The Benny Hill Show

Season 14 Episode 1

Show 44

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Aired Unknown Jan 05, 1983 on ITV
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An Australian lifeguard attacked by bikini babes with oars; Benny creates much mischief with his shadow; the return of Chow Mein; Hill's Angels entertain on a cruise ship; and a bumbling school teacher becomes "Superteech."

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    While the 1982 series seemed to show Benny and his cohorts running on autopilot and the show becoming increasingly rote and formulaic, this season seemed to reach a particular nadir in terms of taste (or lack thereof). I'm talking specifically about the "Superteech" sketch. While ordinarily Benny playing an inept, ridiculously-costumed superhero would have potential for a laugh riot, it's who he's battling that is the issue here - and may well have been the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back, in the sense of the "politically correct's" escalating war against Mr. Hill and his show; it may not be a coincidence that after this season the programme came under increasing scrutiny from censors and, with a new choreographer in tow, began toning down the racier parts of the Hill's Angels act (as exemplified in this year by the double-jointed Corinne Russell) - not that it did any good in the end, mind you, given his disappearance from the airwaves in his own country after 1989. You see, here "Superteech" is battling, in essence, an S&M dominatrix who has guards goosestepping a la the Nazis. And the crux of the plot - a princess from a (fictitious) Middle Eastern country who's enrolled in the school where Benny's professor is on faculty, being abducted by said dominatrix - also served to make this perhaps my least favorite moment out of the entire series. It's also, I.M.H.O., one of two examples of how comedy and S&M don't mix - the other being the misbegotten Dan Aykroyd / Rosie O'Donnell movie "Exit to Eden."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)

Bob Todd

Bob Todd

Regular Performer (1970-76, 1980-89)

Jon Jon Keefe

Jon Jon Keefe

Regular Performer (1982-1989)

Benny Hill

Benny Hill

 

Kathy Staff

Kathy Staff

 

Guest Star

Jane Leeves

Jane Leeves

Hill's Angel

Guest Star

Corinne Russell

Corinne Russell

Hill's Angel

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Alison Bell

Alison Bell

 

Recurring Role

Louise English

Louise English

 

Recurring Role

Ken Sedd

Ken Sedd

 

Recurring Role

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