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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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Do You Remember Opportunity Knocks?

Do You Remember Opportunity Knocks?

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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
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    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 :-)
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    I was on Opp Knocks in 1974 in band called Glittarock. Would love to find the footage
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    Don't hold back Roxxy .........Satanic, died not a moment too soon lol I take it you didn't like him then!
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    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.
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    my father edward spencer (known as ted spencer) was on the show as a singer ,compair , would anyone remember him?
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    I am looking for footage of the shows that featured dave swan ..any help would be appreciated
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    "Tammy Jones...inging to this day and just as good. How many other 'stars' of the show can say this, more than thirty years later!" Tom Jones isn't doing too bad ... Engelbert Humperdink used to get upset because he passed the auditions several times, but didn't make the show.
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    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!
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    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