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Bonkers (ITV Comedy, Bob Monkhouse)

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Bonkers was a madcap, fast paced sketch series starring Bob Monkhouse and The Hudson Brothers and heavy on American guest stars. The show was hit by an ITV strike and only 9 shows (14 July – 4 August 1979 and then 5 December 1979 – 9 January 1980) were shown in the UK but the complete run was seen elsewhere (USA etc).

Guests on the first show were Twiggy and Rita Moreno. Other high profile guests John Ritter, Sandy Duncan, Juliet Drowse, Petula Clark, Don Knotts, Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller, Cleo Laine, Valerie Harper and Barbara Feldon.

Writers: Jack Burns, David Pollock, Elias Davis; additional material by Bob Monkhouse / Music: Jack Parnell and his Orchestra / Choreography: Norman Maen / Executive Producer: Thomas M. Battista / Producer: Jack Burns / Director: Peter Harris.

UK / ITV – ATV – ITC / 24×25 minute episodes / 1979