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The Secret Life of Bob Monkhouse (2011)

When Bob Monkhouse's widow died and his house was being prepared for market, the amazing extent of his private collection of video and audio recordings was realized. Among them were many ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Julian Rhind-Tutt ... Self - Narrator
Bob Monkhouse ... Self (archive footage)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anne Aston ... Self
Ronnie Corbett ... Self
Barry Cryer Barry Cryer ... Self
Dabber Davis Dabber Davis ... Self - Agent 1949-1966
Kevin Day Kevin Day ... Self
Colin Edmonds Colin Edmonds ... Self
Denis Goodwin Denis Goodwin ... Self (archive footage)
Suki Goodwin ... Self
Michael Grade Michael Grade ... Self
David Hamilton David Hamilton ... Self
Lenny Henry ... Self
Dominic Holland Dominic Holland ... Self
Dave Ismay Dave Ismay ... Self


When Bob Monkhouse's widow died and his house was being prepared for market, the amazing extent of his private collection of video and audio recordings was realized. Among them were many treasures which had previously been believed to be lost to the nation. This films delves into just some of the highlights of that trove, and reveals the multi-layered man behind the glossy TV persona. Written by Anonymous

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The Monkhouse archive contained 3000 audio tapes, 2000 photographs, 10 filing cabinets full of scripts, 50,000 VHS tapes, 400 film prints and one million jokes. See more »


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Bob's full house of video recordings
1 March 2016 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

The secret life of Bob Monkhouse is a review of the life of this comedian who was very funny, had longevity, professional but never had the adoration from the public like Eric Morecambe had. Maybe he was always too professional and smooth.

As for the secret life, it focused more on his desire for recording television shows or his film collection that was vast. In fact some lost television material only exists because of Monkhouse's collection such as the first television appearance of Lenny Henry.

The dark side was rather left out apart for his devout support for the Tory party. Monkhouse had a rather wild sex life thanks to his friendship with Diana Dors who held regular orgies which she apparently also secretly recorded.

What we get is a race through his early days in show business which also included writing gags for Bob Hope, his break into acting then game shows. The darks days of being fired from The Golden Shot and that bitter last episode which he presented. Monkhouse returned to game shows and also become a famous after dinner speaker and club comedian. In fact to get confidence in public peaking I actually once purchased his book because it came with added jokes.

We had contributions from people who knew him, who used to manage him and collaborated with him. Not sure for the reason why Joe Pasquale was doing there.

There was very little new here for me, maybe because I have seen other shows about him and read articles. Monkhouse was rather open and even honest about his life in interviews especially in later years. I read about his love for gadgets years ago, one of the early adopters of satellite dishes when they were big gigantic things you had to set up in your back garden.

However Bob was one of these guys you only truly appreciated after he was gone.

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3 January 2011 (UK) See more »

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