Alan Simpson.

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Newly restored Tony Hancock films and special cinema screening

Tony Hancock's celebrated early-1960s feature films have been restored for new Blu-ray releases, with a cinema screening planned for the acclaimed comedy classic The Rebel.

British Comedy Guide, 2nd September 2019

Steptoe and Son was a genius creation

The flair of Ray Galton, who died last week, lives on in a series of tragicomic characters.

Frank Cottrell Boyce, The Observer, 7th October 2018

The Jane Russell joke that influenced British comedy

The joke, known as "the Jane Russell Pontoon sketch" was submitted by the writers Ray Galton and Alan Simpson to a TV producer in 1951.

Joel Adams, The Telegraph, 2nd September 2017

Editing your script & not being invisible at the Fringe

If you fancy yourself as a wordsmith on stage or screen, my advice is to write as little dialogue as possible.

John Fleming, John Fleming's Blog, 15th July 2017

TV humour is lewd, lavatorial & lacking any form of wit

The problem, however, is bigger than just one show. For the abject and high-profile failure of The Nightly Show raises a disturbing question. What has happened to British comedy? The sheer unfunniness of much of it is beyond depressing.

Christopher Hart, Daily Mail, 18th March 2017

How Radio 4 is bringing Tony Hancock back to life

The BBC is remaking lost episodes of Hancock's Half Hour - thanks to Harry Secombe's son.

Stephen Armstrong, Radio Times, 14th March 2017

The ghost of sitcom future

The general trend over the last thirty years, however, has undoubtedly been towards single camera comedy which, I worry, is slowly killing off the studio sitcom.

James Cary, Sitcom Geek, 9th February 2017

Paul Merton: 'Alan was my comic hero'

Alan Simpson, of writing duo Galton and Simpson, has died at the age of 87.

The pair created sitcoms including Hancock's Half Hour and Steptoe And Son.

Comedian Paul Merton became friends with the pair after working with them. He explained to Radio 4's PM how they worked "writing everything together face to face". He added not only "did they make each other laugh, but they had the eye to know what would make the audience laugh as well".

BBC News, 8th February 2017