The Benny Hill Show

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The Benny Hill Show

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This guide strives to be as complete a resource as possible for the third TV series to bear Benny Hill's name in the title, which ran on Thames Television (ITV) from 1969-1989, and has appeared around the world in countless formats and re-edits ever since.

This is a guide to the original hour-long version.

In America, the show was usually presented in a specially-edited half-hour format, which ran for a total of 111 editions (although Comedy Central did screen the hour-long format in the early-to-mid '90's, albeit with sections edited out, typically the musical guest or dance numbers). 30-minute repeats (not the same as were made for the American market) often aired in Britain when the show was "between seasons."

Comedy Central aired the original hour-long format for Shows 32 - 58 (except for Show 40). Also, USA Network aired the shows in the original hour-long format in the late '80s/early '90s. At least Shows 54 - 58, possibly others, along with the independently-produced Benny Hill's World Tour: New York special (both channels had a few minutes cut for extra commercial time).

In the U.S., the original hour-long shows have been issued on DVD (Region 1) under the umbrella title Benny Hill - Complete & Unadulterated. The first three sets were released with the subheading The Naughty Early Years, covering the years 1969-1971 (Shows 1-11, including three B&W episodes previously unseen in America), 1972-1974 (Shows 12-21) and 1975-1977 (Shows 22-31, plus his 1970 half-hour silent film Eddie in August). The final three sets bore the subheading The Hill's Angels Years, and covered the years 1978-1981 (Shows 32-41), 1982-1985 (Shows 42-50) and 1986-1989 (Shows 51-58). Also, the Golden Greats set that came out in 2001 (now out-of-print) included 6 episodes, Shows 46, 47, 50, 55, 56 and 58.

In England, the original hour-long shows (complete with production slates and adcaps) have been released on DVD (Region 2) on a year-by-year basis, under the umbrella of The Benny Hill Annual, each set representing a different year. The 1970 set (Shows 3-6) contains the aforementioned Eddie in August, and the 1974 set (which only saw two new editions air, Shows 20 and 21) features his first two Thames specials from 1969. As of October 2006, the total releases go up to 1979 (Shows 34 and 35). The Benny Hill Annual sets from 1976 and 1977 onwards have adcaps but not VT slates.

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Bob Todd

Bob Todd

Regular Performer (1970-76, 1980-89)

Nicholas Parsons

Nicholas Parsons

Regular Performer (1969-74)

Benny Hill

Benny Hill

 

Henry McGee

Henry McGee

Regular Performer (1969-1970, 1971-1989)

Jack Wright

Jack Wright

Regular Performer (1970-85)

Jenny Lee-Wright

Jenny Lee-Wright

Regular Performer (1971-72, 1976-86)

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  • One of the best quality shows I`ve ever seen

    9.5
    This is an almost perfect show. I just love how Benny Hill came through with all the effort to make original comedy. His show probally won an award for best comedy for his clever acting. Also, practiclly every co-star is memorable. Is a shame to see that show comedies cant reah thier funny potential like this one did during its run. It had a convincing feeling and a steady and perfect paced way of acting.moreless
  • The Benny Hill Show was a comedy/variety show best known for its beautiful dancers known as the Hill's Angels and the shorts and sketches it did based on sexually explicit material and less for the comedic brillance of its main star.moreless

    10
    There was a time on Earth when all of the world stopped to watch The Benny Hill Show. Businesses would close, people stayed home and every tv in the world in every house tuned in to watch this man who just wanted to make us laugh. And laugh we did. The world died when his show stopped, and it cried when he left this mortal realm. Labeled a dirty old man for the content of the material in less than a quarter of his sketches, he was considered a genius by his fans and his peers for the other seventy-five percent. Even Thames Television admitted far too late that cancelling the show was the worst mistake they had ever made. Letting it go was a knife in Benny's side, a heartbreak that led to his death, but what a great legacy of humor! The series might have been criticized for treating women as sex objects, but no one noticed it also made men look like idiots for doing so and also giving women a bit of power over those men. I don't think they could ever be another sketch comedy series as great as this one; only "Dave Allen At Large" came reasonably close.



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