Sat. Jul 13th, 2024

A WINCHESTER production company has made a podcast about the time comedian Michael Jackson visited comedian Benny Hill in hospital.

Average Romp, a media production company in Brassey Road, has released the free drama podcast – an audio drama called When Michael Met Benny.

The podcast was inspired by a real-life meeting between Michael Jackson and Benny Hill, which took place 30 years ago when the British comedian and actor was visited by the popstar following a heart attack.

The two spoke for half an hour and made plans for Michael to star in a future TV series of The Benny Hill Show, before Benny passed away on April 20, just two months later.

The podcast centres on what may have happened in the hospital room.

Jonathan Morris, who wrote the drama, said: “I heard about this unlikely meeting about 10 years ago, and immediately thought, ‘there’s a play in that!’

“It could be the next Frost vs Nixon! And then I realised that if nobody else was going to write it, I should write it myself.

“It was just such an exciting idea and I couldn’t let it go. What would two such different people find to talk about? What would they find they had in common?

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