Going Straight (TV programme)

Going Straight is a New Zealand television reality programme by Touchdown Television that aired on TV3 in 2003. The show also aired on the United Kingdom cable channel Challenge.[2] The programme was hosted by New Zealand actor Manu Bennett, where contestants had to continue moving in a straight line, no matter what the obstacles in the way, to compete for prize money of $NZ10,000.

Going Straight
Presented byManu Bennett
Country of originNew Zealand
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
Production locationAuckland[1]
Production companyTouchdown Television
Original networkTV3
Original release2003 (2003)


The format of the programme challenged five contestants, wearing location monitoring equipment, to get to the end of a specified "virtual lane" across a landscape by completing three separate straight-line challenges. Contestants were eliminated each round. There was a $10,000 prize for the winner.[3]

By 2005, the show's format had been licensed to international television channels and production companies.[2]

Fire stunt accidentEdit

In 2004, an investigation was launched into the programme after a contestant suffered severe burns following a retake of a stunt.[4] The programme was later penalized NZ$65,000 in district court for the incident.[5] Charges were to be put to either Touchdown Television or its Warkworth District Court representative.[6]


Local media called Going Straight a show similar to Fear Factor[1][5] on a sickness benefit.[7]


  1. ^ a b Patrick Gower; Angela Gregory (July 29, 2003). "TV show contestant badly burned in attempt to 'get a better shot'". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved November 3, 2019.
  2. ^ a b OnFilm Magazine February 2005
  3. ^ Eyeworks New Zealand & Australia – Going Straight Retrieved December 2011
  4. ^ Louisa Cleave (30 January 2004). "TV show in firing line over stunt". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 4 August 2018.
  5. ^ a b Peter Calder (13 May 2004). "Kiwi reality show to pay hurt player". Variety. Retrieved 4 August 2018.
  6. ^ OnFilm Magazine, April 2004
  7. ^ Philip Matthews (September 26, 2003). "The decline and fall of Western civilisation".