21 September 1974 – Series Three (1)

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Folk act Freewheelers. Image © The Stage Media Company Limited

The third series of New Faces began just two and a half months after the end of series two and only a few weeks after the documentary After All I’ve Been Through had been on the small screen.

With many more episodes in the new series there was a new format to the show. Every eight weeks there would be an All Winners Show and those acts that the viewers wanted to see again would be given a second chance in a number of Viewers Winners shows which would have a guest host chosen from former contestants.

The series Grand Final was to be broadcast from the London Palladium and the overall winner was guaranteed a booking for a season in Las Vegas.

At the end of the series there was a touring stage show made up of some of the best acts from this series. Acts would also be able to pick up recording contracts, cabaret bookings on cruise liners, holiday camps and night clubs as well as pantomime roles.

On the first all-male panel of the new series, following the shows ban on women judges, were the familiar faces of Tony Hatch, Mickie Most, Arthur Askey and Clifford Davis and the show was again hosted by Derek Hobson.

Based on viewers votes using the coupon in the TV Times the acts returning from their appearances in series two were;

  • Les Dennis (impressionist) – Previously appeared on S01 E10 and S02 E01
  • Freewheelers (folk group) – Previously appeared on S02 E05
  • Glen and Lisa Fraser (Scottish piper and dancer) – Previously appeared on S02 E10
  • Glentones (19-piece band) – Previously appeared on S02 E11
  • The Hart Family (four-piece group) – Previously appeared on S02 E12
  • D. J. Pope (male vocalist) – Previously appeared on S02 E09

The winner of the show was Les Dennis, appearing in a record third consecutive series, who scored 119 points out of a possible 120, with Tony Hatch the only judge giving him less than maximum marks by awarding him 9 out of 10 for his final mark, much to Arthur Askey’s dismay.

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