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Summary

Tony Hancock's premature death in 1968 at the age of 44 deprived the entertainment world of perhaps the greatest post-war comedian to have emerged from this country.

It makes his 80 hours of material originally broadcast by the BBC on radio and television between 1954 and 1961 seem all the more priceless and rare. With his impeccable timing and brilliantly subtle shifts in intonation, he could create sound picture that bore the unmistakable hallmark of a genius.

Supported by Galton and Simpson's marvellous scripts and by Kenneth Williams, Sid James, Hattie Jacques, Bill Kerr, and the rest of the studio cast, the work of Tony Hancock lives on in this special collection. Hancock's Half Hour was one of the most successful series ever made and created an international star.

This volume includes the following episodes:

  • Sid's Mystery Tours
  • The Wild Man of the Woods
  • Sunday Afternoon at Home
  • The Poetry Society
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    Birthday Gift for Dad

    Although I haven't listened to all of it myself, the laughter from the kitchen and the continuing opening bars of the theme music prove that the old man loves it; and mum can't get to listen to the radio any more!

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    Listening to this brought back fond memories of my childhood, listening to the BBC Light Service with my mother. These classics are timeless, and provided benchmarks for other radio sketch shows

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