New Faces – 1973
New Faces was the popular talent show that originally ran in the 1970’s on a Saturday night for six series. Screened on ITV the show is probably best remembered for discovering Jim Davidson and Marti Caine who returned to front a revived version of the show in 1986.
Where as Opportunity Knocks relied on public votes, New Faces acts were judged solely by a panel of judges. Over it’s run these included:
Clifford Davis, Ingrid Platt, Mickie Most, Alan A. Freeman, Clive James, Muriel Young, Ted Ray, Ed Stewart, Jack Parnell,Arthur Askey, Noel Edmunds and Tony Hatch. Davis, Most and Hatch were especially notorious for being “hard” on contestants.
The first run of the show was presented by Derek Hobson, it was produced for ITV by ATV Network Ltd. It ran from 1973 until 1978. The revived version ran from 1986 for three series until 1988.
The format was that of a talent show.
Contestants appeared before a panel of four judges to perform their act. Judges would mark acts out of ten in three categories: “presentation”, “content” and “star quality,” The “star quality” category was later replaced by “entertainment value”.
During the show’s run only one act ever received the maximum mark and that was singer – Patti Boulaye in the show’s final series.
When Marti Caine presented a revived version of the show in 1986, the format remained similar, with a new panel of judges. The audience got to vote for their favourite and public voting was counted by asking viewers to vote for their favourite act and send it in on a postcard.
Derek Hobson – 1973 – 1978
Marti Caine – 1986 – 1988
ATV – 1973 – 1978
Central – 1986 – 1988
Original Transmission Dates:
29th September 1973 – 2nd April 1978 (original)
19th September 1986 – 3rd December 1988 (revived)