Tony Hancock's infamous ITV sitcom to be released

Monday 21st March 2022, 11:56am

Hancock. Copyright: Associated Television

Hancock, a sitcom starring Tony Hancock after his departure from the BBC, is to be released on DVD for the first time.

The long sought-after series ran for thirteen episodes in 1963 after the comedy star had left the BBC and split with his regular writers of the previous decade, Ray Galton and Alan Simpson. It was broadcast on ITV by regional franchise holder Associated Television (ATV).

Penned by four different scriptwriters, the series focuses on Hancock's adventures, which, more often than not, start on a street corner where he is minding his own business but where he soon finds himself entangle when something happens. And it frequently does; for example, his adventures see him becoming a spy for MI5, witnessing a bank robbery, taking part in a kitchen sink film, taking on the role of an escort and even falling in love.

Unseen in more than fifty years, the complete series will be released in July and is now available to pre-order direct from distributor Kaleidoscope, an organisation specialising in old and lost television recovery and archival. It will be available from third party retailers such as Amazon from October onwards.

The Tony Hancock Appreciation Society, which is partnering with copyright owner Roger Hancock Limited and Kaleidoscope to make the DVD release possible, say: "The THAS is thrilled that the 1963 ATV series of Hancock is being made available on DVD. Made after Hancock parted company with Galton and Simpson, the series has long been the holy grail for Hancock fans and we are certain that this commercial release will be snapped up by fans everywhere."

Extras included on the three-disc set are set to include audio content, various commercials featuring the star comedian, and an extensive booklet about the sitcom.

The companies recently worked together to release Hancock's first television series, 1956 sketch show The Tony Hancock Show, also broadcast on the ITV network.

Hancock - The ATV Series

Following the conclusion of Hancock's Half Hour on BBC radio and television, Tony Hancock began a new series in 1963 with ITV broadcaster ATV.

Airing for just one series of 13 episodes, the series - simply titled Hancock - saw the star in a new series of sitcom mishaps.

Now, complete and uncut, it is available on DVD for the very first time.

First released: Friday 15th July 2022

  • Distributor: Kaleidoscope
  • Region: 2
  • Discs: 3
  • Catalogue: KPU1963

Not in the UK?

Fear not! Many items can still be ordered. Amazon in the UK delivers to many international territories, whilst their Australia, USA and Canada stores also supply many equivalent or imported items.

If you are in the North America, look out for US/Canadian flag icons on popular product listings for direct links.

If you order from a UK store, please note that the UK is in Region 2 and B, respectively, for DVDs and Blu-rays - check your player's compatibility, or look for multi-region products if you are located in another region.

If you are in Australia or New Zealand (DVD Region 4), note that almost all DVDs distributed in the UK by the BBC and 2entertain are encoded for both Region 2 and Region 4. The UK and Australasia are in the same Blu-ray region (B).

The Tony Hancock Show

Tony Hancock stars in his first ever television series.

Co-starring June Whitfield, Dick Emery, Hattie Jacques and others, this sketch show enjoys scripts by Eric Sykes and Larry Stephens.

Two series were broadcast on the ITV network in 1956 and 1957, but now only the first is known to survive, and is presented here for the very first time.

First released: Sunday 13th February 2022

Not in the UK?

Fear not! Many items can still be ordered. Amazon in the UK delivers to many international territories, whilst their Australia, USA and Canada stores also supply many equivalent or imported items.

If you are in the North America, look out for US/Canadian flag icons on popular product listings for direct links.

If you order from a UK store, please note that the UK is in Region 2 and B, respectively, for DVDs and Blu-rays - check your player's compatibility, or look for multi-region products if you are located in another region.

If you are in Australia or New Zealand (DVD Region 4), note that almost all DVDs distributed in the UK by the BBC and 2entertain are encoded for both Region 2 and Region 4. The UK and Australasia are in the same Blu-ray region (B).

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