Quote: john tregorran @ 22nd August 2019, 9:29 PM
Yes,that's my favourite time too.
Bill's character changed though,he was quite smart in the very early days.
In the book "Fifty Years of Hancock's Half Hour", compiled by Richard Weber and published by Century in 2004, Alan Simpson explains that "Bill started as Jack the Lad, inviting Tony to parties and suchlike, but in the end Sid's character took over that. He ceased being a crook and became Tony's mate. Bill was then the dim friend who made Tony seem intelligent. It was funnier for him to be thick - or thicker than Hancock - as opposed to the cheery Jack the Lad. It became more of a Laurel and Hardy relationship with Hancock painstakingly trying to explain things to him".
Ray Galton adds that "I don't think the early character worked out. For Bill or us. He wasn't very interesting". As soon as they altered the character, they found it easier and more productive writing for him. "We were able to get a lot more laughs from him".
Interestingly, in view of Hancock's ultimate decision to do away with the funny voices, Bill Kerr is quoted in the same book that Kenneth Williams "brought his own special dimension to the show. He was very gifted with his brilliant voices; he could just pull them out of the air. At times he almost overshadowed Tony. The two of them worked well together and it was a joy to watch them, both like greyhounds in the slips after the rabbit. Both were vain with each other and, I feel, brought out the best in one another. If Kenneth got a laugh, Tony would top it".