The Benny Hill Show

Season 10 Episode 1

Show 33

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Aired Unknown Dec 26, 1978 on ITV
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Show 33
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Hill sings "Coconut Milk," Henry McGee interviews Fred Scuttle in "Man vs. Machine", a wheelchair race at a retirement home, Benny as a Victorian-era telephone operator, "Holiday Time" where Hill looks at vacations, Henry and Jenny Lee-Wright sample the food served by waiter Benny at the Toulouse-Waldorf restaurant in Costa Patatas, Felicity Buirski sings, Hill does a parody of Bob Dylan (as Bob Hillyn), and the sketch "Friday Night Fever."moreless

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    Jenny Lee-Wright

    Jenny Lee-Wright

    Regular Performer (1971-72, 1976-86)

    Henry McGee

    Henry McGee

    Regular Performer (1969-1970, 1971-1989)

    Benny Hill

    Benny Hill

     

    Roger Finch

    Roger Finch

    Regular Performer (1978-1981)

    Felicity Buirski

    Felicity Buirski

    musical guest

    Guest Star

    John Quayle

    John Quayle

     

    Guest Star

    Johnny Vyvyan

    Johnny Vyvyan

     

    Guest Star

    Cyril Cross

    Cyril Cross

     

    Recurring Role

    Len Keyes

    Len Keyes

     

    Recurring Role

    Louise English

    Louise English

     

    Recurring Role

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    • TRIVIA (3)

      • Some Benny Hill reference books incorrectly credit Sue Bond as having appeared on this show. In fact, Ms. Bond's last Benny Hill Show appearance was on Show 17.

      • During the scene at the disco in the "Friday Night Fever" sketch, a woman wearing a white blouse and blue skirt (probably an uncredited Jenny Westbrook) pushes a chair for Benny to sit in, yet at the very next shot, when the camera cuts to Benny as the chair moves towards him, the same girl is seen towards frame right.

      • SPELLING DISCREPANCY: In the ending runoff "Crime Doesn't Pay," as jewel thief Benny is led off to prison, the sign on the door reads "H.M. Prison, Parkmore." Yet in the prison yard where he's part of a lineup in the scene where a mother (Fay Hillier) is asked to identify the father of her baby, the sign outside reads "Parkmoor Prison."

    • QUOTES (2)

      • Henry McGee: Mr. Scuttle . . .
        Fred Scuttle (Benny): Dr. Scuttle if you don't mind, sir. It says so on the door there.
        Henry McGee: Actually, it says "Nurses' Sleeping Quarters."
        Fred Scuttle: Well, there you are . . . I have the run of the place, sir. They don't tie me down . . . unless it's a full moon.

      • Waiter (Benny): Only this morning, Manolo have buy me gooses.
        Henry McGee: [correcting him] No, no, no. Manolo bought you geese.
        Waiter: No, Manolo Español. Manolo is no Portuguese.

    • NOTES (10)

      • When this episode was aired by Comedy Central in the mid-1990's, the following sequences were cut: Felicity Buirski's musical number "The Clock"; the last few seconds of the "Man v's Machine" sketch; a few quickies; and portions of the "Friday Night Fever" sketch.

      • This episode was taped on November 24, 1978.

      • The footage of an old man in a runaway wheelchair tumbling over a cliff as in the "Grand Wheelchair Rally" sketch would later be re-used for the closing chase sequence in Show 47.

      • This episode ushered in a new production procedure. Up to this point, most Benny Hill Shows had their filmed inserts produced on a show-by-show basis, lasting about one week for each episode. From here on out, outdoor location scenes for all specials in a series will all be done at once in a three-week block. This method may have been previously attempted in parts of the 1973-74 series (in Shows 18-20) and early 1975 series (Shows 22 and 23). As Ronald Fouracre was the producer and director at the time of this episode, and the filming of the location shots for this series of specials, his name will therefore appear on the next two episodes as well, under the credit "Film Sequences Directed by Ronald Fouracre," after Dennis Kirkland assumed the reins of the show starting with the next episode. Likewise, Roy Pointer, the film cameraman for this episode, will be credited on the next two shows.

      • On its original airing, this show garnered an audience figure of 13.30 million viewers. For the week, it finished in 18th place - which was lower than the 17th place finish for his very last BBC show in 1968, which had been the highest he'd attained up to that time. This, on top of the 11th-place finish for Show 32, may have been one of the factors in the change in emphasis for his show beginning with Show 34. However, BBC audience research showed 17 million viewers watching this show. It would, however, finish at Number One for the week when it was repeated on June 20, 1979.

      • This show aired exactly ten years to the day after Benny Hill's final special for the BBC. Amongst the supporting cast of the 1968 BBC swan-song, only Henry McGee and Jenny Lee-Wright also appeared and were credited on this episode; Jack Wright, who was also part of the 1968 cast, does not appear here. In addition, Ken Sedd, credited on the final 1968 show as Kedd Senton, is also on this edition (in parts of the "Grand Wheelchair Rally," "Friday Night Fever" and closing chase sketches) but is not credited.

      • Though Sharon Bond and Tina Bond are listed in the end credits, this writer has not been able to ascertain any reference of either of them in any other TV or film appearance, although according to the "Louise English Fan Centre" website, they were sisters, and they did appear in the opening "Coconut Milk" dance number. On the other hand, there were a few other girls who appeared in this edition who were not credited. For example, most of the dance troupe Sam's Set (whose choreographer, Samantha Stevens, previously appeared as a dancer in Shows 22 and 23), with the sole exception of Erica Ludlow (later Lynley), were not mentioned in the end credits; the other members who appeared were Sharon Fussey, Caroline Sargeant and Sandra Hamilton. Also, from publicity photos taken during the making of this show, it has been determined that the late Debbie Linden (later to appear briefly as Mr. Grace's secretary on Are You Being Served?) was featured in this episode as well; she played a nurse at the start of the "Grand Wheelchair Rally" sketch.

      • Based upon research of old editions of "The Spotlight" (the famed British casting directory) from the period, it is likely that Erica Ludlow who also appeared in this show, is the same person as Erica Lynley who would be featured in some of Hill's 1980's shows.

      • This is Louise English's first on-screen credit on the show. She would be a fixture of Hill's Angels (and sketches) throughout the 1980s.

      • This is Felicity Buirski's television debut.

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