The Benny Hill Show

Season 1 Episode 2

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Aired Unknown Dec 25, 1969 on ITV
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Benny opens with "Juanita Bonita Dolores." Also featured: "Holiday Sport Spectacular," "The Short Happy Life of Maurice Dribble," and a parody of "This Is Your Life"; plus more things that go wrong on television, and musical numbers from The Ladybirds ("Can't Take My Eyes Off You") and Eira Heath ("Wedding Cake").moreless

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Eira Heath

Eira Heath

 

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Tommy Mann

Tommy Mann

 

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Robertson Hare

Robertson Hare

George Podmore

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Nicholas Parsons

Nicholas Parsons

 

Recurring Role

Michael Sharvell-Martin

Michael Sharvell-Martin

 

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The Ladybirds

The Ladybirds

backing singers

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  • QUOTES (1)

    • Eamonn Andrews (Nicholas Parsons): So, you are Stan Moore from Romford?
      Ron Moore (Benny): No, I'm Ron Moore from Stamford. I am married, I have 15 children, and my hobby is flying my kite.

  • NOTES (5)

    • "The Short Happy Life of Maurice Dribble" sketch marked the debut appearance on The Benny Hill Show of two pieces of stock background music that will become as synonymous with the series as the ending "Yakety Sax" theme. First was what would come to be called "The Benny Hill Waltz," originally written by Paul Lewis under the title "Ballroom" and included in the "Music De Wolfe" library disc album History Book of Music (10", DW/LP 3031, 1967). In 2002, Lewis would record and release a commercial-issue CD, Three Decades of TV Themes (Campion Cameo 2018), which contained a newly-recorded version of this immortal number. The second was a harpsichord piece called "Doublet and Hose," also from the History Book of Music album and likewise composed by Mr. Lewis. Both numbers would be used on sped-up silent sketches on the show through 1980. Also heard towards the end of the sketch, in the scene where Maurice (Benny) and a nurse (Yvonne Paul) were playing strip poker, was another Lewis composition from the LP, "Stately Home."

    • Thames repeated this episode on November 20, 1971. It is the earliest Benny Hill Show to be rerun.

    • This episode was taped on Nov. 30, 1969, after the making of Show 3. It is also the first edition (in terms of recording) to lead off with the "classic" color Thames opening fanfare, the particular variation of which (with the bottom half in a "ripple" effect) will be in use up to Show 28; after Show 29, a modified version (with the bottom half now a non-rippling mirror image) will take effect.

      The taping of this episode fell on exactly the same day as that of Monty Python's Flying Circus Episode #10, which featured such now-classic moments as "It's a Tree", the "Vocational Guidance Counsellor" sketch, and Ron Obvious' attempt to jump the English channel. It was the only time in the history of both shows that episodes of each program were taped on the exact same day.

    • This episode, on its original airing, was seen in 3.75 million households - the lowest figure for any Benny Hill Show on Thames Television until the 1980's when public opinion in Britain was systematically turned against Hill and his show. (If the post-1977 audience-measurement formula of 2.2 people per household were figured in, that would translate to 8.2 million viewers.) The low ratings (this, after his number one debut) convinced Thames not to schedule any future holiday editions exactly on Christmas Day, rather a few days before or after.

    • While taping the wrestling sketch with Tommy Mann as his opponent 'Two-Ton Grudge', Benny sprained his ankle from tripping over a camera cable.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • EAMONN ANDREWS (Nicholas Parsons): You left school and you took on several jobs: A saggar maker's bottom knocker . . . an olive stuffer in a pickle factory . . .

      During the "Is This Your Life?" sketch, the host was recounting the jobs that subject George Podmore (Robertson Hare) held over the years. The "saggar maker's bottom knocker" reference was to an occupation that cropped up from time to time on the British version of "What's My Line?", hosted by the real-life Eamonn Andrews (1922-1987) on the BBC from 1951 to 1963 and on Thames from 1984 until his death. The definition of a saggar maker's bottom knocker is explained in the website uk.gameshows.com.

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