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Hancock, a Comedy Genius (BBC Radio Collection) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Ray Galton
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29 Nov 2004 BBC Radio Collection
This two-hour release traces Hancock's early career, starting as a 17 year old in a Bristol Variety show called A La Carte for the BBC Forces Programme and charts his rise through shows such as Variety bandbox and Happy-go-Lucky (where he first read words written by Galton and Simpson). This is the story of his rise to success told from recordings, scripts and press cuttings. It is the background against which the famous performances stand out - the story of a comic actor who could never believe that he really was one of the greatest of his time. The programme is presented by Denis Norden with contributions from Paul Merton.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (29 Nov 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563525452
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563525455
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 12.6 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 672,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Hancock Purchase! 10 May 2012
By Decals
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
With an introduction from Denis Norden & an interview by Paul Merton with Ray Galton & Alan Simpson, there is much interesting detail about Hancock's beginings & his contact with music hall acts as a youngster that seems to have led him into showbusiness. He also recalls some of the many jobs he had after leaving school, such as four hours working in a tailors shop!

Overall the best descriptive audio reference I have managed to find about the lad himself, highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I am really looking forward to this 30 July 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I read in the press recently that this Autumn is the 50th anniversary of the first Hancock radio broadcast. So I went to find out what is being released to commemorate this. The BBC Radio Collection have this which sounds like it is going to be very interesting, I phoned them up at thier offices in Bath and the Publisher told me that it was going to be an in-depth documentary, so I have ordered it, will update this review when I have heard it.
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