This week, Benny Hill would have been 100 years old.
A master of what he did which, sadly a lot of what wouldn’t been acceptable in these policially-correct times even though it was all so innocent, but funny.
He was born Alfred Hawthorne Hill in Southampton and was king of slapstick comedy complete with double entendre which made his legendary shows some of the most watched show on British television in the 70s and early 80s.
He also did some straight acting in a number of films including, most famously, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in 1968 and The Italian Job the following year. He won a number of BAFTAs and two Emmys for his Outstanding Variety contribution. He had a record deal with Pye records and charted three singles in the 60s and then changed to EMI records and was rewarded with the number one hit, Ernie (The Fastest Milkman in the West) in December 1971.
In a poll by The Independent in 2002, he was ranked the third greatest British comedian of the 20th century behind Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel. He died in 1992 in the same city where he was born.
Let’s remember the video and song of his chart-topper complete with the only time we find out Ernie’s surname, can you spot it in the video and a funny comedy sketch.