The Benny Hill Show

Season 8 Episode 3

Show 31

Aired Unknown Mar 23, 1977 on ITV
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Show 31
Includes the famous "Starsky and Hutch" parody with Hill as both characters, and Jackie Wright as Huggy Bear, "Casanova" and a look at package holidays with Chow Mein. Dilys Watling sings "Fever" with Hill improvising all of the percussion parts; the "Granny Show Jumping" competition; a humourous look at a CinemaScope film that is being "panned and scanned" on the TV screen; "Girls, Girls, Girls", in which band member Benny daydreams about the various girls he sees on the dance floor, and a Punch and Judy show featuring Margaret Thatcher (and other politicians); plus Benny strikes up the band to perform "At the Streaker's Ball" (with little Jackie Wright playing trombone).moreless

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Jack Wright

Jack Wright

Regular Performer (1970-85)

Henry McGee

Henry McGee

Regular Performer (1969-1970, 1971-1989)

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    • Thames repeated this episode on November 2, 1977.

    • This episode was taped on March 18, 1977.

    • This edition, on its original airing, was Number One in the ratings for the week, seen in 9.60 million households. It was the last episode in which JICTAR (the Joint Industrial Committee for Television Advertising Research) garnered audience measurement by homes viewed. In August of 1977, JICTAR will change their measurement system by tabulating the number of viewers watching a programme (which, by their figures, constituted the number of homes viewed, multiplied by 2.2). Benny's first shows to be measured under the new calculations would be his Australian-made Benny Hill Down Under special and Show 32.

    • The version of "Yakety Sax" as heard at the end of this and the previous 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 on this edition corresponds to what most of these post-1987 syndicated episodes used.

    • There is no closing chase sequence after Benny says his good nights. Instead, the credits roll against a plain black background.

    • The shirt Benny wore as Chow Mein in the "Chinese Package Tours" sketch of this episode is the same as the one he wore during the opening "Beach of Waikiki" number of the Jan. 8, 1975 show.

    • Anne Bruzac (who was previously in Shows 22 and 23) was also known as "Froggie", and appeared in this show credited as such.

    • Yes, Jackie Wright really IS playing the trombone for real in "Streakers Ball." According to his own accounts, he played trombone in Chicago speakeasies during the Prohibition era, after which he moved back to his native England for a life so poverty-stricken, that he had to pawn his trombone.

    • Guest star Suzy Mandel was a well-known name in the softcore British sex comedy films of the 1970s, appearing in such "blockbusters" as "Come Play With Me" and "The Playbirds." In 1980, she decided to seek her fame in America, but ended up playing bit parts, save for her starring role in the hardcore sex film "Blonde Ambition," though she maintains a body double was used for all of the explicit scenes involving her character.