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Month: May 2012

How fortunate

How fortunate

Watching the first of Challenge’s double bill of Family Fortunes repeats, I was struck once again by how much the set resembled the original interior of the Odeon, Leicester Square. I was also struck by the fact that, immediately afterwards, ITV2 was showing an edition of All Star Family Fortunes. Vernon Kay is no Bob Monkhouse, but I was pleased to see that the designer on the modern version of the show is Richard Plumb, who also designed the original…

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And now a choice of viewing…

And now a choice of viewing…

I’ve decided that this blog is confused. Like its owner, really. Wild enthusiasm about entertainment history nestles alongside broadsides against the shower of shite running the country. It’s not the ideal combination. Consequently, the entertainment stuff will, from now on, be appearing at my new blog LE Confidential, while this one remains for personal jottings, random brainfarts and calling the Prime Minister a chinny wanker. I think that’s it just about covered. Magic darts.

Our survey said…

Our survey said…

From tomorrow, Challenge TV begins repeating series four of Family Fortunes. This is excellent news for light entertainment buffs, as the fourth run of the show was the last series hosted by Bob Monkhouse before he moved over from Central at Elstree (well, Borehamwood, strictly speaking, but everybody calls it Elstree) to the BBC at Shepherd’s Bush for Bob’s Full House and his superb BBC2 chat show. Monkhouse was, in British television terms, the supreme game show technician. Many entertainers…

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