The Benny Hill Show

Season 13 Episode 1

Show 42

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Aired Unknown Jan 06, 1982 on ITV
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Benny sings about Paradise Island. Also: a high-speed look at school days, holidays, traffic wardens and the pleasures of the Riviera; a parody of "The Monte Carlo Show," with Benny as host Patrick Wayne and singer Kenny Rogers; and finally, Alison Bell as a female vampire.

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  • " . . . Made on the Way to the Men's Room . . . "?

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    When Jackie Gleason announced the reformatting of his variety show in 1966 to incorporate musical remakes of old 1950's "Honeymooners" episodes, he candidly admitted about the final season of his 1962-66 "American Scene Magazine" series: "Some of the shows I did last year looked like they had been made on the way to the men's room. But you don't kid an audience" That unfortunate attribute The Great One admitted to, alas, characterized much of Benny Hill's 1980's output, with The Lad Himself in particular largely phoning (or mailing) in his performances, and he and his cast more or less operating on autopilot, with the repetition factor more and more falling into "lifeless, rote, been there, done that" territory. Nowhere was this more obvious than this and the next show of 1982, especially Hill's turn as a schoolteacher checking attendance in his classroom, and portions of "The Monte Carbolic Show" (though, oddly, it worked to his advantage when it came to his Kenny Rogers impersonation), to say nothing of the traffic warden / street cleaner feud sketch which seemed to have been made strictly and solely to help fill nearly 50 minutes of air time (less the two commercial breaks that were customary for ITV in those years). This "autopilot" quality extended even to the Angels, in the last minute or so of the "Hotel Splendide" sketch, as the cover of Natalie Cole's "This Will Be" was coming to an end.



    And as with the last sentence of Gleason's statement, the maxim held especially true in Hill's case: this was the last show to deliver audiences in excess of 17 million viewers; from then on, it would be all downhill ratings-wise. And also in quality and standards, which a certain John Howard Davies hadn't failed to notice before deciding to pull the plug more than seven years after this mostly lackluster offering.moreless
Jack Wright

Jack Wright

Regular Performer (1970-85)

Henry McGee

Henry McGee

Regular Performer (1969-1970, 1971-1989)

Bob Todd

Bob Todd

Regular Performer (1970-76, 1980-89)

Jon Jon Keefe

Jon Jon Keefe

Regular Performer (1982-1989)

Benny Hill

Benny Hill

 

Debra Hemmings

Debra Hemmings

Hill's Angel

Guest Star

Cheryl Mortimer

Cheryl Mortimer

Hill's Angel

Guest Star

Jo Thomas

Jo Thomas

Hill's Angel

Guest Star

Bella Emberg

Bella Emberg

 

Recurring Role

Alison Bell

Alison Bell

 

Recurring Role

Cyril Cross

Cyril Cross

 

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Headmaster (Benny): "Name four fruits that begin with the letter 'N'." A napple . . . a norange . . . a nonion . . . and a 'nana.

  • NOTES (5)

    • The second half of the "Hotel Splendide" musical number was cut from Comedy Central's mid-1990's airings of this episode, as were portions of the "Cleaning Up Dimpton" (a.k.a. Traffic Wardens vs. Street Cleaners) sketch (and the quickie that preceded it), and parts of "The Monte Carbolic Show" (the transition from the "Nolan Sisters" to "The Black Theatre" as well as a segment of the latter subsketch).

    • Former Hill's Angel Susan Daly appears uncredited in the outdoor filmed sketches "Traffic Wardens vs Street Cleaners" and the "Female Vampire" runoff sketch. In addition, Denise Gyngell, likewise uncredited, also appears in the former sketch, and Abigail Higgins appears in the "Dungeon" quickie.

    • This episode was taped on November 20, 1981.

    • This was the first episode to have ratings measured under a new system called BARB (the Broadcasters' Audience Research Board), which was a consortium supported by the BBC and the ITV companies. It replaced two competing audience research systems, the BBC's in-house audience research and ITV's JICTAR (the Joint Industrial Committee for Television Advertising Research). For the week, this show drew 17.95 million viewers (the same as JICTAR calculated for Show 41), but it was also the last Benny Hill Show to amass viewership in excess of 17 million.

    • One of the Hill's Angels who appeared in this show was named Terry Jones. Because her name was exactly the same as that of the Monty Python writer-performer, she would be credited on the next show as "Tee Jay."

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