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carry on regardless
on 5 December 2012
Well there's only one question I really needed answering of Citizen James. Is this a worthwhile and enhancing spin off from Hancocks Half Hour.Galton and Simpson, Sidney Balmoral himself plus a host of familiar faces from the TV HHH plus a slightly irritating performance from radio show regular Bill Kerr do make this collection charming and amusing while never hitting the heights without The Lad Himself. Sid has become the moral centre of the piece, a feat he achieves through an extra workload of lines and a strong loving relationship with long term girlfriend Liz Frazier.The one liners are as one would expect sharp,poetic and funny, the plots intricate and busy.The social history on view in the Soho cafe is fascinating, the new fangled TV in corner for the racing,the bookmaker with his blackboard in residence,the Soho drinking club with 48 varieties of bottled leg wobbler.But the sadness, angst and frustration the Hancock character brought to the piece,an element Galton and Simpson were to recapture in Steptoe and Son, means that extra level of exploration of what it means to be human, the genius of Hancocks Half Hour, isn't really here.
So a recommended and enjoyable but slightly disappointing return to the world of scams,salt beef sandwiches and a punch up the brackett.