The Benny Hill Show

Season 8 Episode 2

Show 30

Aired Unknown Feb 23, 1977 on ITV
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Show 30
Benny tells the tale of "Eskimo Nell," Henry McGee drops in on the "Villain of the Year Award" ceremony (with Fred Scuttle giving his opinion on the subject), Benny's nervous bridegroom has second thoughts about being wed to his rich bride (Rita Webb), Love Machine sings "Think of the Boys," Benny plays butler to a pair of rich aristocrats in "Victorian Scandals," and Benny and the lads don their raincoats to do "The Flash."moreless

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  • A Portent of the Future

    Actually, the entire 1977 series pointed the way for the future direction of the show, insofar as: a) Sue Upton made her first appearances this year, b) Ted Adcock was film cameraman (he would be cinematographer for the outdoor sequences on all but two shows in the years 1980-85), and c) Lorraine Doyle, one of the most prominent Hill's Angels in the show's last years, also debuted here, first as a member of the Love Machine and, on the next show, as one of the supporting cast. But this show in particular was a turning point in that it was the first show on which Benny did not say his customary good nights ("Thank you for being with us, and we look forward to seeing you all again very, very soon") - going instead from the "Double Date" sketch (a one-off attempt to revive his "Layabouts" type of sketch he had done on and off since the 1950's) directly to a filmed segment called "Scouts and Guides Annual Fete" which ended in a chase that commenced as the end credits began to roll. This development ended up being the template for the final years of the show, where an episode went from one sketch or quickie to an elaborately constructed silent, mostly filmed sketch that ended in a runoff over which the credits rolled - and no "good nights" from The Lad Himself.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


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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • At the end of "The Flash", when the men reveal themselves, they are wearing full-length long-johns with a figleaf printed in the appropriate area on the front (in the rest of the sketch, they were bare-chested and presumably only wearing briefs below the raincoat).

    • In "The Flash", whether intentional or not, there are a few times that you can tell that the boys aren't really nude under their raincoats: Henry McGee's briefs are clearly visible in one segment for quite a long time, and Eddie Buchanan's are visible just before the "reveal". Also, the other man in the sketch (probably Terry Dane) appears to be inadvertantly revealing pubic hair sticking out of the top of his "covering" about halfway through.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Fred Scuttle (Benny): (on the subject of the "Villain of the Year" awards) Piffle! It is full of piff! It is a transvestite of justice!

  • NOTES (5)

    • Thames repeated this episode on September 14, 1977.

    • This episode was recorded on Thursday, February 17, 1977.

    • The version of "Yakety Sax" as heard at the end of this and the next episode was used for the custom closing credits of many episodes in the post-1987 half-hour syndicated package (which replaced the package in use since the show's initial U.S. syndication in 1979). The fade-out as on most of those post-1987 syndicated episodes corresponds to that on Show 31.

    • This episode marked the first appearance of Lorraine Doyle in the series, albeit as a member of the Love Machine dancing / singing troupe. In the last years of the programme, she would become the most prominent of the Hill's Angels after Sue Upton, especially following the departure of Louise English from the series.

    • The Love Machine are Libby Roberts, Teresa Lucas, Claire Lutter, Jane Margaret Colthworphe and Lorraine Doyle. (They are listed by both their individual names and group name so their appearance will be listed in their respective databases.)