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Hancock's Half Hour

Hancock's Half Hour

  • TV sitcom
  • BBC One
  • 1956 - 1961
  • 63 episodes (7 series)

Tony Hancock stars in Galton & Simpson's comic masterpiece, with his delusions of grandeur and acquaintances at the root of his every downfall. Also features Sid James, Kenneth Williams, James Bulloch, Johnny Vyvyan, Alec Bregonzi and more.

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Comedies crowd top 100 missing TV shows list

A list of the top 100 missing TV shows has been revealed, with comedies including The Liver Birds, Dad's Army, At Last The 1948 Show and The Frost Report making the list.

British Comedy Guide, 24th April 2018

Fawlty Towers named comedians' favourite sitcom

A survey of comedians has revealed that Fawlty Towers is their favourite sitcom, and Alan Partridge meeting his superfan is their favourite scene. "Don't tell him Pike" was picked as the favourite one-liner.

British Comedy Guide, 4th January 2017

Tony Hancock is the Picasso of moaning

The BBC's Hancock revival is so good it sparked an epiphany. I've not laughed that much at a British sitcom in years. Nothing on TV is actually that funny anymore. It's not that there aren't shows I like and enjoy, it's just that I now realise I wasn't really laughing at them. I was only smiling wistfully. Or going "Ha."

Tim Stanley, The Telegraph, 8th September 2016

Comedy reboots: never go back

If we want to wallow in nostalgia, let's have repeats rather than retreads.

Deborah Shrewsbury, The Custard TV, 11th July 2016

BBC comedy classics go on display

Much-loved British comedians and sitcom stars are being celebrated in a new exhibition. Comedy faces from Frankie Howerd to Ricky Gervais are on display at the Compton Verney art gallery in Warwickshire from 9 July. BBC Faces of Comedy is showing 100 pictures ranging from the 1950s to the present day. Leading comics have curated the exhibition - including Have I Got News For You panellist Paul Merton and the star of Citizen Khan, Adil Ray. Here they talk about some of their favourite comedy moments.

Paul Merton and Adil Ray, BBC News, 10th July 2016

New exhibit shows archive pictures of BBC comedians

Compton Verney exhibition charts 60 years of comedy, from Hancock's Half Hour to Miranda Hart.

Mark Brown, The Guardian, 26th June 2016

Galton & Simpson get BAFTA Fellowship

Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, writers of Hancock's Half Hour and Steptoe And Son, are to be awarded a BAFTA Fellowship on Sunday.

British Comedy Guide, 5th May 2016

The danger of constantly celebrating the past

Nostalgia. Easy promotability. A blend of old and new. Low risk. Lots of press. And a brand new half hour to be written by Clement and Frenais, writers of the near-perfect Porridge. What's not to like? As a consumer of comedy, I'm fine with all of the above obviously. As a writer of comedy, my feelings are slightly more mixed.

James Cary, Sitcom Geek, 14th March 2016

BBC Four to revive Steptoe & Son, Hancock and Alf Garnett

BBC Four is producing studio show The Lost Sitcoms, in which new casts will recreate 'lost' episodes of Steptoe And Son, Hancock's Half Hour and Till Death Us Do Part.

British Comedy Guide, 9th March 2016

Top ten sitcoms - No. 5 - Hancock's Half Hour

Tony Hancock is the ultimate British sitcom character, almost the original on which all others are based.

James Cary, Sitcom Geek, 23rd July 2015

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