27 Apr 1974 – Series Two (4)

Harry Dickman, the Clown Prince of Carnaby St. Image © The Stage Media Company Limited

Heat four of the second series saw Katie Boyle return to the panel along with, for the fourth show in a row, Tony Hatch. They were joined by John Smith and Ted Ray.  The acts they offered their expert comments on were;

  • Nicky Martyn (comedian) from Warrington
  • Cromwell (folk group)
  • Harry Dickman (comedian)
  • Andrea Joy (vocalist / guitarist)
  • The Patriots (folk group)
  • Jon Brett and Michelle (magic act) – from Bournemouth
  • Graffiti (six-piece group)

The heat winner was comedian Nicky Martyn who would not only take his place in the series Grand Final, but would go on to host a number All Winners Shows in series three.

Harry Dickman, known as the Carnaby Street Comic as he actually lived there, had previously fulfilled a six month London Management booking to perform on Cunard’s Carmania cruise ship. He had also been in demand for TV commercials in both the United Kingdom and the United States, due to his extremely expressive features. Tony Hatch gave Harry just “two points for his nerve” and the switchboard was jammed with complaints.

Harry was a very outspoken voice via The Stage letters column, of which he was a regular contributor, on topics such the defence of performing in South Africa during the period of apartheid and his anti-union views on the role of the Equity union in the entertainment business.

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