The Benny Hill Show

Season 2 Episode 2

Show 6

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Aired Unknown Dec 23, 1970 on ITV
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Includes a sketch with Fred Scuttle as a cut-price holiday tycoon, an early version of the doings of the Lower Tidmarsh Volunteer Fire Brigade, and a parody of "Opportunity Knocks!" with Hill as the host and all the talent acts (with the first performance of his song "Ernie, The Fastest Milkman in the West"). Also: Trisha Noble performs "Leavin' on a Jet Plane."moreless

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  • What could be the absolute best ever episode of benny Hill ever produced, it you don't watch because it's in black and white your not a Benny Hill fan, end of storymoreless

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    Don't let the black and white fool you, this episode is arguably the greatest one ever produced. First the opening skits where Benny gets the number 7 look on his face are all very entertaining. Next, we get another Fred Scuttle sketch, this time at a holiday tour agency, with some witty and very funny banter between Nicholas Parsons and Mr Scuttle. We get a western scene where Benny tells us a hysterically funny story, with Benny cutting great joke after great joke here. You'll have to listen closely to get every joke, turning your attention away from a split second and you'll miss something. He follows it up with a song featuring some little jokes that you need to listen out for, all high quality. We get more TV bloopers next, arguably the best one's ever done, including a girl falling off a swing nastily, a very powerful cleaning agent that does more than clean the floor, a sign with a double meaning, a tin that doesn't open when hat against a bowl, Benny ending up dancing with a technician instead of his dance partner and the truth about detergent. Next is arguably one of the greatest, if not the greatest sketch in the show's history: A Tribute To The Lower Tidmarsh Volunteer Fire Brigade. Watch out for the woman sliding down the pole in paticulair (complete with action replays), Benny forgetting part of his uniform and coming back up the pole, the woman getting splashed with the hose and Jackie Wright getting stuck to the pole then running along the road to catch the truck. Excellent stuff. We end with Opportunities Knocking, where Benny gets to display his all round talent, playing every single role himself, from the presenter to all the contestants. Some great stuff in this one, including some great use of trick photography to make himself appear as two characters at once. An all round amazing series of performances in this one. Overall this i arguably the greatest episode of The Benny Hill Show ever made, and if you avoid it because it's in black and white then your not a fan of the show, end of story.moreless
Trisha Noble

Trisha Noble

musical guest

Guest Star

Liz Fraser

Liz Fraser

 

Guest Star

Tommy Mann

Tommy Mann

 

Guest Star

The Ladybirds

The Ladybirds

backing singers

Recurring Role

Sue Bond

Sue Bond

 

Recurring Role

Wally Goodman

Wally Goodman

uncredited

Recurring Role

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    • On A&E's DVD release, the routine where Benny appears as country bumpkin "Dickie Dido" telling tall tales is called "Grand Pappy Blueberry and Benny's Ballad: Rachel" in the episode scene menu, though in actuality the unseen character Benny refers to sounds more like "Grandpappy Blooper," as he'd referred to the character in Show 4.

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    • Lesley Goldie, Wally Goodman and Connie Georges appear, uncredited, in this version of the "Lower Tidmarsh Volunteer Fire Brigade" sketch.

    • This was the first Benny Hill Show to be repeated by Thames Television. Its second airing was on October 23, 1971.

    • This episode was taped on November 19, 1970.

    • Bob Todd does not appear in this episode.

    • AN IRONIC REFERENCE - IN HINDSIGHT: On his performance of "Ernie (The Fastest Milkman in the West)" in this episode, Benny performs one of the lines thus: "Ernie was only 68 / He didn't want to die." When he recorded this song almost a year later, Ernie's age of death was changed to 52. The irony about the earlier lyric had to do with the fact that Benny died at age 68 in 1992.

    • In late 1970, ITV's colour technicians went on strike, causing all ITV shows made during this period (including The Benny Hill Show) to be videotaped in black-and-white. The strike wasn't resolved until Spring 1971, causing three Benny Hill shows (including this one) to be made in this fashion.

      Several sketches from these episodes were later re-made in colour on various future episodes of the series.

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