Going for a Song



Max Robertson (original host)

Michael Parkinson (1990s version)

Anne Robinson

Michael Aspel


Original expert: Arthur Negus

1990s version expert: Eric Knowles

1990s team captains:

1995: Tony Slattery and Leslie Ash

1996: Tony Slattery and Helen Lederer (rotation), Mariella Frostrup

1997: Penny Smith and Sheridan Morley

1998-2000: Penny Smith and Kit Hesketh-Harvey

2001-2: Rachel De Thame and Dr Mark Porter (2001-2)


Pilot: BBC1 (South only), 21 April 1965

BBC1, 6 October 1965 to to 16 October 1977, 1995-2002?


In its first incarnation, Arthur Negus soared to fame as the show's resident expert.

However, British law has changed since then and now all antiques game shows are obliged to include the word "Great" or "Going" in the title and feature Eric Knowles as an authority. (OK, except Bargain Hunt. We'll give you that.)

Michael Parkinson, with the famous bird cage which featured in the opening titles of both versions of the programme.

Much discussion of antiques, their properties and values in order to educate people to have a better clue as to the value of the contents of their loft. But the slow experts progress slowly with discursive digression on every single treasure and awarded something like five single points in each show.


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