Phillip Schofield and Sarah Greene back together for Saturday Morning TV reunion

Phillip Schofield laughs at joke about Sarah Greene in 1992

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For the latest episode of Fearne Cotton’s show Sounds of the 90s, she is reuniting the legends of Saturday Morning telly. Phillip Schofield and Sarah Greene talk Going Live and Andi Peters and Emma Forbes reminisce about Live and Kicking in the special instalment.

Phillip and Sarah will share secrets from Going Live including an unusual meeting with Barry Manilow.

“Sarah and I, and you Fearne actually, were at the tail end when telly was an enormous amount of fun and now of course there are regulations, but in those days it was just a lot more fun and free and open and a laugh,” Phillip revealed.

“By the time we got to ’93 a lot of the guests had been on two or three times before or their kids watched the show,” Sarah added.

“I mean you know Paul McCartney’s kids watched the show, Sting’s kids.

“Sting only came on the show because he said ‘My kids think it’s a cool show so I have to do it, and those kinds of things.’”

Going on to recall their meeting with Barry, Sarah continued: “The strangest one and the most wonderful one was I was really scared I was going to go and say hello to Barry Manilow.

“I asked him if he would mind joining in a little gag that I was going to play on one of the camera operators who was a great pianist and a huge Barry fan.

“Barry invited him to come and sit at the piano and play alongside him and Barry was so generous in this because Nigel Saunderson (camera operator) and Barry in profile are identical and thank God Barry saw that in the camera angle the other guys had all set up around.

“They knew it was happening and it was just when that all came together, when those things come together, and you can’t plan that, you have to let it happen.”

Phillip laughed: ““But do you remember what he said? Barry said, he put their heads back to back and said “look at this, it’s a pick-axe!”

The This Morning host also recalled how relaxed it was in the studios, with their filming often being disrupted.

“I also love the fact that we were in TC7 which is amazing because This Morning is in the same building, a building I love so much,” he explained.

“Next door was the big entertainment studio, TC6, and sometimes French and Saunders would be in there rehearsing and get bored in their rehearsals, they would be dressed in whatever outfits they had on from the sketch and they would just walk in and mess about with us in the studio.

“People who were just in the building at the time would think it was just fine to walk in as it was so relaxed on the door.”

Andi and Emma also spoke about working in Saturday morning TV with the ITV host recalling: “We went through a lot of guests.

“On my last day, Sir Trevor Macdonald was on, Cher, Sir Richard Branson who was a regular, Dawn French.

“There has never been television like it, I don’t think there ever will be and the audience numbers were huge, we used to get on occasion 70 percent share of people watching television were watching Live and Kicking.”

Emma added: “It was also safe. Live and Kicking very cleverly used to make it that there was innuendo from Trevor (Neal) and Simon (Hickson) so that the mums and dads would be killing themselves laughing and it went straight over the kids heads and guests would come on and they would be outrageous but I don’t remember having to take any bands off air.”

Sounds of the 90s is available now on BBC Sounds

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