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Boris Johnson resigns as Prime Minister: Hugh Grant inspired Benny Hill theme played outside Parliament

Hugh Grant was the reason Benny Hill’s theme music was played over a program about Boris Johnson’s retirement.

On Thursday, July 7, Johnson announced he was stepping down as Prime Minister after a wave of resignations in protest at his leadership.

He will remain in office until a successor is named, which is expected by the Conservative Party convention in October.

during one Sky news Aired around 11:30 a.m., which soon went viral, the upbeat track “Yakety Sax” could be heard while the station’s reporter, with a straight face, discussed the situation.

Twitter users then spotted a tweet Grant had written hours earlier around 9am: “Tomorrow @snb19692 I’m glad you got your speakers back. Do you happen to have Benny Hill’s music handy?”

Grant’s tweet was sent to political activist Steve Bray from Port Talbot in South Wales, known for his musical protests outside the House of Commons in Westminster.

Hugh Grant was behind the viral clip of the Benny Hill theme playing outside Parliament

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Bray has gained a following on newscasts in recent years due to his repeated protests against Brexit and the Conservative government. He announced in June 2022 that police had removed his amplifiers and instead chose to perform famous songs with politically themed lyrics.

On Wednesday (July 6) he could be heard interrupting Susanna Reid and Ed Balls during a live broadcast of Good morning Britain featuring a rendition of Bay City Rollers’ “Bye Bye Baby” with the lyrics changed to “Bye Bye Boris”.

“I suppose if you’re not allowed to scream anymore, there are other ways to get your voice heard,” Reid told viewers after noticing what she heard.

However, it appears that Bray had apparently returned his speakers overnight and decided to honor Grant’s request after seeing his tweet.

After the show went viral, Bray tweeted, “For @HackedOffHugh only, as requested here on the media circus today…College Green. Benny Hill’s theme tune.”

The music was composed by James Q “Spider” Rich and Boots Randolph in 1963 and gained popularity after comedian Hill used it as the ending theme of his television series The Benny Hill Show.

The Independent has reached out to Grant for comment.

Celebrities have reacted to Johnson’s resignation – a compilation of all comments can be found here.

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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