A one-off special starring Benny Hill, filmed entirely in Australia. Among the highlights: "Hold Back the Wind," yet another of his Tennessee Williams parodies; "Archie's Angels," a takeoff... See full summary »
A one-off special starring Benny Hill, filmed entirely in Australia. Among the highlights: "Hold Back the Wind," yet another of his Tennessee Williams parodies; "Archie's Angels," a takeoff on "Charlie's Angels"; a sketch of two men who tended to Lady Godiva's horse; and, in a concession to his filming location, the saga of Benny Kelly, son of outlaw Ned Kelly. Written by
Of all the episodes of "THE BENNY HILL SHOW" that Thames aired from 1969-1989,this is the lone entry not yet released on DVD.This is also the only one that was shot in Australia,which explains why it remains unavailable in that format.I saw most of this footage in syndication in the US,and there was even more made available on the video release titled "Benny Hill's Video Sideshow"(copyright 1982).It begins with a skit that he'd done before(the one performer stuck with ugly dance partners),singing "Les Girls." There were three musical selections,the "AVENGERS" theme,"Suicide is Painless"(from "M.A.S.H."),and hula-skirt wearing girls dancing to "Hawaii 5-0." The main sketch depicts the thieving exploits of Benny Kelly,son of famed Australian outlaw Ned Kelly."Archie's Angels" is his first of two takeoffs on "CHARLIE'S ANGELS"(not to be confused with "Charlene's Angels," in which Benny,Bob Todd,and Jack Wright are 3 male detectives).There is a skit depicting a sleeping bum who gets hit by a car and winds up being looked after by the two lovelies who hit him(at least until he awakens from the dream).Another skit depicts Benny as a groom readying Lady Godiva's horse,which he had done before for the BBC,but never repeated for Thames."Hold Back the Wind" has Benny as an old man who made his money by "cuttin' out the middle man," while dealing with an ugly wife who wants to go on a second honeymoon("what are you,a sadist or something?")and a dimwit son engaged to the voluptuous Lucy Jardine(father: "she's 16-year-old!" son:"I know...but she looks 12!") It ends with a typical romp on the beach,all with a cast that never appeared in any other shows,making this episode stand out even more.Not included on the 1982 "Video Sideshow" are the three musical numbers(the only one I saw was the girls doing "HAWAII 5-0"),along with "Archie's Angels" and "Lady Godiva." "Hold Back the Wind" was cut in syndication but intact on the video,while the final seaside romp was cut short on the video yet intact in syndication.Highly enjoyable.
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