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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
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...
Published on 27 Dec. 2009 by Ellie

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3.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to listen to on CD
Due to the recording techniques the quiet pieces are too quiet and the loud pieces too loud! i.e. the sound effects are so much louder than the normal speech you have to keep adjusting the volume. This isn't such a problem on cassette(you may want to transfer the episodes to tape). Anyway the comic timing and style have not quite been developed yet (Hancock keeps...
Published on 19 Jun. 2001 by Kevin Molloy


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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
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.

Series 1
The first night party
The idol
The boxing champion
The new car
Cinderella hancock
A trip to france
The monte carlo rally
A house on the cliff
The sheikh
The end of the series

Series 2
The holiday camp
The chef that died of shame
The rail srike
The television set
The marrow contest

Series 3
The pet dog
The jewel robbery
The bequest
Hancocks hair
The student prince
The greyhound track
The conjurer
The test match

Series 4
Back from holiday
The bolshoi ballet * the first 2 episodes came with the wrong sleeve, so check this if you buy
The income tax demand
Michaelangelo 'ancock
Anna and the king of siam
Cyrano de hancock
The expresso bar
hancock happy xmas
The diary
The 13th of the series
Almost a gentleman
The old school reunion
The wild man of the woods
Agricultural 'ancock
hancock in the police
The emigrant
The last of the mchancocks

Series 5
The new radio series
The scandal magazine
The male suffragettes
The insurance policy
The publicity photograph
The unexploded bomb
Hancocks School
Around the world in 80 days
The americans hit town
The election candidate
Hancocks car
The east cheam drama festival
The foreign legion
Sunday afternoon at home
The grappling game
The junk man
Hancocks war
The prize money
The threatening letters
The sleepless night

Series 6
The Stolen Petrol
Bill & Father Christmas
The 13th of the Month
The New Secretary
The Ballet Visit
The Ellection Candidate
The Smugglers
The Childhood Sweetheart
The Last Bus Home
The Picnic
The Gourmet
The Elopement
Fred's Pie Stall
The Waxwork
Sid's Mystery Tours
The Fete
The Poetry Society
Hancock in Hospital
The Christmas Club
The Impersonator

Enjoy!
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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
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
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
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 terrific Hancock episodes that remain funny to this day., 25 April 2001
By A Customer
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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars On velvet, 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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic comedy, 15 May 2002
By A Customer
After the uncertainty of the first three series, Hancock's Half Hour finally turns into the classic sitcom we all remember.
There's still a few bumpy patches, but there's no rotten episodes. Hattie Jacques instantly establishes herself and is ten times the performer of the previous female stooges, but she starts off doing a Margaret Dumont impression rather than the faye loon she became in later episodes.
From now on it's perfection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the compilation to buy, 27 Jan. 2002
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This Hancock compilation is undoubtedly the best released by the BBC thus far. Unlike previous offerings this collection isn't weakened by the inclusion of any sub standard episodes.
The first tape contains my two favourite episodes, "Hancocks Happy Christmas" and "The Emigrant". These episodes show Hancock, Bill, Sid, "Miss Pugh" and "Snide" at there very best. "Hancocks Happy Christmas" has Hancock hosting two orphans over the Xmas period and getting substantially more than he bargained for. The second episode involves Hancock finding out that emigrating isn't such a straightforward thing as he'd imagined.
The second tape includes two very good episodes "Hancocks Car" and "Hancocks School". Hancocks Car is his pride and joy, even if he isn't a particularly skilled driver. The episode involves Hancock inviting Bill and Sid around for a drink and then getting them to help clean his car. Unsuprisingly, complications soon arise in the guise of PC Williams.
The final episode is "Hancocks School". Hancock has been teaching Bill and this prompts Sid to suggest a business venture. How will the students turn out if their tutor for "Trogonometry" is Bill?
These are fantastic Hancock episodes and I would have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last its here!!!, 19 Dec. 2002
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As a big Hancock fan , this is the series box set I have been waiting for. The highlights just were never surpassed "Sunday Afternoon at Home" and "Sleepless Night". The team were working like a well oiled machine, and Kenneth Williams was finally allowed to expand his repatoire, rather than simply doing a string of meaningless fill in characters. The material just comes to life through the talents of the few individuals, its hard for me ( a mere 31 years old) to appreciate this material is 45 years old now!
Of course, the real bonus to any fan is the additional pieces of material on some episodes, for example "Unexploded Bomb" benefits from some extra 5 mins of unheard material, that is not included on the audio cassettes!
If you enjoy Hancock, beg, borrow and steal to get this collection, its worth every single penny. If you only want to buy one collection of Hancock material, get this one, I will guarantee you will not be disappointed.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Genius of Hancock, 3 Mar. 2000
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Good comedy is timeless. Hancock's Half Hour may be over forty years old but it is still one of the greatest sitcoms ever devised for radio and television. Written by masters (Ray Galton & Alan Simpson) and delivered by a genius (Tony Hancock). Hancock is backed up by the legendary actor/comedians Sid James, Kenneth Williams, Bill Kerr, and Hattie Jacques who all provide the perfect foil for Hancock to play out his persona. This edition of tapes is the first and probably the best of the 10 sets to date. 'The Unexploded Bomb' is an excellent example of an original and beautifully crafted plot. 'The Poetry Society' is perhaps one of Hancock's finer moment on radio. Mixing with a punch of expresso bar lay-abouts, he becomes a memeber of the East Cheam Culutural Progressive Society. The situation is tailor made for Hancock to start bouncing his remarks off everyone. 'The Americans Hit Town' sees him and Sid join forces in order to screw the visiting American troops over for every penny they've got. Finally, 'Sid James Mystery Tours' provides a little bit of light laughter to round the set off. The latter probably being the weaker of the four episodes, but still a match for anything America could produce. Hancock was an artiste. By his sides were two of the greatest comic writers the world has ever produced. In a world where the phrase 'comic genius' is given to anybody who can produce a half decent sitcom, Tony Hancock actually earned his title.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars H-H-Hilarious., 2 Dec. 2001
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This review is from: Hancock's Half Hour: Collector's Edition (Series Three) (Audio CD)
The latest instalment of BBC's excavation of the archives to unearth the gems of their classic comedy wardrobe brings us Hancock's Half Hour Series 3. Eight of the original 20 broadcasts from the third series have survived, lavishly packaged over 4 cd's including brief synopses for all the shows transmitted originally between the 1955 and 1956 season and notes from the writers Galton and Simpson.
This is the last series to feature the object of Hancock's desires Andree Melly, who apears here miraculously 'elisa doolittled'replete with rounded vowels. The 'snide' character of Kenneth Williams now firmly established this series is blessed with some hysterical moments including what at the time must have been a coup for the show, the guest appearance of cricketeers Colin Cowdrey, Godfrey Evans and Frank Tyson.
Splendour at Hancock's egotistical buffoonery as a foolhardy dupe for Sid James'dastardly manipulation and Kenneth Williams range of characters in this acknowledged classic situation comedy.
Easy to see why then that at it's peak this show caused landlords at public houses up and down the country to change their opening times when broadcast on the airwaves.
Featured here are three shows previously included on the cassette collections augmented by five 'new' shows seeing Hancock in all manner of scrapes. Prized moments here are 'The Jewel Robbery'where Hancock decides it's time to change his car and buys a Rolls Royce ("for a man who doesn't like mentioning money I think you've forced yourself admirably") and ends up finding himself unwittingly involved in a car chase. In 'The Pet Dog' Hancock becoming the proud owner of a new puppy "there's only one thing for it Bill, move the car out of the garage....and into the kennel"
On the evidence of this little treasure, Series 4 is eagerly awaited with b-b-baited breathe.
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