Bob Holness dies aged 83.

Bob Holness, best known as the host of Blockbusters during a broadcasting career spanning almost 60 years, has died aged 83.

Holness, who presentedTV quiz Blockbusters for 11 years from the early 1980s, “died peacefully in his sleep early this morning” according to a statement released by his family on Friday.

Holness, who suffered a number of strokes and has been in a nursing home, leaves his wife Mary, three children and seven grandchildren.

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.

However he remains best known for hosting gameshow Blockbusters, from 1983 to 1993, complete with its hexagonal board, gold runs and the classic double entendre contestant request: “Can I have a P please, Bob?”

“People say ‘Don’t you ever get fed up with it?’ but I didn’t,” he once said.

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