Opportunity Knocks

Hughie Green presented the talent show Opportunity Knocks from 1956 through to 1977. Thousands of hopefulls auditioned for the show and of those who appeared on the show only a few ever went on to become famous such as Les Dawson, Freddie Starr, Little and Large, and Frank Carson.

Opportunity Knocks was a more pleasant if slightly mediocre version of New Faces and did not have a cruel and ascerbic panel of judges.

In the 1980s the show was revived with the late Bob Monkhouse as the host.

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my dad was on the show for a number of weeks with airborne ron strawbridge sadly my dad passed away 10 years ago we were told all video footage was lost only to be watching the talent show story and see my dad on there ive made a lot of enquiries into footage and was put in contact with fremantle archives if you contact them they search there archives and if they have the episode you are after they charge you a fee but defo worth it, hope this helps.
jon
jon258217-Jun-2013, 04:51:46 PM


As a young child,I used to love watching the muscleman,because I would stand next to the television and copy him,before long,i could flex my shoulder muscles,ripple my stomach up,down and sideways. I was always asked to do my act at any party i went to,and always had girls asking me to do it in school. I can still do it now :-)
Horizontalman0903-Mar-2013, 03:35:13 PM


Don't hold back Roxxy .........Satanic, died not a moment too soon lol

I take it you didn't like him then!
Caz4319-Oct-2011, 08:25:25 PM


I was always put off watching it by Hughie Green- Evadne's right, he was a nasty piece of work, a very unpleasant thug who was cruel to his children. I don't blame Paula Yates for being distraught when she discovered that he was her father, there was something downright Satanic about him- he didn't die a moment too soon.
Roxxy19-Oct-2011, 08:19:31 PM


my father edward spencer (known as ted spencer) was on the show as a singer ,compair , would anyone remember him?
tracey0712-Nov-2010, 04:01:17 PM


I am looking for footage of the shows that featured dave swan ..any help would be appreciated
anny4725-Jun-2010, 06:05:20 PM


To Colin S. Cooper - I remember the boy drummer and his dad. They were 'Stephen Smith and Father' wonder if the boy thinks it's still cool to perform with 'is old dad!
AndyGranda05-Feb-2009, 10:08:42 PM


Hiya
My dad also appeared on Op knocks singing. he won 6 times and was knocked off by a boy playing the drum. I too am desperate for any Opportunity Knock footage from the 70's.
jacciwyatt@hotmail.com
Thank you xx
jacci3615-Dec-2008, 12:36:19 AM


Hi

My Dad appeared on Opportunity Knocks when Lena Zavaronni won! His band was called the Nikki Papas Band. They wore dodgy satin shirts!! If anyone has any footage - please let me know! It was 1970's. Thanks
Mandy Papas28-Oct-2008, 05:14:17 PM


I remember a little boy called Neil Reid singing Mother of Mine or something similar. My friends and I used to impersonate Lena singing ''Ma, he's making eyes at me''. Ahhhh....memories.
Caz4302-Oct-2008, 11:38:21 PM


The late Lena Zavarone appeared on Hughie's show at the age of 9-ish, with the song, 'Mama, he's makin' eyes at me'.

She and Bonnie Langford went to the same dance school apparently, and were either good friends, or staunch rivals.

Lena Zavarone developed anorexia nervosa and sadly passed away a short time later. R.I.P.
sweetsingeruk10-Jun-2008, 07:15:17 PM


Rainbow Country Sounds appeared on the 10 DEC 1973with Millican and Nesbitt, we won the studio vote but postal votes we lost to Harold Gumm and partner,as we did not have vidios then does anybody know if copies of the show can be got?
G. WILLIAMS18-Jan-2007, 03:49:27 PM


I have never watched this show as I am too young but my dad has been on it, he was a sailer, on a submarine, Hughie went aboard the sub to see what it was like apparently, if anyone has any footage of this episode or pictures, please post them in youtube or something, so I can find them! :)
Michelle Prophett04-Sep-2006, 09:06:16 PM


Tammy Jones, in the 1970's. Won the show many times and appeared in a European /global final, coming second with 'Love's a Carousel'. She's still singing to this day and just as good. How many other 'stars' of the show can say this, more than thirty years later!
lynne morris01-Aug-2006, 10:37:04 PM


I remember Op Knocks because it enabled me to discover my ability to flex my muscles to music. Thanks to Tony Holland and his "Wheels Cha Cha" muscle man routine, I have been rounded on at parties to do my interpretation of this act. I can still do it now! What d'you mean you want the pictorial evidence, ladies? You sure?
mike19-Apr-2006, 12:13:20 AM


I should`ve auditioned for opp knocks as a 12 year old, but hid the letter from my parents because i was too scared to perform. What an idiot I was. I remember Neil Reid, Millican & Nesbitt, the Muscle man Anna McGoldrick, and many more. I still have the letter and
christine15-Apr-2006, 07:15:18 PM


my school choir auditioned to be on opportunity knocks and hughie 'i mean that sincerely folks' green was not a particularly friendly man, in fact, he was a miserable old man.
evadne27-Jan-2006, 10:40:17 PM


I remember the cotten mill boys country and western band. they were fantastic, , I loved watching oppotunity knock`s just to see them as the man that played the fiddle was great.they won it 10 times in all ,
valerie davenport26-Jan-2006, 02:58:19 PM


Bernie Flint seemed to win every week ( I Don't Wanna Put No Hold on You ) & was destined for stardom - what became of him ?
Aidan06-Dec-2005, 03:08:55 PM


I remember a young boy and his dad in matching suits playing drums together. Though I can't remember their names I seem to remember they were quite good ! Also remember Peters & Lee winning for weeks. They were great and I still have Welcome Home on in the car regularly !
Colin S Cooper06-Dec-2005, 08:34:30 AM


i remember the jimmy crawford blend doing a throat vocal rendering of the good the bad and the ugly and would love to aquire either a record or video of them performing. they later went on to make a record called jimmy the joker.
jane hedges10-Nov-2005, 01:02:18 PM


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