The Benny Hill Show

Season 4 Episode 1

Show 14

Aired Unknown Oct 25, 1972 on ITV
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Show 14
A Woodstock-style pop festival for old age pensioners; also "Meeting People with Hugh Paddick," with Hugh interviewing Benny as a catering colonel, a TV-addicted housewife, and a movie cowboy; Hill performs "Dustbins of Your Mind" and "Fad-Eyed Fal," and leads a German youth choir.

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    Jack Wright

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    Bob Todd

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    • TRIVIA (2)

      • Connie Georges is incorrectly credited as Connie George on this episode.

      • During the opening number "The Dustbins of Your Mind," in the sections where captions pertaining to certain cast members are shown, Ladybird Marian Davies' first name is misspelled as "Marion" throughout.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Man in Bed (Benny): I didn't use my deodorant today. I didn't use my deodorant yesterday. I might not use my deodorant tomorrow!
        Woman in Bed (Trudi Van Doorn): Oh, please, please use it tomorrow! Phwooaaar!

    • NOTES (5)

      • Benny Hill was not the only comedy/variety show host to parody a long-running underarm deodorant ad campaign. Less than a year from this show, on Oct. 6, 1973, The Carol Burnett Show did another takeoff of the same type of ad campaign, albeit along slightly different lines. In the Burnett show's version, Lyle Waggoner is standing in a room, initially wearing a T-shirt with black electrical tape placed where his underarms are, and after taking off his T-shirt, his underarms likewise have black tape. When Ms. Burnett comes into the room, she immediately expresses her repulsion, and when Mr. Waggoner explains he doesn't know how to deal with his underarm stain problem, she works to "solve" it by abruptly yanking the pieces of tape off his underarms.

      • In the film clip of London's Piccadilly Circus at night as shown in the opening title sequence for the "Meeting People with Hugh Paddick" sketch, seen briefly is a neon sign advertising Associated-Rediffusion, one of the original ITV franchises from the commercial network's launch in 1955. The clip was obviously shot prior to 1964, as that year Associated-Rediffusion (A-R) changed its name to Rediffusion London. In 1968, as a condition of that year's ITV franchise realignment, Rediffusion London merged with ABC (Associated British Corporation) Television, until then the weekend franchise for the Midlands and North, to form Thames Television.

      • This show was taped on October 13, 1972. From this episode forward, "audience nights" for the show are held on Fridays, which will remain (with the exception of Shows 29 and 30) to the end of Hill's run with Thames.

        Thames repeated this episode on July 5, 1973.

      • This is one of only two episodes in the history of Benny's run with Thames not to feature Henry McGee or Nicholas Parsons (the other being Show 28, when Paul Eddington filled in); on this show Hugh Paddick makes his only appearance in the show's 20-year run with the company (he had previously appeared on some of Hill's BBC shows).

      • For the only time in the series' history, Benny Hill himself is the off-screen announcer for the show opening.

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