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Dave Benson Phillips

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Dave Benson Phillips
Nationality British
Occupation Children's television presenter
Years active 1981–present

Dave Benson Phillips is a British entertainer and television presenter who hosted the children's TV programme Get Your Own Back.


Benson Phillips became interested in showbusiness while working as an usher at the Polka Children's Theatre in Wimbledon, London, and began his career as an entertainer by busking and performing at children's parties.[1] He subsequently went on to work for Pontins as a Bluecoat, and a Children’s Uncle for Haven Holidays.[2] While working at Haven, a talent scout saw him perform, and he was invited by BBC Manchester to audition for Play School.[2] His audition was successful, but the show was pulled out of production shortly after he signed the contract; however, it was recommissioned as Playbus (later renamed to Playdays), which ran for 9 years.[2]

In 1991, he was given his own show, Get Your Own Back,[2] which was shown on BBC One (and later CBBC) between 1991 and 2003, and was a game show consisting of one child contestant and one of their peers (such as a relative or teacher) who, in the child's eyes, had done something unreasonable, and for which the child wanted revenge. In 1999, the show was nominated for a BAFTA.[3]

In 1996, he was given his own show on ITV, Wake Up in the Wild Room.[2]

Phillips operates Chester Benson Productions, a production company which provides entertainment, removals and transportation services, and offers inflatables for hire, such as bouncy castles.[4]

In May 2012, he co-hosted a rock festival in Cookham alongside fellow broadcaster Pat Sharp.[5] During the summer, he appeared as a panelist on Big Brother's Bit on the Side on Channel 5.[6]

In 2013, Phillips made a guest appearance in Sooty.

Death hoax and other online attacks[edit]

In 2009, Benson Phillips was the victim of a death hoax perpetrated across the internet which maintained that he had died in a car crash.[7] There were other false rumours that he was presenting on a soft porn TV sex line, and that he was no longer being hired because he had had a nervous breakdown.[7]


Videos and DVDs[edit]

  • A Day Full of Surprise and Songs
  • Bourne Leisure Health & Safety Film
  • Dave and the Animals
  • First Bible Stories
  • Fun Song Factory
  • Get Up And Go
  • Get Your Own Back
  • Makaton - Nursery Rhymes
  • Roald Dahl - The Enormous Crocodile
  • The Magical World of Animals
  • Wiz Waz's World of 123
  • Wiz Waz's World of ABC
  • Wiz Waz's World of Starting School
  • Wow! That's What I Call Nursery Rhymes


  1. ^ "Poop, poop – acting’s fun!". News & Star. 27 January 2011. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Dave Benson Phillips, Children’s Television Presenter". Retrieved 6 August 2012. [unreliable source?]
  3. ^ "Awards Database". BAFTA. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Dave Benson Philips". Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  5. ^ Coulon, Jade (15 May 2012). "Record 6,000 crowd pack out Cookham rock festival". Bucks Free Press. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  6. ^ Big Brother's Bit on the Side Series 4, Endemol UK, Channel 5.
  7. ^ a b Cronin, Theo (2 March 2013). "THE INTERVIEW: "It got dark, very dark indeed," says television presenter reported dead". West Sussex County Times. 

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