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Benny Hill Show (1969)

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Benny Hill

Benny Hill was a British comedy that is in rerun still to this day. The show aired in various forms from 1955 to 1989 when its last episode was filmed.

Let’s go back to 1969 for the season premiere.

Born Alfred Hawthorne “Benny” Hill was born in Southampton, located in southern England back in 1924. He’d go on to international stardom making people laugh for over 70 years.

After the Second World War, Hill worked as a performer on radio, making his debut on a show called Variety Bandbox in 1947. His first appearance on television was in 1950. In addition, he attempted a sitcom anthology, Benny Hill, which ran from 1962 to 1963, in which he played a different character in each episode. In 1964, he played Nick Bottom in an all-star TV film production of William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

He also had a radio show called “Benny Hill Time” on BBC Radio’s Light Program, from 1964 to 1966 where he’d play a number of characters in the series, such as Harry Hill, Fred Scuttle and others.

Check out more great episodes, sketch comedy scenes and an amazing Biography about this comedic genius below.

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Picture credit: By Ricardo Liberato – Benny Hill, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16071025


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