21 Feb 76 – Series Four (10)

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Singer Eve Adam (Eve Polycarpou) from Brighton was the Viewers Panel choice. Image © The Stage Media Company Limited

After making his debut appearance in show five of the series Jess Yates was back for another show and was joined by fellow judges Alan A. Freeman, Mickie Most and Jack Parnell.

Derek Hobson introduced the following seven new to TV acts for the panel and the viewers panel to cast their critical eyes over;

  • Screemer (five-piece group) from London
  • Peter Pan (vocal / guitarist) from Sunderland
  • Eve Adam (vocalist) from London
  • Bob Scott (vocalist) from Liverpool
  • Ted Beyer (comedian) from Sheffield
  • George Galway (instrumentalist) from Manchester
  • Holcombe Knapp (trio) from Tewkesbury

The judging panels failed to agree on the show winner. The winner on the judges scoreboard was flautist George Galway but the four members of the viewers panel chose singer Eve Adam as their winner. George would appear again in the next All Winners Final on 27 Match 1976 and Eve would return just one week later in the first Viewers Winners Gala Final and go on to be a series regular making a total of five appearances.

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Show Winner George Galway. Image: ATV Broadcast

George Galway, younger brother of Irish musician James, would appear again on ATV several years later on the light entertainment show Arrival which was broadcast in May 1980.  Also among the seven acts on that show were other former New Faces contestants singer Patti Flynn and comedian Mike Felix.

20 year-old singer Eve Adam was born in Brighton of Greek parentage, her real name is Eve (pronounced Evie) Polycarpou, and she is the sister of actor Peter Polycarpou (Birds of a Feather, Riviera).  Eve’s forte for powerful and emotional ballads attracted the interests of the booking agents after her appearance and she managed to secure a West End performance shortly afterwards at the Cafe de Paris and a successful international engagement aboard the Cunard Line cruise ship the QE2.

Eve was educated at Southgate Technical College and she began a teacher’s training course at the New College of Speech and Drama but left when her singing opportunities began to increase.  She began her singing career in Greek restaurants and clubs and took her inspiration from such singers as Shirley Bassey and Vikki Carr.

Eve was cast as one of the practical jokers on the TV show Candid Camera. In the 1980s, Eve returned to acting and secured a number of small roles in a number of TV shows, including Inspector Morse, Birds of a Feather, Jonathan Creek and The Bill. She also made an appearance as an ensemble performer in the 2018 Abba inspired movie, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.

In the late 80s she met Martha D Lewis and together they formed the award-winning music-comedy duo Donna & Kebab. Since 1995 they have been known simply as Martha & Eve and have been concentrating on their music and songwriting partnership.

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Screemer’s second single In The City was released on the Arista record label.  Image: Discogs

Five-piece group Screemer were Adrian Sheppard (Drums), Rob Norman (keyboards), Dave Wells (guitar), Alan Coates (guitar) and Glen Mikkleson (bass, vocals – real name Zaine Griff).

They were signed by Bell Records and released the single Interplanetary Twist which was produced by Sweet producer Phil Wainman, which may explain the similarity to Ballroom Blitz. 

In February 1977 they supported the group Slik, featuring Midge Ure, at Luton’s Caeser’s Palace and in April 1977 they released a second single, In The City, on the Arista label.

Before Screemer,  Zaine and Alan worked with reggae artist Johnny Wakelin on the Black Superman LP and later made a Top of the Pops appearance when In Zaire entered the UK Top 10.

Having reluctantly joined Screemer, as he felt Glam Rock was already over, Zaine went solo when Arista dropped the group after just one year.  He became a part of the English New Romantic scene of the early 1980s and worked with David Bowie, Kate Bush, Gary Numan, Midge Ure and composer Hans Zimmer.  He released two solo albums Ashes and Diamonds (1980) and Figures (1982).

Sheffield comedian Ted Beyer (real name Edward Yarnell) was a popular act on the South Yorkshire club circuit.  In the late 1970s he became an actor and appeared in soaps Emmerdale and Coronation Street in the 1980s.  After he retired from acting in 1992 he took a job as a hospital porter.  He sadly died in May 2013.

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