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Celebrity Squares (UK)

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Celebrity Squares – a copy of the popular American game show, Hollywood Squares – was the most expensive game of noughts and crosses in the world (the 18-foot high board cost £22,000).

Bob Monkhouse introduced a lineup of nine stars each Sunday afternoon.

For the first show, there were Leslie Crowther, Diana Dors, Hermione Gingold, Aimi McDonald (pictured below right), Alfred Marks, Arthur Mullard, Vincent Price, William Rushton and Terry Wogan.

People who thought Monkhouse was just a smiling face and a fast mouth changed their mind when Celebrity Squares became the game of the year when it was launched in 1975.

The show included an interlude in which general knowledge questions were fired at the host, and Bob, widely read with a brilliant memory, was able to answer most correctly, crack jokes if he couldn’t and win money for charities.

Kenny Everett provided the wacky voice-overs.

The series was revived in the 1990s, once more with Monkhouse hosting.