The Secret Life of Bob Monkhouse

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The Secret Life of Bob Monkhouse


Of all BBC4's lid-lifting documentaries about light entertainers, this is perhaps the finest. Bob Monkhouse didn't take entertaining lightly at all: the crux of this film is the revelation that his house was full of cine film, VHS tapes and memorabilia, charting not just his own career, or even primarily his own work. Monkhouse was an obsessive, lifelong student of the art of comedy, always wanting to know how performers had chosen this word or that phrasing, how they'd finessed their act to make the most important sound in the world, the laugh from the audience, that little bit louder and richer.

Monkhouse's collection included many films and TV broadcasts long thought to be lost. Yet the real joy of this programme, first shown in January 2011, is in getting to know Monkhouse and his humble dedication. For him, comedy was life. 


The story of the comedian and game show host's life and career, told through the archive of films, TV shows, letters and memorabilia that he left behind after his death in 2003. Contributors include Ronnie Corbett, Barry Cryer, Michael Grade and Lenny Henry.

Cast & Crew

Contributor Ronnie Corbett
Contributor Barry Cryer
Contributor Michael Grade
Contributor Lenny Henry
Director Andy Humphries
Producer Andy Humphries
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