This timeless modern slapstick-format doesn't really have a plot, but is an irresistible rapid succession of independent short, comical scenes, mostly without any text, often using ... See full summary »
Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced "bouquet") continually looks for opportunities to climb the social ladder, though she's wedged on a rung just below her sister Violet (whose house has a swimming... See full summary »
Al Bundy is a misanthropic women's shoe salesman with a miserable life. He hates his job, his wife is lazy, his son is dysfunctional (especially with women), and his daughter is dim-witted and promiscuous.
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
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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: Unseen (1991), which was made after his show was cancelled by Thames. See more »
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 !
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