The Missing Hancocks. Tony Hancock (Kevin McNally)
The Missing Hancocks

The Missing Hancocks

  • Radio sitcom
  • BBC Radio 4
  • 2014 - 2021
  • 21 episodes (5 series)

Lost episodes of the legendary radio sitcom Hancock's Half Hour re-recorded with a new cast. Stars Kevin McNally, Kevin Eldon, Simon Greenall, Robin Sebastian, Susy Kane and more.

The Missing Hancocks. Image shows from L to R: Neil Pearson, Bill Kerr (Kevin Eldon), Kenneth Williams (Robin Sebastian), Tony Hancock (Kevin McNally), Sid James (Simon Greenall), Andrée Melly (Susy Kane), Ed Morrish. Copyright: BBC

Key details

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
2014 - 2021
Channels
BBC Radio 4
Episodes
21 (5 series), plus 3 other episodes
Stars
Kevin McNally, Kevin Eldon, Simon Greenall, Robin Sebastian, Susy Kane, Margaret Cabourn-Smith, Andrew Secombe and David Cann
Writers
Ray Galton and Alan Simpson
Producers
Neil Pearson and Ed Morrish
Companies

Between 1954 and 1959, BBC Radio recorded 102 episodes of Ray Galton and Alan Simpson's comedy classic, Hancock's Half Hour. The first modern sitcom, it made stars of Tony Hancock, Sid James and Kenneth Williams, and launched Galton & Simpson as one of the most successful comedy-writing partnerships in history.

However, of the shows made, 20 are missing from the BBC archive.

Starting as part of the celebration of Galton & Simpson's diamond anniversary in 2014, BBC Radio 4 commissioned this series (supported by the writers themselves) to recreate the episodes live in front of a studio audience at the BBC Radio Theatre.

The new episodes star Simon Greenall, Kevin Eldon, Robin Sebastian, Suzy Kane and - as The Lad Himself - Kevin McNally. The BBC says: "The shows are as fresh today as the day they were written."

Additional details

Also known as
  • The Lost Hancocks
Production
Studio

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Friday 31st October 2014 at 11:30am on BBC Radio 4
Last new broadcast
Thursday 31st December 2020 at 6:30pm on BBC Radio 4
Next repeats
  1. The Christmas Eve Party, Christmas Special: Tuesday 28th December at 7:30am on Radio 4 Extra
  2. The Christmas Eve Party, Christmas Special: Tuesday 28th December at 5:30pm on Radio 4 Extra
  3. The Christmas Eve Party, Christmas Special: Tuesday 28th December at 10pm on Radio 4 Extra
  4. The Christmas Eve Party, Christmas Special: Wednesday 29th December at 5:30am on Radio 4 Extra
  5. New Year Resolutions, New Year Special: Wednesday 29th December at 6:30pm on Radio 4
Most recent repeats

Recording details

  • BBC Radio Theatre

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