Hancock's Half Hour - Volume 4 [DVD]
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Ten further episodes, first transmitted in 1960, from the misanthropic comedian Tony Hancock's acclaimed sitcom, featuring guest performances from Sid James and Hattie Jacques.
Featuring every episode from the sixth series of Hancock's Half-Hour, first broadcast between March and May 1960. These were the last episodes to star Hancock's long-time comedy partner, Sid James.
"The Cold" - Hancock is on his sixth cold of the winter but not even Mrs Cravatte's less-than-orthodox remedies can help.
"The Missing Page" - Hancock is gripped by a pulp detective story. But the last page - where Johnny Oxford points the accusing finger - is missing.
"The Emigrant" - Hancock decides he's had enough of England and decides to emigrate. But are any of the colonies prepared to have him?
"The Reunion Party" - 'Kippers' Hancock has arranged a reunion booze-up for his old army pals. They were a wild and crazy bunch... 15 years ago.
"Sid in Love" - Sid's off his food. Even a chip sandwich can't help him forget his hopeless love for the girl on the 93 bus.
"The Babysitters" - Hancock and Sid are employed as baby-sitters in a very plush modern house with all the gadgets - hidden TV, remote-controlled curtains, electronic baby alarm...
"The Ladies Man" - "You've had a dance, a fish supper and a ride home. What more do you want?" Hancock books into the Mayfair Charm School for Lonely Men.
"The Photographer" - "Never use the word 'snap' to a professional photographer! You wouldn't ask Vaughn Williams if he'd knocked out a few tunes lately, would you? Symphonies, mate, and that's what this is - a symphony in emulsion."
"The East Cheam Centenary" - When the local council decides to stage a pageant to celebrate 100 years of East Cheam, Sid sees the chance to make a quick buck.
"The Poison Pen Letters" - Hancock revolts against a flood of hate mail, but discovers that they are all being posted from the post box right outside his front door.
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These episodes are:
1. The Cold
2. The Missing Page
3. The Emigrant
4. The Reunion Party
5. Sid In Love
6. The Babysitters
7. The Ladies Man
8. The Photographer
9. The East Cheam Centenary
10. The Poison Pen Letters
Several of these (such as "The Missing Page" and "The Photographer") are well-known, but there are some lesser-known gems here too, including "The Babysitters", "The Reunion" and "The East Cheam Centenary".
All in all, great stuff - a comic genius on top form.
I am never quite ready for the pitch perfect brilliance of the inimitable scripts of Galton & Simpson (happily both still with us in their eighties at the time of writing) whose ear for the rhythms of faux-genteel S London/N Surrey speech was faultless, mixing working class slang with highflown aspirational-posh as 'ancock becomes more and more dissatisfied with his lot on the wrong side of the tracks in a semi-mythical East Cheam. And the lad himself (in fact from Birmingham) was always complaining, a sublime foil for the wide-boy imperturbability of the wonderful Sid James, with his bashed-in face and irrepressible cackle.
These were the last great episodes before Hancock unwisely let go of Sid (as he had already jettisoned Bill Kerr, Hattie Jacques and Kenneth Williams after the peerless fifties radio series) and they are ten of the best, a few of which - oh joy! - I'd never seen before.
Several regular supporting players make their presence felt, including the lovably deadpan Hugh Lloyd, often apoplectic Robert Dorning, massive cockney stalwart Arthur Mullard (unforgettably dancing with Hancock in The Ladies Man), glamorously irascible Liz Fraser as Tony's morose date in the same episode, Joan Heal - and the glorious Patricia Hayes as the formidable Mrs Cravatte, a stunning - not to mention alarming - creation.Read more ›
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I bought this as a fathers day present for one particular episode which my father did not have. He has now watched the whole dvd twice, so i would say that was enough praise for... Read morePublished on 8 July 2012 by dickie
Like all Hancock products this is excellent value. If you are a fan you will not be disappointed.Highly recommended.Published on 8 Aug. 2010 by T.C.