The Benny Hill Show

Season 17 Episode 1

Show 51

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Aired Unknown Mar 12, 1986 on ITV
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Show 51
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Song and dance on a 1930's cruise ship with Benny as the captain, "The Bucket," a meeting of Hollywood producers at the 1986 Cannes festival brings about the idea of doing a Biblical soap opera, Hill's Angels dance and sing at the "Chez When" outdoor nightclub (including Louise English singing "La Vie en Rose"), Hill takes on the questions about his "sexist" reputation, and then appears as a nearsighted handyman doing work at an all-girls' school.moreless

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    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

     

    Sydney Arnold

    Sydney Arnold

     

    Guest Star

    Sue Upton

    Sue Upton

    uncredited

    Guest Star

    Alison Thomas

    Alison Thomas

    uncredited

    Guest Star

    Henry McGee

    Henry McGee

     

    Recurring Role

    Bob Todd

    Bob Todd

     

    Recurring Role

    Jon Jon Keefe

    Jon Jon Keefe

     

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (2)

    • QUOTES (0)

    • NOTES (3)

      • The final shot of the opening "Love Ship" number and several portions of the "Hill's Angels: Chez When" routine (the opening part where Anna Dawson transformed into Benny, the first segment set to the music of "Girls, Girls, Girls," the beginning and ending of the "Last Tango" number, and the closing moments where Benny changes back into Anna) were cut by Comedy Central when the series aired on the channel in the mid-1990's.

        On the other hand, a section of the "Testament Television" sketch was cut some time in 1987 or afterwards, as the segment made a reference to Liberace who died that year of AIDS. One factor in how it was cut was in the part where Benny mentions "David and Goliath." On the uncut version, a faraway camera shot of the actors assembled was shown, while on the version which deleted the Liberace reference, the camera shot is solely of him and Anna Dawson. The edited version of this sketch was shown on A&E Video's Complete & Unadulterated: The Hill's Angels Years - Set 6: 1986-1989 which was released in January of 2007, while the unedited version had been aired by Comedy Central.

      • This show was taped on December 6, 1985.

      • Starting with this episode, the closing credits would be laid out on a single-line crawl moving from right to left at the bottom of the screen during the runoff (previously the credits were on a roll, or occasionally on individual overlay cards). This new layout will be in place for all end credits for the remainder of the series' run.

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Hollywood Producer #1 (Benny): Not to mention Don Taffner.
        Other Producers: Don Taffner?
        Hollywood Producer #1: I said not to mention Don Taffner!

        Don Taffner was in charge of U.S. syndication for Thames Television product, including The Benny Hill Show.

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