Hancock's Half Hour Page 6

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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Tuumble

  • Thursday 28th February 2013, 5:23pm
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Quote: Aaron @ February 28 2013, 2:08 AM GMT

Of recent years/decades, it rather is.


Well OK, but it still doesn't justify his original statement.

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Gordon Bennett

  • Wednesday 6th March 2013, 11:31am [Edited]
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I was watching the episode "The Big Night" a few days ago. It felt a bit like the inspiration for the whole "Bottom" show. Two more or less pathetic guys prepare for a big night out with drinks and "birds". One of them is the more down to earth laid back guy (Sid James/Eddie Hitler) the other the wannabe sophisticated ladylover (Tony Hancock/Richie Richard). Both insulting but encouraging each other at the same time. And of course, the night out ends in a disaster.
I wonder how many shows that came after were inspired by HHH.

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Tuumble

  • Wednesday 6th March 2013, 11:59am [Edited]
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Quote: Gordon Bennett @ March 6 2013, 11:31 AM GMT

I was watching the episode "The Big Night" a few days ago. It felt a bit like the inspiration for the whole "Bottom" show. Two more or less pathetic guys prepare for a big night out with drinks and "birds". One of them is the more down to earth laid back guy (Sid James/Eddie Hitler) the other the wannabe sophisticated ladylover (Tony Hancock/Richie Richard). Both insulting but encouraging each other at the same time. And of course, the night out ends in a disaster.
I wonder how many shows that came after were inspired by HHH.


That's a good call. It would be interesting to know if it was deliberate or a sub-conscious thing. That said they might not even have seen it.

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Gordon Bennett

  • Wednesday 20th March 2013, 12:57pm
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Nice appearance by Clive Dunn in the "Army Reunion" episode. Here again he played his character with a slight hint at senility.

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lofthouse

  • Wednesday 20th March 2013, 1:03pm [Edited]
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Quote: Gordon Bennett @ March 6 2013, 11:31 AM GMT

I was watching the episode "The Big Night" a few days ago. It felt a bit like the inspiration for the whole "Bottom" show. Two more or less pathetic guys prepare for a big night out with drinks and "birds". One of them is the more down to earth laid back guy (Sid James/Eddie Hitler) the other the wannabe sophisticated ladylover (Tony Hancock/Richie Richard). Both insulting but encouraging each other at the same time. And of course, the night out ends in a disaster.
I wonder how many shows that came after were inspired by HHH.


I love Bottom, it's not the greatest sitcom ever - but it is my favourite (if that makes sense).

But!

If you go through every episode they are littered with bits and pieces and ideas 'borrowed' from mainly Rising Damp, but Hancock also

There's many many many of these instances

I've mentioned this in the Bottom thread but was shot down

But the evidence is there for all to see!

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Gordon Bennett

  • Wednesday 20th March 2013, 1:10pm [Edited]
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Quote: lofthouse @ March 20 2013, 1:03 PM GMT

I love Bottom, it's not the greatest sitcom ever - but it is my favourite (if that makes sense).

But!

If you go through every episode they are littered with bits and pieces and ideas 'borrowed' from mainly Rising Damp, but Hancock also

There's many many many of these instances

I've mentioned this in the Bottom thread but was shot down

But the evidence is there for all to see!


Richie's snobbery with claiming to be a poor man at the same time if it comes to pay day is very much Rigsby-esque.
I like to discover those influences or "borrowed" bits and pieces.

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Oldrocker

  • Friday 22nd March 2013, 4:27pm [Edited]
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Image

What's the show being rehearsed ?

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JohnnyD

  • Friday 22nd March 2013, 4:38pm
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The Missing Page?

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Oldrocker

  • Friday 22nd March 2013, 4:47pm
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Peg eight !

:D

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Gordon Bennett

  • Sunday 24th March 2013, 9:27am
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Quote: lofthouse @ March 20 2013, 1:53 PM GMT

It's easy.

Watch all of Rising Damp and Hancock's Half Hour, then watch all three series of Bottom.

All will be revealed.....

It's mainly Rising Damp but HHH is there in spades too.


Watched "Sid in Love" Yesterday. Again, it was like a lost Bottom episode. Sid was in love with a bus conductress so they took a bus ride on that bus. First they tried to pull this "bird" for Sid and insulted her and other bus passengers. Then they sat quietly watching out of the window and commented on the funny things they saw (just like Richie and Eddie at the beginning of Carnival"). In the end they had a fight with the husband of the conductress. Tony was behaving exactly like Richie would in such a situation. Snobby but insulting and violent at the same time.

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lofthouse

  • Sunday 24th March 2013, 1:59pm
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The episode "s'out" where they have to spend a week in the wilderness I.e. The local park! - is a nod to the HHH radio ep , the wild man of the woods IMO

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David Smith

  • Sunday 24th March 2013, 2:05pm [Edited]
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The Blood Donor was my favourite. Amazing sketches. This comedy is just simply great.

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lofthouse

  • Monday 1st April 2013, 11:57am [Edited]
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Quote: Gordon Bennett @ March 20 2013, 1:10 PM GMT

Richie's snobbery with claiming to be a poor man at the same time if it comes to pay day is very much Rigsby-esque.
I like to discover those influences or "borrowed" bits and pieces.


Here we go again!

I'm just watching the HHH episode The Set That Failed

The whole premise is that Tony has to go a whole night without television

That's pretty much the whole point of the Bottom episode Culture!!

Ffs, Ritchie evens wears a smoking jacket - just like Hancock does in The Set that Failed

Stone me!

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Alfred J Kipper

  • Monday 1st April 2013, 12:16pm
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So does this diminish the 'greatness' of your beloved Bottom? For me it would. It did pick two cracking good models to brazenly steal from tho so it gets some credit for that. But theft is theft! Or is it just inspiration and influence? Oh do you know, this incredibly complex yet breathtakingly inept copyright law thing just gets so confusing. :S x10.