The Benny Hill Show

Season 3 Episode 3

Show 12

0
Aired Unknown Feb 23, 1972 on ITV
8.5
out of 10
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Sylvia McNeil has a singing interlude. Also, Fred Scuttle's "Health and Keep Fit Group"; Benny as French "avant-garde" film director Pierre de Tierre; a reading of "Fam and Fufan" by Folomon Faint John; Chow-Mein dealing with airport customs and immigration; and a star-studded goodnight with Hill as Shirley Bassey, Gilbert O'Sullivan, Dorothy Squires, David Kossoff, Nana Moskouri, Moira Anderson and all three Beverley sisters.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • A Chow Mein sketch is te major highlight of a great episode

    8.5
    Again, a decent opening skit and song. Next to Fred Scuttle, and for the first time Henry McGee presents in a very funny sketch, followed up with Fred Scuttle showing up what goes on in the gym in film in one of his typical skits that I found extremely funny. Too many funny moments in this to mention, although make sure you watch out for the baby lifting the weight that Benny couldn’t lift. Next, a poem, and it’s quite a good one, but the jokes can be quite easy to miss so you must pay attention. An interview with Benny as a french film director is next, and Henry McGee interviews him but has misunderstood a lot of the lines thus hadn’t gotten the idea of the french film at all. We then see a clip from a film by this director which is an interesting sketch, although not one I paticulairly enjoyed or understood all that much. Another interview sketch with Beny telling us about gardening, and there’s a few funny lines but this has been done too much on this episode already. Onto some bloopers, and the running western gag is a funny one, with the other bloopers as solid as always. Then we get arguably one of the funniest sketches in the show’s history, as Chow Mein again runs into a chinese friend (played by Bob Todd) at the airport customs desk (after some hilarious interaction with Henry McGee). Their chemistry is fantastic and they both find it near impossible to not crack up at some of the lines, having as much fun as the viewers and audience are watching it. Brilliant stuff, unmissable. We end with Benny doing a range of singing impressions, including a very funny Shirley Bassey. Overall I think this show is great, again it’s not the greatest benny Hill episode but the Chow Mein sketch alone is worth making sure you don’t miss this.moreless
Jenny Lee-Wright

Jenny Lee-Wright

Regular Performer (1971-72, 1976-86)

Jack Wright

Jack Wright

Regular Performer (1970-85)

Henry McGee

Henry McGee

Regular Performer (1969-1970, 1971-1989)

Bob Todd

Bob Todd

Regular Performer (1970-76, 1980-89)

Benny Hill

Benny Hill

 

Paula Wilcox

Paula Wilcox

 

Guest Star

Percy Thrower

Percy Thrower

 

Guest Star

Sylvia McNeil

Sylvia McNeil

musical guest

Guest Star

The Ladybirds

The Ladybirds

backing singers

Recurring Role

Bettina Le Beau

Bettina Le Beau

 

Recurring Role

Jim Tyson

Jim Tyson

 

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • QUOTES (2)

    • Interviewer (Henry McGee): For me, the best thing you've ever done – perhaps the most notable thing I've ever seen in the cinema – was that moment in "Lovable en fusse." This 22-year-old girl who for so long had lived in this fantasy world, suddenly – through the death of her pet tortoise – has to face up to reality. Suddenly, you change from colour to black-and-white, right until the end of the film. A master stroke, showing stark reali--
      Pierre de Tierre (Benny): No, no, no, you don't understand--no, no, we--we change from colour to black-and-white because we run out of colour film. That is why, you see, we have no more colour film, and we have no money to buy other colour, so we use why of little stock, black-and-white, that's why.

    • Actress (Carol Mills): What's that in the road? A head?

  • NOTES (4)

    • Thames repeated this episode on September 8, 1972.

    • This episode was taped on January 27, 1972.

    • Kevin O'Leary, who played the child in the "Hill's Spaghetti" commercial blooper, was not in the closing credits, despite being (correctly) listed amongst the cast in the entry for this show in the Feb. 19-25, 1972 edition of TV Times magazine.

    • As public opinion in Britain was being steadily turned against The Benny Hill Show in the 1980's, guest star Paula Wilcox (who was famous for playing "Chrissy Plummer" on Man About the House) refused to allow this episode to be rerun in England.

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