Billy Bean And His Funny Machine Yes, it was on BBC tv in the 1950's. just wonderful, and all the others at that time - whirlygig, HL (Humphrey Lestocq), Mr Turnip et el. I often sing Billy Bean to my friends who are too young too remember it. They think I've gone nuts, but there's nothing wrong with my memory. Only one BBC tv channel, came on at 5pm (Childrens Hour), and finished at 10pm. Beats Playstation every time.