News & Updates
This page covers Updates from October 13, 2006 - December 14, 2006
This page covers Updates from October 13, 2006 - December 14, 2006
I had written a Benny Hill Tribute quite some time ago, but it was brief and not very indepth. I decided that it needed to be revised and I could think of no one more capable than our own William Brown to do the job. He has also used some of the material I had written in the original in this new tribute. I have done the photos you will see on the four pages as a Tribute to Benny's mastery of so many characters during his twenty years at Thames Television. Hopefully fans will see this as a fitting Tribute to Benny. Special thanks to William Brown for this excellent Tribute to our man Benny!
After some muscle grease and a lot of really great suggestions from William Brown, I have updated and expanded the Faces of Benny Hill section into six pages and over 50 images of Benny Hill in several of his famous characters and impersonations he did over the years. This section will of course expand in the future. Don't be afraid to make some suggestions for your favorites that may be missing! Make sure that character isn't actually in the Faces section first before submitting it. Enjoy!
I recieved an email from www.tvshowsondvd.com and they seem to have confirmed the release date for Set 6 for January 30th, 2007. The Collection will include all eight episode from 1986-1989 as well as a featurette entitled Hill's Angels: In Conversation Interview and The Benny Hill Cheeky Challenge Trivia Quiz #6. I will of course be doing a review when it becomes available.
There are now two new entries in the Love Machine Tribute. One for Jane Eve (Colthorpe), top and Teresa Lucas (bottom). You can go straight to their entries by clicking on the images to the left. Thanks to William Brown for the background information!
William Brown has put together a Bob Todd Tribute with some excellent photos and a look at the moon-faced comedian who was one of the TBHSs key players! Thanks to William Brown for the indepth research.
I just heard from David Hawkins that NetworkDVD will continue releasing the Benny Hill Annuals in the new year, beginning with 1980 & 1981. So far, there is no official street date for the titles. Amazon UK and other online sites are stating street dates somewhere in March, but that is incorrect. As I get more details on this news from David, I will pass that info on to you.
David Hawkins did a little research on the Hot Gossamer routine and has passed along some interesting trivia about Hot Gossip, the real dance troupe which inspired the parody, Hot Gossamer on TBHS. Test your knowledge!
Our three winners in the DVD Competition should keep an eye on their mail boxes. Robert Mair of Network DVD has informed me that the three prize packages were posted today. Once again, congratulations to the grand prize winner Quentin Dodd and runners-up Jonathan Shaw & Mervyn Wall!
I just recieved an email from Tony James who hosts the Tony James Goldmine Radio Show. Tony is a huge Benny Hill fan and was quite impressed with this site. Tony has passed along a link to his site and is going to post a link to Benny's Place there. He may even mention this site in an upcoming show! Thanks to Tony for his support!
Some very special fan favorites of members of Hill's Angels have been added today. William Brown put in some hard work I suspect to capture these pics. We now have entries for Samantha Spencer-Lane, Clare Smalley and by special request, Sue Upton. You will also find entries for Emma Bryant and Erica Lynley. Hill's Angels fans will appreciate the entries for these and special thanks to William Brown for passing along the photos and for his research!
I got an email from William Brown a short time ago informing me that the sixth and final Benny Hill Collection from A&E has a tentative street date of January 30th, 2007! The information is on amazon.com. Wether or not this is the official date is unclear. The Collection will include all eight episode from 1986-1989 as well as a featurette entitled Hill's Angels: In Conversation Interview and The Benny Hill Cheeky Challenge Trivia Quiz #6.
William Brown has passed along some new entries to the Who's Who pages, including Benjie Bolgar, Vicki Harris, (Maureen) Flanagan and Suzanne Jerome. You can find these entries alphabetically in the Who's Who pages. Thanks, William!
William Brown has passed along three more Who's Who entries, including Anthony Kenyon, Rosemay da Costa and Katie Randall. Thanks, William!
The 12-Disc Collection The Benny Hill Annuals: 1970 - 1979 goes to Quentin Dodd!
Jonathan Shaw & Mervyn Wall have each won a copy of the The Benny Hill Annual: 1978 & The Benny Hill Annual: 1979. The winning names and their addresses have been passed onto Robert Mair of Network DVD. The Question was: What was the name of the famous theme song from the Benny Hill Show and who originally recorded it? The Answer: "Yakety Sax" and it was originally recorded by Boots Randolph. Congratulations to our three winners and thanks to everyone who entered!
Time is running out! The competition closes on Friday, November 10th at 11:59PM Atlantic Standard Time! The three (3) Lucky Winners names will be announced here and on the Home Page, as well as on the Competitions page sometime on Saturday, November the 11th. The winning names with their addresses will be passed onto Robert Mair of Network Video. Network DVD Competition Clue: Having trouble finding the answer to the trivia question? What was the name of the famous theme song from the Benny Hill Show and who originally recorded it? You may wish to Google "Benny Hill Theme Song" and you just might find the answer! Don't forget to inlcude your postal address!
There is now an all-new tribute to the legendary Jackie Wright! William Brown did some research, dug out his pencil and wrote an informative bio for this classic star of The Benny Hill Show. Thanks, William!
There is now a new Hill's Angel entry for fan-favourite Alison Bell in the Who's Who section of the site. William Brown wrote an informative bio for Alison and passed along this very nice pic for your viewing pleasure. Thanks, William!
As usual, William Brown is an excellent aid to identifying cast members and for additional bits of info for the newest Set 5 DVD Review. You will see his contributions to the Set 5 DVD Review in brackets and marked WB. Thanks again, William!
I have now completed my review for A&E Set 5 which was released on Septmber 26th. The review has taken some time because I have also made revisions to the Hill's Angels galleries and added new ones! There are updates to the Golden Greats Photo Galleries and the Golden Classics Photo Galleries. I have also divided the Who's Who pages into two sections for easier navigation. The Hill's Angels Galleries are now divided by the years they were released in accordance with the DVD sets from A&E. Check out the menu on the right hand column of every page. William Brown will probably be adding his own notes and any corrections that may be needed for the galleries. Note: The A&E Set 5 DVD contains the complete and uncut version of Lady Godiva (The Wild West)!
I have been receiving a few emails about my Set 5 review. I apologize if this seems to be taking longer than usual. There are a few other updates to the site that I am doing as part of this DVD Review, in particular, the Hill's Angels Galleries. Please be patient, I will have it up as soon as possible!
The Network DVD Competition will now close on November 10, 2006 at 11:59 PM Atlantic Standard Time. For more details on the DVD Competition, please check out the Competitions Page.
Having trouble finding the answer to the trivia question? What was the name of the famous theme song from the Benny Hill Show and who originally recorded it? You may wish to Google "Benny Hill Theme Song" and you just might find the answer! Remember, the competition is only open to UK Residents.
Associate Editor David Hawkins has passed along some more Region 2 DVD Reviews. This time for two collections, including, The Crazy World Of Benny Hill (1988) and Benny Hill's Greatest Hits (1990). Thanks to David for the reviews. Enjoy! Don't worry, the A&E Set 5 DVD Review should be up some time next week!
Benny's Place now features an exclusive interview with the lovely Lorraine Doyle (Greening). I think I speak for all Lorraine Doyle (Greening) fans and Benny Hill fans everywhere when I say Thank You, Lorraine.
Skill Testing Question: Who originally recorded the famous theme song to the Benny Hill Show and what was it called? Send your answers to threerandot. The competition closes on November 10, 2006 at 11:59 PM Atlantic Standard Time. Note: You must include Network DVD Competition in the subject line. Do not forget to include your mailing address. For more details, check out the Competitions Page. Winners will be announced there.