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The Benny Hill Show 

TV-PG | | Comedy | TV Series (1969–1989)
A skit based show with Benny Hill, often containing smutty humour.
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Benny Hill ...  Various / ... 59 episodes, 1969-1989
Henry McGee Henry McGee ...  Himself / ... 46 episodes, 1969-1989
Jackie Wright Jackie Wright ...  Himself / ... 44 episodes, 1969-1985
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Sue Upton Sue Upton ...  Various Roles / ... 28 episodes, 1977-1989
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Storyline

A sketch-comedy series in which Hill would often play multiple characters and satirize popular British and American performers and stars. Common themes in the show were the husband-beating wife, buxom women, and silent, high-speed chase scenes between Hill and the other characters. Written by Gregg Long <diggerblue@hotmail.com>

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Comedy

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Benny Hill See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Thames Television See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(58 episodes) | (dubbed version) (edited) (dubbed)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (1970-1971) (3 episodes)| Color (1969-1970 and 1971-1989)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Though the program's location scenes were largely shot on film throughout its run, there were two attempts to use videotape for outdoor shoots. The first was during the 1970-71 series (with the exception of the 24 March 1971 edition and the "Love Will Find a Way" sketch from 27 January 1971), and the second was the 30 May 1978 telecast. In those days, location shooting on videotape for comedy/variety shows was almost unheard of due to the cumbersome equipment in use then and the added expense of using videotape rather than film for exterior shots. Other than those two instances, Benny Hill continued to shoot on location with film to the end, even with the advances in technology in the late 1980s which made it possible to do location shoots on videotape. He would only do one more show with videotaped outdoor segments, Benny Hill's World Tour: New York! (1991), which was made after his show was cancelled by Thames. See more »

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Commercial voiceover: Been having late night snacks again? That's a washing up job.
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Alternate Versions

Several episodes of the U.S. half-hour syndicated version contained scattered portions of two other shows, Eddie in August and Benny Hill Down Under, which were made by Benny Hill outside the confines of his regular series of specials; the individual sections of these two programs were intermixed with sketches from the regular shows. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Yakety Sax
Written by Boots Randolph and James Rich
(closing theme)
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Even Women Can Enjoy It!
6 December 2001 | by hillariSee all my reviews

I must be the only woman in America who loves this show! Most other women I talk to say they can't stand the sexism of the show. However, I never believed that Mr. Hill was being vicious towards the women whom he made the butt (pardon the pun) of many jokes. It also helped that Mr. Hill looked like a schoolboy who had been caught doing something naughty. Some of the best sketches were the parodies of TV shows, commercials and movies. The songs were surprisingly well done, too.


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