The Benny Hill Show

Season 15 Episode 1

Show 46

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Aired Unknown Jan 16, 1984 on ITV
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Benny opens with musical number "Home for the Summer"; Fred Scuttle launches "Scuttlevision"; Hill plays Cupid; a cabaret turn at the Club Bizarre; Benny plays bank robber Fingers McNee, with Bob Todd as Inspector Dibbs, hot on his trail; and Hill tends to a little girl while at the beach.moreless

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    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

     

    Jenny Westbrook

    Jenny Westbrook

    uncredited

    Guest Star

    Bogdan Kominowski

    Bogdan Kominowski

    uncredited

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    Dave Prowse

    Dave Prowse

    uncredited

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    Debi Gaye

    Debi Gaye

     

    Recurring Role

    Erica Lynley

    Erica Lynley

     

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    Jade Westbrook

    Jade Westbrook

     

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      • Thames repeated this episode on August 28, 1985. In addition, an edited version of this show was entered into and screened at the 1984 "Rose d'Or" (Golden Rose) festival at Montreux (where Benny won a special award in recognition of the international sales of his show). In that form, it was shown by Thames on May 3, 1984.

      • The opening quickies that preceded the "Home for the Summer" musical number, the opening shot of the "Drunk" (a.k.a. "A Night Out") sketch with graffiti messages sprawled out on a wall, portions of the "Club Bizarre" section and "Fingers McNee" sketch, and the quickies that preceded the "On the Beach" ending runoff, were cut from this episode when Comedy Central aired the show in the mid-1990's.

      • This was the first Benny Hill Show on which the ending credits were produced on a computer-based character generator, rather than a credit roll with type printed beforehand. All of Benny's remaining specials for Thames will have their end credit typesetting done this way.

      • This episode was taped on November 11, 1983.

      • Len Keyes appears uncredited as the preacher in the opening song "Home for the Summer," and also appears in the "Club Bizarre" sketch. Jenny Westbrook appears uncredited in the closing "At the Beach" runoff, in the scene with her daughter Jade, sitting on her lap. David Prowse, last seen in the opening "Ye Olde Wishing Well" quickie in Show 1, appears as the strongman towards the end of the "Stupid Cupid" sketch. He was uncredited on both shows. In addition, Alison Bell appears uncredited in the same sketch as his girlfriend. Bogdan Kominowski, also uncredited, appears as one of the patrons in the "Club Bizarre" sketch, as well as one of the "Dolly Fins" singers alongside Benny and Jon Jon Keefe.

      • Most of the "Fingers McNee" and all of the closing sequence for this episode were filmed at Thorpe Park in Surrey, England. The riverboat at the end (where they're chasing Benny up and down the stairs) is the Thorpe Belle Riverboat Restaurant.

      • After a steady drop in viewership following the 20 million viewership figure for Show 39, and aggravated by the rise of "political correctness" in Britain, this edition bottomed out with a viewership figure of 9.35 million viewers (the lowest since Show 2 of December 25, 1969) and a 34th-place finish for the week. Though future editions would boast slightly higher audience levels (the highest coming only one year after this show), Benny would never again be the major ratings draw he had been throughout the 1970's and early '80's.

      • This show was issued on VHS in 1997 by HBO Video under the title "Golden Laughs" in the first Golden Laughter collection. It was also issued as part of the DVD set Golden Greats in 2001.

      • With this episode, former Love Machine dancer Libby Roberts takes over as the Hill's Angels' choreographer, succeeding Linda Finch. She will remain in that position for the rest of the series.

      • Jade Westbrook (daughter of occasional Hill recurring player Jenny Westbrook) makes her debut appearance on this show. She would later become a member of 'Hill's Little Angels' in the final years of the show's run.

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