New Faces was a British television talent show that aired in the 1970s and 1980s. It has been hosted by Leslie Crowther (original pilot), Derek Hobson and Marti Caine. It was produced by ATV for the ITV network.
|Also known as||New Faces of... (1986–88)|
|Presented by||Leslie Crowther (ATV)|
Derek Hobson (ATV)
Marti Caine (Central)
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||6 (ATV)|
|No. of episodes||167 (ATV)|
|Production location(s)||Birmingham Hippodrome (Central)|
|Running time||60 minutes (Central)|
|Production company(s)||ATV (1973–78)|
|First shown in||31 May 1973|
|Original release||29 September 1973 –|
3 December 1988
|Related shows||Opportunity Knocks|
Original series: 1973–1978
The show first aired as a pilot on the ATV network on 31 May 1973 with host Leslie Crowther and a judging panel consisting of Noele Gordon, Tony Hatch, Clive James and John Smith assessing performances from ten acts looking for a break in show business. Welsh singer Jennifer Jones won the show that also featured a man who blew up a hot water bottle until it burst followed by a few choruses of "Spanish Eyes."
A further pilot aired on 7 July 1973, with new host Derek Hobson and a full series followed from 29 September 1973 to 2 April 1978. It was recorded at the ATV Centre in 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.
Winners occasionally went on to greater success in television entertainment, like Lenny Henry the 1975 competition winner. Many top entertainers began their careers with a performance on this programme. The acts were evaluated by a panel of experts, including Tony Hatch, Mickie Most, Clifford Davis, Arthur Askey, Ted Ray, Ed Stewart, Jack Parnell, Alan A. Freeman, Muriel Young, Lonnie Donegan, Lionel Blair, Ingrid Pitt, Shaw Taylor, Terry Wogan and Noel Edmonds.
Four judges would make up the panel each week. 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. Les Dennis received 119 points, with only Tony Hatch giving him less than three perfect '10's'. Arthur Askey was on the same panel and started singing "Tony is a spoilsport" when Hatch awarded Dennis 9 as his final score.
Series 1-6 Winners
|Pilot||7 Jul 1973||Trevor Chance||Vocalist (in the style of Jack Jones)|
|1||29 Dec 1973||Tom Waite||Vocalist|
|2||6 Jul 1974||Aiden J. Harvey||Impressionist|
|3||27 Jul 1975||Marti Caine||Comedian|
|4||31 Jul 1976||Roger de Courcey||Ventriloquist|
|5||2 Apr 1977||Koffee and Kreme||Vocal Duo|
|6||2 Apr 1978||Patti Boulaye||Vocalist|
|4||217||Jean De Both||Vocalist|
|5||215||John D. Bryant||Guitar/vocalist|
|6||213||Charlie James||Female vocalist|
|8||203||Yakity Yak||Four-piece group|
|10||184||George Huxley's Dixieland Jazz Band||six-piece jazz band|
|11||176||Dri Jinja||Folk trio|
The series was revived by Central for three series between 1986 and 1988, presented by past winner, Marti Caine. 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.
|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||56 points (public phone-in winner)||Gary Lovini||17-year-old violinist|
|7||43 points||James Stone||Soul singer|
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.
|Order||Finished||Artist (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 vocalist|
|6||10 points||Billy Jones||Rock 'n' roll singer/guitarist|
|12||Stiles and Drewe||Singing duo|
|Performance Order||Finished||Artist (s)||Act (s)|
|12||Winner||Stephen Lee Garden||Musical theatre-style singer|
|11||Runner Up||Steve Womack||Comedian|
|3||The Mad Hatters||Comedy Group|
|6||Janice Watson||Soprano Vocalist|
|7||The Brothers Condo||Comedy Group|
Note: Vocalist Tim Murray is the son of 1950s singer Ruby Murray
Famous winners and contestants
Other winners and contestants
- Penny Black – Extremely popular female fronted five piece band from Walsall. Appeared December 4th 1976 opening the show performing Kiki Dee's "I got the music in me". Penny Black's TV lineup included Tiki Jones (vocals), Barry Underhill (Bass guitar & vocals), Rob Wood (Lead guitar & vocals), Roger Hayward (Hammond organ & vocals), and John Perkins (Drums). An EP was recorded to coincide with the New Faces TV appearance however it was never released. Penny Black performed with various personnel changes with Underhill an ever present from 1974 until 1989 when they changed their name to PARIS and introduced a revamped modern 'romantics' image initiated by their latest female vocalist, Paula Tuckley. Penny Black/PARIS performed around the UK heavily throughout the 70's & 80's establishing a strong fan base. They recorded 'Inside These 4 Walls' written by Underhill/Wood in 1981, with 'Teenager in Love' on the B-side, before disbanding in late 1991, however Underhill & Wood continued as a duo until 1999. PARIS reformed in July 2012 with the original band members to perform a 'One Night Only' Charity gig in November that year, however the gig was so successful they decided to carry on performing, until Underhill left the band in early 2014 and PARIS finally disbanded shortly afterwards.
|Series||Start date||Final date||Episodes|
|Pilot||7 July 1973||1|
|1||29 September 1973||29 December 1973||14|
|2||6 April 1974||6 July 1974||14|
|3||21 September 1974||27 July 1975||45|
|4||20 December 1975||31 July 1976||33|
|5||11 September 1976||2 April 1977||30|
|6||10 September 1977||2 April 1978||30|
Many of the episodes from the ATV era of New Faces were wiped from the archives with 38 surviving, including episode 14 of series 1, episodes 1, 11 & 14 of series 2, episodes 1, 36, 40 & 45 of series 3, episodes 7, 11, 15, 19, 22–24 & 28–29 of series 4, episodes 1, 5, 8, 11, 14–16, 21, 24 & 30 of series 5 and episodes 20–30 of series 6.
Series 3 was not fully broadcast on Scottish Television, with episodes not being broadcast during the weekends, which resulted in their votes not being counted. Episodes were instead broadcast on a Thursday evening between December 1974 and July 1975.
|Series||Start date||Final date||Episodes|
|1||19 September 1986||13 December 1986||13|
|2||4 September 1987||28 November 1987||13|
|3||10 September 1988||3 December 1988||13|
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- "The precarious path of talent show fame". BBC. 12 December 2011. Retrieved 13 December 2011.
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- The Stage - Thursday 8th December 1988
- Liverpool Echo - Monday 3rd October 1988
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- Hogan, Michael (11 December 2011). "Wonderland special: New Faces – I once had the X Factor". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 13 December 2011.
- "You're A Star, Superstar: Charlie James Profile". Retrieved 4 August 2019.
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