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Hit TV quiz host Bob Holness dies at 83


Bob Holness

Bob Holness

Bob Holness

BOB Holness, best known as the genial host of hit BBC quiz 'Blockbusters', died yesterday in his sleep, aged 83. He had suffered a number of strokes.

His roles on 'Call My Bluff' and as host of 'Blockbusters' made him a household name in Britain. The quiz, which ended in 1993, featured student contestants answering trivia questions based on the letters of the alphabet.

A feature of the show saw Bob trying to keep a straight face despite facing sniggering students asking him: "Can I have a P please Bob?" -- a question he claimed never to be fed up hearing.

Irish Independent