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  • Audio CD (3 Mar. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B00000855Q
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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Tony Hancock - The Blood Donor and The Radio Ham

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One of the strange aspects of television in the 1950s and early 1960s is that television programmes were sometimes re-recorded by the TV cast for an LP release. This is one such release, now rereleased on CD, and you get two of the finest episodes from Tony Hancock's highly regarded final BBC series with some of Galton and Simpson's best writing on display as well as a comedian at the peak of his powers. True "lightning in a bottle" stuff. With "The Blood Donor" some people prefer this performance to the televised version as behind the scenes problems and the consequent use of cue cards detract from their enjoyment. On this LP version, Tony Hancock's timing is spot on and all those years of radio experience come into their own. 2 truly classic performances.
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What can you say? Any one over 50 will remember the wonderful "Hancock's Half Hour" radio programmes from the early 60s'. The two programmes on this disc are actually from his television series, but because of the brilliant Galton and Simpson scripts transfer to CD without problem.
The down trodden Hancock. always looking to elevate himself in society, gets himself into naive messes in both titles and as always, ends up with mud on his face.
Brilliant scripts, brilliantly interpreted. If you want to spend an hour with a silly grin on your face, buy!
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Shortly after recording his 7th and final BBC TV series scripted by Galton and Simpson, Tony Hancock re-recorded two scripts from that final run - The Blood Donor and The Radio Ham - before an invited audience for release on LP.

Listening to them, it's striking how little is lost in the transfer to the audio medium. The Radio Ham gains a new introduction, with Hancock berating his landlady, but apart from that the two scripts are pretty faithful to the television originals.

However, the audio versions are tighter and better-performed, particularly in the case of The Blood Donor. The reason isn't particularly surprising as Hancock had been involved in a car accident shortly before the TV broadcast. Without time to learn his lines, he had to read them off "idiot boards" held above the camera. He did this very well, but even all of Hancock's skill couldn't prevent the odd lapse in timing. By the time he came record the LP he was able to pace himself better and he gave a wonderfully nuanced performance.

He is ably supported on both episodes by a number of talented co-stars - June Whitfield, Frank Thornton, Patrick Cargill, Hugh Lloyd and Clive Dunn amongst others. Combine them with the high quality scripts of Galton and Simpson and you've got an hour or so of comedy gold.

For anybody who has never enjoyed the comedy genius of Tony Hancock, this recording showcases him at the height of his powers. Brilliant, timeless comedy.
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By Bluecashmere. TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 10 Feb. 2013
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There was a range of radio comedy in the post war years of exceptional quality: "Much Binding in the Marsh", "Take it from Here", "The Navy Lark" etc. "Hancock's Half Hour", featuring the lad from East Cheam, stands proudly amongst them. They were blessed with some fine script writers with the leads supported by some outstanding actors in their own right: June Whitfield, Hattie Jacques, John Le Mesurier, Sid James, Patrick Cargill, Kenneth Williams and so on, almost ad infinitum it seems. Collectively, they were not only very funny but possessed of an innocence and amiability, for want of a better word, that may or may not be an index to their world, so different from the satirical, agenda-led humour that was to follow and still largely prevails,which at it's worst is little more than sneering at soft targets. Certainly there is a harder edge to comedy now.

Here we have two of the most celebrated of Hancock's sessions, full of the exaggerated outrage so often at the core of his humour and pathos. We all have our personal favourites. How good that these and so many others have been preserved. They are far more than historical documents, though the nostalgia they evoke is not to be sneezed at either. Stone me, no!
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This brings back wonderful happy memories for me. I bought this as an LP in the mid 70's and it made me laugh out loud. Some years later I saw The Blood Donor on television and didn't enjoy it as much. I first heard Tony Hancock on the radio and on LP and it's still how I like to enjoy him.

I would recomend this to anyone with a sense of humour.
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Another superb two classic episodes of Hancock in crystal clear digitally remastered recording. For me, The Radio Ham works better as a radio recording while I also think that The Blood Donor works better on tv, and as such, The Radio Ham for me was more enjoyable on this disc. It's all down to taste and I might be in the minority because although Tony comes in for a bit of stick for reading off the autocue on The Blood Donor tv recording, I do feel it's paced a bit better and the radio recording seems a touch too rushed and learned.

Some of the reviewers have been disappointed that the iconic theme tune to Hancock is not included on this CD - I was too, and I suspect that it has to do with music recording rights, as the BBC does not appear to be credited on the sleeve notes.
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