The Benny Hill Show

Season 2 Episode 1

Show 5

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Aired Unknown Oct 28, 1970 on ITV
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Includes "Fred Scuttle's Entertainment News", "East Meets West" with Chow Mein and a look at the "Underworld Water of Jacques Custard"; plus musical numbers from Two's Company ("Try to Remember") and Los Zafiros ("Maria Isabel").

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  • A gut wrenchingly funny episode of this great show

    9.0
    We saw some excellent skits to start the show off with, all in typical Benny style with some rudeness in order to produce a certain facial expression. Next we see a silent sketch where Benny puts on a mask so he can get the girl he wants, but things soon go wrong when he puts on the wrong mask, and even more wrong when he takes it off. We see a great short skit involving a poster that has been put up wrongly, and fixing the problem only seems to make it worse. Great stuff. More TV bloopers see a variety of little skits, including a misplaced mic stand and some hard work for Benny getting people down onto the stage. Another Fred Scuttle interview see's Nicholas Parsons interview him on the entertainment industry, and there's some excellent lines here that make this scene a very memorable one. This leads into The Underwater World Of Jacques Custard, a funny litle sketch with a crew looking for the elusive forward walking crab, with the crew being distracted by a female crew member than on the mission. This was very well put together and the narration is what makes this scene work since it fits the scene so well. We see a black and white skit next, ironic since the show would be black and white for the next three episodes after this one, and this one was decent and worked well. Then we get out first look at the Chow-Mein character, one of the key characters in Benny's show, and he doesn't fail to dissapoint, as this sketch is fantastic with Nicholas Parsons struggling to understand him and looking like a fool, and this scene is the best of the show. Nicholas Parsons cuts a hysterically funny line near the end of the scene that brings Benny to nearly cracking up : "The trouble is that it's the way you roll your eyes". So true. We get another monologue from Benny, and this one is just as good as the one from the last episode, with some brilliant one liners from him here. We end the show with a song from Benny that was quite decent. Overall this episode was fantastic and one you shouldn't avoid.moreless
Jack Wright

Jack Wright

Regular Performer (1970-85)

Nicholas Parsons

Nicholas Parsons

Regular Performer (1969-74)

Bob Todd

Bob Todd

Regular Performer (1970-76, 1980-89)

Benny Hill

Benny Hill

 

Patricia Hayes

Patricia Hayes

 

Guest Star

Dan Jackson

Dan Jackson

 

Guest Star

Los Zafiros

Los Zafiros

musical guests

Guest Star

Mia Martin

Mia Martin

uncredited

Recurring Role

Michael Sharvell-Martin

Michael Sharvell-Martin

uncredited

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Some Benny Hill reference books incorrectly listed the original air date of this episode as "Wednesday, November 14, 1970." Aside from the wrongly cited air date, November 14, 1970 fell on a Saturday.

    • Not on the show itself, but in the contents for the DVD The Naughty Early Years - Set 1: 1969-1971, the title of the song Two's Company performs is incorrectly given as "September Song." Also, the title of Los Zafiros' musical number is not listed.

    • It may not be visible on a regular TV screen, but if you can watch the whole frame (for example, on the A&E Complete & Unadulterated - Set 1 DVD on your PC), in the "Bill Stickers" sketch, a boom mic is visible throughout most of the sketch in the bottom left corner. It moves into and out of the frame several times.

  • QUOTES (1)

  • NOTES (6)

    • There was a certain irony to Benny's brief impersonation of "Kingfish" from The Amos 'n Andy Show in the middle of the "Wind of Change" sketch with Dan Jackson, as from the 1980's on The Benny Hill Show became as much a "third rail" in Britain as Amos 'n Andy had been in the U.S. during the 1950's and '60's. The controversy in Amos 'n Andy's case was racially-based, rather than sexually, with the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) insisting that the TV version of Amos 'n Andy, which ran on CBS-TV from 1951 to 1953, had promoted "degrading" images of black people, and had the show removed from the air after only two years despite good ratings. But after a few years of the show being circulated in syndication, the NAACP began targeting reruns as well, and by 1966 they succeeded in having Amos 'n Andy repeats pulled from the airwaves altogether. This can be seen in hindsight as a template for the anti-Hill hysteria which began building in Britain starting in the 1980's, and which led to Hill repeats being banned from the airwaves not only in Britain, but also in some other countries such as Sweden and (for many years) Canada.
      Also, that the "Wind of Change" sketch was in black-and-white ended up being an unintentionally ironic forerunner of how the whole of the next three of Benny's shows would be made and screened.

    • The "Words of Comfort" blooper was taped during production of Show 4, but moved to this episode.

    • This episode was taped on October 22, 1970. From here until Show 13, "audience nights" will be on Thursdays.

    • Liz Fraser was advertised in that week's "TV Times" (London) as being in this show, but she did not appear; however, she was in the next episode.

    • For most of this season (except for the "Love Will Find a Way" sketch in Show 7 and all of the exterior shots of Show 9), beginning with this episode outdoor sequences were shot on videotape rather than film - a practice which will only be attempted twice more, in Show 32 (1978) and in the 1991 special Benny Hill's World Tour: New York.

    • This episode marks the first appearances of Lesley Goldie and Mia Martin in the series, although neither actress is listed in the credits.

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • CHOW-MEIN (Benny): I see on your show here, you have a vicar, with a fry undone!
      Chow-Mein, appearing on the chat-show "East Meets West," makes this remark to interviewer Nicholas Parsons after a typical misunderstading ("She tell me she want to get into these pants-o'-mine [pantomime]." "Your trousers?"). This was a direct reference to the moment in Show #3, during the "Tommy Tupper in Tupper-Time" sketch, where the Rev. Peter Wilby (Michael Sharvell-Martin) came on with his fly open.

    • HUSBAND (Benny): He didn't say anything about that part in "Crossroads"?
      In one of the quickies in the "Look #7" sketch, Benny plays a husband who comes home to find his wife (Jan Butlin) sobbing in bed after being raped by his agent; upon finding this out, he makes the above comment. Ms. Butlin was once a regular on the original version of the long-running soap Crossroads (ATV, 1964-82/Central Independent Television, 1982-88), where she played Joyce Hepworth.

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