Hancock's Half Hour. Anthony Aloysius St John Hancock (Tony Hancock). Copyright: BBC.

Hancock's Half Hour

BBC One sitcom about a pompous buffoon. 63 episodes (7 series), 1956 - 1961. Stars Tony Hancock, Sid James, Kenneth Williams, James Bulloch and others.

Hancock's Half Hour. Image shows from L to R: Sidney Balmoral James (Sid James), Anthony Aloysius St John Hancock (Tony Hancock). Copyright: BBC.

Hancock's Half Hour

Tony Hancock stars in Galton & Simpson's comic masterpiece, with his delusions of grandeur and acquaintances at the root of his every downfall

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
1956 - 1961
Channel
BBC One
Episodes
63   (7 series)
Starring
Tony Hancock, Sid James, Kenneth Williams, James Bulloch, Johnny Vyvyan, Alec Bregonzi, John Vere, Hugh Lloyd and Mario Fabrizi
Writers
Ray Galton and Alan Simpson
Director
Duncan Wood
Producer
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.

Production Details

Production company
Also known as
  • Hancock's Forty-Three Minutes (Other official name)
  • Hancock (Series 7)
Picture
Black and white
Laugh track
Live audience

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Friday 6th July 1956 on BBC One at 8:45pm
Last new broadcast
Friday 30th June 1961 on BBC One at 8pm
Last repeat
Sunday 28th June 2015 at 2:30pm on Heyday

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