Episode five saw a debut on the judges panel for the ATV announcer and host of the Tingha and Tucker Club, Jean Morton. Jean was joined by Tony Hatch and Clement Freud with Derek Hobson in his familiar host’s chair.
Of the six acts of the line-up for this episode, only three are known;
- Just Oliver (singer)
- Diana Ball (singer)
- Dri Jinja (folk trio)
- Leslie Melville and Madame Charmaine (magician / clairvoyant)
The winners on the night were the folk trio from Surrey, Dri Jinja, who would go on to appear in the Grand Final on 29 December 1973.
Leslie Melville contacted me to say he appeared in the first series with his clairvoyant hen, Madame Charmaine. He couldn’t recall the date or the other acts, but his perfect recollection of the judging panel line up put his appearance in the heat.
Leslie and his hen’s act proved a fast-moving comedy mind-reading act and great visual entertainment.