The Benny Hill Show Wikia


The Benny Hill Show was a English comedy/variety show that ran as a series of specials between 1957 and 1989, starting out on the BBC and later getting acquired by Thames Television (ITV), whose episodes became more popular internationally. Briefly formatted as a situation comedy from 1962 to 1963, its style was more American burlesque and vaudeville with musical segments and comedy sketches with interstitial comedy bits or "quickies" (brief humorous sketches) between acts. Much of the so-called "quickies" featured humorous scenes between married couples, surreal moments beyond reality, phony bloopers and acting gaffes and examples of male hubris followed by defeat. The show is possibly best known for the Hill's Angels, a troupe of beautiful female actors, dancers, singers and entertainers who dance in sexy provocative musical segments set on various themes who also starred frequently in the sketches. The most popular among them was Jane Leeves, who went on to a vastly successful TV and film career in the United States.
Episodes typically started with a single or series of "quickies" followed by an opening ballad or monologue set to music to start the show. This was then followed by sketches, acts, fake blooper reels, TV and movie parodies, modern satire and guest spots, often with "quickies" in between, and ending with a comedy tag culminated by a chase scene accompanied by the Yakety Sax theme. Beginning in 1973, four years after the series had started, cast member Henry McGee announced the opening, taking over from Nicholas Parsons, the show's original straight man, who shared the role with David Hamilton.
Episodes here are named after the prime sketches and parodies featured on the show. The BBC episodes can be found here.

Ladybirds Years

Season 1

Season 2

Season 3

Season 4

Season 5

Guest Star Years

Season 6

Season 7

Season 8

Season 9

Season 10

Hill's Angels Years

Season 11

Season 12

Season 13

Season 14

Season 15

Season 16

Season 17

Season 18

Season 19