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Production[]

Episode: 23
Date: March 12, 1975
Time: 51:20
Musical Director:
Vocals: The Ladybirds
Choreography:
Producer: Mark Stuart
Director: Mark Stuart
Writer: Benny Hill

Episode[]

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Mrs McTavish and Ernie Potts

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Mighty Deodorant

Highlights[]

  • Great Mysteries With Orson Buggy
  • Dimpton Health And Sun Club
  • Beyond the Bamboo Curtain

Cast[]

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Quotes[]

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  • Rolf Harris - "I'm sorry, but, Mark, that dart's poisonous!"
    Lee Gibson - "Oh, Lord! Who's going to suck the poison out!"
    Rolf Harris - "Me!" (sounds of people racing on stage)

  • Ben - "Rolly, Rolly, you won't believe it. Miriam and I have got a son! A little boy! Would you believe it? After six daughters, a little boy!"
    Rolly - "Does he look like you or Miriam?"
    Ben - "I don't know. We haven't looked at his face yet!"


  • Elsie - "I'm not staying in a room with you for only a quid. What do you think I am?"
    Ernie Potts - "Love, we know what you are. We're haggling over the price now. Ain't we?"


  • Ernie Potts - "You can't come in. It's a bit awkward... I'm taking a bath."
    Miss McTavish - "There isn't a bath in there!"
    Ernie Potts - "I know... That's what's making it awkward!!"

  • Ernie Potts - "There are no bed bugs in there. The cockroaches ate them all."

  • Ernie Potts - "I lent him the money to bury his grandmother, and if I don't get it back by Friday, up she comes!"

Trivia[]

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  • The opening quickie is a commercial for the fictional Mighty Man deorderant. In the bit, Benny can't put his arm down - a gag he recreates in the 1992 Benny Hill's World Tour: New York special.
  • The opening stars quickies feature:
  • Lionel Blair is an English actor, choreographer, tap dancer and television presenter, possibly most well-known as the host of the British version of "Name That Tune."
  • Chalfont St Giles is the name of a village in southeast Buckinghamshire, England.
  • The second string of quickies features Rolf Harris and his assistant (Lee Gibson) show with a poisonous dart, a proud father (Benny) boasting to his best friend (Patrick Newell) and Harris again yellow paint on another assistant (Samantha Stevens). (Bob Todd plays a third assistant.)
  • Fred Scuttle's full name is revealed as Frederick Forsyte Scuttle.
  • This episode makes the first appearance of Anna Dawson in the series. She would end up returning as a series regular in the 1985 to 1989 episodes.
  • After Fred Scuttle and Marcel The Barber, there is a brief quickie with a man (Patrick) learning his friend (Benny) lost a lot of money at the races.
  • Diana Darvey sings "It's So Nice to Go Traveling" by Sammy Cahn and James Van Heusen .
  • The name, "Orson Buggy," is likely based on American actor and director Orson Welles, who hosted a TV series, "Great Mysteries" between 1973 and 1975.
  • The last quickie for the episode features (Bob Todd) trying to get an old friend (Benny) trying to recognize him.
  • This episode feature a rare chance for having both Fred Scuttle and Chow Mein sketches in one episode.

Sequence[]


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