6 April 1974 – Series Two (1)

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Kenny Robson. Image © The Stage Media Company Limited

The second series of New Faces began on 6 April 1974 and was once again recorded at Birmingham’s ATV studios on Broad Street just a few days before the broadcast date.

The new format for the second series means that the winner of each Saturday’s show is guaranteed six weeks’ work on one of the leading club circuits. In a change to the voting system viewers were no longer able to phone in their votes and the studio judges scoring was also altered. In addition a number of acts would be chosen by impresario Alan Blackburn for a summer season in Ramsgate.

On the judging panel for the first of twelve heats were Clifford Davis, Arthur Askey, Noele Gordon and Tony Hatch. The opening episode gave a chance to artists from the previous series who had received top placing through viewers’ votes. The winning act, returning from their appearance in episode three of the first series, was four-piece group Art Nouveau.

The remaining acts making up the line-up of heat one were;

  • Runner Up: Les Dennis (comedian) – Previously appeared on show 1.10
  • Third Place: Pete Conway (comedian) – Previously appeared on show 1.13
  • Sight ‘n’ Sound (four-piece group) – Previously appeared on show 1.1
  • Just Oliver (singer) – Previously appeared on show 1.5
  • Mel Dean (comedy/musical act) – Previously appeared on show 1.9
  • The Farrells (runners-up on a show in series one)

The final act on the first episode was Kenny Robson, a young performer trained in the music hall tradition, as a versatile tap-dancer, guitarist, singer, juggler, George Formby impersonator and ukelele player.

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