Marking Monkhouse

Great comedy, unlike great comedians, never dies. Rare treasures from Bob Monkhouse’s personal archive are aired to mark the 10th anniversary of his death.

Many will remember Bob Monkhouse as the archetypal quiz show host but, in reality, he had been a prolific gag writer for most of his life. His first efforts were published in The Beano while he was still attending school in Dulwich. After the war, he teamed up with school friend Denis Goodwin to write for the likes of Arthur Askey, Max Miller and Bob Hope.

Monkhouse was an avid collector of not only his own output but also works by those he admired. By the time he died, he had amassed well over 30,000 tapes in a purpose-built store in his Bedfordshire home and it’s from there that these two selections have been chosen. Fletcher’s Fare and Mixed Doubles, both written by Monkhouse and Goodwin, will have their first airing in some 50 years.

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Great comedy, unlike great comedians, never dies. Rare treasures from Bob Monkhouse’s personal archive are aired to mark the 10th anniversary of his death.

Many will remember Bob Monkhouse as the archetypal quiz show host but, in reality, he had been a prolific gag writer for most of his life. His first efforts were published in The Beano while he was still attending school in Dulwich. After the war, he teamed up with school friend Denis Goodwin to write for the likes of Arthur Askey, Max Miller and Bob Hope.

Monkhouse was an avid collector of not only his own output but also works by those he admired. By the time he died, he had amassed well over 30,000 tapes in a purpose-built store in his Bedfordshire home and it’s from there that these two selections have been chosen. Fletcher’s Fare and Mixed Doubles, both written by Monkhouse and Goodwin, will have their first airing in some 50 years.

Fletcher's Fare1953030020140101 (BBC7)

Penned by Bob Monkhouse, comedy from Cyril Fletcher and guest Herbert Lom.

Penned by Bob Monkhouse, and from his private archive, comedy from Cyril Fletcher and his guest Herbert Lom. Co-written by Denis Goodwin. From March 1953.

Mixed Doubles1957090020140101 (BBC7)

Fun and games in SW19 from the pens of Bob Monkhouse and Denis Goodwin. Stars Cyril Fletcher and Billie Whitelaw.