The Missing Hancocks. Tony Hancock (Kevin McNally).

The Missing Hancocks

BBC Radio 4 sitcom recreating classic scripts. 21 episodes (5 series), 2014 - 2020. Stars Kevin McNally, Kevin Eldon, Simon Greenall, Robin Sebastian and others.

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.

The Missing Hancocks

Lost episodes of the legendary radio sitcom Hancock's Half Hour re-recorded with a new cast

2014 - 2020
BBC Radio 4
21   (5 series), plus 2 other episodes
Kevin McNally, Kevin Eldon, Simon Greenall, Robin Sebastian, Susy Kane, Margaret Cabourn-Smith, Andrew Secombe and David Cann
Ray Galton and Alan Simpson
Neil Pearson and Ed Morrish

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."

Production Details

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Also known as
  • The Lost Hancocks
Laugh track
Live audience

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Friday 31st October 2014 on BBC Radio 4 at 11:30am
Last new broadcast
Thursday 31st December 2020 on BBC Radio 4 at 6:30pm
Last repeat
Wednesday 3rd March 2021 at 8:00am on Radio 4 Extra

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