Bonkers! was an ATV variety show, distributed by ITC Entertainment in the United States for syndication during the 1978-79 television season, and later airing in 1979 in the United Kingdom. Made at ATV's Elstree studios near London.
Starring Bob Monkhouse and the Hudson Brothers – Bill, Brett and Mark – the show featured sketches, guest stars and musical numbers from the chorus dancers known as The Bonkerettes. Whilst not a big hit for ATV, it gained a cult audience in the United States where it was compared to Saturday Night Live.
After four episodes the show was curtailed in the UK by the 13-week-long ITV strike of 1979 and did not reappear when the network restarted broadcasts; however, production for syndication continued and 24 episodes in total were made.
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