Hancock's Half Hour: Series 1

Hancock's Half Hour: Series 1

CD-Audio Golden Age of BBC Radio Comedy

By (author) Alan Simpson, By (author) Ray Galton, Read by Full Cast, Read by Sid James, Read by Tony Hancock

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  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd
  • Format: CD-Audio | 2 pages
  • Dimensions: 124mm x 142mm x 10mm | 82g
  • Publication date: 11 January 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Bath
  • ISBN 10: 1408467631
  • ISBN 13: 9781408467633
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 517,149

Product description

Scripted by the perfect writing partnership of Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, and starring comedy genius Tony Hancock, Hancock's Half Hour was one of the most popular and successful series ever made. With a distinguished supporting cast including Sid James, Hattie Jacques and Bill Kerr, the master of misery entertained the nation for over eighty hours between 1954 and 1961. These four superb episodes show why Hancock's Half Hour takes its place in the Golden Age of Comedy. The episodes are: The First Night Party (2 November 1954), The Idol (16 November 1954), The Boxing Champion (23 November 1954) and The New Car (30 November 1954). 2 CDs. 2 hrs.

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Author information

Ray Galton and Alan Simpson met in a sanatorium in Surrey, where they were both being treated for TB. Ray Galton remembers noticing the six-foot-four Simpson and thinking he looked surprisingly large - 'you expect everyone in a sanatorium to be thin and weedy, and he was the biggest guy I'd ever seen'. During two years in the same ward, they listened to comedy shows together and also wrote a series of their own, creating a radio room in a linen cupboard. Having left the sanatorium within a few months of each other, they decided to get a professional opinion of their work and sent a sketch they had written called The Pirate Sketch to the BBC. They were asked to go in for an interview, and soon found themselves writing for the sketch show Happy Go Lucky. Over the next two years they continued to write sketches for a number of big names, before coming up with the idea for Hancock's Half Hour. Although the BBC took some persuading, eventually the show was scheduled, initially for radio but later as a television series. A phenomenally successful ten years later, Galton and Simpson were themselves very well known names. After Hancock's Half Hour they wrote Comedy Playhouse for the BBC, out of which came their second huge television and radio hit, Steptoe & Son. In 1977 they wrote The Galton & Simpson Playhouse, produced by Yorkshire Television for ITV.