Bob’s Full House, 1984

Based on a traditional game of Bingo, Bob’s Full House was said to have been his most successful game show.

Making it’s TV debut on the prime time Saturday night schedules in the Autumn of 1984, Bob’s Full House went on to run for a marathon 109 episodes (including 8 specials) over 6 series between 1984 and 1990.


Four players battle it out to win a full house by answering questions through four rounds.  However if they got a wrong answer they were ‘Wallied’ and frozen out of the next round of questions.

Round 1 – Four Corners

Four contestants do battle to be the first person to answer four questions correctly.  The winner got a choice of 3 prizes.

Round 2 – Monkhouse Mastercard

Here the contestants would try and light up the middle row.  Questions were asked to the contestants corresponding to numbers on an illuminated board.  A bonus prize was on offer if a contestant hit on their lucky number and answered the question correctly.

The first contestant to light up their middle line got a choice of 3 prizes of a better quality than the previous round.

Round 3 – Full House

This was to decide who goes through to the end game and the chance to win a holiday.  The first contestant to light up every square on their card (full house) went through to the end game won 3 prizes, again better quality.

The loosing contestants went away with the prizes they had won in the previous rounds or if they hadn’t won any, they got a Bob’s Full House hamper.

Gold Card

This was the end game and the chance to win the holiday.  The board had 18 squares on it but some would be starred out. Each square had a pseudo-random number between 1 and 90. Bob had 15 questions and one minute on the clock.

For each correct question the player got right, they’d pick a number on the board. If nothing was behind it, they’d win that number in pounds. If they answered incorrectly or passed, Bob would simply give the correct answer and move onto the next question.

Behind some of them was a letter. These letters, when read out in usual reading order, revealed a holiday destination, usually around 7 letters long, and if the contestant could uncover all the letters, then they’d win the fabulous holiday.  If they didn’t, they’d get the money they’d amassed and a consolation prize relating to the holiday destination concerned, in addition to the prizes they’d already won.






Hosted By

Bob Monkhouse


Channel: BBC1
Created By:  Terry Mardell and David Moore
Original Transmission Dates: 1st September 1984 – 27th January 1990



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