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Encyclopedia > Tony Hancock
Biography published in 1978 (1983 paperback reprint shown)

Anthony John Hancock (12 May 192424 June 1968) was a major figure in British television and radio comedy in the 1950s and 1960s, known as Tony Hancock. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1221x1776, 1450 KB) Licensing File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1221x1776, 1450 KB) Licensing File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... is the 132nd day of the year (133rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1924 (MCMXXIV) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 175th day of the year (176th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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Early life and career

He was born in Hall Green, Birmingham, England, but from the age of three was brought up in Bournemouth where his father, John Hancock, who ran the Railway Hotel in Holdenhurst Road, worked as a comedian and entertainer. After his father's death in 1934, Tony and his brothers lived with their mother and stepfather at a small hotel then known as The Durlston Court (now renamed The Quality Hotel). He was educated at a boarding school at Durlston in Swanage and Bradfield College, Berkshire. He left school at the age of fifteen. In 1942 he joined the RAF Regiment and, following a failed audition for the Entertainments National Service Association (ENSA), ended up with The Ralph Reader Gang Show. Following the war he received regular radio work in shows such as Worker's Playtime and Variety Bandbox. In 1951, he gained a part in Educating Archie, where he played the tutor and foil to the nominal star, a ventriloquist's dummy. This brought him wider recognition and a catchphrase used frequently in the show; 'flippin' kids'. The same year, he made regular appearances on the BBC Television's popular light entertainment show Kaleidoscope. In 1954 he was given his own BBC radio show, Hancock's Half Hour. Hall Green constituency shown within Birmingham Hall Green is an area and ward in south Birmingham, England. ... Birmingham (pron. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... , Bournemouth is a large town and tourist resort, situated on the south coast of England. ... Year 1934 (MCMXXXIV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display full 1934 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... A boarding school is a usually fee-paying school where some or all pupils not only study, but also live during term time, with their fellow students and possibly teachers. ... , Swanage station, the terminus of the Swanage heritage railway. ... Bradfield College is a coeducational public school located in the small village of Bradfield in the English county of Berkshire. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Year 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link will display the full 1942 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Entertainments National Service Association, or ENSA was an organisation set up in 1939 by the British Government to provide entertainment for British armed forces personnel during World War 2. ... This article lacks information on the importance of the subject matter. ... It has been suggested that Otago Gang Show be merged into this article or section. ... Workers Playtime was a radio variety programme transmitted on weekdays at lunchtime by the BBC Radio (Forces Programme and Light Programme) from 1941 to 1964. ... Educating Archie A BBC Light Programme Comedy Programme in the early 1950s which was broadcast on Sunday lunchtimes. ... Ventriloquist Edgar Bergen and his best-known sidekick, Charlie McCarthy. ... Kaleidoscope was a British television programme, transmitted on the BBC Television Service from 1946 until 1953. ... Year 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The British Broadcasting Corporation, which is usually known as the BBC, is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world in terms of audience numbers, employing 26,000 staff in the United Kingdom alone and with a budget of more than GB£4 billion. ... Hancocks Half Hour was a famous BBC radio comedy series of the 1950s starring Tony Hancock. ...


Hancock's peak years

Working with scripts from Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, Hancock's Half Hour lasted for five years and over a hundred episodes in its radio form. The show starred Hancock as Anthony Aloysius St John Hancock, a more expansive version of Hancock himself, and usually portrayed as an out-of-work comedian living in the shabby "Railway Cuttings" in East Cheam. Ray Galton OBE (born 17 July 1930), and Alan Simpson OBE (born 27 November 1929), are British scriptwriters who met in 1948 at a tuberculosis sanatorium in London. ...


The show featured Sid James, Bill Kerr, Kenneth Williams and over the years Moira Lister, Andrée Melly and Hattie Jacques. The series rejected the variety format then dominant in British radio comedy and instead pioneered a style drawn more from everyday life; the situation comedy, with the humour coming from the characters and the situations they found themselves in. The show was an enormous success, and transferred to television in 1956. The television and radio versions then ran alternately until 1959. Hancock also made an ITV series The Tony Hancock Show during this period, which ran for two series in 1956-57. Sid James Sid James (8 May 1913–26 April 1976) was a film and television actor. ... Bill Kerr (born 1922) is an Australian film and television actor. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Actress Moira Lister Moira Lister, Vicomtesse d’Orthez (b. ... Josephine Edwina Jacques (7 February 1922 – 6 October 1980), better known by the stage name Hattie Jacques, (pronounced Jakes) was a British comedy actress born in Sandgate, Kent. ... This article is about a genre of comedy. ... Independent Television (generally known as ITV, but also as ITV Network) is a public service network of British commercial television broadcasters, set up under the Independent Television Authority (ITA) to provide competition to the BBC. ITV is the oldest commercial television network in the UK. Since 1990 and the Broadcasting... The Tony Hancock Show was a black-and-white British sketch show starring Tony Hancock that was broadcast for two series from 1956 to 1957. ...


During the run of his BBC radio and television series, Hancock became an enormous star in Britain. Like few others, he was able to clear the streets while families gathered together to listen to the eagerly awaited episodes. His character changed slightly over the series but even in the earliest episodes the key facets of 'the lad himself' were evident. Later episodes were regarded as classics, even in their time. "A Sunday Afternoon At Home" and "Wild Man Of The Woods" were top rating shows and were later released as an LP. The former is not only considered to be among the very best of the Hancock ensemble pieces, but also a near perfect evocation of a dreary 1950s afternoon. This does not cite any references or sources. ...


As an actor with considerable experience in films, Sid James became increasingly important in the show as it transferred from radio to television. The regular cast was reduced to just Hancock and James, allowing the humour to come from the interaction between the two men. James was the realist of the two, with a down to earth approach that would puncture Hancock's pretensions. His character would often be dishonest and exploit Hancock's apparent gullibility during the radio series, but there appeared to be a more genuine friendship between the two in the television version.


Hancock was to become anxious that his work with James was turning them into a double act, and the last BBC series in 1961 was without James. Despite the contemporary criticism of this, many now consider this final series to contain some of the best of Hancock's television work. Two episodes are among his best-remembered work: The Blood Donor, in which he goes to a clinic to give blood, contains famous lines such as, 'A pint? Why, that's very nearly an armful!' (The doctor's response: 'You won't have an empty arm... or an empty anything!') Another well-known episode is The Radio Ham, in which Hancock plays an amateur radio enthusiast who receives a mayday call from a ship in distress, but his incompetence prevents him from taking its position. Both of these episodes were later re-recorded for a commercial 1961 LP in the style of radio episodes, and these versions have been continuously available ever since. The original TV versions have since been released as part of VHS and DVD compilations, and the soundtracks have also (a little confusingly) been released on CD. Year 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Blood Donor,first transmitted by BBC TV in 1961, is one of the most famous sitcom half-hour programmes ever broadcast in the UK. The show starred Tony Hancock, was written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, and was produced by Duncan Wood. ... “Give blood” redirects here. ... The pint is a unit of volume or capacity. ... Amateur radio station with modern solid-state transceiver featuring LCD display and DSP capabilities Amateur radio, often called ham radio, is a hobby that uses various types of radio broadcasting equipment to communicate with other radio amateurs for public service, recreation and self-training. ... Bottom view of VHS cassette with magnetic tape exposed Top view of VHS cassette with front casing removed The Video Home System, better known by its abbreviation VHS is a recording and playing standard for analog video cassette recorders (VCRs), developed by Victor Company of Japan, Limited (JVC) and launched... Size comparison: A 12 cm Sony DVD+RW and a 19 cm Dixon Ticonderoga pencil. ...


Returning home with his wife from recording "The Bowmans" episode, a parody of The Archers, Hancock was involved in a minor car accident. He was not badly hurt, but he did suffer concussion and he was unable to learn his lines for "The Blood Donor", the next episode. The result was that the recording had to be almost completely made with Hancock reading from teleprompters (TV monitors displaying the relevant sections of script). Viewers of the programme may notice that he is not looking where, logically, he ought to be. Hancock came to rely on teleprompters instead of learning scripts whenever he had career difficulties. Category: ... The Archers is a British radio soap opera broadcast on the BBCs main spoken-word channel, Radio 4. ... Concussion, or mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI), is the most common and least serious type of traumatic brain injury. ...


Hancock had two notable milestones in comedy. The first was the way he and his writers changed the way that comedy was made; the second, that he was the first TV artist of any genre to be paid more than £1000 for a single half-hour programme.


Up until Hancock’s TV series, every British comedy show was performed live. (For instance, in the Jimmy Edwards series "Whacko!", in which he played the Headmaster of a Public School, the scenes were intercut with shots of the school clock; this was because the studio only had one set of cameras, and the insert shot of the clock gave them ten seconds to move the cameras into position on the next scene.) Temperamentally, Hancock's highly strung personality made the demands of live shooting a constant worry, with the result that the Hancock programmes came to be pre-recorded, initially as telerecordings and later recorded on 2" video tape. The cost of this horrified the executives at the BBC, but they agreed to give it a try, no doubt influenced by the success of American sitcoms such as I Love Lucy or Sgt. Bilko, which had been pre-filming their material for several years. The result was that making a British sitcom became more like making a film. At this time, it was usually only practical to shoot individual scenes; any serious problems would only necessitate returning to the beginning of a scene. The difference this made to the flow and continuity of a show was immediately apparent. Within a few years, it had become standard practice to work in this way. For other people also known as Jimmy Edwards, see James Edwards. ... Telerecording (known as kinescoping in the USA) is the British name for a process pioneered during the 1940s for the storing of electronically-shot television programmes on film, which was used for the preservation, re-broadcasting and sale of television programmes before the use of commercial broadcast-quality videotape became... Ampex is based in Redwood City, California. ... I Love Lucy is a television situation comedy starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, and featuring Vivian Vance and William Frawley. ... Opening Logo The Phil Silvers Show (originally titled Youll Never Get Rich) was a comedy television series which ran on CBS from 1955 to 1959 for a total of 143 episodes (including a 1959 special). ...


Introspection

In early 1960, Hancock appeared on the BBC's Face To Face, a half-hour in-depth interview programme conducted by former Labour MP John Freeman. Freeman asked Hancock many searching questions about his life and work. Hancock, who deeply admired his interviewer, often appeared uncomfortable with the questions, but answered them frankly and honestly. Hancock had always been highly self-critical, and it is often argued that this interview heightened this tendency, contributing to his later depression. Face To Face was a live 35 episode BBC British television series broadcast between 1959 and 1962. ... The Right Honorable Major John Freeman, MBE was born on 19 February 1915. ...


The usual argument is that Hancock’s self-doubt led to self destructiveness. In this view he slowly removed those who rose to stardom with him: Bill Kerr, Sid James, Kenneth Williams and Hattie Jacques, and finally his script-writers, Galton and Simpson. His reasoning was that to refine his craft, he had to ditch his catchphrases and become realistic. He argued, for example, that whenever an ad-hoc character was needed, such as a policeman, it would be played by someone like Kenneth Williams, who would appear with his well known oily catchphrase 'Good evening'. Hancock believed the comedy suffered because people did not believe in the policeman, they knew it was just Williams doing a funny voice. His final BBC TV series, was performed with actors playing the supporting parts, and by doing so, he created a new way of doing comedy.


Hancock read huge amounts, desperately trying to find out the 'why we are here' of life. He read large numbers of philosophers, classic novels and political books. He would sink into alcoholic depressions, decrying it all as pointless.


The break with Galton and Simpson

Hancock starred in the 1960 film The Rebel (released as Call Me Genius in the USA) where he played the role of an office worker-turned-artist who meets international acclaim after moving to Paris, but only as the result of mistaken identity. The film was not well received in the United States; owing to a conflict with a contemporary television series, the film had to be renamed and the new title inflamed American critics. Hancock was later to dismiss the film as crude, and its failure in America was a contributory factor in his disastrous break with his writers, Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, after the last television series for the BBC. This has often been described as the worst decision of his career. The film The Rebel (1961) is a satirical comedy starring the British comedian Tony Hancock, and written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson. ...


His break with Galton and Simpson took place at a meeting held in October 1961, where he also broke with his long-term agent Beryl Vertue. During the previous six months the writers had developed without payment three scripts for Hancock's second starring film vehicle in consultation with the comedian. Worried that the projects were wrong for him, the first two had been abandoned incomplete; the third was written to completion at the writers' insistence, only for Hancock to reject it. Hancock is thought not to have read any of the screenplays. The result of the break was that Hancock chose to separately develop something previously discussed and the writers were ultimately commissioned to write a Comedy Playhouse series for the BBC, one of which, "The Offer", emerged as the pilot for Steptoe and Son, played (as Hancock would have approved) by two straight actors, Wilfrid Brambell and Harry H. Corbett. To write that "something previously discussed", which became The Punch And Judy Man, Hancock hired writer Philip Oakes (1928-2005), who moved in with Hancock to co-write the screenplay. Steptoe and Son is a British sitcom written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson about two rag and bone men living in Oil Drum Lane, a fictional street in Shepherds Bush, London. ... Wilfrid Brambell (March 22, 1912 - January 18, 1985) was an Irish film and television actor, born in Dublin, best known for his roles in the British television series Steptoe and Son and The Beatles film A Hard Days Night. ... Harry H. Corbett on the right with Hercules the horse. ...


In The Punch and Judy Man (1962), Hancock played a struggling seaside entertainer who dreams of a better life; after Billie Whitelaw withdrew, Sylvia Syms played his nagging social climber of a wife, and John Le Mesurier a sand sculptor. Made in 1962, The Punch and Judy Man was Tony Hancocks attempt at becoming International. Spoiler warning: Based on his childhood memories of Bournemouth, where he grew up, the film is set in the early 1950s in the sleepy seaside town of Piltdown. ... Year 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Billie Whitelaw, CBE (b. ... Sylvia Syms (born January 6, 1934 in London) is an English actress, educated at RADA, on whose council she has served. ... John Le Mesurier (Bedford, 5 April 1912 – Ramsgate, 15 November 1983), born John Charles Elton Le Mesurier De Somerys Halliley, was a BAFTA Award winning English actor. ...


The depth to which the character played by Hancock had merged with that of the actor is clear in the film. The scene at the beginning, where Hancock and his wife eat breakfast in total silence, is drawn from the star's own life. When Hancock first read the scene, he looked at Phillip Oakes, and his only comment was 'You bastard...' Hancock knew that the film was going to be about him, and the film owes much to Hancock’s memories of his childhood in Bournemouth.


The film's humour is bitter-sweet and understated, and this has been cited as contributing to its commercial failure, both in Britain and America. Other commentators cite the change of script-writers after Galton & Simpson's departure; Hancock himself blamed Mr Punch.


Later years

He moved to ATV in 1962 with different writers, whom Oakes, retained as an advisor, did not value, and they severed their professional relationship. The principal writer of Hancock's ATV series, Godfrey Harrison, had scripted the George Cole radio and television success A Life Of Bliss, and also Hancock's first ever regular television appearances on Fools Rush In (a segment of Kaleidoscope). Harrison had trouble meeting deadlines, so other writers assisted, including Terry Nation. [1] This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Year 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... George Cole as Arthur Daley in Minder (book cover) George Cole (born April 22, 1925 in Tooting, London, England) is a British actor. ... Kaleidoscope was a British television programme, transmitted on the BBC Television Service from 1946 until 1953. ... Terry Nation (August 8, 1930 – March 9, 1997) was a British television screenwriter and is probably best known for creating the villainous Daleks for the long-running science fiction television series Doctor Who. ...


Coincidentally, the series' transmission clashed in the early months of 1963 with Steptoe and Son written by Hancock's former writers, Galton and Simpson. Critical comparisons did not favour Hancock's series. Around 1965 Hancock made a series of TV adverts for the Egg Marketing Board. Hancock starred in the adverts with Patricia Hayes and basically sulked his way through the series of adverts in a pastiche of the Galton and Simpson scripts. Steptoe and Son is a British sitcom written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson about two rag and bone men living in Oil Drum Lane, a fictional street in Shepherds Bush, London. ... Patricia Hayes, CBE (born Patricia Lawlor Hayes on December 22, 1909 in Camberwell; died September 19, 1998 in London) was a British-born comedy actress of Irish Catholic extraction. ...


Hancock continued to make regular appearances on British television until 1967, but by now alcoholism had affected his performances. After hosting two unsuccessful variety series for ABC Television The Blackpool Show and Hancock's, he was contracted to make a 13-part series for the Seven Network of Australian television. Hancock went to Australia in March 1968, but only completed three programmes before committing suicide in his Sydney hotel-room. In his one of his suicide notes he wrote: "Things just went wrong too many times". Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... Alcoholism is the consumption of, or preoccupation with, alcoholic beverages to the extent that this behavior interferes with the drinkers normal personal, family, social, or work life, and may lead to physical or mental harm. ... Associated British Corporation (otherwise known as ABC Television or ABC Weekend TV) was one of a number of commercial television companies set up in the 1950s by cinema chains in an attempt to safeguard their business by getting involved in television which was taking away their cinema audiences. ... The Seven Network is an Australian television network, owned by the Seven Media Group. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Sydney Opera House on Sydney Harbour Sydney (pronounced ) is the most populous city in Australia, with a metropolitan area population of approximately 4. ...


Spike Milligan commented in 1989: "Very difficult man to get on with. He used to drink excessively. You felt sorry for him. He ended up on his own. I thought, he's got rid of everybody else, he's going to get rid of himself. And he did."[1] Terence Alan Milligan KBE (16 April 1918–27 February 2002), known as Spike Milligan, was an Irish comedian, writer, musician, poet and playwright. ...


Personal life

In 1950, Hancock married model Cicely Romanis, after a brief courtship. It was a turbulent relationship; Hancock hit her on occasion, but her knowledge of martial arts meant that Hancock usually came off worst in these altercations. Alcohol was the ultimate source of the conflict, as his wife developed her own dependency, and Hancock could not handle a woman being drunk. Year 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The situation became more complicated as Freddie Ross (who worked as his publicist from 1954) became more involved in his life, eventually becoming his mistress. This relationship was also to be scarred by Hancock's capacity for violence. He divorced his first wife in 1965, and married Freddie in December of that year. This second marriage was short-lived. During these years Hancock was also involved with Joan Le Mesurier, the new wife of actor John Le Mesurier, Hancock's best friend and a regular supporting character-actor from his television series. Joan was later to describe the relationship in her book Lady Don't Fall Backwards, including the fact that her husband readily forgave the affair. If it had been anyone else, he said, he wouldn't have understood it, but with Tony Hancock, it made sense. This is a powerful reminder of the huge personal appeal of a man whose life story often makes him seem cold and cynical. In July 1966 Freddie took one overdose too many. She had been trying to shock Hancock into reforming himself. Arriving in Blackpool to record an edition of his variety series, Hancock was met by pressmen asking about his wife's attempted suicide. His wife, he felt, had tried to destroy his career. The final dissolution of the marriage took place a few days ahead of Hancock's suicide. Year 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. ... John Le Mesurier (Bedford, 5 April 1912 – Ramsgate, 15 November 1983), born John Charles Elton Le Mesurier De Somerys Halliley, was a BAFTA Award winning English actor. ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ...


Hancock's first wife died from her own problems with alcohol in 1969, the year after the death of her former husband. Freddie Hancock has been based in New York City for many years; she is a prominent member of the New York chapter of BAFTA, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Also: 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... BAFTA Award The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), is a British organisation that hosts annual awards shows for film, television, childrens film and television, and interactive media. ...


Legacy

Statue in Old Square, Corporation Street, Birmingham
Statue in Old Square, Corporation Street, Birmingham

There is a sculpture by Bruce Williams (1996) in his honour in Old Square, Corporation Street, Birmingham, a plaque on the house where he was born in Hall Green, Birmingham and a plaque on the wall of the hotel in Bournemouth where he spent some of his early life. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1944x2592, 1311 KB) The Tony Hancock sculpture, bronze and glass, by Bruce Williams, 1996, in Old Square, Corporation Street, Birmingham, England. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1944x2592, 1311 KB) The Tony Hancock sculpture, bronze and glass, by Bruce Williams, 1996, in Old Square, Corporation Street, Birmingham, England. ... The memorial dedicated to Tony Hancock. ... Corporation Street is a main shopping street in central Birmingham, England. ... Hall Green constituency shown within Birmingham Hall Green is an area and ward in south Birmingham, England. ...


In a 2005 poll to find The Comedian's Comedian, Hancock was voted the twelfth greatest comedian by fellow comics and comedy insiders. Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The last eight or so years of his life was the subject of a 1991 BBC 'Screen One' television movie, called Hancock, starring Alfred Molina. Alfred Molina (born May 24, 1953) is an English actor of both the stage and screen. ...


The Manic Street Preachers latest album "Send Away the Tigers" is a reference to Hancock's battles with alcohol. Hancock used this phrase when he had a drink to 'remove his inner demons' [1]. This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Send Away the Tigers is the eighth studio album from the Welsh rock group Manic Street Preachers. ...


Musician Pete Doherty is a fan of Hancock and entitled the first album by his band the Libertines Up the Bracket after one of his catch phrases. He also wrote a song called 'Lady Don't Fall Backwards' in his honour. The title is the same as the book in the Hancock's Half Hour episode The Missing Page.[2] Peter Doherty (born March 12, 1979) is an English musician, artist and poet. ... The Earl of Meaths Liberties, originally the Liberties of the Monastery of St. ... Up the Bracket is the debut album from The Libertines, released on the 14th of October, 2002, reaching #35 in the UK Albums chart. ...


Recordings

Episodes (and anthologies) from the radio series were released on Vinyl LP in the 1960s, as well as several re-enactments of television scripts; an annual LP was issued of radio episodes (without the incidental music) in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Much of this material was also available on cassette in later years. It has been suggested that Childrens gramophone records be merged into this article or section. ...


More recently, the BBC has issued CDs of the surviving seventy-four radio episodes in six box sets, one per series, with the sixth box containing several out-of-series specials. This was followed by the release of one large boxed set containing all the others in a special presentation case; while it includes no extra material, the larger box alone (without any CDs) still fetches high prices on online marketplaces like eBay, where Hancock memorabilia remains a thriving industry. There have also been VHS video releases of the BBC TV series. A box set (sometimes referred to as a boxed set) is one or more musical recordings, films, television programs, or other collection of related things that are contained in a box. ... eBay headquarters in San Jose eBay North First Street satellite office campus (home to PayPal) eBay Inc. ... A souvenir stall in London, England A souvenir (from the French for memory) is an object that is treasured for the memories associated with it. ...


So far five Region 2 DVDs have been released:
- Hancock's Half Hour: Volume One contains the surviving episodes of the second and third series, including a Christmas special.
(No episodes of the first series are known to exist.)
- Hancock's Half Hour: Volume Two contains the five surviving episodes from the fourth series.
- Hancock's Half Hour: Volume Three contains all ten episodes from the fifth series.
- Hancock's Half Hour: Volume Four contains all ten episodes from the sixth series.
- Hancock: The Best Of Hancock (the first Hancock DVD released) features only five of the six episodes from the last series.
The episode The Succession - Son and Heir is curiously absent and has not been included on any of the DVD's released so far. Size comparison: A 12 cm Sony DVD+RW and a 19 cm Dixon Ticonderoga pencil. ...


Episodes of the radio series may be heard on the digital radio station BBC 7 each Tuesday, for instance on-line at 19:00 London time (GMT during the winter months) at the official BBC7 site. A radio station is an audio (sound) broadcasting service, traditionally broadcast through the air as radio waves (a form of electromagnetic radiation) from a transmitter to an antenna and a thus to a receiving device. ... The original logo of BBC 7. ...


Film appearances

The film The Rebel (1961) is a satirical comedy starring the British comedian Tony Hancock, and written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson. ... Made in 1962, The Punch and Judy Man was Tony Hancocks attempt at becoming International. Spoiler warning: Based on his childhood memories of Bournemouth, where he grew up, the film is set in the early 1950s in the sleepy seaside town of Piltdown. ... 1963 Replica of the Bristol Boxkite, now hanging in the Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery. ... The Wrong Box is a 1966 British comedy film directed by Bryan Forbes based on a story by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne. ...

Biographies

  • Tony Hancock: 'Artiste', A Tony Hancock Companion; (1978) by Roger Wilmut
Contains full details of Hancock's stage, radio, TV and film appearances.
  • When The Wind Changed: The Life And Death Of Tony Hancock; (Arrow, 2000) by Cliff Goodwin
An extended, comprehensive biography.
  • Hancock; (1969 [1996]) by David Nathan and Freddie Hancock, BBC Consumer Publishing, ISBN 0-563-38761-0
  • Hancock's Last Stand: The Series That Never Was; (June 1998) by Edward Joffe, foreword by June Whitfield, Book Guild Ltd Publishing, ISBN 1-85776-316-5
A fascinating insight into the final days of the lad himself, written by the man who found Hancock's body after his suicide.

References

  1. ^ [http://www.harbour.sfu.ca/~hayward/van/reviews/1989august.html Blind Date! The Day Van Morrison met... Spike Milligan!? August 1989 Q Magazine interview 'written down by' Paul Du Noyer.
  2. ^ NME report of Doherty's tribute

[1] Kettering Magazine Issue #2 p5; Hancock At ATV


[2] [2] Lady Don't Fall Backwards by Joan Le Mesurier (ISIS, 1990, ISBN 1-85089-406-X)


[3] The Libertines mention him in their song "You're My Waterloo", stating "But I’m not Tony Hancock baby" after the line "But you’re my Judy Garland". This article is about the band The Libertines. ...


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Hancock's Half Hour was a ground-breaking and influential BBC radio comedy series of the 1950s starring Tony Hancock, with Sid James, Hattie Jacques, Bill Kerr and Kenneth Williams.
In 1956 and 1957 Hancock starred in two series of a sketch show made by Associated-Rediffusion for ITV which was broadcast either side of the first BBC series.
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