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Bob Monkhouse: Quiz show king
Comedian Bob Monkhouse, who died on Monday, was one of the UK's most prolific TV stars, appearing in numerous sitcoms and game shows over the last 50 years.

Bob Monkhouse in his early days
Bob Monkhouse became a TV regular in the early 1950s
Fast and Loose
This was Monkhouse's first regular TV show, a live sketch show written with comedy partner Denis Goodwin. Beginning in 1954, it starred the pair alongside other comedy actors including June Whitfield, and ran for two series on the BBC.

My Pal Bob
Monkhouse played a character called Bob in this two-series sitcom, but the domestic characters and scenarios were entirely fictional. Goodwin starred as Bob's "friend, partner and chief victim" while Terence Alexander - star of The Day of the Jackal - appeared as Terry, Bob's drunken neighbour. The show ran in 1957 and 1958.

Do You Trust Your Wife?
The first of Monkhouse's many quiz shows, Monkhouse said he had a comfortable run with this show in the 1950s. It was a version of a US game show hosted by Johnny Carson where he would ask contestants: "Would you like to answer this one yourself, or do you trust your wife to answer it?"

Candid Camera
The UK version of this hit US show was hosted by Monkhouse for several years in the early 1960s. It was the daddy of reality TV, using a hidden camera to watch elaborate practical jokes be played on members of the public.

The Golden Shot
Bob Monkhouse on The Golden Shot
The Golden Shot made Monkhouse a household name
Monkhouse became a household name with The Golden Shot, a game show that started in 1967 and ran until 1975. With the catchphrase "Bernie, the bolt!", Monkhouse wisecracked as viewers guided a blindfolded archer by telephone to fire a "telebow" - or a crossbow with a camera attached - into a target to win prizes. One clergyman who criticised the show for being unsafe was invited to the studio - and hit by a bow that ricocheted off the studio lights.

Celebrity Squares
Bob Monkhouse on Celebrity Squares
He revived Celebrity Squares in the early 1990s
After the demise of The Golden Shot, ITV executives adapted US hit Hollywood Squares for Monkhouse, and renamed it Celebrity Squares. It featured nine celebrities in a grid, who had to answer questions to help contestants win prizes in TV take on noughts and crosses. It ran from 1975-79, and was revived from 1993-94, with Monkhouse again at the helm.

Family Fortunes
Monkhouse became the first host of long-running game show Family Fortunes when the 1970s run of Celebrity Squares ended. The show saw families guess what the general public would have said in response to a particular question. One question posed was: "Name something a vampire might be afraid of". The answer from the contestant came: "Bob Monkhouse." Monkhouse was succeeded by Max Bygraves and later Les Dennis.

Bob's Full House
On BBC screens from 1984-87, this was a souped up version of TV bingo, with four contestants hoping to get a full house by answering questions - and always trying to avoid being "wallied" when they got one wrong.

Bob's Your Uncle
This energetic early 1990s ITV game show played on the marital harmony of newlyweds, who had to sail around in sinking boats and run around the studio for rounds like Sea of Matrimony and Run for Fun. The Golden Shot's crossbow was revived for the final round, after which fireworks would explode if they shot the arrow through the target, a heart.

Bob Monkhouse
He was known for his fast talking and wise-cracking
The $64,000 Question
Another early 1990s ITV show, this was a forerunner of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, with contestants answering questions and their cash prizes doubling each time - from 1 up to 6,400.

Wipeout
By the late 1990s, Monkhouse replaced magician Paul Daniels as host of daytime BBC quiz Wipeout, another general knowledge-based quiz where contestants had to work out which were the correct answers and which the red herrings from a grid of 16 names.



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