – Celebrities are young John Suchet and young Henry Kelly.  Link to GFG: young John Suchet is the young version of John Suchet and young Henry Kelly is the young version of Henry Kelly.  John Suchet and Henry Kelly host Gong For Gold.

CHALLENGE 10 – Celebrities are John Suchet and Henry Kelly.  Link to GFG: Do I need to say anymore???

Well done if you got them all!  😉

Going For Gold Biographies: Henry Kelly

11 10 2008

Hi all!  I think no Going For Gold coverage would be complete without a detailed mention of the presenters behind the show!  As you’ll know by now, if you never watched Going For Gold, Henry Kelly is the star of the original format.  He hosted Going For Gold for ten great series and he’ll be remembered for great slogans like “What am I?” or “Who am I?”, “Select” and “Laconic” plus “You’re playing catch-up”.  Now learn more about the man himself in this in-depth biography…

Henry Kelly was born on the 17 April 1946 in Athlone, Westmeath, Ireland and is an Irish television and radio presenter.  He went to the Belvedere College and attended University College Dublin.  At the latter he was an auditor for the Literary and Historical Society.  After leaving university Kelly went onto become a journalist and became the Northern editor of the Irish Times based in Belfast during the 1970s.  In 1976, Kelly moved to London where he featured on World Tonight on BBC Radio 4.  

Henry Kelly stars with his fellow presenters in LWT's 'Game For A Laugh' with Matthew Kelly, Jeremy Beadle and Sarah Kennedy.

1980 saw Kelly take on a completely new direction in his career leaving behind jornalism and becoming one of four presenters for the prank entertainment show, Game For A Laugh which was produced by London Weekend Television alongside Matthew Kelly, Jeremy Beadle and Sarah Kennedy.  In 1987, Kelly embarked on a new presentation role in the game show, Going For Gold which saw Kelly take the helm for a total of ten series until the demise of Going For Gold in 1996.  It was broadcast at lunchtimes on BBC One.

In 1992, Kelly returned to radio and became one of the first presenters to feature on the newly launched Classic FM.  His show was aired in the mid-morning on weekdays and moved to the breakfast slot in June 2003.  Kelly moved radio stations and became the late afternoon presenter on London’s LBC 97.3 radio station from September 2003.  He stayed with LBC until the end of 2004.  Kelly announced he was looking to return to television work, some eight years after his final run on Going For Gold but with a lack of television work he continued on radio hosting the late show on BBC London 94.9 radio for a fortnight in June 2005.

Henry Kelly today

Henry Kelly today.

Kelly secured a more permananent spot on BBC Radio Berkshire from September 2005 where he now has his own weekday mid-morning show.  In August 2006, Kelly made a return to Classic FM and hosted a Sunday morning show alongside his duties on BBC Radio Berkshire but his time on Classic FM again was terminated as his show was replaced by other programs in early 2008.

Tomorrow, don’t miss the biography on John Suchet, the new host of Going For Gold!

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.

Going For Gold – Rounds in pictures

9 10 2008

Hi all

If you read yesterday’s Going For Gold blog about the different rounds and how the game show works, you will have seen how detailed the game play is and I thought today it would be easier to visually see what the game show and the various rounds look like! So check out this lot!

1. The previous host, Henry Kelly

2. The opening round – this used to be represented by a contestant from their European Country

3. The First Round Proper or ‘Beat The Buzzer’ – only four contestants qualify for this round

4. The Four In A Row round takes the three contestants to choose from four categories

5. In ‘Four In A Row’, each contestant has to correctly answer four questions in a row, if they don’t, they will go back to zero!

6. Finally (if you excuse the pun) is the final round, ‘Head To Head’ where the final two contestants go and battle to score nine or more points to win!

7. Depending on who has control of the round, the contestant who is able to answer within the scoring zone wins those number of points!

I hope this will help give you a better understanding of the game show! The next blog article that will be coming soon is the history of this excellent game show, so do please come back soon for that one!

Going For Gold treats

7 10 2008

Hi all

As part of my Going For Gold week, I will be writing blog entries on the various things to do with the game show and here is what I will be talking about in the next few days…


  • About Going For Gold – what is this game show all about?
  • The history of the show
  • The man behind the questions: Henry Kelly
  • The new presenter: John Suchet
  • And some trivia!


All this to come its way! Come back soon for more! 

Going For Gold is coming back!

6 10 2008

Hi all

It has been announced that the game show Going For Gold is coming back on our TV screens! Yes, it’s true! The excellent game show that used to play on BBC is returning on channel Five on 13th October.

Henry Kelly who used to present the show will not be back to present it, but instead it will be presented by former ITN Newscaster, John Suchet. And what’s great is the theme tune and all the great rounds such as Beat The Buzzer, Four In A Row and Head To Head will all be back! It’s all good!

John Suchet was said to be very excited about the show as it is something different. And it will be very interesting to see how it will all go!


In the next few days to the build up of the new game show, I will be writing blog articles of the golden years of Going For Gold including history, the games, the theme tune and Henry Kelly himself, the man who represents Going For Gold. So do come back for all this and more!

What do you think of Going For Gold? Let me know of your personal Going For Gold experiences whether you were a viewer or a player!