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 6 is repeated on Radio 4 Extra today at 8am.

Hancock's Half Hour - The 'Lost' Radio Episodes - Sid James's Dad & The Diet

Hancock's Half Hour - The 'Lost' Radio Episodes - Sid James's Dad & The Diet

Tony Hancock stars in two long-lost episodes from the classic radio series:

Series 3 episode 8, The Diet (7 December 1955)
Series 4 episode 3, Sid James's Dad (28 October 1956)

With the BBC's master copies long wiped, these rare home recordings are made available for the first time in over fifty years.

In Sid James's Dad, Sid is expecting a visit from his father. Being ashamed to admit his true profession, he has explained his regular appearances in court by telling the old man he is a judge.

The Diet sees Hancock being offered the lead role in a romantic film. Unfortunately, the American producer Mr Stroud (Kenneth Williams) tells Hancock he's too fat for the part and tells him to diet.

Including special sleeve-notes detailing the making of the original productions, these episodes celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Galton and Simpson writing partnership.

First released: Monday 16th November 2009

  • Released: Monday 2nd November 2009
  • Distributor: BBC Worldwide
  • Minutes: 31

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