Bob MONKHOUSE (1928-2003)

Bob Monkhouse
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THIS IS YOUR LIFE - Bob Monkhouse, comedian and entertainer, was surprised by Eamonn Andrews on St Martin’s Lane in central London.


Following National Service, Bob worked as a scriptwriter for radio comedy in partnership with fellow writer Denis Goodwin. As well as performing as a double act, Bob and Denis also wrote for comedians such as Arthur Askey, Jimmy Edwards and Ted Ray, and were also gag writers for American comedians, including Bob Hope, when they wanted jokes for their British tours.


After the partnership broke up in 1962, Bob - who had appeared in comedy films such as Carry On Sergeant in 1958 and Dentist in the Chair in 1961 - established a successful solo career as a stand-up comedian, and presenter of such television shows as Candid Camera and Sunday Night at the London Palladium.


Bob would later become familiar to television viewers as the host of popular ITV quiz shows The Golden Shot and Celebrity Squares.


Bob was honoured by This Is Your Life a second time in 2003.


“It’s about bloody time!”

Screenshots of Bob Monkhouse This Is Your Life

programme details...

  • Edition No: 592
  • Subject No: 589
  • Broadcast date: Wed 10 Feb 1982
  • Broadcast time: 7-7.30pm
  • Recorded: Wed 3 Feb 1982
  • Venue: Royalty Theatre
  • Series: 22
  • Edition: 19
  • Code Name: Abbott

on the guest list...

  • Liza Goddard
  • George Sewell
  • Pat Coombs
  • Tony Blackburn
  • Eva Reuber-Staier
  • Paul Melba
  • Nina Baden-Semper
  • Jack Smethurst
  • Sandra Dickinson
  • Katie Boyle
  • Ray Alan
  • Tony Selby
  • Barbara Kelly
  • Dickie Davies
  • Jenny Lee-Wright
  • Arthur Mullard
  • Diana Dors
  • Jackie - wife
  • Simon - son
  • Abigail - daughter
  • Michele Dotrice
  • Dickie Henderson
  • Edith Ashby
  • Denis Gifford
  • Paul Pennington
  • Sylvia Cross
  • Dennis Main Wilson
  • Mick Anglo
  • Dabber Davis
  • June Whitfield
  • Charlie Drake
  • Terry Wogan
  • Max Wall
  • Filmed tributes:
  • Liberace
  • Colin Hedley
  • Gary - son
  • Bob Hope

external links...

production team...

  • Researchers: Brian Klein, Tom Wettengel
  • Writers: Tom Brennand, Roy Bottomley
  • Directors: Paul Stewart Laing, Terry Yarwood
  • Producer: Jack Crawshaw
names listed in bold indicate subjects of This Is Your Life
Series 22 subjects: Bob Champion > Bill Fraser > Wayne Sleep > Ian Botham > Cannon and Ball > Rob Buckman > Angela Rippon > Julia McKenzie > Jackie Milburn > Paul Shane > Peter Adamson > Kiri Te Kanawa > Mickie Most > Anita Harris > Mike Brace > Faith Brown > Robin Bailey > Rod Hull > Bob Monkhouse > John Toshack > Wally Herbert > Joe Gormley > Roger Whittaker > Alan Whicker > Peter Davison > Douglas Bader