New Faces

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New Faces
FormatTalent Show
StarringDerek Hobson (original version)
Marti Caine revived version)
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of series6 (original version)
3 (revived version)
No. of episodes158 (original version)
?? (revived version)
Production
Producer(s)ATV (29 September 1973 (1973-09-29) - 2 April 1978 (1978-04-02))
Central (19 September 1986 (1986-09-19) - 3 December 1988 (1988-12-03))
Location(s)ATV Centre, Birmingham (1973-1978)
Birmingham Hippodrome (1986-1988)
Running time60 minutes (including commercials)
DistributorITV Studios
Broadcast
Original channelITV
Picture format4:3
Original runOriginal version: 29 September 1973 (1973-09-29) - 2 April 1978 (1978-04-02)
Revived version: 19 September 1986 (1986-09-19) - 3 December 1988 (1988-12-03)
 
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New Faces
FormatTalent Show
StarringDerek Hobson (original version)
Marti Caine revived version)
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of series6 (original version)
3 (revived version)
No. of episodes158 (original version)
?? (revived version)
Production
Producer(s)ATV (29 September 1973 (1973-09-29) - 2 April 1978 (1978-04-02))
Central (19 September 1986 (1986-09-19) - 3 December 1988 (1988-12-03))
Location(s)ATV Centre, Birmingham (1973-1978)
Birmingham Hippodrome (1986-1988)
Running time60 minutes (including commercials)
DistributorITV Studios
Broadcast
Original channelITV
Picture format4:3
Original runOriginal version: 29 September 1973 (1973-09-29) - 2 April 1978 (1978-04-02)
Revived version: 19 September 1986 (1986-09-19) - 3 December 1988 (1988-12-03)

New Faces was a British television talent show popular in the 1970s and 1980s, presented originally by Derek Hobson. It was produced by ATV Network Limited for the ITV Network. The first run of the show was from 29 September 1973 to 2 April 1978 and was recorded at the ATV Centre, Birmingham. The show was noted for its theme tune, "You're a Star!", performed by singer Carl Wayne, formerly of The Move, and it was eventually released, becoming a minor hit.[1]

Winners occasionally went on to greater success in television entertainment. Many top entertainers began their careers with a performance on this programme. The acts were evaluated by a panel of experts, including Clifford Davis, Ingrid Pitt, Mickie Most, Alan A. Freeman, Clive James, Muriel Young, Ted Ray, Ed Stewart, Jack Parnell, Arthur Askey, Noel Edmonds and Tony Hatch. Davis, Most and Hatch were especially notorious for being "hard" on contestants. Four judges would make up the panel each week. Tony Hatch made the headlines after one edition for giving a contestant whose act solely consisted of a repetitive and elementary 12 bar blues riff a score of zero. Hatch was deemed 'mean' for this.

Contestants received marks out of ten from the four judges in three categories such as "presentation", "content" and "star quality" - The "star quality" category was later replaced by "entertainment value". The highest score any act could attain was thus 120 points. Patti Boulaye was the only act who ever attained the maximum mark, doing so in the programme's final season. It was seen as a 'tougher' version of the long-running talent show Opportunity Knocks, also shown on ITV.

Whereas, Opportunity Knocks relied on public votes, New Faces had a panel that judged the acts - the act who had the highest total went through to the next round.

One winner, Marti Caine, returned to present the show when it was revived for two years between 1986 and 1988 by Central Television. Her catchphrase was bellowed at the voting studio audience: "Press your buttons... NOW!". The show also featured a panel of experts including the journalist Nina Myskow, who often made critical comments. In this incarnation, the home audience decided who won by sending in postcards (phone voting was soon introduced by BBC rival Bob Says Opportunity Knocks), though, the audience did vote for its favourite act using a gigantic lightboard known as Spaghetti Junction lighting up to a varying degree as they pushed their buttons.

Contents

1986 Final

Key  Winner  Runner-Up  Third Place
OrderFinishedArtist (s)Act (s)
1
1st Overall in Panellists' Vote
Duggie Small
Comedian
2
7 Points
Walker & Cadman
Comedians
3
5 Points
Billy Pearce
Comedian
4
0 Points
Wayne Denton
Club Singer
5
22 Points
Julie A. Scott
Soprano
6
Public Phone-in Winner/56 Points
Gary Lovini
17-year-old Violinist
7
43 Points
James Stone
Soul Singer
8
? Points
Pauline Hannah
Impressionist
9
? Points
Freddy Philips
Singer/Comedian
10
? Points
Scott Randele
?
11
? Points
Maggie Dee
?
12
? Points
High Jinks
?

Note: The James Stone who appeared in this final is the same one who appeared in the Britain's Got Talent semi-finals of 2008.

1987 Final

Key  Winner  Runner-Up  Third Place
OrderFinishedArtist (s)Act (s)
1
94 points
Jimmy Tamley
Ventriloquist
2
92 points
Joe Pasquale
Comedian
3
70 points
Brothers Demented
?
4
32 Points
Mike Sterling
Musical Theatre-style Singer
5
26 Points
Richard Courtice
Tenor
6
10 Points
Billy Jones
Rock 'n' Roll Singer/Guitarist
7
? Points
Lea Cassell
Impressionist
8
? Points
Derek Barron
Pianist/Organist
9
? Points
Paul Duffy
Saxophonist
10
? Points
Denny Waters
Comedian
11
? Points
Barbara Allan
?
12
? Points
Stiles and Drewe
Singing Duo

Famous winners & contestants

Other winners & contestants

Transmissions

SeriesStart dateFinal dateEpisodesWinner (s)
1
29 September 1973
29 December 1973
Charlie James
2
6 April 1974
6 July 1974
Malandra Burrows
3
21 September 1974
27 July 1975
Al Dean
4
20 December 1975
31 July 1976
Nookie Bear
Roger De Courcey
5
11 September 1976
2 April 1977
6
10 September 1977
2 April 1978
7
19 September 1986
13 December 1986
Duggie Small
8
4 September 1987
28 November 1987
Jimmy Tamley
9
10 September 1988
3 December 1988

References

  1. ^ "The precarious path of talent show fame". BBC. 12 December 2011. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-16119375. Retrieved 2011-12-13. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Hogan, Michael (11 December 2011). "Wonderland special: New Faces - I once had the X Factor.". Daily Telegraph. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/8947194/Wonderland-special-New-Faces-I-once-had-the-X-Factor.html. Retrieved 2011-12-13. 

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