The Benny Hill Show (1969–1989)

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A skit based show with Benny Hill, often containing smutty humour.

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 Himself - Host / ... (59 episodes, 1969-1989)
Henry McGee ...
 Himself / ... (46 episodes, 1969-1989)
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Bob Todd ...
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 Vocal Backing / ... (42 episodes, 1969-1989)
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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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(58 episodes) | (dubbed version) (edited) (dubbed)

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(1970-1971) (3 episodes)| (1969-1970 and 1971-1989)

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Only one sketch from among the three black-and-white shows of 1970-71 has ever been shown in U.S. syndication, albeit in sepia tone: the "Love Will Find a Way" sketch from the 27 January 1971 telecast (episode 2.3), with Hill as a penniless actor, Lesley Goldie as an actress whom he pines for and Jackie Wright as the rich banker to whom she is bethrothed; this sketch was also featured in The Best of Benny Hill (1974). In addition, an interview sketch with Hill as an East End poet and Goldie as the interviewer (from the last of the black-and-white shows, originally aired 24 February 1971, episode 2.4) was later included in the album "This Is Benny Hill". See more »

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This was one GREAT TV show and Benny Hill was a genius
25 May 2003 | by (Lubbock, TX) – See all my reviews

Benny Hill was an amazing man. He could write some of the greatest comedy in the history of the English language. His work included wit, satire, low brow, and any other kind of humor that comes to mind. I remember watching this show on American TV in NJ, and it was a HUGE hit. I recall that a local Philadelphia station put this show on opposite the 11:00 pm local news, and for a few years it was the highest rated show in its time slot. Amazing. Along with Benny I'd like to point out the great work of Jackie Wright and Henry McGee. My grandfather had been briefly stationed in England during WW II, and he had seen Jackie Wright perform in London. He said that Jackie was the funniest man he had ever seen on a stage. My grandfather loved the episode when Jackie went on a cheap (and dangerous) vacation. Benny generally used Jackie in many ways, but usually as a PROP! Benny would smack Jackie's bald head over and over again. Henry McGee, on the other hand, was a brilliant straight man to Benny's funny side, and McGee excelled whenever he would interview Benny as "Fred Scuttle." This was brilliant humor and Benny deserves to be ranked with Chaplin, Keaton, Bob Hope, and Woody Allen as the 20th century's greatest funny men.


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