Gotchas

The Gotchas were one of the most popular features of Noel's House Party and its predecessor The Noel Edmonds Saturday Roadshow. Here is an incomplete list of Gotcha victims. Where no name is listed, then either no Gotcha was shown that week, or the recipient's identity is unknown. If you can fill in any of the gaps, please get in touch!


The Noel Edmonds Saturday Roadshow

Series 1
03/09/88 Gloria Hunniford



10/09/88
17/09/88
24/09/88
01/10/88
08/10/88
15/10/88
22/10/88
29/10/88
05/11/88
12/11/88
19/11/88
26/11/88
03/12/88
10/12/88
17/12/88 Noel Edmonds

Series 2
02/09/89
09/09/89 No Gotcha
16/09/89 No Gotcha
23/09/89 Gary Wilmot
30/09/89 No Gotcha
07/10/89 No Gotcha
14/10/89 No Gotcha
21/10/89 Mike Neville
28/10/89 see note below
04/11/89 see note below
11/11/89 Simon Parkin
18/11/89 No Gotcha
25/11/89 Peter Snow
02/12/89
09/12/89 Linda Lusardi
16/12/89 Claire Rayner

There was a show from this series that featured a Gotcha for Keith Chegwin, but there is not enough information to be able to definitively date it. By process of elimination, I think it must be either 28/10/89 or 04/11/89.


Series 3
01/09/90 Bruno Brookes - builders interfere with the live broadcast of his and Liz Kershaw's Radio 1 weekend breakfast show
08/09/90 No Gotcha
15/09/90 Rob Curling
22/09/90 No Gotcha
29/09/90 No Gotcha
06/10/90 John Kettley
13/10/90 No Gotcha
20/10/90 No Gotcha
27/10/90 Maggie Philbin
03/11/90
10/11/90
17/11/90
24/11/90 Eamonn Holmes
01/12/90 Emlyn Hughes
08/12/90 Phillip Schofield - gets his head trapped in a guillotine during a live broadcast of the Radio 1 Roadshow



15/12/90 John Leslie


Noel's House Party

Series 1
23/11/91 Henry Cooper - thinks he is making a golfing video about the game in Victorian times
30/11/91 Jean Boht - thinks she is being picked up by a chauffeur-driven car and taken to make an appearance on the Wogan show
07/12/91 Alan Freeman - thinks he is taking part in a video review item on The Garden Party
14/12/91 Sophie Lawrence - thinks she is taking part in the trial run test recording of a new yoghurt product
21/12/91 Andi Peters - thinks he is taking part in the making of a new television programme
04/01/92 Jim Bowen - thinks he is making a corporate video for a Japanese computer company
11/01/92 Judi Spiers - thinks she is making a corporate video for Pocklington Plastics
18/01/92 Nicholas Parsons
25/01/92 Eric Knowles
01/02/92 Dennis Taylor - thinks he is taking part in a new television programme called Taking the Flack
08/02/92 Henry Sandon
15/02/92 Tessa Sanderson and Bobby Davro - think they are taking part in a new television programme called Out on a Limb
22/02/92 Timmy Mallett - thinks he is being chauffeur-driven to the TVS studios



29/02/92 Tom O'Connor - thinks he is making a golfing video about the sport's history
07/03/92 Duncan Goodhew - thinks he is doing a British Forces broadcast about a swimathon
14/03/92 Ulrika Jonsson and Max Boyce - think they are taking part in a new television programme called Out on a Limb
21/03/92 Dave Lee Travis - set up whilst running the Treble Top pub quiz on his Radio 1 Saturday morning show
28/03/92 Howard Stableford - thinks he is taking part in a satellite link-up with Hong Kong to talk about Tomorrow's World

Series 2
24/10/92 Wayne Sleep - thinks he is taking part in a children's programme about ballet with Mr Blobby
31/10/92 John Virgo - thinks he is making a snooker version of Right Said Fred's hit song 'I'm Too Sexy'
07/11/92 Frank Carson - thinks he is taking part in some trial television commercials
14/11/92 Valerie Singleton - thinks she is taking part in a children's programme about money with Mr Blobby
21/11/92 Garth Crooks - thinks he is taking part in a children's programme about football with Mr Blobby
28/11/92 Gary Lineker - thinks he is taking part in a live satellite link-up with a Japanese television programme
05/12/92 Cheryl Baker - thinks she is making some commercials for the American market
12/12/92 Lizzie Webb
19/12/92 Anne Diamond and Nick Owen - think they are making pilot for their new morning programme Good Morning with Anne and Nick
26/12/92 Tony Blackburn
02/01/93 Willie Carson
09/01/93 Gary Davies - thinks he is taking part in a children's programme about radio with Mr Blobby
16/01/93 Yvette Fielding - thinks she is making a commercial for some paint products
23/01/93 Will Carling - thinks he is taking part in a children's programme about rugby with Mr Blobby
30/01/93 Shaw Taylor
06/02/93 Peter Hudson and David Halls
13/02/93 Caron Keating
20/02/93 Francis Wilson
27/02/93 Anthea Turner
06/03/93 show cancelled due to bomb scare - was due to be Kriss Akabussi
13/03/93 Eddie Large




Series 3
23/10/93 Lorraine Kelly - thinks she is making a skiing video
30/10/93 David Gower
06/11/93 Carol Smillie
13/11/93 Sally Gunnell
20/11/93 Brian Conley
27/11/93 Kriss Akabussi (postponed from 06/03/93)
04/12/93 Rosemarie Ford - tries to get to choir practice and sings to sheep on Salisbury Plain
11/12/93 Su Pollard
18/12/93 Steve Backley
01/01/94 Jonathon Morris
08/01/94 Angela Rippon
15/01/94 Emma Forbes



22/01/94 Bob Holness
29/01/94 Adam Woodyatt
05/02/94 Derek Thompson
12/02/94 Bob Carolgees
19/02/94 Willie Thorne
26/02/94 Fiona Armstrong - thinks she is making a camping video
05/03/94 Sue Barker
12/03/94 John McCririck
19/03/94 Jon Pertwee



26/03/94 Lionel Blair - set up whilst performing in Don't Dress for Dinner at the Bournemouth Pier Theatre




Series 4
22/10/94 Allan Lamb - thinks he is judging a lookalike competition
29/10/94 Andy Crane - thinks he has been invited to open the first Round Basingstoke Tour
05/11/94 Lesley Garrett - thinks she is presenting a children's television programme about Roman life
12/11/94 Paul McKenna - thinks he is retaking his driving test
26/11/94 Martyn Lewis - set up whilst presenting Today's the Day
03/12/94 Leslie Ash
10/12/94 English Premier League team - think they are modelling new football strips
17/12/94 Barbara Windsor - thinks she has been invited to open the first Round Basingstoke Tour
31/12/94 Dennis Quilley - thinks he is supposed to appear at the Chesham carnival
07/01/95 John Regis
14/01/95 Carol Vorderman
21/01/95 Shane Richie - thinks he is presenting a children's programme about Stone Age life
28/01/95 Jilly Goolden - thinks she is judging a lookalike competition
04/02/95 Judith Chalmers - thinks she is presenting a children's programme about Amazon life
11/02/95 Mike Atherton - thinks he is presenting a children's programme about Arctic life
18/02/95 Jill Dando - thinks she is retaking her driving test
25/02/95 Barry McGuigan - thinks he is presenting a children's programme about seafaring life
04/03/95 Annabel Giles - sussed that she was being stitched up but played along anyway
11/03/95 Derek Jameson - set up on his Radio 2 show, The Jamesons
18/03/95 Derek Jameson - encounters Japanese tourists and is set up at a Birmingham hotel
25/03/95 Richard Branson - thinks he is taking part in a programme on hot air ballooning

Series 5
21/10/95 Sean Blowers - thinks he is taking part in a radio play about Frankenstein
28/10/95 Keith Barron - thinks he is presenting an Italian language programme in Rome
04/11/95 John Stapleton - thinks he is badger watching for a natural history programme
11/11/95 Ian Wright - thinks he is testing a BMW
18/11/95 Gary Rhodes
25/11/95 Edward Woodward - thinks he is making a programme about smugglers
02/12/95 Kathy Staff - thinks she is presenting a progamme for senior citizens, Let's Go
09/12/95 Juliet Morris - thinks she is birdwatching for a natural history programme
16/12/95 Torvill and Dean - think they are appearing on Noel's nostalgia programme The Time of Your Life
06/01/96 Dale Winton - thinks he is doing a test drive report for Top Gear
13/01/96 Patsy Palmer - thinks she is appearing on Noel's nostalgia programme The Time of Your Life
20/01/96 Sandra Dickinson - gets locked in hospitality when she thinks she is supposed to appearing on Pebble Mill
27/01/96 Sandra Dickinson - has to sing in an English accent for a wine commercial
03/02/96 Paul Nicholas - thinks he is appearing on Noel's nostalgia programme The Time of Your Life
10/02/96 Tommy Cannon and Bobby Ball - think they are making a tomato commercial in Rome
17/02/96 Brian Blessed
24/02/96 Les Dennis
02/03/96 Vicki Michelle
09/03/96 Jeremy Clarkson, Russ Williams and Jono Coleman
16/03/96 Esther Rantzen - thinks she is travelling to Berlin for a television interview
23/03/96 Susan George - thinks she is appearing on Noel's nostalgia programme The Time of Your Life
30/03/96 Joan Collins

Series 6
19/10/96 Craig McLachlan
26/10/96 Rick Parfitt and Francis Rossi
02/11/96 John Inman
09/11/96 Martine McCutcheon
16/11/96 Ian St John
23/11/96 Garry Bushell
30/11/96 Boyzone
07/12/96 Jenny Hull - involving a fake Radio Times journalist and several wild animals
14/12/96 Uri Geller
04/01/97 Keith Floyd
11/01/97 Corbin Bernsen - thinks he is taking part in an acting masterclass involving holidaymakers
18/01/97 Rosemary Conley
25/01/97 Dr Mark Porter - thinks he is taking part in a university debate with students
01/02/97 Victor Obugu - thinks he is making a video for the British Health Farms Association
08/02/97 Bee Gees
15/02/97 Ross Kelly - thinks he is training television skills at the Disney Institute in Florida
22/02/97 Nigel Havers - thinks he is wine tasting
01/03/97 Gary Wilmot - has to perform with the Spice Girls live on the house party
08/03/97 Paul Young - thinks he is making a pop video for 'Everytime You Go Away' in as many different languages as possible
15/03/97 Joan Rivers (Noel's New York House Party) - thinks she is guest of honour at Stephanie Beacham's first public showing of her works of art
22/03/97 Gordon Burns - thinks he is unwittingly caught in the middle of a love triangle
29/03/97 Vanessa Feltz - thinks she is taking part in a university debate with students

Series 7
18/10/97 Tiff Needell - is live at Earls Court expecting to do a draw for a car
25/10/97 Bradley Walsh
01/11/97
08/11/97 John Francome
15/11/97 Louise Nurding
22/11/97
29/11/97 Joe Pasquale
06/12/97 Michaela Strachan
13/12/97 June Whitfield - set up whilst recording The News Huddlines
20/12/97
10/01/98 Tim Vincent (Noel's Greatest Gotchas)



17/01/98 Gotcha amnesty
24/01/98 Samantha Janus
31/01/98 Gotcha compilation
07/02/98 Wendy Richard - amateur dramatics
14/02/98
21/02/98 Melinda Messenger
28/02/98 No Gotcha
07/03/98 Malandra Burrows
14/03/98 911 (band)
21/03/98 John Barnes

Series 8
17/10/98 Alan Titchmarsh



24/10/98 No Gotcha
31/10/98 Trevor McDonald
07/11/98 Richard Whiteley



14/11/98 No Gotcha
21/11/98 Mike Reid
28/11/98 Frankie Dettori
05/12/98 Fred Talbot
12/12/98 No Gotcha
19/12/98 Phil Middlemiss
02/01/99 Kevin Woodford



09/01/99 Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen - set up recording the titles for his new series Fantasy Rooms
16/01/99 Lisa Riley
23/01/99 Steven Pinder - thinks he is making a speech to an amateur dramatics society
30/01/99 David Seaman - thinks he is taking part in a fishing programme with Bruno Brookes
06/02/99 No Gotcha
13/02/99 Meat Loaf
20/02/99 Gotcha compilation
27/02/99 Ally McCoist
06/03/99 Ron Atkinson - poses like Christine Keeler
13/03/99 Gotcha Special
20/03/99 No Gotcha

Gotcha descriptions are included where known, and are mostly based on the descriptions found in the BBC Motion Gallery database.

Please note that I do not have any of these Gotchas recorded, however many of course can be viewed on a certain popular video sharing website.