Produced by Johnny Hamp Firstimers was a locally-
After the first 60 acts had been seen they would compete for the Granada Firstimers Trophy, and it was hoped that one of the many artists whose careers Granada had helped launch would be around to appear on the twenty strong judging panel of journalists, agents, producers and show business personalities. There were three cash prizes of £150, £100 and £50.
Auditions were held three evenings a week, where each act was allowed to perform two songs. However there was one recurring problem as producer Johnny Hamp explained to The Stage "It's depressing how many girls sing Puppet On A String". On one occasion a yodeller had a sore throat, so played the harmonica instead.
The show was intended to run for one three-
The most successful act the show had was The Amen Corner, and Hamp kept a photo of them on his desk. However a proto Jethro Tull had appeared in the first week of the show.
A list provided by Mark Dixon on the Missing Episodes message board suggests the show had a leaning towards psych and pop with many fascinating appearances gone for good as no shows are thought to exist.