Bob Holness was born in South Africa but his family moved to the UK when he was a child. He returned to the country of his birth and began his broadcasting career there in the 1950s as a radio presenter. He moved back to the UK in the early 1960s.
During a long and varied TV and radio broadcasting career, Holness also presented gameshows including Call My Bluff and Raise the Roof and worked for Radio 1, Radio 2, the World Service and LBC.
Blockbusters, the TV quiz for 16- to 18-year-old contestants but aimed at a much wider audience, consolidated Holness's popularity and also gained him cult status. In the programme, he posed questions, the answers to which began with a letter of the alphabet that had been chosen by contestants from a honeycomb grid. A favourite wheeze of the contestants was to tease him by asking, "Can I have a P please, Bob?" or even "Can I have U?" Holness, who said that he always recognised the "little snigger" in the contestants' voices, took all this in good part, knowing that it helped to build up the programme's audience to more than 6 million.
The show's first series, in 1983, was recorded at the ATV Elstree Centre (which was still owned by Central until 1984 when it was sold to the BBC). Subsequent series were produced at Central's Nottingham "Television House" studios, however, at least one season (1989–90) was filmed at Central's Birmingham studios. The series was filmed in the summer months over a 6-8 week period, with five episodes being made each day. In the final episode of each day, the contestants were allowed to do the "hand jive" during the end credits. The hand jive first appeared in 1986 after one of the contestants was bored while sitting through filming several shows a day waiting for his turn. It eventually became increasingly more popular, and has since been regarded as one of the show's most beloved gimmicks.
The original game board was a feat of engineering. It was powered using 38 slide projectors, each with its own set of slides for the different letters, colours and Gold Run questions, and took up the entire height of the studio.
Happy Memories R.I.P Bob
Watch this clip of the show http://youtu.be/5R04PD_jl-0