8 March 1975 – Series Three (25) – All Winners Final 3

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Liverpool comedian Al Dean booked his place in the Grand Final. With thanks to Trinity Mirror. Digitised by Findmypast Newspaper Archive Limited. All rights reserved.

Joining guest host Nicky Martyn on the third All Winners Show were Tony Hatch, Arthur Askey, Clifford Davis and regular host Derek Hobson making up the judging panel of four.

The eight acts back for a chance to book their place in the Grand Final at the end of the series were;

When asked to comment on the winning act, judge and comedian, Arthur Askey stated, “all the best comics are scousers.” It seems Arthur may have had a valid point as it was Liverpool comedian Al Dean who was judged to be the winner of this first class All Winners show to book his place in the Grand Final at the London Palladium on 27 July 1975.

Despite not winning the show it wouldn’t be the last we’d see of Lenny Henry the young comedian from Dudley in the West Midlands.  The viewers voted in large numbers to see Lenny appear again and he be added to the line-up of the second Viewers Winners show on 7 June 1975.

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Paul and Barry Harman who would go on to be better known as The Chuckle Brothers. Image © The Stage Media Company Limited

It remains unclear how Paul and Barry Harman made the line-up of their second All Winners Show, having already been beaten by Marti Caine in the second All Winners Show at the start of January 1975.

The comedy duo had already won show twelve of the series, their original appearance on 7 December 1974, so maybe it was viewers votes that prompted the producers to give them another chance. Another reason may have been that the show was one act short following the first Viewers Winners Final on 1 February 1975, the winner of that show already securing a place in the Grand Final at the end of the series.

 

2 thoughts on “8 March 1975 – Series Three (25) – All Winners Final 3

  1. These listings are a unique archive of the mostly lost mid 1970’s New Faces recordings and the participating artistes. The show launched my career in the entertainment industry, which led me to ‘cross the footlights’ in 1981 to become a producer, talent manager and eventually theatre chain operator. I owe much to New Faces Producer Cocks and Director Paul Stewart Laing.

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    1. Hi Nick. Thanks so much for your kind words. I’m fascinated by the history of the New Faces show, which was filmed in my home city of Birmingham. I was only 5 years old when the show started, but it’s produced so many success stories that I felt it was worth spending my personal time documenting as much of the detail I could find to bring the history of the show to life. I’m so pleased that through the website I’ve connected with a number of former contestants and all have very fond memories of being on the show and have enjoyed the trip down memory lane.

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