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Hancock's Half Hour. Image shows from L to R: Sidney Balmoral James (Sid James), Anthony Aloysius St John Hancock (Tony Hancock). Copyright: BBC.

Hancock's Half Hour

Tony Hancock stars in Galton & Simpson's comic masterpiece, with his delusions of grandeur and acquaintances at the root of his every downfall

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A Horseradish

  • Saturday 14th November 2020, 11:04pm [Edited]
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I think the best Hancocks are the ones with Kenneth Williams who is probably my second favourite British comedy actor of all time and the one I like most. The more the years roll by, the more I love him and I see him for all the imitators as an original. No one else can compare. My favourite Hancock episode - and I have done about ten in the last 48 hours as it seems so normal and reassuring in these terrible times - is the one that involves Kenny as sorting out an aeroplane that has run into difficulty. I do have books on Tony who is my favourite ever British comedy actor with a lot of programme detail but if anyone can give me the title then that will save me a research job. I can get Alexa to it although she is fickle. For the record, not that it matters seeing I am just one little fool, my third favourite "British" comedy actor is Sid so it all comes together there for me. I like wacky. Hancock was maybe more wacky than we now think in its age and some discussion on that aspect would potentially be interesting on another day. I also adore Round the Horne.

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Chappers

  • Sunday 15th November 2020, 9:44am
  • Surreyish., England
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Quote: A Horseradish @ 12th November 2020, 6:16 PM

Who has?

That's near West Sutton station.

It's at the top (south end) of Western Road.

That's right. Alongside the railway line.

Quote: A Horseradish @ 14th November 2020, 11:04 PM

I think the best Hancocks are the ones with Kenneth Williams who is probably my second favourite British comedy actor of all time and the one I like most. The more the years roll by, the more I love him and I see him for all the imitators as an original. No one else can compare. My favourite Hancock episode - and I have done about ten in the last 48 hours as it seems so normal and reassuring in these terrible times - is the one that involves Kenny as sorting out an aeroplane that has run into difficulty. I do have books on Tony who is my favourite ever British comedy actor with a lot of programme detail but if anyone can give me the title then that will save me a research job. I can get Alexa to it although she is fickle. For the record, not that it matters seeing I am just one little fool, my third favourite "British" comedy actor is Sid so it all comes together there for me. I like wacky. Hancock was maybe more wacky than we now think in its age and some discussion on that aspect would potentially be interesting on another day. I also adore Round the Horne.

Wasn't it called the Secret Life of Antony Hancock?

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Aaron

  • Sunday 15th November 2020, 1:38pm
  • Royal Berkshire, England
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I feel a real need to own that board game now!

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A Horseradish

  • Monday 16th November 2020, 12:12am
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Quote: Chappers @ 15th November 2020, 9:44 AM

That's right. Alongside the railway line.

Wasn't it called the Secret Life of Antony Hancock?

Thanks Chappers.

I will check it out.

Quote: Aaron @ 15th November 2020, 1:38 PM

I feel a real need to own that board game now!

The Sutton and Cheam version of Monopoly?

It's a whizz!

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Chappers

  • Monday 16th November 2020, 5:56pm
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Quote: A Horseradish @ 16th November 2020, 12:12 AM

The Sutton and Cheam version of Monopoly?

It's a whizz!

Every other square says Go to Jail!

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Hercules Grytpype Thynne

  • Wednesday 2nd December 2020, 11:23pm
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"The Elopement" on R4+ this week......................Bill is in love, but her millionaire father won't have his daughter marrying such a nondescript person as he wants her to marry someone with a title, so The Lad and Sid get involved when they hear she is to come into over a million quid, and so big up Bill to the prospective father....................not verbatim, of course

Hancock "What? This lad has class, breeding and is haughty. Go on Bill walk over there and show him some of your haught"

Laughing out loud

Laughing out loudLaughing out loud

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Billy Bunter

  • Wednesday 13th January 2021, 5:03pm [Edited]
  • The Sussex Coast, England
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The Poetry Society today.

Mauve world; green me :)

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Hercules Grytpype Thynne

  • Wednesday 13th January 2021, 11:33pm
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One of my absolute favourites.

" Tin Can? Tin Can; yes, let's see, I think I'll lean up against the fireplace with one arm up, suggesting the lid's being opened."
Has me in fits no matter how many times I hear it from The Lad. Laughing out loud

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john tregorran

  • Thursday 14th January 2021, 5:19am
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Unanimous on this one.With Warren and Fenella.

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Billy Bunter

  • Thursday 14th January 2021, 12:44pm
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Proof that they were very much ahead of their time:

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Hercules Grytpype Thynne

  • Thursday 14th January 2021, 3:06pm
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Errrrrr..........................

Quote: Hercules Grytpype Thynne @ 15th November 2020, 10:47 AM

Sid was ahead of the game..................

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Quote: Billy Bunter @ 14th January 2021, 12:44 PM

Proof that they were very much ahead of their time:

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Billy Bunter

  • Thursday 14th January 2021, 5:05pm [Edited]
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Apologies but I long ago stopped reading, or watching, any discussion platform that has coronavirus or covid (or indeed Brexit) in its title.

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Billy Bunter

  • Tuesday 19th January 2021, 10:21am
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One of the specialist subjects on Mastermind last night (Monday) - Hancock's Half Hour. Should be still available on iPlayer.

(I hope that no-one has already posted this information elsewhere - I'm beginning to get a complex!)

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Hercules Grytpype Thynne

  • Tuesday 19th January 2021, 11:11am
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Quote: Billy Bunter @ 19th January 2021, 10:21 AM

(I hope that no-one has already posted this information elsewhere - I'm beginning to get a complex!)

Funny you should mention that............................ :P

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Hercules Grytpype Thynne

  • Tuesday 19th January 2021, 4:06pm
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Quote: Billy Bunter @ 19th January 2021, 10:21 AM

One of the specialist subjects on Mastermind last night (Monday) - Hancock's Half Hour. Should be still available on iPlayer.

Thanks for the nod, and have watched the young lady - I'm impressed as a couple of them I wouldn't have known, for eg the repeating of Alpine Holiday when Tony couldn't go on with the planned prog. owing to flu.

Slightly jarring though, with Humphrys' intro.................
"Ahh, that great television series starring Tony Hancock...................." 'scuse me? Radio?

Anyway, is it just me or are some of those questions over detailed - surely someone as knowledgeable about Hancock wouldn't need all that time wasting filler, when they could be answering the question and so get more points - just sayin'.