3 Jul 1976 – Series Four (29) – All Winners Final 4

Viewers Panel Winner, Frank Leyton. Image © The Stage Media Company Limited

The professional panel saw a second judging role appearance for David Bell, who was joined by Tony Hatch, Noel Edmonds and Lionel Blair. 

Derek Hobson was once again the host of the show, with the guest host role now firmly ditched by the producers.

The six returning winning acts from previous shows looking to secure a place on the Gala Final were;

  • Darren Stuart (vocalist) from Newcastle – show 4.24
  • Scoby Smith (five-piece group) from London – show 4.23
  • Whiskey Mac (four-piece group) from Southend – show 4.14
  • The Rickard Brothers (vocal duo) from Coventry – show 4.26
  • Pride (six-piece group) from Cornwall – show 4.27
  • Frank Leyton (vocalist) from Manchester – show 4.28

The professional panel awarded London group Scoby Smith the highest score of the show and they booked their place in the Gala Final on 31 July 1976.

Scoby Smith are announced as the winners of the show by Derek Hobson. Image: ATV Broadcast

The previous weeks winner, singer Frank Leyton, won the Viewers Panel vote and booked himself one more chance at making the Gala Final on the last winners show of the series on 24 July 1976.

The four-piece group from Southend, Whiskey Mac, finally got to make their All Winners show appearance, which was delayed as after they won show 4.14 on 20 March 1976 they had a series of existing work commitments to fulfil.

1Scoby Smith375
3Frank Leyton330
4Darren Stuart320
5Whiskey Mac313
6The Rickard Brothers295
Final scoreboard based on the judging panel marks.
Frank Leyton won the Viewers Panel vote.
Jodie Grey advertised as a special guest on this show, but the date of the show is incorrect. Image © The Stage Media Company Limited

As with other winners show the six acts were joined by a guest act, added to fill the broadcast TV slot.  This show saw the return of singer Joy Rose who had appeared on two earlier shows in the series back in January 1976.  She impressed on show 4.4 and appeared again on the first All Winners Show (show 4.7) where she lost out to ventriloquist act Roger de Courcey.

There was a small mystery about a ‘second’ special guest act on this show.  An advert in The Stage on the 8 July 1976 named Jodie Grey as a guest act on the show. The date quoted is incorrect as the show was broadcast on Saturday 3 July and the 4 July was in fact a Sunday. 

While Jodie is not recorded as appearing on New Faces, she did actually appear on two shows earlier in the series under her original name of Joy Rose. So it was just one special guest with two names rather than two guest acts. Jodie also appeared on the spin-off TV show Make ‘Em Laugh in 1977 with a large number of New Faces successes. 

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