If you asked any fan of British comedy, particularly of the zany ilk, if they've ever heard of Alfred Hawthorne Hill they may look at you as if you were daft. Mention Benny Hill and you'll probably get a smile of wide-eyed amusement and a few guffaws. No, not everyone loves Benny, but those who do are big fans. Hill was somewhat of a flop in radio and and lukewarm on the stage, but once he hit television ... well, let's just say the rest is history.
This fantastic collection of 18 discs is housed in three cases which can easily be stored/stacked. Inside each case the discs are placed in a flip style for easy access. The first case houses 21 episodes, including three rare black-and-white episodes from 1969 to 1974. Bonus features include a documentary ("The World's Favourite Clown"), Hill's "Laughter and Controvery" from A & E's Biography series, and two Benny Hill Cheeky Challenge Trivia Quizzes. The second case houses 20 episodes from 1975 to 1981. Bonus features include "Eddie in August," "I was a Hill's Angel" feature, and two Benny Hill Cheeky Challenge Trivia Quizzes. The third case houses 17 episodes from 1982 to 1989. The bonus features include "Hill's Angels: Off the Record," "Hill Angels: In Conversation," and two Benny Hill cheeky Challenge Trivia Quizzes. You're getting approximately 48 hours and 29 minutes of some of the zaniest, nutty sketches you've ever seen.
There is a small booklet that lists all the episodes. You can select individual sketches from the discs. The only problem is trying to find individual ones as they are not listed in alphabetical order, but then again as you scan the lists you're sure to find some that you remember. I once had several of these on VHS, but years ago they were difficult to find and quite expensive, to say nothing of the problem storing them because of the bulk. With the number of sketches you are getting (five hundred eighty-five), this set is a real bargain. The color and sound are excellent and appears to be consistent from disc to disc. For additional fun, bloopers are included. When many people hear "Yakety Sax," undoubtedly they think of Benny. Do you?