The Benny Hill Show

Season 1 Episode 3

Show 3

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Aired Unknown Feb 04, 1970 on ITV
8.3
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Jackie Wright takes his “bit of stuff” to the Hotel Sordide and has to contend with the intrusive staff (Rita Webb and Benny); Hill also appears as a tour guide to Paris, France; musical numbers from Luis Alberto del Paraná & Los Paraguayos (“Colorado”) and Eira Heath (“Carnival”); Benny tells the audience a story about those “girl in a bathtub” commercials; vignettes showing things that go wrong on TV shows and “Tommy Tupper Time”; plus Benny and the Ladybirds sing about the “Girls of the Sousa Bar.”moreless

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  • Not quite to the standard of the first two shows, but still a fantastic episode that you shouldn't miss

    8.0
    Not quite up to par with the first two episodes, but still brilliant stuff. The first sketch I thought was well thought out and quite funny when you realise what's going on, i.e. the ugly woman being Benny's new co-worker instead of the beauty sitting down, although this wasn't my favourite sketch in the world. The hotel sketch is another work of brilliance, along the same lines as the hospital sketch from Series 1 only in the hotel and in my opinion considerably funnier. I found the part where they are getting their food the best, with Jackie Wright choosing the cheap option and getting lousy service with hilarious consequences (and lots of slaps on the head). The ballet sketch isn't much, the same can be said for the two sketches after that. Benny Bloopers are as funny as they always are, with the highlights being a skit at the beach and some problems with a magaician and his assistant withsome balloon tricks. The chat show sketch is one of Benny's greatest sketches, with Benny interviewing a variety of 'unique' guests, from a vicar with his fly undone, to an actor who barely says a word and an actress who is very drunk. Overall a top episode, not the greatest in the world but still one you should not look to avoid (although I could say that about just about every episode of this wonderful show).moreless
Jack Wright

Jack Wright

Regular Performer (1970-85)

Henry McGee

Henry McGee

Regular Performer (1969-1970, 1971-1989)

Benny Hill

Benny Hill

 

Jack Wright

Jack Wright

(as John Wright)

Guest Star

Eira Heath

Eira Heath

musical guest

Guest Star

Nicole Shelby

Nicole Shelby

 

Guest Star

Michael Sharvell-Martin

Michael Sharvell-Martin

 

Recurring Role

Rita Webb

Rita Webb

 

Recurring Role

The Ladybirds

The Ladybirds

backing singers

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • SONG TITLE DISCREPANCY: On A&E's DVD release, the title of Benny's ending musical number is listed in the episode scene menu as "Girls of the Sousa Bar." The song had been called "Suzy" on his 1971 album Benny Hill: Words and Music (later reissued in Britain as This Is Benny Hill). In addition, this set also did not list the title of Luis Alberto del Paraná & Los Paraguayos' musical number.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Alan Whicker (Benny): Blackmoor. This vast wasteland of bogs and marshes has, over the last seventeen years, claimed no fewer thaaaa--
      [He is sucked in by the swamps]

  • NOTES (4)

    • An uncredited Rikki Howard (then a decade away from her most famous role as Betty Whistler in Hi-De-Hi!) appears in the "beach ball" blooper alongside Benny and Ann Irving in this episode.

    • Ironically, the taping of this episode fell five years and three days after the airing of Benny's November 6, 1964 BBC special, which featured an earlier version of the "Making a Commercial" monologue he did on this show.

    • This is the only edition of The Benny Hill Show to have an in-vision opening announcer - and a woman at that! The lovely lady introducing the show tonight is Nicole Shelby. (David Hamilton appeared on-screen later in the show to introduce Miss Eira Heath's musical number "Carnival" and, later, the "Tommy Tupper in Tupper-Time" sketch; his only on-camera appearance on the program until Show 20.)

    • This was the only other edition of The Benny Hill Show (after the premiere) to lead off with the original black-and-white Thames opening fanfare. It was taped on Nov. 9, 1969, prior to the making of Show 2 - and before the ITV network (and BBC1) went color.

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