Please accept my apologies if your comments for Dad's Guestbook
sometimes don't get publishedfor some weeks
as I often don't get the time to check my emails for a while and/or log in to Dad's website.
It will get on here eventually, so please keep checking!
Thanks for your patience,
**July 2010: Bob was 89 last week and is taking great pride in your wonderful comments and he has asked us to thank everyone for their good wishes and tell you how much it means to him that he's been such a big part of so many people's childhood.**
Comment: Bob Block has to be one of our unsung heroes. A prolific writer, somebody that has written for the "Whos Who" of British Comedy without the accolades that should have come his way. Best of all he wrote one of my all time faves " Rentaghost" The man was, is, and always will be a genius. Now get this site up to speed and tell everybody just who has been really making them laugh for the last 50 odd years!
Name: Tricia Bignell (nee Block)
IP Address: 220.127.116.11
Date: 28 Mar 2008 02:29:19 GMT
Comment: Thanks Rob for your very kind comments about Dad - he was really chuffed when he saw them! As you can see, I've started some serious work on the site, but there's lots more to come, so please do keep coming back! The whole family feel it's way overdue for people to know exactly what Dad DID do - we're all so proud of him! Tricia
Name: Yvonne Weavers
IP Address: 18.104.22.168
Date: 8 Apr 2008 18:08:34 GMT
Comment: It is my great privilege to be a friend of Bob's daughter Trish and her husband Ray. I remember life With The Lyons on the radio when I was a child, and lots of the other programmes Bob was involved with. Brad Ashton a co script writer was a one time mentor of my short lived scrpt writing career in the 1980s. I am thrilled to be able to add my few words to this long overdue tribute to Bob Block.
Name: Tony Stewart
IP Address: 22.214.171.124
Date: 3 Jun 2008 17:50:34 GMT
Comment: When I was young, Bob's name was on the credits of almost every funny show. Bob's work was brilliant - I missed much of his early material (must seek it out), but loved "Pardon my genie" and "Roberts Robots". What a pity he's not still writing - TV could still use his talent!
Name: Andrew Syers
IP Address: 126.96.36.199
Date: 16 Oct 2008 19:46:12 GMT
Comment: Rent a Ghost was one of my favourite programmes - funny and imaginative. I doubt that any of today's children's programmes are so magical. I have a hazy memory of Robert's Robots but I'm pretty sure I loved it. Never realised Bob did so much. I wish him all the best. He certainly improved my childhood!
Name: Denise Lovell
IP Address: 188.8.131.52
Date: 29 Dec 2008 19:50:26 GMT
Comment: Fascinating stuff so far, I look forward to seeing the site evolve - I'll be back!
Comment: Hi, I'm compiling a book about the Legends of Kids TV and as a big fan of Rentaghost, I was happy to find this site to Bob. I'd be interested to include a mini biography of Bob in his own words, and about how the opportunity to create and write for these shows cames about. Please get in touch and I can give you more details. Kinds regards Garry Vaux
Comment: Hello Bob, nice to see that you are still appreciated by your fans, I have always been one of them, when you wrote for our family show "Life With The Lyons" Keep in touch, loads of love Angela
Name: Amanda Block
IP Address: 184.108.40.206
Date: 27 Feb 2009 22:00:59 GMT
Comment: I'm the granddaughter of Bob Block and a very proud one at that! I grew up watching his old VHS recordings of Rentaghost and Galloping Galaxies and have recently introduced RG to my class of 9 year olds. They love it and wish it was on Tv now, testament to it's timelessness I guess. Thanks to everyone who is leaving messages, it means a lot to know his work is still appreciated.
IP Address: 220.127.116.11
Date: 26 May 2009 13:05:37 GMT
Comment: On to living characters, Mr + Mrs Meaker, Harold is an angry man - a real loud speaker, Up St Mary's 'Orspital is where he must go, For no other reason, than to make my stanza flow. So Bob Block, we thank you, for us you amuse, With your spooks and ghouls and freaks and fools, This series gives you reason to boast, Your life's best work, it's Rentaghost!
Comment: Nice to see how interesting my namesake in the UK has been in his career! Bob (Robert) Block
Name: Jasmine maddock
Welcome Page: http://www.artwanted.com/wonderful
Date: 30 Apr 2010 00:15:03 GMT
Comment: A surreal writing genius underrated and no way enough material on the net. Although i am too young to remember the glorious Roberts Robots first time round I watched an episode on you tube and was in hysterics laughing at its surreal brilliance the frozen pea to calm the steaming ear using robot and his half man half robot sort of expression is priceless. Rather good looking robot too:) as a surrealist visual artist i appreciate surrealism in all forms and this is the funniest thing seen ever. Official:) any chance the series could be posted on you tube to watch as dont have dvd. Sure lots of fans would love to see it. Good luck with the site and i truly believe all genius things are those which are underrated or more obscure. Visit my site if you like. All the best x jasmine
Name: David Behrens
Date: 3 Jul 2010 20:52:57 GMT
Comment: Pardon My Genie was my favourite programme as a young teen. This year I was given the DVD of Series 1 for Father's Day and watched it all with my 11 year-old son, Max. Nearly 40 years on, it still made me laugh and Max adored it. A lovely show and a great cast. Thank you, Bob!
Comment: There are very few programs from my childhood that stayed in my heart, Rentaghost was always up there are the top. I don't profess to have seen everything Bob wrote but I can state with honesty that what I saw stayed with me and kept a smile on my face. I am now 42 and with luck, another 40 years will go buy with me laughing away at Bobs writing. Thanks for my childhood Bob. If you're ever in Norway, look me up and I'll buy you a beer or two :)
Name: Stephen Kett
Date: 26 Jul 2010 22:21:58 GMT
Comment: This weekend, over an evening meal with some good friends we spent almost 3 hours discussing rentaghost. Many happy memories and a cracking evening - all down to the talents of Bob. Please pass on my very best wishes and sincere thanks for his contribution to what must be the childhood of millions of kids (at heart...). My glass is raised. Cheers. Steve
Date: 26 Nov 2010 02:36:21 GMT
Comment: It's great to see this site, and also great that many clips of the TV series (including 'Roberts Robots') are now available on youtube.
Name: Nic Ayling
Country: ENGLAND, UK
Date: 12 Dec 2010 14:56:11 GMT
Comment: Rentaghost is pure genius. Bob Block's writing is in a class of its own, and as a grown-up, I still find his scripts absolutely hilarious. For me, the feuding between the Perkins and the Meakers is priceless. What a star Bob is. Thank you so much.
Name: Gary Hyatt
Date: 13 Dec 2010 18:21:15 GMT
Comment: Mr. Bob Block has put a lot of smiles on a lot of faces. Can't forget the classic Rentaghost - one of my favourite shows from childhood. This little comment is a way of saying thank you for all the times I laughed and enjoyed watching that show.
Name: Philip Slaney
Date: 20 Jan 2011 00:50:21 GMT
Comment: Bob Block is a lovely gentleman, and has definately passed this on to his wonderful family! I only wish I had known him, and them in a better situation. But it is still a pleasure to know you all now :) x
Name: adam painting
Date: 5 Feb 2011 10:31:06 GMT
Comment: Very glad to hear there may be a film coming, my life was never the same once my name was used in the series along with others from the tennis club, I'm still in South Ealing and still playing tennis! Fond memories from so long ago. Adam.
Name: Tricia Bignell (nee Block)
Date: 5 Feb 2011 19:44:49 GMT
Comment: Hello Adam! Thank you so much for getting in touch - I can't believe we've heard from you after all this time. It's amazing you're still in Ealing and at the tennis club! At 90 Mum's a little to old to play any more, but her years of playing tennis have nevertheless made her a very fit 90 year old! I will show her and Dad your message and I will email you. Glad to hear your name still gets recognition! Best wishes, Tricia
Date: 30 Apr 2011 08:14:31 GMT
Comment: As you will all know if you've seen the updated Home Page, our Dad - Bob Block - died peacefully on April 17th. The family would like to thank all the fans of his many programmes, both old and new, for all their support and best wishes over the years. We'll miss him immensely, of course, but so will the world of entertainment.
Name: freda farr
Date: 14 May 2011 15:31:10 GMT
Comment: So sorry to hear of Bob Block's death. I am old enough to remember Variety Bandbox and Life with the Lyons - also nearly every show he wrote. It was all part of my life. Very enjoyable. Shame on the BBC!! I hope you achieve your aim. With all good wishes to all the family.
Name: Scott Ross
Date: 30 Jul 2011 23:58:20 GMT
Comment: So sorry to hear of Bob's passing.He was a comic genius and a criminally under rated and under appreciated one.I'm ashamed to say I hadn't myself,'till recently,been aware of just how extensive and varied his CV is and how far back it goes. I simply adore Rentaghost (My You Tube screen name and Xbox Live gamertag is MasterMeaker).I watched from the very beginning,as an 8 year old primary school kid,to the very end,as a 16 year old recent school leaver. Bob Block-a new star in heaven.
Name: Max Kane
Date: 14 Nov 2011 21:52:00 GMT
Comment: Thank you Bob for Rentaghost. It was a big part of my growing up. I hope that Ben Stiller and co do your series justice with the forthcoming film, and your great work is introduced to a new generation of fans throughout the world. Rest in peace. Max.
Name: Jo McCarthy
Date: 30 Dec 2011 19:38:41 GMT
Comment: HI Ya, Not sure if you remember our family but Unle Bob as I always remember him as was married to one of my family 'Gamblin' Uncle Bob gave me books signing them to me and gave me one of his scripts with writing on it that adjustments to the script had been made. Just thought I would say hi and im really proud to have known him :) xx
Name: Jo McCarthy
Date: 30 Dec 2011 19:50:19 GMT
Comment: Me again, I just messaged u and spoke to my Mum and found out that your Dad was married to my nan Dene 'Gamblin'McCarthy Sister so we are related!! lol x
Name: Ian Maxen
Country: HOBOKEN, NJ USA
Date: 1 May 2013 01:51:45 GMT
Comment: I was browsing IMDB and loved Rentaghost and Grandad as a kid as well as many of the other shows and witty liners your dad wrote for a galaxy of UK stars. Great to see a website for an icon of creativity. I hope when the movie version of Rentaghost comes out, you get more online traffic here and recognition. I'm from the UK originally and now in my early 40s. I'm lucky to have been around when your dad was producing some timeless shows, that as an adult I'd love to see again. Best wishes
Date: 18 Jan 2014 18:00:33 GMT
I had wanted to ask you if when your father was alive you asked him regarding the reason Anthony Jackson left the show when it was a popular TV series and was there ever a plan to bring him back in the show later on. As we know Michael Darbyshire had passed away, so was there ever a contention that the show may not continue as two of three main characters were not it for the fifth seaosn i think it was. There seems to be nothing on the internet about it and there was a good break between filming for those seasons over a year and also the producer chnaged too at the end of season 4. And what is the reason or rather what actors ( if you are allowed to say!) are blocking the release on dvd? Also you sometimes see the outside shots of the rentaghost office on the show did you know where it was? Alot of questions but thanks it was and is a great show.....Jason
Name: Tricia Bignell (nee Block)
Date: 31 Jan 2014 19:55:13 GMT
Comment: Dear Jason, thank you very much for your in-depth questions about Rentaghost. It's lovely to hear from such a great fan!
To be honest, I don't think I can give you any really satisfactory answers because it's such a long time ago now and I can no longer ask Dad.
To my memory Anthony Jackson just wanted to move on to other work as he was a very busy actor. When cast left the show Dad just created new characters, so that was never a problem.
Name: Tricia Bignell (nee Block)
Date: 31 Jan 2014 19:56:53 GMT
Comment: Part 2: The producer actually changed after Series 1, from Paul Ciani to Jeremy Swann, who stayed with Rentaghost until the end. He also produced Grandad which Dad wrote.
I'm afraid we're not party to which actors decide to block release of DVD's. It's a great shame these things happen as we're always being asked why there aren't more DVDs of the show!
There may well be a film release with Ben Stiller which is a very exciting prospect as the writers chosen are absolutely amazing and
Name: Tricia Bignell (nee Block)
Date: 31 Jan 2014 19:57:39 GMT
Comment: Part 3:the producer, Patrick Pidgeon, is an enormous fan of Dad's work.
Much of the outside shots in the original show were in various parts of London and in fact Ealing was used quite a bit as we actually lived in South Ealing, where it was set!
I still have much research to do myself, so I may yet uncover more satisfactory answers for you!
Name: Paul Wimsett
Date: 10 Mar 2014 08:09:41 GMT
Comment: Hi, what a brilliant website. I can give you a review on Broaden Your Mind if you want it, which he contributed for. May be useful for your website.
Name: Tricia Bignell (nee Block)
Date: 10 Mar 2014 16:05:11 GMT
Comment: Hi Paul,
Thanks very much for your kind comments!
I would be absolutely delighted if you could let me have some information on Broaden Your Mind - any extra information to do with Dad's work is always very welcome. He wrote so much and for so many people that we can't always find all of the background we'd like.
I will email you shortly.
Name: Elliot Stewart
Date: 4 Oct 2014 09:39:04 GMT
Comment: Just wanted to tell you how much an influence Bob Block had on me growing up. The wonderful wacky wit and memorable characters in his work made my childhood and I write and perform comedy to this day from the fun and giggles he gave me as I grew up. Wishing it were possible to share the episodes with my 7 year old son as what he has seen has fired his imagination and made him laugh hard. Will always have a little Claypole in my soul and wanting to fly off into Galloping galaxies. Crackerjack!
Thank you so much Elliot for your wonderful memories. It's always great to hear from people who loved Dad's work.
Name: Curious British Telly
Date: 16 Nov 2014 12:25:32 GMT
I run a blog about old TV shows which have been lost to the sands of time and ran an article about Galloping Galaxies a few months back - curiousbritishtelly.blogspot.com/2014/03/galloping-galaxies.html
It was an amazing watch, but sadly there's only one episode up on YouTube. Hopefully a DVD release will happen one day!
Thank you so much for that! I have read it and it's a really good review - would you mind if I put a link to it on here? I hadn't seen that cutting before either. Going through our parents collections of items to do with Dad's career after losing our Mum earlier this year we have found wonderful cuttings from his shows throughout the years which I hope to put on this website. Thanks again.
Name: Brian Bevis
Date: 10 Mar 2015 21:58:22 GMT
Comment: I trust my memory is correct. Prior to joining Life with Lyons, Bob worked as manger at a fire pump refurbishment centre at Soneycross airfield in the Now Forest. As a small boy I can remember the Christmass shows he wrote and appeared in. This would be in the late forties. Has my memory failed me?
Hello Brian. Thanks very much for getting in touch. No - your memory certainly has not failed you! You certainly have a very good memory though and there is information there that we didn't actually know about, i.e. Dad writing Christmas shows when at Stoney Cross and appearing in them. He did love performing too, so it doesn't surprise us! If you have any other memories of that time we would love to hear them. Thanks again.
Date: 1 Jul 2016 19:06:24 GMT
Comment: Hello Tricia, I loved watching Rentaghost when I was younger and I have often wondered whether your father had planned to properly end Rentaghost and have Mrs and Mrs Perkins finally find out that the "weird friends" of the "nutty Meakers" were really ghosts. I am sure I heard Rentaghost was axed by Michael Grade when he axed many other children's programmes.
There was one actor, John Dawson who played Fred Mumford's dad who seemed to have disappeared from TV - I wonder if
he had just retired.
Hello Matt. My apologies for taking rather a long time to post your enquiry and to reply. We're so glad you enjoyed Rentaghost so much and still have such an interest!
To my knowledge Dad had not actually planned to end Rentaghost by Mr and Mrs Perkins finding out that their neighbours were ghosts, but until I've had time to go through all of his paperwork and scripts that we inherited I can't be 100% sure.
I do however believe you're correct in saying that Michael Grade was the one to finish Rentaghost, along with other children's shows at the time, as the year that he joined the BBC in 1984 was when Rentaghost finished.
He was after all, the one who famously ditched Dr Who at that time!
I'm afraid I don't know what happened to John Dawson but I can find a reference to him playing a Time Lord in a video documentary short called The Rise of Gallifrey in 2008, so maybe he didn't completely retire!
Thanks again for your interest!
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