Bonkers! was an ATV variety show, distributed by ITC Entertainment in the United States for syndication during the 1978-79 television season with 24 episodes in total being made, and later airing in 1979 in the United Kingdom. Made at ATV's Elstree studios near London.
|Created by||The Hudson Brothers|
|Starring||Bob Monkhouse and The Hudson Brothers|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||1|
|No. of episodes||24|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Original release||1979 –|
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. When ITV returned only a small number of companies mainly Border Television, ATV, Granada and UTV broadcast a few additional episodes, however the series was not fully broadcast in the UK.
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