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

Hancock's Half Hour

BBC Light Programme sitcom about a pompous fool. 107 episodes (6 series), 1954 - 1959. Stars Tony Hancock, Bill Kerr, Sid James, Moira Lister and others.

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

Hancock's Half Hour

Anthony Aloysius St John Hancock is a loser whose plans and aspirations are continually ruined by bad luck, Sidney Balmoral James or, more often than not, by his own pomposity and ambition

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
1954 - 1959
Channel
BBC Light Programme
Episodes
107   (6 series)
Starring
Tony Hancock, Bill Kerr, Sid James, Moira Lister, Kenneth Williams, Andrée Melly, Hattie Jacques and Alan Simpson
Writers
Ray Galton and Alan Simpson
Producers
Dennis Main Wilson, Tom Ronald and Pat Dixon

Anthony Aloysius St John 'Tony' Hancock is one of life's losers. Fortunately for Tony, he rarely seems to notice the fact.

Bumbling headlong into one disastrous caper after another, the not-so-great actor of the age is aided and abetted by his friend and lodger, Australian Bill Kerr; on-off love-interests Moira Lister and Andrée Melly; secretary Griselda Pugh; and friend, confident, con-man and spiv, Sidney Balmoral James.

Whether taking the role of a school master, visiting the ballet, competing in the Monte Carlo rally, entertaining troops, buying a new home, taking up boxing or inheriting a Scottish castle, Tony often finds himself outwitted and conned by Sid - and more often than not, ultimately brought down by his own pomposity, ambition and stupidity.

Production Details

Production company
Laugh track
Live audience

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Tuesday 2nd November 1954 on BBC Light Programme at 9:30pm
Last new broadcast
Tuesday 29th December 1959 on BBC Light Programme at 8pm
Length of episodes
30 minutes
Last repeat
Monday 17th June 2019 at 8:00am on Radio 4 Extra

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