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,[1] and later airing in 1979 in the United Kingdom. Made at ATV's Elstree studios near London.[citation needed]

Created byThe Hudson Brothers
StarringBob Monkhouse and The Hudson Brothers
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of series1
No. of episodes24
Producer(s)Jack Burns
Running time30 minutes
(including commercials)
Production company(s)ATV
DistributorITC Entertainment
Original networkITV
Picture format4:3
Original release1979 (1979) –
1979 (1979)

Starring Bob Monkhouse and the Hudson BrothersBill, 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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