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Hancock's Half Hour: Collector's Edition (Series Two: April 1955 - July 1955) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Ray Galton , Alan Simpson , Tony Hancock
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5 Mar 2001 Hancocks Half Hour
Features 5 surviving half-hour shows from Series 2, April 1955 to July 1955 on 3 CDs.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (5 Mar 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563478004
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563478003
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 13 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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When Ray Galton and Alan Simpson created Hancock's Half Hour--their first big hit before Steptoe and Son--they needed a supporting cast, and their choices were inspired. Sid James became the quintessential shifty crook, Bill Kerr played Tony Hancock's best friend while Moira Lister became his girlfriend, and as Kenneth Williams intoned a variety of authority-voices--police, magistrates, etc.--another comic star was born. Out of the 16 original programmes from the period under review, the BBC managed to lose six--culpable carelessness--but among the extant 10 there are outright gems, some of which will be unfamiliar even to fans, and many of which would today be banned as hopelessly un-PC. Viz Hancock's cheery greeting: "Morning Charlie. Working? Oh, of course you don't need to, with 28 children!" Or his observation--of some sluggish British workmen building a house--that he's glad they've been provided with shovels complete with arm-rests. Asked for his own address, he replies "I've just moved. They pulled down my house to build a slum". Relayed cold, such comments may not even raise a smile: Hancock's magic was all in the telling, and in the momentum he built up, as in his Monte Carlo rally programme, in which signposts were turned round and bridges blown up. One of the nicest sketches evolves out of him being left to do the housework like Cinderella, while everyone else troops off to the ball. When he died, a victim of depression, in Australia in 1968, Britain lost something irreplaceable: this five-CD set, with its accompanying booklet, makes a splendid memento. The next batch of releases is eagerly awaited. --Betty Tadman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Episode listings for collectors editions 1-6 27 Dec 2009
By Ellie
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Hancock is pure genius! 11 April 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio Cassette
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
4.0 out of 5 stars A "must" for Hancock fans. 26 Aug 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio Cassette
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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A priceless collection of vintage radio comedy 24 Nov 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The first radio series of the Hancock's Half Hour Radio Series is a must for the diehard fan of vintage British radio comedy. The sound enhancements made to the old recordings are very good and its hard to believe the episodes are over 45 years old. The only disappointment that several of this series have been 'mislaid' by the BBC leaving only ten episodes (of 16) on these five CD's. The first two episodes are a bit disjointed and show a touch of nervousness and clumsiness on the part of the cast and some writing from Galton and Simpson which is not up to their usual high standard. The audience too, seem a little unsure of the storyline. However, rest assured, it starts to come good on the second CD. From then on its Hancock at his best, well supported by Sid James, Bill Kerr and Moira Lister as Hancock's long suffering girlfriend. The audience begin to go with the plots and appear more appreciative than in the first episodes. The highlights (difficult to choose) are "Cinderella Hancock", where Tony plays a Cinderella type character who is prevented from going to a movie ball by the ugly "sisters" Kerr and James. Thanks to a "fairy-Godfather" Tony arrives at the ball and tries to impress the stars. He departs the ball at midnight leaving behind an old army boot as his calling card. He is soon reunited with it at the end of the episode by two soldiers who nab Hancock for desertion from the Army. Another fine episode is "The New Car" when Hancock buys a car from Sid, not knowing it is a 'hot' police car recently stolen by Mr James! All in all its excellent. Several cameo roles appear including Dora Bryan, Raymond Baxter and wonderful bit parts by the versatile Kenneth Williams (especially as an escaped convict in "The New Car" and as acustoms officer in "A Trip To France").
Can't wait for series two (next year maybe?) PS: You also get the full signature tune at the end of each episode.
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