TV Cream

A bit of business

Bob says can you set the video, please?


We’re still glowing from Monday night’s THE SECRET LIFE OF BOB MONKHOUSE on BBC4. And “oodles” of thanks go to TV Cream’s own Chris Hughes for diligently transcribing Bob’s list of shows for Lesley to record (as featured fleetingly in the programme) while Lord Monkhouse and Jacs were holidaying in Barbados.

NB: We think “W.&W” means “Watch and wipe”.

So, without further a do, Lesley, is that your fax machine we can hear?

February 1, ’96
Dear Lesley, Thanks as usual

SAT FEB 3: See previous fax

SUN FEB 4: Central, 8.00pm ‘FROST: DEEP WATERS’ (2 hours) (LAST ONE)
Central, 10.00pm ‘LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION!’
UK GOLD, 10.00pm ‘The Bob M. Show’ (50m)
Central, 11.15pm ‘SPITTING IMAGE’ (W.&W.)

MON FEB 5: C4, 2.05pm-4.00 ‘THE DARK Corner’
BBC2, 9.00pm-10.10pm, ‘OUR FRIENDS IN THE NORTH’
C4: 12.50am-2.15 ‘Michael SHAYNE, P.D.’
Central: 1.25am-1.55 ‘BUSHELL ON THE BOX’ (W.&W.)

TUE FEB 6: BBC1 THE >><< FILES 10.00pm-

WED FEB 7: C4, 2.00pm-4.00 ‘LES MISERABLES’ (1952)
BBC1, 7.00pm, THIS IS YOUR LIFE (W.&W.)
Central 8.00pm-9.00 DES O’C (W.&W.)
BBC1, 9.30pm-10.20 HETTY WAINTHROPP (last one)
C4: 10.00pm-11.00 ‘E.R.’

THUR FEB 8: BBC1, 9.30pm-10.00 ‘French & Saunders’
C4, 9.30pm-10.00 ANNIE’S BAR #2 (Sep. cass?)
C4, 10.00pm-10.55: NYPD BLUE
C4 2.00am-3.05 ‘THE UNDYING MONSTER’

FRI FEB 9: Central 8.30-9.00pm ‘Paul MERTON In…’ (W.&W.)
Central, 9.00pm-10.00 ‘SIMISOLA’ Pt.3 of 3.
Lesley, I see Chris Evans begins his new series at 6.00pm-7.00 and again from 11.55pm-1.00am. Is this one show repeated or 2 shows? Please tape both hours and let’s see – strictly W.&W.Oodles of sunkissed love to you and yours



  1. Mark Jones

    January 6, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    This is lovely to see. The only thing that’s slightly disappointing is that I’d not realised UK Gold had ever repeated The Bob Monkhouse Show around then, quite inconveniently a time when I had no access to UK Gold. (Oh, and that he’d been taping Bushell On The Box, but I’d presume that’s just because it’s a programme about TV, and he certainly didn’t deem it worth keeping.)

  2. Chris Hughes

    January 7, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Indeed, and those UK Gold repeats were preceded by a short, newly-recorded intro from Bob, eulogising about the comics we were about to see, which is probably why he was taping something he already had.

    I like the fact that he was so desperate not to miss anything that he requested both transmissions of the first-ever TFI Friday, in case the late-night repeat turned out to be a different show.

  3. Richard Davies

    January 7, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    It’s very rare to find anything about Anne’s Bar, which I remember Channel 4 hyping up but was a struggle to watch.

    It was sitcom about a new MP, which sounded ok on paper, but was made confusing by having so many supporting characters featured with little in the way of introduction.

    I can’t remember if I watched any of it apart from the first episode.

  4. David Smith

    January 8, 2011 at 8:41 am

    Annie’s Bar was (one of the few things) made by Prince Edward’s Ardent Productions, if I remember correctly.

    The late-night TFI repeat was initially the same show as earlier, but latterly it would incorporate an extra post-watershed “naughty bit”, slotted in IIRC at the beginning of one of the parts. Evans’ browsing through a risque calendar, featuring some supermodel or other, is one example I remember. 😉

  5. tellycabbage

    January 8, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    The human version of the Sky+ box, always with favourites highlighted!

    But with Bushell on the Box, may I say…

    Oooh, look its LWT’s Femi Oke!

    But also admit to the owning of the rehashed Bushell on the Box DVD, just Garry in front of Greenscreen reading out some of his articles…

  6. fl3m

    January 9, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Bushell On The Box was rubbish but strangely watchable, like a lot of ITV’s overnight stuff. Does anyone remember Night Shift with Mr. Bennett?

  7. tellycabbage

    January 9, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Yes, I do! Mr Bennett with security guards or meat packing plant! Strangely addictive at 3am!

  8. Gavin

    January 13, 2011 at 9:43 am

    Do Kaleidoscope own The Collection? Or is it owned by The Monkhouse Estate?

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