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The Benny Hill Show

All Episodes 1965 - 1968

  • Ended
  • BBC One
  • 1955-01-01T09:00:00+01:00
  • 60 mins
  • 1 day, 8 hours, 0 mins
  • Comedy
Debuting on the BBC in 1955, the first version of The Benny Hill Show ran for 13 years, in irregular time slots, and set the tone for his later work. The show specialized in spoofing other TV genres and programmes using video editing techniques they were probably inventing as they went along.

36 episodes

Opening Sequence 1965 English Lesson 1965 German TV Commercials 1965 Audience Research 1965 Bo-Peep Variations 1965 Soap Commercial 1964 TV Commercials 1965 Knobbly Knees 1964 Market Gardeners 1965 Secret Agent Of Love 1965 The Castle 1966 End Credits

Opening Sequence 1961 24 Hours 1968 Jean-P Scuttle's The Knock 1965 Emily Biscuit Horsewoman 1958 Soap Box Jury 1961 Funboy Club 1965 Household Cha-Cha 1965 The Stamp Collector 1965 Hollywood Partners 1968 Unscripted Monologue 1968 Cinema Fantasy 1965 End Credits

Opening Sequence 1965 Opportunity Calls 1965 Scuttle Air 1965 Divorce, European Style 1968 The Strolling Ones 1965 Brandyball 1965 Phantom Phone Call 1968 Safari Lecture 1965 Police - Friend Or Foe? 1965 Laddyboys 1966 Garden Of Love 1966 End Credits

Benny Goes Bodybuilding 1965 Passengers Of Passion 1965 Rock Concert 1965 The Week's Record Releases with Hy-Figh 1965 a. BBC's Top TV Drama Director: Mr. Fred Scuttle b. One Step Behind End Credits

1x01 Show 1

  • Series Premiere

    1955-01-15T06:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

1x02 Show 2

  • 1955-02-12T06:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

1x03 Show 3

  • 1955-03-12T06:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

After this episode, Benny took his show to rival ATV for two episodes, before returning to the BBC in 1957 (he would to to ATV on several other occasions in-between BBC seasons).

2x01 Show 4

  • Season Premiere

    1957-01-05T06:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

2x02 Show 5

  • 1957-02-02T06:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

2x03 Show 6

  • 1957-03-02T06:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

2x04 Show 7

  • 1957-03-30T06:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

2x05 Show 8

  • 1957-04-27T06:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

2x06 Show 9

  • 1957-06-01T05:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

3x01 Show 10

  • Season Premiere

    1958-02-01T06:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

3x02 Show 11

  • 1958-03-01T06:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

3x03 Show 12

  • 1958-03-29T06:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

3x04 Show 13

  • 1958-04-26T06:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

Includes parodies of ""Sportsview"" (with early versions of Fred Scuttle's Keep Fit brigade and Hill as a lady showjumper) and ""Music for You"" (with the earliest known rendition of ""Pepys' Diary""); Hill and Dave Freeman perform in a ""Theatre Time"" production of ""The Raja's Jaws""; plus musical numbers from Irving Davies, Alma Cogan, and the George Mitchell Singers, and an acrobatic routine from Alan Kemble & Christine.

4x01 Show 14

  • Season Premiere

    1961-02-04T06:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

4x02 Show 15

  • 1961-03-04T06:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

Includes the famous (and landmark) ""Juke Box Jury"" parody, with Hill as the host, all four panellists, and some of the audience members.

4x03 Show 16

  • 1961-04-01T06:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

5x01 Show 17

  • Season Premiere

    1961-11-04T06:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

5x02 Show 18

  • 1961-11-25T06:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

5x03 Show 19

  • 1961-12-16T06:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

6x01 Show 20

  • Season Premiere

    1964-11-06T06:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

6x02 Show 21

  • 1965-04-10T06:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

Includes Hill as all twelve members (male and female) of an orchestra, and as all the members of a Rolling Stones-style group; plus a fashion show, a repeat of the super-low-budget film ""The Secret Agent of Love,"" and a choreographed ""Cha-Cha"" radio breakfast sketch.

6x03 Show 22

  • 1965-04-24T06:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

6x04 Show 23

  • 1965-05-08T05:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

Includes a look at crime in Great Britain (with Fred Scuttle as a police detective) and a spy spoof with Susan Clark as a femme fatale.

6x05 Show 24

  • 1965-05-22T05:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

7x01 Show 25

  • Season Premiere

    1965-11-06T06:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

Includes the talent show ""Opportunity Calls"" with Hill as the host and all the contestants (including a singing acrobat, a ventriloquist and a folk singer who performs ""In the Papers"").

7x02 Show 26

  • 1965-11-27T06:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

Fred Scuttle presents TV rejects such as ""click""-wannabe artist Ivor Burles, two lederhosen-wearing dancers, a Eurovision-link interview with a German baron, and an early performance of ""The Old Fiddler.""

7x03 Show 27

  • 1965-12-18T06:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

Highlights include another rendition of Benny's Baby Doll scenario (done here with Elaine Taylor).

7x04 Show 28

  • 1966-01-08T06:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

Includes a re-telling of the ""Prince and the Pauper"" tale with Hill playing both parts; and an early version of the Tex Cymbal saga, ending with Benny and Trisha Noble duetting on ""My Garden of Love.""

8x01 Show 29

  • Season Premiere

    1968-04-20T06:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

Includes a look at Hollywood screen partnerships over the decades (with Hill as the Marx Brothers, Marlon Brando and Rod Steiger from ""On the Waterfront"", Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, and W.C. Fields and Mae West, plus a Laurel & Hardy moment and a musical number with Benny as Nelson Eddy and Janie Marden as Jeanette MacDonald); also featured are parodies of ""Whicker's World"" (with a look at divorce laws in different European countries) and of the news broadcast ""24 Hours"", plus Benny as a man terrorized in his own home by three wild women.

8x02 Show 30

  • 1968-11-20T06:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

8x03 Show 31

  • 1968-12-11T06:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

8x04 Show 32

  • 1968-12-26T06:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

Highlights of this final BBC edition include Benny arriving late at the studio for the opening and hitching a ride on an old lady; Mervyn Thud announcing his plans to radically alter the tone and content of Radio Times; the worst example of an editing job for television of a cheesy monster movie; Hill as a thoroughly soused radio DJ doing his shift after attending an all-night disk jockeys' convention; musical guest Tammy Jones performs "Summertime"; Henry McGee interviews Benny as French avant-garde film director Claude Le Twit, which is followed by an art-film parody, "See Saw, Roundabout and Swing," with Hill in a dual role as two brothers of opposite fates; an actor in a theatrical play has major trouble switching costumes from character to character; the misadventures of a little old man (Jackie Wright) being served at a seedy barber shop; and for the close, Benny leading a Russian song and dance troupe.