New Faces

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New Faces
Also known as New Faces of... (1986-8)
Format Talent show
Presented by Derek Hobson (ATV era)
Marti Caine (Central era)
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 6 (ATV era)
3 (Central era)
No. of episodes 167 (ATV era)
39 (Central era)
Production
Location(s) Birmingham Hippodrome (Central era)
Running time 60 minutes (Central era)
Production company(s) ATV (7 July 1973 - 2 April 1978)
Central (19 September 1986 - 3 December 1988)
Distributor ITV Studios
Broadcast
Original channel ITV
Picture format 4:3
First shown in 7 July 1973 (1973-07-07)
Original run 29 September 1973 (1973-09-29) – 3 December 1988 (1988-12-03)
Chronology
Related shows Opportunity Knocks

New Faces is a British television talent show that aired in the 1970s and 1980s. It was presented originally by Derek Hobson. It was produced by ATV for the ITV network. The show first aired as a pilot on 7 July 1973 and then as a full series 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.[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.

Revived version[edit]

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.

1986 Final[edit]

Key   Winner   Runner-Up   Third Place
Order Finished Artist (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[edit]

Key   Winner   Runner-Up   Third Place
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
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[edit]

Other winners & contestants[edit]

Transmissions[edit]

ATV era[edit]

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 39 surviving including Episode 14 of Series 1, Episodes 1, 11 & 14 of Series 2, Episodes 1, 36, 40, 42 & 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.[5]

Central era[edit]

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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