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== Co-hosts ==
== Co-hosts ==
Regular judges included: [[Ted Ray]], Mickie Most, Clifford Davis, Tony Hatch (original version); Nina Myskow (1986-8 remake)
Regular judges included: [[Ted Ray]], Mickie Most, Clifford Davis, Tony Hatch (original version); Nina Myskow, [[Bonnie Langford]] (1986-8 remake)
== Broadcast ==
== Broadcast ==

Revision as of 18:45, 24 July 2007



Derek Hobson

Marti Caine


Regular judges included: Ted Ray, Mickie Most, Clifford Davis, Tony Hatch (original version); Nina Myskow, Bonnie Langford (1986-8 remake)


ATV for ITV, 7th July 1973 to 2nd April 1978 (158 episodes)

Central for ITV, 1986-88


This came in two incarnations.

The first, hosted by That's My Dog's Derek Hobson saw a variety of turns being judged by a panel of talent spotters, usually a combination of celebrities and Tony Hatch. They were marked out of 100 in various criteria with the highest scores moving on to semi-finals and finals.

The remake hosted by Marti Caine was set in a large theatre and our acts were commented upon by three judges sitting high up in a box, of which Nina Myskow seems to be remembered for being the nastiest towards the acts. The audience decided who won here, as a gigantic lightboard known as Spaghetti Junction lit up to a varying degree as the audience pushed buttons. The final was live and decided on a home vote, with Marti going round all the ITV regions and the regions giving points on an Eurovision Song Contest style basis. Excellent!

Key moments

Marti Caine's "Press your buttons.... NOW!" reaching 3.6 on the Richter Scale.


To be completed

Theme music

You're a Star, Superstar by Carl Wayne from The Move.


Acts that were discovered on the show included Victoria Wood, Malandra Burrows (the youngest ever winner), Showaddywaddy, Les Dennis, Lenny Henry, Jim Davidson, Roy Walker, Gary Wilmot, Patti Boulaye and Marti Caine (who later returned to the show as host). Joe Pasquale was discovered on the late 80s revival.

Regional results presenters for the grand finals on the 80s version included:
Paul Lavers (announcer for the Anglia region)
Richard Whiteley (representing YTV, of course)
Fern Britton (co-presenter alongside Fred Dinenage on the nightly news programme Coast To Coast for TVS)
Peter Lewis (chief announcer and newsreader at LWT)

Web links

TV Cream


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