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Hancock's Half Hour, the Lost Episodes (Radio Collection) Audio CD – Audiobook, 7 Aug 2006

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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Physical Audio (7 Aug. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846071615
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846071614
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 1 x 12.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 351,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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... distinctively, hilariously Hancock -- Bournemouth Daily Echo, November 4, 2009


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Format: Audio CD
When the BBC came to present the complete run of Tony Hancock's epic radio series in six box sets, it transpired that a significant number of the original recordings were absent from the archives. One of these - "The Stolen Petrol", from series four - turned up in time for inclusion out-of-sequence in the Series Six box-set. This CD contains two further, newly-rediscovered episodes ("The Blackboard Jungle" and "The New Secretary") which were recorded at home by a listener.

Naturally, as a keen fan of Hancock, I greatly looked forward to the release of these episodes on CD, but I have to say that I was a little disappointed here. Both are good episodes, and "The New Secretary" is recognised as a pivotal moment, marking the introduction of Hattie Jacques, a development which is widely recognised as transforming Hancock's Half Hour from a good to a truly great series.

This said, a version of this show did already exist in the archives - a revised version recorded for sale overseas by the BBC Transciption Service. These transcription recordings, which are included in the Series Six box set, differed from the originals by removing specifically topical and home-based references. They are often regarded as inferior to the original recordings of the episodes, though the "New Secretary" TS recording is actually quite good.

The existence of the TS version can cause some confusion - hearing 'The New Secretary' on this CD, you might think that you had already heard it, and that it is not really a 'lost' episode at all. In fact, though, this is a genuinely "lost" episode, because the version previously issued (on cassette as well as in the Series Six box set) was actually the TS version, not the original version as presented here. (I hope this clarifies things).
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By Glenn Cook HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 May 2013
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well after reading all the fabulous and informative reviews about these two lost shows the main question has not been answered well/

the Question?
Are the shows any good?

The answer is a resounding YES.

I listened to them in the car and I must say I had to pull over at times they are THAT funny.
The Blackboard Jungle is a play on the film with an English Twist.
Hancock is wonderfullly supported by Sid James as a 'suspect' secondary Maths teacher with a problem.
Hancock plays his role as a naive English Teacher to the hilt.
The scene where he writes the correct spellings of the swearwords on the board and is visited by Kenneth Williams as a school govenor is hilarious.
Jokes abound it is worth getting for that episode alone BUT there is more.

In the New Secretary Hattie Jacques makes her first appearance.The rest is history.
She fits into the script like a glove and the first of many puns about her weight is used.
When she is given the job as Hancock's secretary together with Bed- Hancocok baulks at the thought she expects board to be included!
the episode is a joy from start to finish.

Now the CD is bulked out to a double by the inclusion of a really interesting interview with Galton and Simpson.

I must admit I forone really enjoyed listening to it- if anything it enhanced my enjoyment learning of the genesis of the Hancock character. Galton and Simpson are entertaining raconteurs.
In the second we also get to learn of Steptoe and sons creation.

You can get this set for a really cheap price from Amazon and believe me it is worth twice the price you pay.

It will make you laugh and put a smile on your face and that my friend is priceless is it not?
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Just to clarify things this 'lost' version is the original recording from 1956 when Hattie Jacques first appears, the other version that appears in the box set is the re-recording done in 1959 at the request of transciption services for overseas sales, the script was slightly amended so the story is shown as a 'flashback' and not in realtime, this was so it was easier to slot the show into a series of repeasts without confusing the listeners.
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As a keen Hancock fan, I was especially delighted at finding the lost episode The Blackboard Jungle, which BBC 7 has not (yet) re-broadcast.
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