31 May 1973 – Midlands Trial Episode

An article in Television Today (published jointly with The Stage) first announced the arrival of New Faces on 10 May 1973 under the headline of ATV give chance to new talent.

Noele Gordon

The one hour pilot show aired at 7pm on Thursday 31 May 1973 on the ATV network in the Midlands.  The panel for the original pilot featured a good show business mix with composer Tony Hatch, Crossroads actress Noele Gordon, club owner John Smith and author and critic Clive James joining host Leslie Crowther to cast their eyes over ten acts looking for that one big break.

The Johnny Patrick Big Band accompanied the acts in font of a live studio audience in a show produced by Les Cocks, who also spotted the talent for the show, and was directed by Dicky Leeman.

Some of the ten acts featured were;

  • Mini and Maxi (Mick and Carol Peters) from Exhall
  • Patsy Powell and the Playboys from Coventry
  • and a man who blew up a hot-water bottle until it burst and then sang a few lines of “Spanish Eyes”

The show’s first ever winner was Jennifer Jones, a singer from Wales.

Noele Gordon Image: Coventry Evening Telegraph – Friday 06 April 1973.
Trinity Mirror. Digitised by Findmypast Newspaper Archive Limited. All rights reserved.

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