A Sunday Afternoon At Home
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A Sunday Afternoon At Home

From the Album This Is Hancock
14 Feb 2011 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 14 Feb 2011
  • Label: Hallmark
  • Duration: 26:08 minutes
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  • ASIN: B0059KLGEK
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,642 in MP3 Songs (See Top 100 in MP3 Songs)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Uptons TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 18 Feb 2012
I am an avid Tony Hancock and Galton and Simpson fan and I have to say even by the superb standards of these men this episode of Hancocks Half Hour is one of the finest written and best performed comedy pieces of all time.
Written in 1958 it perfectly captures the atmosphere of a dull English suburban Sunday, it essentially starts as Tony Hancock, Sid James, Bill Kerr and Hattie Jacques (as Grizelda Pugh- Tony's housekeeper) lounging around lazily wondering what to do to pass the time. Tony wonders what the shapes on the wallpaper look like, Sid extolls the joys of filling in the letters on the front of the paper, Bill wants to play card games and Grizelda is just content to recommend things for the chaps to do (which they hate) "Well you could always mend the bed...".
This was a groundbreaking half hour where Hancock (now known as a very visual perfomer) was able to use comedic pausing-sighing and general sounds of bored frustration and somehow make them all funny. All the performers deliver their parts in the usually high standard but in this show they excel even more.
Kenneth Williams delivers a delightful performance as the truly annoying neighbour 'Clark' as he runs through the card of awful bird imitations. He lets everyone know that "it's raining outside" to which Hancock delivers the juicily acidic response "Oh so that's whats making the roads wet".
All this is played out in the most natural way, it never once stoops to the level of trying to hard to be funny type shows that festoon the Beeb these days, it just feels natural and effortless.
Hancocks Half Hour was a revelation on both radio and TV but much of the work that went before feels like it is working to this point.
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