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Benny Hill - Still an influence

Postby bob » Tue Feb 14, 2012 7:15 am

How great of the French director of the multi BAFTA winning film 'The Artist' to recognise the three greatest British influences on his life : Sir Lawrence Olivier, William Webb Ellis and BENNY HILL. Fantastic.
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Re: Benny Hill - Still an influence

Postby Dirty Old Yank » Fri Feb 17, 2012 7:55 pm

Was doing a bit of research and happened across a 'factoid':
It appears Benny Hill was at school with Charles Gray.

I got it off Wikipeadia, so it could easily be apocryphal.
...But I hope it isn't, paints a funny picture don't it! :)
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Re: Benny Hill - Still an influence

Postby Ivor Biggun » Sun Jul 08, 2012 2:19 am

Is Benny Hill still banned in Britain? I saw an interview with Henry McGee once and he said that Britain is the only place in the world where you can't watch re-airings of The Benny Hill Show. In all honesty, if they allow Little Britain then they should have no problem with Benny.

It is understandable, though. A middle aged man running around pinching young women's bottoms is hilarious, when he gets to be in his 60's and is still running around pinching young women's bottoms, though, it's just creepy.
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Re: Benny Hill - Still an influence

Postby Archie » Mon Jul 09, 2012 5:51 pm

They often show the 90 minute 'Best of Benny hill' on one of the comedy satellite channels.

Including the Hilarious Chinaman at the airport sketch - you ruddy ridiot :lol:

Somehow it escaped the Orwellian Thought Police. :o
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Re: Benny Hill - Still an influence

Postby harryfaversham » Mon Jul 09, 2012 7:29 pm

Never found him that funny. Always seemed a bit childish/overly slapstick to me
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Re: Benny Hill - Still an influence

Postby PhilGlass » Mon Jul 09, 2012 7:36 pm

Benny isn't banned, he's just out of fashion. After 16 years ITV cancelled him because he was looking older, and now looked like a "dirty old man". For some reason he then just gave up and never did anything else.

"Ernie The Fastest Milkman in The West" is a piece of genius, and was a top ten hit TWICE! "They won't forget hur-nie". I grew up with that song and once even sang it (successfully) in a professional theatre audition. It got me the part, my first professional gig.

His songwriting was actually highly under rated.
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Re: Benny Hill - Still an influence

Postby harryfaversham » Mon Jul 09, 2012 11:35 pm

I like that song but just cannot appreciate the TV show
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Re: Benny Hill - Still an influence

Postby Tom Jones » Tue Jul 10, 2012 4:37 am

I always get a chuckle out of Benny Hill whenever I see re runs on TV or on youtube.
Not everything he did was funny, but if you sat down and watched a 30 minute episode you would laugh a few times.
I always like the Pool Tricks and the Wishing Well skits.
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Re: Benny Hill - Still an influence

Postby Dirty Old Yank » Tue Jul 10, 2012 1:25 pm

PhilGlass wrote:"Ernie The Fastest Milkman in The West" is a piece of genius...

Interesting, I've not seen that or don't remember it.
Benny was broadcast on PBS in the states in the 70's, and I'm guessing not since.
I'm wondering if that bit was the inspiration for Reid Fleming: World's Toughest Milkman, a riotously funny 'underground' cartoon character created by David Boswell.
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Re: Benny Hill - Still an influence

Postby harryfaversham » Tue Jul 10, 2012 3:36 pm

Great theme tune lol
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Re: Benny Hill - Still an influence

Postby Ilovesteptoe » Sat Mar 02, 2013 9:07 pm

I Love and still do Benny Hill. He was a great Actor/comedy genius who was basically *@5"* on from a great height by ITV bosses after he made them millions and when The US took him under their wing and he showed how his humour was universal and was a huge hit there too. I love his early work and still laugh at his naughty school boy expression when he reacts to the audience and when he used to banter with Bob Todd and him slapping poor old Jackie Wright's bald head :P
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