The Benny Hill Show

Season 8 Episode 1

Show 29

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Aired Unknown Jan 26, 1977 on ITV
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Benny leads things off with the song "Bianca Malone," then on to the "Sum Awards" with a "New Avengers" spoof and parodies of "Mastermind" and "I, Claudius." Also: Benny and Jackie Wright accompany Diana Darvey in a continental cabaret; Hill as a nearsighted TV newsreader; musical guests Reflections perform a swinging rendition of "Higher and Higher"; and "The Bionic Baby."moreless

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  • Good to the last drop!

    8.5
    Solid episode from start to finish. The opening song is catchy, lots of great parodies (The Avengers, Mastermind), hilarious musical number with Benny, Jackie Wright and Diana Darvey, a great spoof of the Six Million Dollar Man/Bionic Woman with Benny as "Bionic Baby", the first appearance of future Hill's Angel Sue Upton, and a good closing with Benny and Jackie picking on each other on the beach. Although the chroma key background on the song by Reflections is a little cheesy, the performance isn't half bad.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)

Benny Hill

Benny Hill

 

Reflections

Reflections

musical guest

Guest Star

Eddie Connor

Eddie Connor

 

Guest Star

John Gallant

John Gallant

 

Guest Star

Rita Webb

Rita Webb

 

Recurring Role

Eddie Buchanan

Eddie Buchanan

 

Recurring Role

Diana Darvey

Diana Darvey

 

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • SONG TITLE DISCREPANCY: Besides the lyric change mentioned in the Allusions section, the title of "Bianca Malone" was shortened to "Bianca" on the Benny Hill . . . The Best Of CD.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Magnus Magnusson (Benny): The next question is in two parts: What happened in 1756?
      Sydney Bottocks (Jackie Wright): Mozart was born.
      Magnus Magnusson: And in 1776?
      Sydney Bottocks: Mozart was 20 years old.
      Magnus Magnusson: No, he heard his first symphony played in public. Halfway through, he burst into tears. How did he view the world afterwards?
      Sydney Bottocks: Optimistically.
      Magnus Magnusson: No, misty-optically. Don't get clever with me. How would you like your head - one lump or two?

    • MAGNUS MAGNUSSON (Benny):  Mr. Bottocks, you have the lowest score ever recorded on Mastermind. You may have a mind, but you haven't mastered it. Good night!

  • NOTES (4)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • BENNY HILL: (from opening song "Bianca Malone") She could lay John Conteh out with one blow.

      John Conteh (b. 1951 in Liverpool, England, to an Irish mother and Sierra Leonean father) was the WBC World Light Heavyweight Boxing Champion from 1974 to 1977. Prior to that he won the 1970 Commonwealth Games gold medal at middleweight. In his career (he retired from the ring in 1980), he amassed a record of 34 wins, 1 draw and 4 losses. He was also one of several celebrities of the time who posed with Paul McCartney & Wings on the cover of their 1973 album Band on the Run. As of 2006, Mr. Conteh is a popular after-dinner speaker in and around England.

      When Hill recorded "Bianca Malone" for his posthumously-released CD Benny Hill . . . The Best Of, he replaced Conteh's name with that of American heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson in the lyrics.

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