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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:
Unfairly vilified comic genius 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 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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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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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) (TV), which was made after his show was cancelled by Thames.See more »
Quotes:
Nicholas Parsons:Are Thames executives against attractive nude women?
Fred Scuttle:Not as often as they'd like to be!
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25 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Unfairly vilified comic genius, 5 June 2003
Author: de_niro_2001 from scotland

Benny Hill was fair game for people who wanted to take the moral high ground. These people brought the trumped up charge of being degrading to women against him but there were very few complaints about him being degrading to short bald-headed elderly men. British clean-up TV campaigner Mary Whitehouse was always going on at him and I once heard his best-known critic after Mary Whitehouse, Ben Elton, practically accuse him of inciting violence against women. The truth is, Benny only wanted to make people laugh and brighten their lives up and I think he was definitely hurt by the criticism. As I said, you could say he was degrading to short bald headed elderly men like in a very funny sketch where he and the entire cast of his show were performing a musical number. Jackie Wright and Bob Todd are sitting together singing and Benny goes over with two xylophone sticks and plays a wooden xylophone tune on top of their heads! Benny had a knack for making the obvious funny, like in a short sketch where he's looking after his neighbour's cat and his neighbour tells him "don't put yourself out" or when he plays a man going out the door with a four foot high package and his wife tells him "don't forget to post it". He had tremendous international appeal and many celebrities in the states including Burt Reynolds and Walter Cronkite and Greta Garbo was rumoured to be a fan. When Benny took ill and was in hospital Michael Jackson visited him (wonder if Wacko Jacko promised him a trip to Disneyland). One thing Benny did on his show was parodies of TV commercials. He did a parody of the Sunlight Washing Up liquid commercial where he was dressed up as the woman in the commercial and says in response to the rather obvious questions from the voice-over "of course it gets my dishes clean, are you damn stupid or something?". I can remember wishing that the woman in the real commercial would say that. In the early 1970s there was a commercial for Fry's Chocolate Cream which showed a girl reclining on a couch enjoying a bar of the chocolate. Her cat walks along the shelf next to her and knocks a porcelain figurine off the shelf and she catches it. Benny parodied this commercial. He was dressed up as the girl and when the cat knocked the figurine off the shelf he failed to catch it and the figurine shattered on the floor. A guy ran on to the set and shouted "clumsy fool" at Benny. It was predictable but still very funny. One thing his critics chose to overlook was that he nearly always played the character who came off worst in his sketches. The crux of his humour was that he played a lecherous man chasing after young girls who got his come-uppance. He was a guy very good at taking a joke on himself but definitely stung by critics.

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