The three part series takes a retrospective look at the extraordinary career of Bob Monkhouse that spanned over 50 years. Known to millions as a game show host, he was also an extremely popular stand-up comedian and skilled joke writer. A skill he took so seriously he meticulously cataloged thousands of jokes in twelve beautifully handwritten and illustrated volumes.
Paul O’ Grady, along with a whole host of famous faces past and present, will attempt to discover the secret of Bob’s success. From the books, to his fellow professionals, to a fascinating array of unseen footage, the audience will get a real insight into the extraordinary talent of Bob Monkhouse and the man with a million jokes.
“Bob Monkhouse is a true great of British comedy. He was often seen as just a presenter and host but really he was a great stand up first and foremost. Bob was a prolific writer, so it is incredibly exciting to have gained access to the enormous volume of work that he produced and it is a privilege for Gold to have the opportunity of crafting a show around these tomes.” – General Manager of Gold, Steve North
Bob Monkhouse: The Million Joke Man will air in early 2015 on UKTV’s GOLD.
Five Bob Monkhouse facts:
- Bob had a long working relationship with ATV boss Lew Grade, becoming one of the ‘ITV’ network’s biggest stars fronting shows such as Sunday Night at the London Palladium, The Bob Monkhouse Show, The Golden Shot, Family Fortunes and Celebrity Squares – all for ATV.
- He was a huge fan of movies and television, recording thousands of programmes on audio, film and later videotape. 100s of programmes which were wiped by TV broadcasters now only survive in part thanks to Bob’s recording of the programmes at the time.
- From the 1980s, until his death in 2003, he became a stalwart of the BBC schedules hosting series such as Bob’s Opportunity Knocks, Bob Monkhouse on the Spot, Wipeout, Bob’s Full House and The National Lottery Draw to name only a few.
- Bob also loved comics and drawing, himself a great drawer of visual characters.
- In 1966 he starred as himself in ATV soap Crossroads; liking the programme so much he hosted the Variety Club of Great Britain’s tribute special to the Midland saga in 1980.
Pictured: Bob Monkhouse at ATV: top left: The Golden Shot, middle: Family Fortunes and top right: Celebrity Squares.