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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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    Did Tom Jones ever appear on this show, there is a pint for the right answer.
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      No, but I did work with a girl who was in a DUET that made it through the first? audition, who said that Tom was also in the first audition, but was rejected! They remember him being so mad that he pushed over a bank of lockers. They later got turned down and never appeared on air. Hughie Green must have been kicking himself over turning down Tom!
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    Hi, I appeared at the beginning of Britain as seen on TV tonight, i was on Opportunity Knocks in 1973 appearing as the Marsandys two young girl acrobats 10 and 11 from liverpool.. knockabout acrobatic act dressed as two sailors.. i would love to see the full act again how do i go about this.. Thank you.. i was known as Sandra Romanes and Marcia Annersley was my partner in the act..
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    My dad was on Hughie Green's final show in 1977 with a band called 'Airport' I'd love to find this for him to see again, and to show my kids.
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      Hi, I was in Airborne with Ron your dad, My name is Tony Davidson (Tony Dee) If you wan`t to see the video of Airborne on the show go on utube and type in opportunity knocks Airbprne. Best wishes Tony.
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    My band Astral Plane appeared on the 1977 British Forces in Germany Opportunity Knocks, the various heats around Germany were hosted by Tommy Trinder and the final held at NAAFI Hohne was hosted by the great man himself, Mr Hughie Green accompanied by his MD Bob Sharples. Astral Plane won it hands down and were offered to travel to UK to perform on TV, however operational duties denied us the privilege, does anyone remember this? The band members were; Drums Charlie Marsden, Bass Guitar Steve "Spanner Thompson", Rythm Guitar Paul Harris, Lead Guitar Les Moxon, by the way we played "Sky High" written by Clive Scott and Des Dyer formerly of the band Jigsaw.
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      I was in the same show; the lead singer in WEEFOLK. The Compere was indeed the legendary Tommy Trinder. Hughie found me work in BFBS Radio in Cologne. My first marriage ended in divorce and my wife destroyed any info I had on the show, and I have nothing to show for it. If you have anything you can pass on=photties, programmes etc I would be most grateful to see these again. Dave Gilbey
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    My fathers cousins were on Opportunity knocks in the mid 70s they were called The Headliners Mary Lewis, David Lewis and John? They won for a good few weeks and I would really love to find footage of their time on the show. I can only remember two songs That's the way I must go (I found the song on YouTube) and the other song was Four Seasons. As I only started singing myself quite late in life two years ago I really would love to get these tracks
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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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      So would I Dave! I am in regular contact with Tricky Dicky via Fadebook. I hope you are well, and believe all the band members are still alive. It would be great to hear from you, but have no contact details. Last I heard was that you see Darryl occasionaly. Oh! and i have had contact with Ritchie Tattersall. Go onto your Facebook account you will find me and Dick there under our own names... Luv Stan
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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.