Bob's Full House

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Bob's Full House
Presented by Bob Monkhouse
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 6
No. of episodes 110 (including 5 specials)
Production
Producer(s) Geoff Miles
Location(s) BBC Television Centre, London
Running time 35 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel BBC1
Picture format 4:3
Original run 1 September 1984 (1984-09-01) – 27 January 1990 (1990-01-27)
Chronology
Related shows Lingo
Lucky Numbers
One to Win
The Biggest Game in Town

Bob's Full House was a popular quiz programme hosted by Bob Monkhouse which was based on the popular game 'Bingo' and aired on BBC1 from 1 September 1984 until 27 January 1990.

Gameplay[edit]

On Bob's Full House, four contestants competed to fill in their Bingo-style card. Correct answers to questions covered up a number but incorrect answers cause the players to sit out the next question (this was classified as getting wallied).

Unlike a normal house card, which has numbers running from 1 to 90, the numbers on a contestant's housie card run from 1 to 60 only.

The show would begin with a lengthy topical stand-up comedy routine from Monkhouse.

Round One (Four Corners)[edit]

In the first round, the object was to fill in the four corners of the board. The first person to do so won a prize choice.

Round Two (Monkhouse Mastercard)[edit]

In this round, player raced to clear the middle row of numbers on their cards. They would be shown a game board with categories next to a list of numbers. Contestants would be asked a question unopposed, but an incorrect answer gave the other players a chance to buzz in and answer (Bob referred to it as "Open to Others"). In this situation, a correct answer gives that player any number on his or her middle line; contestants buzzing in with an incorrect answer are wallied (a player who selected the question is never wallied), and either cannot buzz in for the next question or lose their turn, depending on whether or not they were next in line to choose a question. Also, during this round, if the player in control found his/her "Lucky Number" and answered a question correctly, he/she won a special prize.

Round Three (Full House)[edit]

The third and final round was played like round one, except the object was to fill the remainder of the bingo board. The first person to do this won the game, and a chance of a holiday in the bonus round.

Bonus Round (Gold Card)[edit]

In the Gold Card round, the winning contestant faced a board of 18 squares with numbers from 1 - 60 under each, and stars on some. The winning contestant had 60 seconds (one minute) to answer a series of questions (15 is the max). Each correct answer chose one of the numbers and earned that number in pounds. Behind some of the numbers were letters in the name of a holiday, and if the contestant can reveal all the letters before the time ran out, he/she won the holiday.

The show was famous for Monkhouse blatantly trying to help contestants win the holiday. Despite this, if a contestant didn't win any prizes then they were given a hamper as a consolation prize.

Transmissions[edit]

Original series[edit]

Series Start date End date Episodes
1
1 September 1984
1 December 1984
14
2
7 September 1985
21 December 1985
16
3
6 December 1986
25 May 1987
16
4
5 September 1987
30 January 1988
21
5
3 September 1988
4 February 1989
21
6
2 September 1989
27 January 1990
22

Specials[edit]

Date Entitle
26 December 1984
Christmas Special
8 April 1985
Easter Special
26 December 1985
Christmas Special
31 March 1986
Easter Special
26 December 1987
Christmas Special

International versions[edit]

Country Local Name Host Network Year Aired
 Finland
Megavisa
Jukka-Pekka Palo
Kolmoskanavalla
MTV3
1991-1992
1993-1995
 Germany
Bingo (Sat.1)
Wolf-Dieter Herrmann
Sat.1
1991-1992
Kinder-Bingo
1992
 Greece
Mega Banca
George Polyhroniou
Mega Channel
1992-1994
 Portugal
Casa Cheia
Frenando Pereira (1990–1992)
Carlos Ribeiro (1992-1994)
Serenella Andrade (1995–1997)
Canal 1
RTP1
1990-1997
 United Kingdom
Bob's Full House
Bob Monkhouse
BBC1
1984-1990
 United States
Trump Card
Jimmy Cefalo
Syndication
1990-1991

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