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  • Hancock's Half Hour, Series 6

  • 14 Episodes of the Classic BBC Radio Comedy Series
  • By: Ray Galton, Alan Simpson
  • Narrated by: Sid James, Tony Hancock
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Radio/TV Programme
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (85 ratings)

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Summary

The complete final series of the ground-breaking BBC Radio comedy starring Tony Hancock - plus five bonus episodes.

Created by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson in 1954, Hancock's Half Hour was the radio vehicle that made Tony Hancock a household name. Each week listeners would be admitted to the sometimes fantastical, sometimes mundane life of 'the lad 'imself'. Aided and abetted by Sid James, Bill Kerr Kenneth Williams and Hattie Jacques, Hancock would enter into the spirit of each episode with characteristic dolefulness.

This volume contains all 14 shows from the sixth radio series, collected together for the first time, including previously unpublished restored versions of 'The Waxwork', 'The Fête' and 'The Poetry Society'. Also included is the 1958 Christmas Special episode and four re-recordings made for the BBC Transcription Service. Among these hilarious Half Hours, Hancock enters an eating competition; sets out to save a local landmark; becomes the director of Sid's guided tours company and enjoys an evening of abstract verse with his avant-garde friends.

The episodes are: 'Bill and Father Christmas' (1958 Christmas Special); 'The 13th of the Month' (Transcription Services Episode One); 'The New Secretary' (Transcription Services Episode Two); 'The Ballet Visit' (Transcription Services Episode Three); 'The Election Candidate' (Transcription Services Episode Four); 'The Smugglers'; 'The Childhood Sweetheart'; 'The Last Bus Home'; 'The Picnic'; 'The Gourmet'; 'The Elopement'; 'Fred's Pie Stall'; 'The Waxwork'; 'Sid's Mystery Tours'; 'The Fête'; 'The Poetry Society'; 'Hancock in Hospital'; 'The Christmas Club' and 'The Impersonator'. Duration: 9 hours 30 mins approx.

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No Hattie Jacques (and repeated episodes)

I was a little confused when I started playing series 6, as I was hearing what I thought were episodes repeated from earlier series, and I was right. Series 6 contains some earlier episodes that had been “re-scripted”, and apart from these repeated episodes, there is no Hattie Jacques, which, for me, was a real disappointment. Must admit, as much as I loved Kenneth Williams in the Carry On movies, I just do not like him in these radio series. His nasal voice is grossly over-exaggerated, which I found to be off-putting. However, this series is a good one and it was a shame the radio series ended. I must now try out the “lost” episodes.

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Classic comedy

Fantastic performances as always by Sid, Hattie and Tony Hancock. Some of the best episodes made.

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Last of the Hancock's 😣

Having listened to the last Hancock series I can see why it was time to move on. It just wasn't the same without Hattie Jacques and Kenneth Williams. It went out with a great episode though.

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A true classic of comedy

fantastically funny, Hancock at his best!, if you're a fan of the lad himself, well you won't be disappointed, 5 stars

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genius part 6

easy to say but the scripts are inspired the delivery too. how lucky we've been to be graced by such. up there with laurel and hardy

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Nothing new

No new story lines from past 5 series. they have changed a few of the actors that's all the difference.

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