The Benny Hill Show Wikia

1981 version


1970 version


The Lower Tidmarsh Volunteer Fire Brigade is a local fire-fighting team in the English village of Lower Tidmarsh. Inept, unprofessional and inexperienced, what the brigade lacks in professionalism they make up for in spirit and enthusiasm. They reside on the top floor of their firehouse, and when a call comes in, the fire chief (Benny Hill) wakes to take the call, putting on his fire hat in his official status and writing the address on toilet paper from the bathroom.
The brigade is a six-member team; the only female member (Sue Bond/Sue Upton) is usually the last one down the pole as the men look up her skirt as she slides down. The fire engine is an older model engine that needs to be cranked with the female firefighter's underwear getting caught in the crank. On the way to the fire, the brigade gets distracted by a stop at the Black Lion Pub, a bathroom break in a field, apples from a low-hanging tree and hitch-hikers (Louise English and Lee Gibson) from whom their elderly member (Jackie Wright) catches up with them.
On arrival, the fire chief takes care to ring the doorbell to confirm the address first, despite the fact the elderly member of the team has already chopped through the door. The owner (Liz Fraser/Clare Smalley) immediately sends them on their way. The ladder is whipped out on location, but the old man gets vertigo on the second rung, and the fire chief has to lead the way. He is quick to change windows when he sees the more voluptuous and attractive blonde (Lesley Goldie/Allison Bell) in the other upstairs window. Eventually, they get the hose ready, but the only thing that gets sprayed is the female member (Sue Bond)/Sue Upton) of the team.
Eventually, another woman appears in her undies (Jo Thomas) from another window, and the tarp is pulled out to catch her jumping to safety. The tarp comes equipped with the old firefighter (Jackie Wright) hiding in it to further pad her fall. When the brigade takes a moment to pose for a photo for the newspaper by a photographer (Ken Sedd), the young lady falls straight to the pavement. She's carried away on the stretcher and joined in the stretcher by the old man.


1976 version

The fire is eventually traced to a burning pot on the stove by another tenant (Connie Georges/Lee Gibson, and the brigade relaxes with cigarettes lit on a single match, which gets promptly tossed into the structure, starting another disaster. On March 24, 1976, the Lower Tidmarsh Fire Brigade return as glee singers performing The Fire Brigade Song, but the main number is The Ballad of Robin Hood with Eddie Buchanan as the lead vocalist.