Benny begins the program by leading the 'League of Helping Hands' into song; a look into the life of a vagabond; Hill's Angels do a choreographed aerobics exercise at a gym, and later do battle with ...
Benny leads his cast in a square dance during the opening number; havoc is wreaked during a birthday party for one of the "Little Angels"; Fred Scuttle becomes a tabloid newspaper publisher; Hill's ...
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 »
A one-off special from Benny Hill, produced for ATV in 1967, featuring musical numbers from The Seekers (who sing "When Will the Good Apples Fall" and "Music of the World A'Turning") and ... See full summary »
Mr. Hill's last TV work, taped and aired before his death, with outdoor scenes taped in New York City. Highlights of this show include "A Streetcar Named Desirée" (a Tennessee Williams ... See full summary »
A collection of sketches and musical numbers from his long running comedy/variety series, culled from shows produced and originally aired between 1969 and 1972; this film's production is ... See full summary »
After Col. Steve Austin fails to retrieve the contents of a safe owned by arms dealer Arlen Findletter, he takes up an friendly offer of a holiday in the Bahamas. There he runs into Soviet ... See full summary »
Another collection of sketches and dance routines from Benny Hill's long-running comedy-variety series. Among the highlights: "Murder on the Oregon Express," in which he impersonates ... See full summary »
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's World Tour: New York! (1991), which was made after his show was cancelled by Thames. See more »
[Andree Melly talks to Mervyn Cruddy at the N.F.T]
I think for me, the most memorable moment in films was when you played the doctor to that sick family.
"Inherit the Wind." Yes, I remember.
Opposite Margaret Lockwood's nurse . . .
That's right. Yes, I know what you're going to say, the scene in the operating theatre.
That's the scene. You kissed her when she least expected it.
I beg your pardon?
You kissed her when she least expected it.
Oh, I thought you said 'where'.
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The doctor of comedy, delivering laughter as the best medicine.
I recall a time, even as a young child in the early to mid 1970's that we would all set Friday evening aside at 8.30 PM to watch "The Benny Hill show". Wherever we went, whether it was going to the supermarket, on the bus, or even in the shopping mall, you could hear someone make a comment relating to the previous Benny Hill episode. I would see people approach each other with a smile and ask " Did you watch the Benny Hill show last Friday? Wasn't it great?". I had never ever had this experience with any other comedy series or event since. What was even more surprising was that the I heard far more praises from women of all ages than I ever did from men. SURPRISE, SURPRISE, I was shocked with disbelief so many years later to learn from the media that the show was sexist and was not politically correct?? Are we speaking about the same show?????? Hmmmmmm!!!!! How could he have been sexist if the joke ended up on him or any character he performed?? Every bald elderly short man should then be offended by his slapping on the head of his side kick. I never heard this being mentioned in the media. I am confused???? I repeat, my parents who were very strict with what we watched on television, allowed us to watch this show when we were children. I would have probably done the same with my children.
Benny Hill was not only a comedian, but a great artist, music composer and very talented in a broad spectrum with his artistic skills. He could imitate just about everyone with sarcasm and humour. He made the world laugh!!!!!! There is so much depression lately, that I have never ever seen anyone come as close in making me laugh as Benny Hill did. Sure, British comedy and British pop groups are very much like high class end Swiss watches, but Benny Hill stood out in comedy. He was once labeled here as "Clown Imperial". I also noticed that he was also very popular in Italy when I was there some twelve years ago.
I cannot comment on every episode that I recall seeing, as it would be impossible for me to do so within the thousand word limit. Yet, the episodes that still come to my mind some 25 years later, included when he imitated other television characters such as Kojak, Mr. T from the A team, the disco dancer, The china man and the opposite gender with his different wigs and hair styles. I also enjoyed his soccer games where he was the goal keeper and he would sarcastically save goals in the funniest ways. I also enjoyed the comedy in his lyrics when he sang tunes. I could still recall him playing the harp in one episode where he ends his tune by plucking the wrong note and grins. His fast forwarded sketches were also very funny especially with the ambulance officers. I did enjoy different scenes a lot more than others as I did not find the character Mr. Scuttle very funny, as this could have been improved.
One could say that some episodes had a touch of sleaziness, but why would they be any different from the standards exhibited in modern television which has lots of sleazy themes, swearing, sex scenes and nudity? If one would be open minded and fair, I believe that "The Benny Hill show" rated very politically correct when compared to the majority of modern television of today, whether comedy or otherwise. I have not been able to get videos or DVD's of any of these Benny Hill shows, but am so sorry for those that did not get to judge this artist for themselves. If laughter could cure diseases, then this show could cure everything, as I have never had a great laugh ever since, as it takes a lot to make me laugh. May he rest in peace.
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