Bob Block

Bob Block (20 July 1921 – 17 April 2011) was a British radio and television comedy scriptwriter.

Timothy Robert William Block
Born(1921-07-20)July 20, 1921 [1]
Died(2011-04-17)April 17, 2011 (aged 89)[1][2]
OccupationComedy scriptwriter
Years active1950–1986[3]
Known forLife with the Lyons, Rentaghost


His earliest work was for radio, best known for co-writing the domestic sitcom Life with the Lyons for Ben Lyon, as well as working with Arthur Askey and Frankie Howerd.[3]

Block was best known for writing television comedy series for children, including Pardon My Genie (1972–73), Robert's Robots (1974–75), Galloping Galaxies (1985) and the BBC's long-running Rentaghost (1976–84).

Notable credits


  • Variety Bandbox (1940s–1950s)
  • Radio Rinso (1950)
  • The Starlight Hour (1950)
  • Life with the Lyons (1951–1961)
  • Festival of Britain (1951)
  • Arthur's Inn (1952)
  • Discord in Three Flats (1962)


Music hall

  • Kindly Leave the Stage (1968)


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