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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:
Benny Hill's cancellation by Thames TV. See more (23 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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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)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Though ratings were still good, the show was axed by Thames in 1989 due to a backlash against the show and its ribald content. There was talk of doing a new Benny Hill show until Hill's death in 1992.See more »
Quotes:
Housewife:No, I'm wearing black for my poor, departed husband.
Milkman:Oh... how long's he been gone?
Housewife:Ten minutes. He won't be back till 1.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Pimp My Rullator (2010)See more »
Soundtrack:
Yakety SaxSee more »

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21 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Benny Hill's cancellation by Thames TV., 11 March 2005
Author: alantaylor168 from London, England

I remember watching The Benny Hill show during the Seventies on London channel Thames TV, which also produced the show from their studios at Teddington Lock in west London. I remember just how popular this show was in England and as i found out later, the whole world. This man was a comedy genius ranked by many with the all time greats such as Chaplin, Keaton, Laurel & Hardy, Lloyd. In France he is revered as a comedy auteur. His shows viewing figures were always in the top ten in the UK right up to his shows cancellation in 1989. Around the same time comedy in Britain was undergoing a revolution. The old-school traditional end-of-pier type of comedy that had become a mainstay in UK television (Are You Being Served) was now considered to be politically incorrect. In it's place came a new "style" of writing more influenced by correct non sexist/racist humour. This change was headlined by such shows as The Comic Strip Presents,The Young Ones,Friday night Live and a whole host of other programing that had first had exposure with the launch of channel 4 in 1982. By the late 80s Thames television were facing a barrage of anti Benny Hill sentiment driven by the UK press that was totally contradicted by his viewing figures that showed only a small decline in viewers. Thames decided to bite the political bullet and cancelled his show in 1989. Benny Hill was to experience the wilderness of change and he never worked again. Former members of the Hills Angels visited him on a regular basis, but a depression had started to eat away at him. He died on April 18, 1992.

Now in 2005 TV comedy in the UK is split into two halves. The commercial channels such as Channels 4 & 5 show predominantly US imports such as Friends, Joey etc. While the BBC still stick to homegrown comedy such as Little Britain, The Smoking Room, which are the direct descendants of the "Alternative Comedy" that changed British TV in the 1980s. The problem now is is that it's hard to find anything that can give you a real belly laugh because todays comedy is too obsessed with patting itself on the back in self congratulation at how smart it is.

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