Bob Monkhouse: Million Joke Man

First Steps to Stardom

Series 1 - Episode 1 First Steps to Stardom



Bob Monkhouse could easily have been the subject of a documentary about obsessive hoarders. He kept everything (scripts, tapes, videos, artwork) from everything he ever worked on (comic strips, radio shows, films, documentaries, game shows). And then there are his treasured 16 leather-bound books filled with handwritten gags. Even his seven-bedroom mansion couldn’t contain it all. His daughter wails, “I loved him, but why did he never throw anything away?”

Paul O’Grady has exclusive access to the extensive archive for this affectionate tribute to a Renaissance man of light entertainment — comic strip artist, writer, actor and producer — which paints Monkhouse as an obsessively talented man driven to succeed.


New series. Paul O'Grady presents the definitive look at the life and career of Bob Monkhouse, starting with the trials and triumphs of his early years as a cartoonist and writer and his working partnership with Denis Goodwin.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Paul O'Grady