- 1956 - 1961
- BBC One
- 63 (7 series)
- Tony Hancock, Sid James, James Bulloch, Kenneth Williams, Johnny Vyvyan, Alec Bregonzi, John Vere, Hugh Lloyd and others
- Ray Galton and Alan Simpson
- Duncan Wood
- Duncan Wood
Welcome to 23 Railway Cuttings, East Cheam, residence of Anthony Aloysius St John Hancock - a down-at-heel comedian whose life never goes to plan.
Tony Hancock plays a fictionalised version of himself in this sitcom: a loser whose plans and aspirations are continually ruined by bad luck, the scheming and devious Sidney Balmoral James (played by Sid James) or, more often than not, by his own pomposity and ambition.
Hancock's Half Hour launched on the radio in 1954, with this TV version starting two years later. The radio and TV versions ran concurrently - sharing some scripts - until the radio version stopped in 1959.
The final series of this show, which saw Hancock alone in an Earl's Court bedsit, was broadcast under the shortened title Hancock.
Following these seven series, in 1963 Hancock moved to ITV to star in series with a similar premise called Hancock, but this new show was not written by Galton & Simpson. The star returned to ITV in 1967 for Hancock's, a series in which his character played the manager of a nightclub. This turned out to be his final British TV series, as he committed suicide the following year.
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