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.

Series 6, Episode 14 is repeated on Radio 4 Extra on Wednesday at 8am.

Press Clippings

Hancock's Half Hour reminds us what once united Britain

In Hancock's Half Hour everyone is ridiculous - the people who hate change and the ones who seek it, in this playful mudbath of piss-take and self-parody. Implacable differences of opinion and outlook weren't a cause for mournful patience and hand-wringing toleration: they were the price you paid for a society full of people it was enjoyable to laugh at.

Zoe Williams, The Guardian, 26th December 2020

The radio that delights Robin Ince

Last week, the funniest BBC Radio show of all time was named in the Radio Times. All other radio shows will be destroyed and used as landfill. I had quite forgotten that 11 months before, I had put in my nominations. I have no idea if any of this got used in the Radio Times, but this is what I wrote.

Robin Ince, Robin Ince's Blog, 27th November 2020

Radio Times poll of best radio comedies

Radio 4 panel show I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue has come top of a Radio Times list of the greatest radio comedy shows.

British Comedy Guide, 17th November 2020

Andree Melly dies at 87

Andree Melly, the last surviving cast member of the Hancock's Half Hour radio cast and a one-time regular on Just A Minute, has died at the age of 87.

Chortle, 28th February 2020

The 20 funniest radio comedies of all time

Before Radio 1's first run of new shows kicks off next month, here we count down the 20 greatest scripted radio comedies ever to hit the airwaves

Ben Lawrence, Tristram Fane Saunders & Mark Monahan, The Telegraph, 25th January 2018

Harry Secombe's son to play his roles in The Missing Hancocks

Andrew Secombe, the son of the late Harry Secombe, has joined the cast of Radio 4's The Missing Hancocks. He will play roles his father played in the original shows.

British Comedy Guide, 2nd December 2016

2012 Olympics: Tony Hancock show to be re-broadcast

An episode of Hancock's Half Hour not heard since 1958 is to be broadcast on Radio 4 Extra on Sunday.

The Guardian, 27th July 2012