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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 1 is repeated on Radio 4 Extra on Wednesday at 8:30am

The Lost Hancock Scripts

The Lost Hancock Scripts

Over 100 episodes of Hancock's Half Hour were produced and broadcast, first on BBC radio from 1954 and then on TV from 1956. Receiving critical acclaim at the time, and making a star of the cantankerous Tony Hancock and roguish Sid James, Hancock's Half Hour made history as the grumpy grandfather of British sitcom.
Galton and Simpson, who also wrote the internationally successful Steptoe & Son, became writing legends. Thanks to them, we are able to enjoy these lost scripts from the early series. Stories range from observational comedy to the surreal and include Father Christmas being put on trial (part of a Christmas special), and Tony and Sid entering the 'Mr East Cheam' beauty competition.
Not only are the scripts transcribed in their entirety, but we also show where some amendments were made, and the text is peppered with photos of the cast and background information. A great gift for Hancock fans young and old, as well as followers of comedy classics.

Includes 10 complete 'lost' scripts from both the TV and radio series.

First published: Monday 25th October 2010

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