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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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    I won opportunity knocks in April 1971 ,knocking of Little & Large ! Turned down an offer from Norman Newall (stupid) and went back on the clubs !
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    Hi, my dad has died recently and i found out he was on opportunity knocks around 70-78. mum's not sure, she said he went on a couple of times. not sure what name he used as he used either Tony Darren or Glenn Maddison. does anyone know where i could get more info from. he had a group when he was 15 called the vikings, then 60's 'The Guvnors' then on his own years after. i wish they had told me more years ago.
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    Hi I used to live in Bromley Kent when I was younger and I had a friend called Paul (Bennett) who lived in the next road to me. He told me he played in a band and was on opportunity knocks. It would have been around 1976 or could have been the year before. I have never been able to find the name of the band or any information regarding this. Does anyone know anything.
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    Does anyone know how to find footage of the group Government not sure of the year but late 60's early 70's
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    Hi, I appeared with a band called Heritage from Northern Ireland. We did Summertime and it was sometime around 1972-1973. Any footage available?
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    Hi everyone, i am looking for some footage of my uncle who appeared on opportunity knocks in the early 60's, i have just found out today that he was on there and he passed away a few years ago now so would be great to get some footage of him on there...all i know is hughie green presented it at the time and it was black and white...if anyone has any advise on where i could find some footage would be great he was called charles (charlie) blues from scotland he sang and played the accordian thanks
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      Hey I’m looking to find this footage as well... Charlie is my grandad! Small world we may know each other?
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    My mum appeared on Opportunity Knocks around the 1970’s. She was in a duet called the Two Keys. Looking for any footage, or information. Would be a great Birthday present for my mum who turn’s 80 next year.
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    My husband and father in law appeared on Opportunity Knocks 31st May 1971 Series 11 episode 12 as The Antony's singing 'Little Green Apples'. I remember a lady called Leah Bell who sang 'The Trolley' song and a Scottish group who won the postal vote, I think they were called something like Thinglechyme. Any body remember any other acts? Many years ago I wrote to Thames to ask for a copy of the tape I was informed they had been destroyed but sent me a photo they had in their files.
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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 Sassy, I could have sworn he did. I'm sure I can remember Hughie Green introducing "This lad from the Welsh Valleys", and Tom Jones singing It's Not Unusual. But I cannot find any reference to it anywhere. Am I going mad, or do you remember it too? I'm only four years younger than Tom, so I would have been old enough to have a proper memory - rather than a vague childhood notion, if you know what I mean. Let's hope someone else can verify it, ideally in the affirmative. Best regards, Brian G
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      I am absolutely certain he was on Opportunity Knocks.It is such a long time ago now but sure it was in the 60s.I am also sure he was asked on television if it was true and he refuted it,but I am convinced I watched on Opportunity Knocks.
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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..