Bob Monkhouse: The Million Dollar Joke Man, 2015
In 2015 digital channel GOLD commissioned an exclusive documentary looking at the career of the extraordinary Bob Monkhouse.
In a three part series viewers got a a retrospective and intimate look at the extraordinary life and career of Bob Monkhouse, the man who wrote, and then told, over a million jokes. Best known to the nation as a game show host, he was also an extremely popular stand-up comedian and skilled joke writer.
Over the course of a comedy career spanning six decades, comedian, game show host and all round showbiz genius Bob Monkhouse meticulously catalogued thousands upon thousands of jokes in sixteen beautifully handwritten and illustrated volumes.
Grouped together by subject and listed in alphabetical order, these were Bob’s essential working tools, enabling him to stay at the very top of the game for his entire career. They are, quite possibly, the best, most comprehensive joke books in the world. And in this series, for the very first time they were revealed to the public.
Hosted by Paul O’Grady, he and a host of famous faces look back at an extraordinary career in order to discover why Bob really was the million joke man.
Written By: Brian Leveson and Paul Minett
Directed By; Mark Wells
Original Transmission Dates: 3rd – 17th June 2015