Benny Hill's film debut restored

Sunday 12th July 2020, 8:38pm

  • The first film starring Benny Hill has been restored
  • Who Done It? has been remastered in HD and will be available from mid-August
  • A late Ealing Studios comedy, it follows an ice rink worker turned private detective
Who Done It?. Image shows from L to R: Frankie Mayne (Belinda Lee), Hugo Dill (Benny Hill). Copyright: STUDIOCANAL.

Who Done It? has been newly remastered in high definition and will be released on Blu-ray.

The 1956 feature film marked the big screen debut of internationally acclaimed comic and actor Benny Hill.

Co-starring Belinda Lee, a DVD version has been available since 2007, but now a brand new HD remaster has been made, and will be released by Network Distribution on 17th August.

The film was also one of the final comedies made by Ealing Studios under its original management structures, and was the last comedy to be filmed at the studio after which the company took its name. The famous west London site was then sold to the BBC.

Directed by Basil Dearden (The Goose Steps Out, The League Of Gentlemen), the film sees Hill play an ice rink worker who comes into a small financial win that allows him to live out his dream of establishing his own private detective agency.

It was written by T.E.B. Clarke, whose credits include the acclaimed Ealing comedies The Titfield Thunderbolt, Passport To Pimlico, and The Lavender Hill Mob.

Network's new release will also include an image gallery, the film's original theatrical trailer, and The Waiters, a short film also starring Hill, from 1969.

Hill's career continued primarily on television, but he did also star in Light Up The Sky (1960) alongside Ian Carmichael and Tommy Steele, and made The Best Of Benny Hill in 1974, a compilation of sketches from his high-rating television programmes.


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Who Done It?

Who Done It?

Saucy comedy superstar Benny Hill makes his screen-starring debut in one of the last Ealing comedies ever made under the studios' original management. Co-starring Belinda Lee as a glamorous showgirl and David Kossoff as a dastardly foreign spy - and directed by BAFTA award-winning Basil Dearden - Who Done It? is presented here as a brand new high definition transfer from original film elements in its original theatrical aspect ratio.

A clumsy ice rink sweeper with delusions of grandeur, Hugo Dill fantasises about becoming a private investigator. When he wins both a bloodhound and a sum of money in a magazine competition, he decides the time is right to change career and fulfil his dream!

First released: Monday 17th August 2020

  • Distributor: Network
  • Region: B
  • Discs: 1
  • Minutes: 83
  • Subtitles: English
  • Catalogue: 7958314

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  • Distributor: Network
  • Region: 2
  • Discs: 1
  • Minutes: 80
  • Subtitles: English
  • Catalogue: 7956076

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The Best Of Benny Hill

The Best Of Benny Hill

This hilarious compilation celebrates the unique talents of comedy superstar Benny Hill with an uproarious collection of the characters and sketches that made him a household name the world over!

This classic mix of comedy and song features Benny's regular cohorts Henry McGee, Bob Todd, Jackie Wright, Patricia Hayes and Nicholas Parsons - alongside the usual bevy of lovely ladies!

Released theatrically in 1974, The Best Of Benny Hill is featured here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements.

Special features:
Original theatrical trailer
Image gallery
Promotional material PDF

First released: Monday 8th February 2016

  • Distributor: Network
  • Region: 2
  • Discs: 1
  • Catalogue: 7954237

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Light Up The Sky

Light Up The Sky

A sparkling comedy drama set around a World War II British Army Searchlight Squad; are a rag-tag bunch of misfits who pull together in the country;s hour of need under the direction of Lt Ogelby (Ian Carmichael).

Although the cast is littered with comedians, the tone and setting of the movie is comic but moving in its portrayal of ordinary British men thrown together in extraordinary times.

First released: Monday 15th October 2007

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