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Release Date:
January 1979 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
A skit based show with Benny Hill, often containing smutty humour. Full summary »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
The doctor of comedy, delivering laughter as the best medicine. See more (26 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 6 of 152)

Benny Hill ... Himself - Host / ... (59 episodes, 1969-1989)
Henry McGee ... Himself / ... (46 episodes, 1969-1989)
Jackie Wright ... Himself / ... (44 episodes, 1969-1985)
Bob Todd ... Himself / ... (42 episodes, 1970-1989)
The Ladybirds ... Vocal Backing / ... (42 episodes, 1969-1989)
Sue Upton ... Various Roles / ... (28 episodes, 1977-1989)
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Series Directed by
Dennis Kirkland (25 episodes, 1979-1989)
John Robins (14 episodes, 1969-1974)
Mark Stuart (11 episodes, 1974-1985)
Keith Beckett (5 episodes, 1972-1985)
Ronald Fouracre (4 episodes, 1975-1979)
David Bell (2 episodes, 1971)
Benny Hill (2 episodes, 1975-1976)
 
Series Writing credits
Benny Hill (59 episodes, 1969-1989)

Series Produced by
Dennis Kirkland .... producer (25 episodes, 1979-1989)
Nigel Cook .... associate producer (15 episodes, 1980-1985)
John Robins .... producer (14 episodes, 1969-1974)
Mark Stuart .... producer (11 episodes, 1974-1985)
Philip Jones .... executive producer (9 episodes, 1969-1985)
Keith Beckett .... producer (5 episodes, 1972-1985)
William P. Cartlidge .... associate producer (3 episodes, 1973-1974)
David Bell .... producer (2 episodes, 1971)
Ronald Fouracre .... producer (2 episodes, 1975-1978)
John Howard Davies .... executive producer (2 episodes, 1989)
 
Series Original Music by
Lynsey de Paul (1 episode, 1988)
 
Series Cinematography by
Ted Adcock (16 episodes, 1977-1985)
Dick Bayley (9 episodes, 1973-1976)
Ray Sieman (5 episodes, 1988-1989)
Chic Anstiss (3 episodes, 1973-1974)
Roy Pointer (3 episodes, 1978-1979)
Jim Howlett (3 episodes, 1982-1985)
Alan Jonas (3 episodes, 1986)
Peter Lang (2 episodes, 1971-1972)
 
Series Film Editing by
John Wright (11 episodes, 1984-1989)
John Plummer (10 episodes, 1971-1982)
Archie Ludski (7 episodes, 1973-1976)
Ray Ball (5 episodes, 1978-1989)
Beryl Wilkins (4 episodes, 1976-1981)
Dan Carter (3 episodes, 1973-1983)
Roy Hayden (3 episodes, 1977)
 
Series Casting by
Pat Hayley (13 episodes, 1984-1989)
Shirley Teece (10 episodes, 1980-1983)
 
Series Production Design by
Tony Borer (15 episodes, 1970-1977)
Bill Laslett (6 episodes, 1980-1985)
Darrell Lass (5 episodes, 1972-1975)
Jan Chaney (5 episodes, 1985-1986)
Harry Clark (4 episodes, 1969-1970)
David Marshall (4 episodes, 1975-1985)
Robin Parker (4 episodes, 1978-1985)
Bill Palmer (3 episodes, 1973-1975)
Mike Hall (3 episodes, 1975-1985)
David Richens (3 episodes, 1981)
Ian Russell (3 episodes, 1989)
Norman Garwood (2 episodes, 1971-1976)
Neville Green (2 episodes, 1972-1973)
Robin Tarsnane (2 episodes, 1979)
Anthony Cartledge (2 episodes, 1984)
Alison Wratten (2 episodes, 1988)
 
Series Costume Design by
Frances Bolwell (17 episodes, 1972-1989)
Pam Doolan (7 episodes, 1981-1983)
Allard Tobin (5 episodes, 1984-1985)
Louise Walker (4 episodes, 1980-1983)
Jean Kelly (3 episodes, 1975-1976)
Derek Needs (3 episodes, 1979-1980)
Graham Williams (2 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Makeup Department
Christine Morrell .... makeup artist (9 episodes, 1975-1978)
Gilly Wakeford .... makeup artist (6 episodes, 1982-1988)
Dianne Millar .... makeup artist (5 episodes, 1978-1986)
Lesley Sanders .... makeup artist (5 episodes, 1980-1983)
Pearl Rashbass .... makeup artist (4 episodes, 1985-1989)
Carol Green .... makeup artist (3 episodes, 1981)
Ann Briggs .... makeup artist (3 episodes, 1989)
 
Series Production Management
Nigel Spong .... unit supervisor: outside broadcast (1 episode, 1978)
 
Series Art Department
Mike Webb .... graphic designer (14 episodes, 1978-1985)
Lester Halhed .... graphic designer (13 episodes, 1983-1989)
Geoff Alexander .... graphic designer (3 episodes, 1982-1984)
John Stamp .... graphic designer (2 episodes, 1982)

Andy Armstrong .... props (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Clive Hall .... sound / dubbing mixer (18 episodes, 1980-1989)
Richard Churchill .... sound / sound effects (16 episodes, 1978-1989)
Julian Ford .... sound / sound effects / ... (11 episodes, 1978-1982)
Dick Bradford .... sound / sound effects (4 episodes, 1977-1981)
Paul Gartrell .... sound (4 episodes, 1980-1985)
Stuart Gain .... sound / sound effects (4 episodes, 1981-1984)
Bruce Englefield .... sound (3 episodes, 1977)
Basil Rootes .... film sound recordist (2 episodes, 1971-1972)
 
Series Special Effects by
Martin Perrett .... vision mixer (7 episodes, 1978-1989)
 
Series Stunts
Nosher Powell .... stunts (1 episode, 1971)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Adrian J. Fearnley .... senior camera operator (10 episodes, 1981-1989)
Allan James .... vision controller (8 episodes, 1979-1989)
Bill Marley .... vision controller (6 episodes, 1978-1988)
Roy Easton .... senior camera operator (5 episodes, 1978-1986)
Peter Howell .... senior camera operator (5 episodes, 1980-1988)
Allen Harradine .... lighting technician / lighting director (5 episodes, 1981-1984)
Andy Andrews .... lighting director (5 episodes, 1984-1988)
Peter Bower .... lighting director / vision controller (4 episodes, 1978-1989)
Bob Simmons .... lighting director (4 episodes, 1978-1986)
Albert Almond .... senior camera operator (4 episodes, 1979-1989)
Malcolm Harrison .... lighting technician (3 episodes, 1977-1979)
Chas Watts .... senior camera operator (3 episodes, 1980-1984)
Ian Jones .... vision controller (3 episodes, 1980-1981)
Bob Mason .... vision controller (3 episodes, 1985-1989)
David Motture .... lighting director (2 episodes, 1977-1986)
Brian Kerr .... vision controller (2 episodes, 1980-1982)
Keith Reed .... lighting technician (2 episodes, 1980)
Richard Waiting .... vision controller (2 episodes, 1981-1986)
Ian Coram .... vision controller (2 episodes, 1985-1988)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Keith Rosson .... wardrobe assistant (1 episode, 1988)

Vernon White .... wardrobe set supervisor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Editorial Department
Peter Boffin .... vision mixer (10 episodes, 1979-1986)
Martin Perrett .... vision mixer (7 episodes, 1978-1989)
Camilla Keenan .... editor: video tape (7 episodes, 1978-1982)
Colin Bocking .... editor: video tape (7 episodes, 1980-1988)
Dave Lewinton .... editor: video tape (5 episodes, 1978-1989)
Peter Phillips .... vision mixer (5 episodes, 1979-1989)
Thomas Kavanagh .... editor: video tape (5 episodes, 1984-1989)
Roger Holmes .... editor: video tape (4 episodes, 1983-1989)
Nick Bigsby .... vision mixer (3 episodes, 1980-1981)
Grant Goodwin .... editor: video tape (3 episodes, 1981-1985)
Terry Badham .... editor: video tape (3 episodes, 1986-1989)
Fred Turner .... editor: video tape (2 episodes, 1978)
 
Series Music Department
Ronnie Aldrich .... musical director (56 episodes, 1969-1989)
Ted Taylor .... music associate / musical associate (47 episodes, 1969-1989)
Boots Randolph .... composer: theme "Yakety Sax" (44 episodes, 1969-1989)
Joyce Sharpen .... music executive (27 episodes, 1978-1989)
Syd Lucas .... music associate / musical associate (12 episodes, 1970-1973)
Benny Hill .... original songs / composer: original songs (6 episodes, 1971-1985)
Albert Elms .... musical director (3 episodes, 1973-1974)
 
Series Other crew
Auriol Lee .... stage manager (25 episodes, 1979-1989)
Fizz Waters .... floor manager (13 episodes, 1979-1988)
Libby Roberts .... choreographer: Hill's Angels (13 episodes, 1984-1989)
Bruce Englefield .... studio supervisor (12 episodes, 1978-1988)
Eamonn Duffy .... location manager (10 episodes, 1984-1989)
Bernard Allum .... title designer (9 episodes, 1978-1981)
Linda Finch .... choreographer: Hill's Angels / choreographer (7 episodes, 1980-1983)
John White-Jones .... studio supervisor (7 episodes, 1981-1983)
Robin Demetriou .... cast and crew chef (6 episodes, 1969-1970)
John Lopes .... floor manager (6 episodes, 1979-1982)
Debbie Newman .... production assistant (6 episodes, 1986-1989)
René Bloomstein .... production assistant (5 episodes, 1970-1978)
Angela Carter .... production assistant (5 episodes, 1984-1985)
Johnny Greenland .... choreographer (4 episodes, 1971-1973)
Iris Frederick .... booking executive (4 episodes, 1978-1979)
Angie Piper .... production assistant (4 episodes, 1981-1982)
Eric Pavitt .... location manager / location supervisor (4 episodes, 1982-1983)
Mike Mulloy .... stand-in: Benny Hill (4 episodes, 1988-1989)
Michele Green .... production assistant (3 episodes, 1980)
David Downing .... floor manager (3 episodes, 1981)
Gill Horwood .... production assistant (3 episodes, 1981)
Gerry Levy .... location manager (3 episodes, 1981)
Bridget Moore .... production assistant (3 episodes, 1981)
Maria Finnis .... production assistant (3 episodes, 1984-1988)
Peter Ernster .... studio supervisor (3 episodes, 1986-1989)
Keith Lund .... location manager (3 episodes, 1986)
Dennis Kirkland .... program associate (2 episodes, 1973)
Arlene Phillips .... choreographer: "Love Machine" (2 episodes, 1976-1977)
Dee Dee Wilde .... choreographer / choreographer: Pan's People (2 episodes, 1979)
Julie Hervieu .... choreographer: Hill's Angels (2 episodes, 1981)
Angie Billington .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1983)
Brian Kerr .... studio supervisor (2 episodes, 1984)
Ann Tivendale .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1988)
Aidan Boulter .... floor manager (2 episodes, 1989)
 

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Runtime:
UK:51 min (58 episodes) | France:35 min (edited version) (dubbed version) | USA:30 min
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Black and White (1970-1971) (3 episodes) | Color (1969-1970 and 1971-1989)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
More than 90% of the material, both musical and scripted, was written by Benny Hill himself. He also frequently directed the show.See more »
Quotes:
[Andree Melly talks to Mervyn Cruddy at the N.F.T]
Andree Melly:I think for me, the most memorable moment in films was when you played the doctor to that sick family.
Mervyn Cruddy:"Inherit the Wind." Yes, I remember.
Andree Melly:Opposite Margaret Lockwood's nurse . . .
Mervyn Cruddy:That's right. Yes, I know what you're going to say, the scene in the operating theatre.
Andree Melly:That's the scene. You kissed her when she least expected it.
Mervyn Cruddy:I beg your pardon?
Andree Melly:You kissed her when she least expected it.
Mervyn Cruddy:Oh, I thought you said 'where'.
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Soundtrack:
Yakety SaxSee more »

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30 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
The doctor of comedy, delivering laughter as the best medicine., 9 December 2003
Author: Charles Joe Agnes (joeagnes@y7mail.com) from Adelaide, Australia

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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