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Old TV Phone Numbers

Posted: Sat May 31, 2008 5:22 pm
by ColonelK
Where do all the old phone numbers used on 80s TV programmes go to?

Going Lives number used to be 0181 811 8181.

I know all the London codes got changed to 0207 and 0208 years ago, but I don't know how they decided who got which code.

And does anyone remember any old phone numbers from other 80s shows?

Posted: Sat May 31, 2008 6:00 pm
by Dudley
0207 is central london, 0208 is greater london or possibly the other way round, despite living in London I've no idea.

Re: Old TV Phone Numbers

Posted: Sat May 31, 2008 6:17 pm
by The Master
ColonelK wrote:Going Lives number used to be 0181 811 8181.
And long before that, the same number - in its 01 811 8181 incarnation - was first used for Noel Edmonds' Multicoloured Swap Shop... replacing the old favourite 01 811 8055 as it was presumably easier to remember...?

Re: Old TV Phone Numbers

Posted: Sat May 31, 2008 7:15 pm
by necronom
The Master wrote:the old favourite 01 811 8055
That's the one I remember.

Re: Old TV Phone Numbers

Posted: Sat May 31, 2008 7:23 pm
by TMR
necronom wrote:
The Master wrote:the old favourite 01 811 8055
That's the one I remember.
Yeah, that one stuck with me to be honest.

Posted: Sun Jun 01, 2008 2:47 am
by The Master
Actually, according to this it seems I was wrong:

http://www.saturdaymornings.co.uk/featu ... call.shtml

...which is really odd, because not too long ago I definitely saw a clip of something - with Noel Edmonds - that did use 01 811 8181.

I actually feel slightly spooked out now. By a telephone number. Christ :lol:

Posted: Sun Jun 01, 2008 6:03 am
by James Bond
Nickelodeon:


0800 801 801


Might still be in use, I don't know wether to try it or not.

Posted: Sun Jun 01, 2008 6:38 am
by felgekarp
Wasn't chatback 0898 505050 ?

Posted: Sun Jun 01, 2008 6:11 pm
by ColonelK
Does anyone fancy ringing up all the old numbers to see where they go nowadays, but recording the conversation so we can all listen?

Thats the sort of thing that I would love to do, but I'm, erm, shy.

Re: Old TV Phone Numbers

Posted: Sun Jun 01, 2008 8:08 pm
by ToxieDogg
ColonelK wrote:Where do all the old phone numbers used on 80s TV programmes go to?

Going Lives number used to be 0181 811 8181.

I know all the London codes got changed to 0207 and 0208 years ago, but I don't know how they decided who got which code.

And does anyone remember any old phone numbers from other 80s shows?
I remember Going Live's telephone number because they used to sing it. That brings back memories and makes me feel old :(

ill never forget...

Posted: Mon Jun 02, 2008 5:13 am
by STranger81
The Big Breakfast

0181 985 1111 or fax 0181 811 2222

I should remember that forever due to annoying my parents by ringing every morning to try to play the games!