The Benny Hill Show

Season 6 Episode 1

Show 22

Aired Unknown Jan 08, 1975 on ITV
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Show 22
Benny starts off with "The Beach of Waikiki." Also: Hill portrays the life and times of Gavin Blod, Lee Gibson sings "The Moment of Truth", "The Long Dry Summer" (a Tennessee Williams spoof), and a takeoff of the talent show "New Faces" with Benny as host Derek Hobson, the leader of an inept family act, and the entire panel of judges (Ted Ray, Mickie Most, Clifford Davis and Tony Hatch).moreless

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  • "A Host of All-Time Favourites" - And More.

    In the 50 or so minutes this episode ran, are contained many of the fan favourites one can recite in one's sleep. Benny's opening "The Beach of Waikiki." The legendary "Gavin Blod" sketch. The Tennessee Williams spoof "Long Dry Summer." The talent(less) show spoof "Newer Faces." But even in the material not seen by Americans until the latest DVD set was released, there are gems. The last part of "Newer Faces" with Mr. Hill as the host and all the panelists (one of whom had been his record producer in the 1960's!). The "Host of All-Time Favourites" segment which would open many a show on and off for the next five years. Lee Gibson's knockout performance of "The Moment of Truth," which in a sense foreshadowed her current reputation as one of the world's premier jazz singers - and not just her Ella Fitzgeraldesque scat singing during the instrumental break, as this tune had also been recorded many years before by American jazz/pop legend Tony Bennett. In short, as Hill in disguise as Clifford Davis in "Newer Faces" would put it, "All in all, a resounding success."moreless
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


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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Derek Hobson (Benny): [during opening of "Newer Faces"] Now, I expect you remember that last week's winner was Peter Potty and His Performing Pig. Well, he will not however, be going on to our All-Winners Show on February 31st, as last week he had a rather lean week and had to eat the act. But his place will be taken by the act that came in second, that very talented soprano from Cardiff, Arthur Tredder.

    • NARRATOR (Henry McGee):  At ports everywhere, soldiers embarked for the front. On the dockside, crowds were singing and cheering and laughing -- because they weren't going.

  • NOTES (6)

    • Thames repeated this episode on August 25, 1975.

    • This show was taped on November 15, 1974, after the making of Show 23. Its recording came one day before the taping of the 45th and final Monty Python episode, "A Party Political Broadcast on Behalf of the Liberal Party."

    • Watch closely during the opening sequence of the "Gavin Blod - The Man and His Music" sketch; among the sheet music removed from view to reveal the composer's name, were those for "The Moment of Truth" which was the song Lee Gibson would perform later in the show; "Ramona" which was sung during the "Newer Faces" sketch; and "All The Things You Are" which was also performed in the course of this edition.

    • With this episode, a new feature is added to the show's opening whereby Benny and his cast impersonate various personalities in short sequences, under the umbrella of "A Host of All-Time Favourites." This feature (with a few variations in the title, i.e. " . . . Your Favourite Stars" or " . . . Guest Stars") will be used on and off through 1980. It is also with this show that Benny is first introduced as "The Lad Himself," as he will be introduced from here on in.

    • The shirt Benny wore for the opening "Beach of Waikiki" number is the same as he would wear as Chow Mein in the March 23, 1977 "Chinese Package Tours" sketch.

    • According to BBC audience research, this was the most-watched show on the ITV network for the week, with an audience of 21 million viewers - the highest known figure to be measured for a Thames Benny Hill Show by the BBC's in-house audience measurement service. JICTAR claimed 8.55 million homes viewed - or 18.80 million viewers if factoring in JICTAR's post-1977 calculation of 2.2 people per household.


    • NARRATOR (Henry McGee): They were married on March 15, 1950 . . .
      In the "Gavin Blod: The Man and His Music" sketch, a section is devoted to the ill-fated (three-day) marriage of composer-conductor Gavin Blod (Benny) to opera singer Maria Callel (Lee Gibson), whose soprano voice is so piercing that it shatters glass, vases and even Gavin's chamber pot. The date mentioned in the script appears to be an in-joke reference to Ms. Gibson's date of birth, however the book Who's Who in Popular Music in Britain by Sheila Tracy (published by World's Work Press [England] in 1984), which features her on page 34, lists her birthdate as March 5, 1950.

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