Anything Goes 1985
British Domestic Series

Presenter: Keith Chegwin
Referee: Suzanne Dando
Ringmaster: Norman Barrett

Designer: David Wilson
Producer:
Geoff Wilson
Director:
Keith Mackenzie

A BBC Manchester Production

GB

Anything Goes 1985

Heat 1

Event Staged: Unknown
Venue: The Tower Circus, The Tower, Blackpool, Lancashire, England

Transmission:
BBC1:
Saturday 27th July 1985, 6.05-6.50pm

Special Guests: Tommy Fossett (as Grimble), Buby and Jule, clowns from East Germany,
and Los Alamos, a knife throwing act

Theme: The Circus

Teams: Banbury (The Swann Family) v. Burnley (The Wood Family) v.
Skegness (The Barker Family)

Game Results and Standings

Result

 Team

Points

1st
2nd
3rd

Result unknown

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The Venue

Blackpool, Lancashire

The recording venue of the entire series of Anything Goes was the Tower Circus Ring at the base of the world famous Blackpool Tower, between its four legs. This space had previously been used as a location for an It's A Knockout special entitled It's A Miners' Knockout in 1978. The circus is lavishly decorated, in common with similar Victorian era attractions, and opened to the public on 14th May 1894. The circus has run there ever since, even surviving a potential closure in 1990 thanks to a surge of public support in favour of its continuation. The space is not a particularly large one, certainly not by IAK or JSF standards, and for this reason, the games played were generally very simple and only involved a small number of players at a time. Occasionally, the games even spilled over into the public seating area in the auditorium, but this simply added to the fun. Where the Tower Circus scored over other venues was in its hidden 35,000 imperial gallon water tank beneath the ring (incorrectly reported in the programme by Keith Chegwin as having a capacity of 70,000 gallons!), which would flood the arena to a depth of 4 foot 6 inches when the floor was lowered. At least one game in each programme was played on water, usually the last one, for obvious reasons! The Tower Circus is one of only four circus rings remaining in the world that has this remarkable facility.

Returning Teams and Competitors

The Swanns from Banbury were none other than It's A Knockout and Jeux Sans Frontières referee Mike Swann and his family. Before his refereeing days, Mike had previously been involved in the series as team manager to the IAK 1972 Banbury team and acted as advisor to the IAK / JSF 1973 Bicester team. After becoming an It's A Knockout referee in 1977, he featured as a competitor in the 1978 It's A Celebrity Knockout.

Additional Information

Teams in the second year of Anything Goes were composed of families representing their towns. The format also changed to incorporate three teams each week rather than two (as seen in the first series of Anything Goes).

Made in Colour • This programme exists in the BBC Archives

 

GB

Anything Goes 1985

Heat 2

Event Staged: Unknown
Venue: The Tower Circus, The Tower, Blackpool, Lancashire, England

Transmission:
BBC1:
Saturday 3rd August 1985, 6.05-6.55pm

Special Guests: Regina Morena, a French aerial ballet artiste,
and the Aisa Atlas Trio, a roller balancing act

Theme: The Circus

Teams: Bognor Regis (Family) v. Cockermouth (The Day Family) v. Sunderland (Family)

Game Results and Standings

Result

 Team

Points

1st
2nd
3rd

Result unknown

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-
-

Made in Colour • This programme exists in the BBC Archives

 

GB

Anything Goes 1985

Heat 3

Event Staged: Unknown
Venue: The Tower Circus, The Tower, Blackpool, Lancashire, England

Transmission:
BBC1:
Saturday 10th August 1985, 6.10-6.55pm

Special Guests: The Gusmans, a Columbian high wire act,
and Aisa and Atlas, a juggling act

Theme: The Circus

Teams: Great Yarmouth (Family) v. Melton Mowbray (Family) v. Willesden Green (Family)

Game Results and Standings

Result

 Team

Points

1st
2nd
3rd

Result unknown

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-
-

Made in Colour • This programme exists in the BBC Archives

 

GB

Anything Goes 1985

Heat 4

Event Staged: Unknown
Venue: The Tower Circus, The Tower, Blackpool, Lancashire, England

Transmission:
BBC1:
Saturday 17th August 1985, 6.10-6.55pm

Special Guests: Dana, an Irish singer, Gerard Edon, a French trapeze artiste,
and Karl Bartoni, an escapolgist

Theme: The Circus

Teams: Leatherhead (Family) v. Lincoln (Family) v. Prestbury (Family)

Game Results and Standings

Result

 Team

Points

1st
2nd
3rd

Result unknown

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Additional Information

Escapologist Karl Bartoni is a retired Blackpool-born performer who in this edition of Anything Goes was submerged in 70,000 gallons of water while tied with 70 feet of chains which were secured with 100 padlocks. He made his escape, which was just as well as he was only three months married... An odd comment to make, you might say, but his marriage had been just as notable - in May 1985, with a vicar, choir and church organ firmly ensconced on the top of the Blackpool Tower, Karl and his bride Wendy were lowered from its top in a flower bedecked open cage and married standing on a plank in mid-air 450 feet above the heads of a watching crowd of 20,000 people. The bride wore white - with a face to match - for a wedding which garnered headlines across the globe.

Made in Colour • This programme exists in the BBC Archives

 

GB

Anything Goes 1985

Heat 5

Event Staged: Unknown
Venue: The Tower Circus, The Tower, Blackpool, Lancashire, England

Transmission:
BBC1:
Saturday 24th August 1985, 6.10-6.55pm

Special Guests: The Stroici Troupe, from the Romanian State Circus,
and The Antares, a French aerial act

Theme: The Circus

Teams: Disley (Family) v. Edinburgh (Family) v. Ramsbottom (Family)

Game Results and Standings

Result

 Team

Points

1st
2nd
3rd

Result unknown

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-
-

Made in Colour • This programme exists in the BBC Archives

 

GB

Anything Goes 1985

Heat 6

Event Staged: Unknown
Venue: The Tower Circus, The Tower, Blackpool, Lancashire, England

Transmission:
BBC1:
Saturday 31st August 1985, 6.10-6.55pm

Special Guests: Kitty Roberts, an aerial act debuting on television,
and The Michaela Kaiser Cossack Riders, an equestrian act

Theme: The Circus

Teams: Blackpool (Family) v. Tenby (Family) v. Wolverhampton (Family)

Game Results and Standings

Result

 Team

Points

1st
2nd
3rd

Result unknown

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-
-

Made in Colour • This programme exists in the BBC Archives

 

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