BOB BLOCK

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Bob in 1963, working on the Dave King Show, with co-writers

Gerry Maxin and Brad Ashton

 

C.V. of an amazing comedy writing career, 1950 - 1986

 

 

Bob co-wrote or contributed to the following:

 

VARIETY BANDBOX (1940s - 1950s) - for radio; starring Derek Roy and Frankie Howerd

 

RADIO RINSO (1950) - for Radio Luxembourg, recorded at Port Sunlight; starring Max Wall

 

STARLIGHT HOUR (1950) - for radio; with Vic Oliver, Ronnie Barker, June Whitfield, Kenneth Connor, Dick Bentley,

                                         Ronnie Stevens, Bernard Braden and Barbara Kelly

 

LIFE WITH THE LYONS (1951 - 1961) - for radio, T.V. and film; starring Ben Lyon, Bebe Daniels,

                                                Richard and Barbara Lyon, Molly Weir and Doris Rogers

 

FESTIVAL OF BRITAIN (1951) - weekly radio variety show, with guests such as Red Skelton, Orson Welles

                                                                 and Tony HancocK

 

ARTHUR'S INN (1952) - for radio; starring Arthur Askey

 

OUR HOUSE (1960) - for T.V.; starring Hattie Jacques, Bernard Bresslaw, Charles Hawtree, Joan Simms 

                                                                                    and Hilda Baker

 

DISCORD IN THREE FLATS (1962) - for radio; starring Jack Hulbert, Cicely Courtnidge and Vic Oliver

 

BEST OF FRIENDS - unable to find any records on this one!

 

THAT'S MY BOY! (1963) - for T.V.; starring Jimmy Clitherow and Derek Guyler

 

CRACKERJACK! (Bob wrote for it from 1964 - approx. 1973 as sole writer, but the show ran from 1955 - 1984) - 

              Children's T.V.;with Leslie Crowther, Peter Glaze, Michael Aspel and numerous guests,

                      including weekly appearances from the big music stars in the Hit Parade at the time!

 

HEY PRESTO, IT'S ROLF (1966) - for T.V.; a children's sketch/entertainment show with Rolf Harris

 

Contributing sketches to FROST OVER ENGLAND which won The Golden Rose of Montreux (1967); with David Frost,

                                                   John Cleese, Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett

 

Four months were spent in Australia in 1967, writing for the MAVIS BRANSTON SHOW 

 

KINDLY LEAVE THE STAGE (1968) - music hall sketches; with Billy Dainty

 

BROADEN YOUR MIND (1968 - 1969) - for T.V.; starring the soon-to-be "Goodies" - Tim Brooke-Taylor,

      Graham Garden and Bill Oddie (with additional writers including some of the future "Monty Python" team!)

 

 KEN DODD AND THE DIDDYMEN (1969 - 1970) - sole writer: for T.V.; Children's series with Ken Dodd and his puppets

 

THE DAVE KING SHOW (1969 - 1970) - for T.V.; a sketch/variety show starring Dave King

 

Sketches for several series of DAVE ALLEN AT LARGE (1970 - 1979) - adult/family T.V.

 

PARDON MY GENIE (1972 - 1973) - the first series that was both conceived and written by Bob; Children's T.V.,

                                     with Roy Barraclough and Hugh Paddick

 

ROBERT'S ROBOTS (1973 - 1974) - Bob's second series conceived and written by himself; Children's T.V. series,

                                              with John Clive and Richard Davies

 

TRUSCOTT'S LUCK - T.V. series starring Richard Beckinsale

 

RENTAGHOST (9 series - 1975 - 1984) - Bob's most famous and well-remembered children's show, conceived

      and written by himself; a T.V. series, annuals and books; with Anthony Jackson, Eddie Brayshaw,

         Michael Staniforth, Ann Emery, Molly Weir, Ami McDonald, Linda Marchall (La Plante),

                Sue Nicholls, Christopher Biggins, Paddie O'Neil and Kenneth Connor

 

GRANDAD (1979 - 1984) - sole writer: another fondly remembered Children's T.V. series with Clive Dunn's famous alter ego.

 

GALLOPING GALAXIES (1985 - 1986) - the last of Bob's self-conceived and written series; children's sci-fi comedy;

          with Robert Swales, Priscilla Morgan, Niall Buggy and Kenneth Williams as the voice of the computer.

 

  

AS WELL AS ALL OF THE ABOVE, BOB ALSO REGULARLY CONTRIBUTED TO MANY OTHER

SKETCH SHOWS AND CABARET PERFORMANCES FOR COMEDIANS AND ENTERTAINERS SUCH AS:

TOMMY COOPER, DICK EMERY, ROY HUDD, TERRY THOMAS, JUNE WHITFIELD

AND SHEILA HANCOCK.

 


 
 
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