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Hancock's Half Hour: Hancock's Happy Christmas/The Emigrant/Hancock's School/Hancock's Car No.7 (BBC Radio Collection) Audio Cassette – Audiobook, 1 Jan 1999

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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: BBC Radio Collection (1 Jan. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563391057
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563391050
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 10.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,752,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Ellie on 27 Dec. 2009
Format: Audio CD
If you have been searching for Hancocks Half Hour then it's a sure bet you don't need to read yet another review of how fabulous the late great Tony was. We all ready know THAT. When I was pondering on whether to buy, the most helpful piece of info was sadly lacking from any of the reviews. So here is the episode listing of the collectors box sets series 1-5. Please note the number of episodes differ from series to series as some were lost. I will add series 6 once I've got it.Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 April 2001
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3/4 hancocks on this selection are the best 3 ray galton and alan simpson have ever wrote!
The scandal magazine:Tony comes down for his brekfast when miss pew and bill are reading a newspaper which says that tony was under the table last night with a woman at a club called the bag of nuts. naturally tony denied it happened.
Last of the mchancocks: Miss pew and bill of had enough of tony and his bagpipes. Tony decides to go to scotland to trace his heritage when he notices a old friend of the family and wants are tony dead?
The sleepless night:This is my favorite of the four. Tony goes to bed early to get up for his new radio show in the morning. He notices a lump under the bed that turns out to be bill, bill wont let tony get to to sleep when sid comes in singing and dancing. half way through the night miss pew thinks there are people downstairs.
Freds pie stall: Freds pie stall a personel favorite of tony's, bill's and sids dining area. The council have told fred to move the pie stall but the lads think he should trade where he wants to. They spring into action by inviting lots of people to a knees up at freds pie stall so they dont close it down.
get it today and you won't be dissapointed! very good.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 April 2001
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One of the best collection of Hancock radio episodes. Beautifully written by Galton and Simpson as usual, two of these episodes stand out as real classics.
The Visiting Day has Tony in hospital recovering from a broken leg. With no visitors for days, when Sid James and Bill Kerr finally turn up, Tony is less than impressed with their gifts! And listen out for a wonderful "blooper" which remains in the episode. I won't reveal it, but it just proves that the studio where it was recorded was quite near the railway line...
And The Impressionist remains one of my all time favourite episodes, featuring an actor taking away Tony's work by doing an impression of him. When the two finally confront each other, it is a wonderfully funny exchange to be treasured.
I cannot recommend this set of two tapes more! I was born some 15 years after these episodes were made, but they are quite magically funny, and rate much higher than most of the dross that is blasted over the airwaves to televisions today. Long live radio.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Aug. 2001
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This first series is obviously not as well developed as the classic episodes of later years but still is very funny. The role of Hancock's girlfriend, played by Moira Lister really does not work - not from any particular fault of Lister but due to the writing. It's a sort of cross between the role that Hattie Jacques developed later and a romantic relationship - in the end unconvincing. What is a surprise, and a pleasant one, are the interactions between Hancock and , what I guess is , Alan Simpson as various characters, that are very supportive of Hancock's fantasies. These short interludes are really a diversion from the main story but worked for me. Overall, not as polished as these shows would become but lots to enjoy.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Nov. 2002
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By series five, Hancock and the regular team (Sid James, Bill Kerr, Hattie Jacques and Kenneth Williams) were on unbeatable form, as were writers Ray Galton and Alan Simpson. This ten-CD set contains all twenty episodes from the series, and those who know Hancock only from later material such as 'The Blood Donor' will find some real gems here.
Outstanding episodes include 'The Americans Hit Town', 'The Publicity Photograph' and 'The East Cheam Drama Festival', but picking highlights is almost invidious - there simply isn't a weak episode in this set.
This is a world-class performer, with a superlative cast, at his very best, performing some brilliant and unforgettable scripts. The only downside is that all but five of these episodes have previously been issued on audio cassette, so this is a rather expensive way to acquire comparatively little new material if you've already bought the tapes. If you don't own the tapes, or are one of Hancock's very many admirers, this is a "must own" box set.
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