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The Benny Hill Show

Updated on February 1, 2015

The Benny Hill Show

The Benny Hill Show, (one of my personal all-time favorites), was a groundbreaking comedic television show that originally aired in The United Kingdom. The program featured the original, often racy comedy of the show's namesake, Benny Hill, and produced some of Benny's memorable characters; The Halitosis Kid, Maurice Dribble, Fred Scuttle, and Barney the Disgruntled Husband.

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Early Version

The original version of the The Benny Hill Show was broadcast on BBC Television starting in the mid 1950s. In the early incarnations of the show, Hill showed his talent with his uncanny ability to perform impersonations. BBC would carry the show on a sporadic basis from 1955-1968, with Associated TeleVision also airing an occasional Hill special from 1957 to 1960.

Benny Hill on DVD

Benny Hill: The Complete & Unadulterated Megaset 1969-1989
Benny Hill: The Complete & Unadulterated Megaset 1969-1989

This set contains all the specials Benny did between 1969 and 1989. This collection is the complete, original & unedited source of all the Benny Hill shows - including lots of bits and pieces that never made it across the pond. A must have for the serious Benny Hill fan.

 

Thames Television Years

The Benny Hill Show would switch over to Thames Television in 1969. This would be the point where Benny would begin to gain his fame as a T. V. icon. In his Thames years, Hill's program would be largely based on slapstick routines and silent film-style pantomimes of comedy and sight gags. Indeed lechery and raciness were a cornerstone of many of the shows, in which tall, beautiful girls called the "Hill's Angels" were often being chased by Benny and a group of men.

Cancellation and Legacy

After a semi-regular run of thirty-four years on British Television, The Benny Hill Show was sacked in 1989. The reason for the show's cancellation was officially that the cost of each episode was too high to justify the program's sagging ratings.

The Benny Hill Show ran for a total of 98 episodes (58 of which were carried on Thames), between the years of 1955-1989. The syndicated version of the show consists of 111 episodes that are still enjoyed in of dozens of countries worldwide.The Benny Hill Show will always be remembered as a program that spanned the test of time, as well as a portal for showcasing the talents of a genuinely gifted and hard-working comedian.

Benny Hill Show Clips

"Yakety Sax" - The Benny Hill Show Theme Song

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    • therealstig86 profile image

      therealstig86 

      6 years ago

      Hilarious, such typical British humour.

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      writerkath 

      6 years ago

      One of my favorite Benny Hill skits was when he was dressed as a housewife, doing dishes as part of a TV commercial... The voiceover would say stuff like, "And so what do you think of (Brand) soap?" And Hill would saying something like, "It's so... SUDSY!" and the voiceover would say in a dreamy voice, "Sudsy??"

      Hill: "Yes...sudsy... And I like how it makes my hands so... SOFT!" Voiceover: "Soft??"

      Hill: (Beginning to look irritated) "Yes, soft. And it makes the dishes so... SHINY!"

      Voiceover: "Shiny???"

      And then Hill would look at the camera and say something like, "YES! SHINY! What are you... bloody stupid??"

      I first saw that in a pub in New Zealand in 1984... :) Thanks for the memories!

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      Tony Payne 

      6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I loved The Benny Hill Show. Yesterday was the 20th anniversary of his death, and he was born in Southampton where we live.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      I always watched the Benny Hill show. Some very funny stuff.

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      inhousefinancing 

      6 years ago

      I grew up watching this show with my father over 25 years ago. We laughed hysterically at his physical humor and great songs.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      I lived for Benny Hill!

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      goo2eyes lm 

      7 years ago

      yes, when i was in america, i never missed it. just like 3's company.

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      adamfrench 

      7 years ago

      Yes, it was my Grandfathers favorite program

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      CanadaREVIEW 

      7 years ago

      OMG it has been so long since I watched this! Before my dad died I bought him the box set to watch when he was convalescing, this was his favorite show! Greta lens! I am enjoying watching the clips!

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      Lisa Remmick 

      7 years ago

      Oh it's been years since I have watched Benny Hill. I used to watch it with my Mom, Grandma and Dad. Such fun and he was truly an entertainer. Great memories....

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      Gordon N Hamilton 

      7 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      Great lens. I loved the Benny Hill show - and of course its wonderful theme tune!

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      Dakeas 

      7 years ago

      Benny Hill was also the toymaker on Chitty Chitty Bang Bang! Great lens

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      OFC i am; i love this dude

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      I grew up in the US on the Canadian border and we got BBC, so I grew up laughing with Benny Hill.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 

      7 years ago from Ljubljana

      He was very funny. I still remember Sunday afternoons when his sketches were on:)

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      Paul Turner 

      7 years ago from Birmingham, Al.

      I used to watch it when i was younger, stayed up after the parents went to be :) I like the bald guy.

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      Richard 

      7 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      Growing up in the UK, Benny Hill was an essential part of my weekly TV viewing. Thanks for the wonderful reminder. Blessed by the TV Angel :)

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      Luminosity LM 

      7 years ago

      I used to watch this show with my grandfather we would laugh together.

      Spending time with him is such a pleasure.

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      justholidays 

      7 years ago

      44 years, are you sure? I'd say 34 years :) Other than that, I enjoyed the visit. Benny Hill and British humor are my all time favourites!

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      KokoTravel 

      7 years ago

      Is it still on TV? It was fun!

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      charity7 

      7 years ago

      I remember my uncle talking about this show and got my dad to start watching it. It was hilarious! Especially when he would chase the old guy in fast motion. Great lens!

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      reasonablerobby 

      7 years ago

      Is Benny Hill popular in the USA? Wow! So British although he is popular in Germany too. He always said he never told a rude joke, the connection was always made in the mind of the audience! ba da da da.

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      OMG! So glad I found this lens ... my dad, sis and I would watch this show religiously and I believe how I developed my quirky sense of humor. I LOVE Benny Hill... my sis and I still make references to Benny Hill and my kids know him too... own all the DVD's! PS: Thanks for being a fan of my page!

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      jdwheeler 

      8 years ago

      Yes. I used to stay up during the summer when I was out of school and watch it. British comedy is the best.

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      Andy-Po 

      8 years ago

      Great lens. I enjoyed Benny Hill as a child in the UK, but it has been popular all over the world. It may be low-brow, but it's fun and translates well into other languages.

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      Teri Villars 

      8 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Interesting Lens. Did you know that he was the richest man in the UK and died a recluse? I saw Graham Chapman when in college in the early 80s and he said that Monty Python was more intelligent than Benny Hill and said that people that were interested in him were only interested in "tits & a$$". I liked Benny! We all miss him.

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      traceysfolly lm 

      8 years ago

      Great lens. I can remember family members watching this when I was a kid. It all went over my head. lol. Thanks for the memories.

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      littlelu lm 

      8 years ago

      great lens! Love Benny Hill

    • ZablonMukuba profile image

      ZablonMukuba 

      8 years ago

      i loved that show

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      drifter0658 lm 

      8 years ago

      I think I first saw Benny when I was maybe 12 years old. He and Dave Allen were very popular with my friends and myself. I don't think our parents actually knew what we were watching. Just some quirky "British Comedy".... :D

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      Darla Dixon 

      8 years ago

      Great page...hard to find anyone who doesn't like Benny Hill - he was brilliant!

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      JimH 

      8 years ago

      Loved Benny Hill and his theme song, thanks for some great and funny memories!

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      thesuccess2 

      8 years ago

      When I was first working abroad in Belgium and hardly knew anyone I was comforted to see everyone laughing at Benny Hill in a cafe. I don't think it really needed dubbing because the humor was so visual!

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      Ann 

      8 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      I was so surprised to see Benny Hill here, I thought he was purely UK appreciated. great lens - his greatest work? Ernie the Fastest Milkman in the West!

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      I was gutted when they ended Benny Hill. Modern comedy is just not funny - he was silly and made you laugh. These days comedians are just sarcastic. Blessed, but I shan't sleep tonight for strains of Yakkety Sax.... Aaaagh :P

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      svarun 

      8 years ago

      I love to see Benny Hills shows... He is still one of the best comics....

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      LouiseKirkpatrick 

      8 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

      I loved Benny Hill and had no idea that ths show spanned an amazing 44 years :O I guess the onset of "political correctness" killed it off...a real shame :(

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      Tarra99 

      8 years ago

      Thanks for the trip down memory lane...I grew up watching The Benny Hill show with my father. Thumbs up and thanks for visiting my Scrabble Tile Jewelry lens! :o)

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      Whole family loved Benny Hill, we all got the joke but I don't think Benny ever did. He was a lonely man. After, keeping the world laughing for what seems forever they canceled Benny's show, it wasn't PC, and he was heart broken.

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      myraggededge 

      8 years ago

      I watched it when I was a kid (in the UK) but after so many years it became a bit same-ish and lost its sparkle when Monty Python came along. We all loved it when Benny brought out the hit record "The Fastest Milkman in the West".

      Great lens which brought back some memories - especially of that little short bloke.

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      Bus Stop Toy Shop 

      8 years ago

      I'd forgotten the little chap with the bald head until I watched the clips. Great memories!

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      I used to watch the Benny Hill show when I was a kid, loved the show. Great lens!

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      stacy mcdaniel 

      8 years ago

      I'm a big fan of Benny Hill. I remember watching him when I was young. Very funny show.

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      hayleylou lm 

      9 years ago

      The Benny Hill show was just hilarious. They just don't make comedys like they used to! 5 stars, I have added a link to your lens on my Blossom comedy lens

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      EpicFarms 

      9 years ago

      I loved the Benny Hill Show! That and Monty Python's Flying Circus were two of my favorite things on TV :o) Nice lens!

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      OldGrampa 

      10 years ago

      Benny Hill was very funny. When I was a kid they actually showed Benny Hill (and Monty Python) on PBS. I loved both programs, but the thing that struck me about Benny Hill was that it had real women on it instead of men dressed up as women like in Monty Python. I also remember Benny Hill in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

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      anonymous 

      10 years ago

      Just thanks for being on squidoo! You make a difference... and all that.

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      Fox Music 

      10 years ago

      The antics of Benny Hill on PBS were the best part of being able to stay up late as a kid.

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      Tony Payne 

      10 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Benny was so funny. I loved him in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and The Italian Job.

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