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(Titled 'Bob Rentaghost Block')
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WELCOME TO THE WEBSITE DEDICATED TO THE EXTRAORDINARY CAREER OF THE COMEDY SCRIPTWRITER
Life With The Lyons (co-writer), Crackerjack, Ken Dodd and the Diddymen, Grandad (starring Clive Dunn), Dave Allen At Large (co-writer) and also creator and writer of Roberts Robots, Galloping Galaxies and Rentaghost, to name just a few of his credits.
Amongst many others, he has written for such comedy greats as:
Derek Roy, Terry Thomas, Vic Oliver, Arthur Askey, June Whitfield, Ronnie Barker, Leslie Crowther, Michael Aspel, Hilda Baker, Kenneth Connor, Charles Hawtree, Tony Hancock, Jimmy Clitheroe, Kenneth Williams, Richard Beckinsale, and Hattie Jaques .
10th March 2018
So sad to hear today of the passing away of the wonderful Ken Dodd.
Bob worked with him back in 1969 - 1971 when he wrote the series
'Ken Dod and the Diddymen' for him.
Bob always said he was one of the nicest people he ever worked with -
kind and generous both personally and professionally.
This photo shows Bob in his office at home when he was writing
the Diddymen and you can see the large sketch on the wall behind him
that Ken had done for him, showing the layout of Diddyland so that Bob
knew where all of the Diddymen lived in the village!
If you look carefully you can see the village Smithy on the left
as well as the clocktower in the centre. Wonderful details!
10th January 2018
'Bob's War' page gradually having letters added - please peruse to have some stunning insights into an 'ordinary' soldier's war.
9th January 2018
Announced in today's Radio Times; in votes by 30 of our best-known children's TV experts (for full list see below), Rentaghost, created and written by Bob has been voted their 13th favourite children's TV show ever, out of 50!
And in 10th place is Crackerjack, for which Bob wrote the scripts for 103 episodes over eight years, so we're bursting with pride for our brilliant Dad!
The fact that his shows were voted for by a panel of his actual and present-day peers is an indication of his
THE PANEL OF THIRTY EXPERT JUDGES:
Noel Edmonds, Floella Benjamin, Frank Skinner, Russell T Davies, David Walliams, Edward Barnes, Lenny Henry, Peter Purves, Philip Schofield, Chuckle Brothers, Biddy Baxter, Dick & Dom, Chris Packham, Sally James, Clive Doig, Steve Backshall, Pat Sharp, Timmy Mallett, Michaela Strachan, Richard Marson, Ayo Akinwolere, Malorie Blackman, Neil Buchanan, Ade Adepitan, Jake Humphry, Iain Stirling, Justin Johnson, Andi Peters, Janet Ellis, Barney Harwood, Konnie Huq, Joe Godwin, Ewan Vinnicombe.
13th May 2014
It is with huge sadness that the family have to announce that our dearest Mum, Madeline passed away peacefully today, at the wonderful age of 93.
She and Bob were devoted to each other and we take comfort in the hope that they are once more happily reunited.
She was a beautiful woman, a supportive and loving wife
and the most caring of mothers.
Dad always said he couldn't have done what he did without her love and support, so she was a very important part of all our lives.
We will miss her terribly.
***TO SEE SOME OF BOB'S PROGRAMMES
PLEASE GO TO THE VIDEO PAGE***
We have started a new page entitled 'Bob's War' due to the fact that
we have recently discovered many letters that Bob wrote home
during the war.
Please go to the page to read about Bob's experiences.
N E W S
The page on Rentaghost is now up
and running. (October 2013)
I regret that I haven't had the time to start it yet
- I have so much to add!
I will try and add information
as soon as possible.
7th November 2012
Clive Dunn dies aged 92
Sad news today that the great actor Clive Dunn, best known as Private Jones in the wonderful 'Dad's Army', has passed away.
Bob worked with him from 1979 - 1984, writing the children's comedy 'Grandad' for him and he was a brilliant actor, especially at playing someone so much older than himself!
He was also a talented artist and when Bob was working with him Clive sketched a portrait of him which he presented to Bob and it has become a family heirloom with very happy memories attached to it for us.
Our sincere condolences to Clive's family at this sad time.
Please see the video page for Episode 1 of 'Grandad'
Could it be that writer TOBY WHITHOUSE
(Dr Who, Being Human, Torchwood) is a Rentaghost fan?**(see below)**
In Episode 1 of SERIES 4 of Being Human
(5th February 2012) he turned the word Rentaghost into a verb;
when Annie (the ghost)needed to get in and out of a room without being seen
George asks "Are you going to Rentaghost-in?"
The family are so pleased the name Rentaghost is being remembered
and used some 30 years after the original series.
* Toby Whithouse did confirm that he was a huge Rentaghost fan as a child and said
that that was why he referred to Rentaghost in Being Human
and he kindly sent me an email to say how much he respected Bob's writing *
February 2012 Latest News:
**** "RENTAGHOST THE MOVIE"... ****
Heard the rumours in the press?
Well it is now reality!
The rights to make Rentaghost in to a film has now been signed up by Fox in the U.S.A.
It is to star the American comedy actor Ben Stiller and the premiss is that he is an American consultant to a British firm that rents ghosts out (as per the original series) and as it is a very British concept it will be mostly made and filmed in the U.K. using British actors.
The hugely successful writing team of Lennon/Garrant who were behind the 'Night At The Museum' series of films will be the scriptwriters with British input from the writer/director Joe Cornish ('The Adventures of Tintin' and 'Attack the Block') as a director. Patrick Pidgeon, who has been the driving force behind this project
due to his admiration for Bob Block's work, will be a producer.
Bob's family are hugely excited by this news and are bursting with pride that Bob's work
is going to be brought to the big screen.
Without Patrick Pidgeon none of this would have come about, so we owe him a huge debt of gratitude.
PLEASE CONTINUE TO COME BACK TO THIS PAGE
FOR MORE NEWS ON
'RENTAGHOST THE MOVIE' !
15th June 2011
Since the (then) Radio 7 broadcast the only remaining three episodes of Life With The Lyons held by the BBC in March of this year, a member of the public contacted them to say he had over one hundred episodes on tape in his private collection.
He has now loaned them to the BBC to digitize.
Because Bob co-wrote Life With The Lyons and even starred in certain episodes as Harold, Barbara's rather wet boyfriend (and a cat!), Radio 4 extra will be broadcasting the 'lost' episodes from July onwards.
It is with great sadness that the Block family
has to announce that Bob passed away peacefully in his sleep
on Sunday 17th April 2011 at the age of 89.
We will be continuing to work hard to endeavour to get Dad the recognition that his huge creative talent deserved and that we feel he never fully received, having worked with the best known and loved people in comedy for over four decades from the 1940s to the 1980s.
Please see his 'Writing C.V.' page to see for yourself
just how many of the cream of British comedy
he did write for.
Do continue to read the pages of his website (which is still 'work in progress' and which we hope to add to over the coming months) and if you are surprised to see just how many of your favourite programmes he wrote, please do leave a message on his GuestBook page.
With thanks from his widow Madeline and his children
Trish, Steve and Colin and their families
*** There's a BOOK OUT featuring a chapter on Bob - please scroll down
to the bottom of the page for details***
This site is created and proudly run by us, his family (two sons and a daughter), and at present (March 2008) we are just starting on this project. It is 'work in progress' and we will be adding material bit by bit over the next few years. So please be patient!
** JUST UPDATED July 2010**
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BOB'S CHILDREN: COLIN, STEPHEN & PATRICIA c1959!
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**GuestBook now up and running - please add your contribution!**
A wonderful tribute by writer Garry Vaux of his memories of childhood TV. Much to our delight, one of his legends is our dad, Bob Block! Garry has included a chapter on Bob and Rentaghost but also on Ann Emery
(Ethel Meaker in Rentaghost and the late Dick Emery's sister) & Sue Nicholls (Nadia Popov).
Also includes: chapters on Richard Briers, Bob Carolgees, Bernard Cribbins, Emma Forbes,
Rod Jane & Freddy and Chris Tarrant amongst many, many others.
Available to purchase at: http://www.gjbworld.com/legendsofkidstv.html
All profits to the NSPCC
Thanks Garry for your tribute - it has meant a lot to the whole family
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