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This review is from: Tony Hancock - The Very Best of Hancock [DVD] (DVD)
In what was effectively the final series of Hancock's Half Hour (named simply Hancock because the running time was cut to 25 minutes with a view to overseas sales), Tony Hancock got rid of the astrakhan, the homburg, East Cheam and even Sidney James - but the pretentious, vainglorious and vulnerable Hancock persona remains. Here he is at the height of his powers: alone in a bedsit trying to get to grips with Bertrand Russell, stuck in a lift with John le Mesurier, getting the boot from a radio show suspiciously reminiscent of the Archers, trying to help a mariner in distress ("Yellowjack!") and, most famously, giving "very nearly an armful" of blood.
It is indeed a pity that the BBC opted to issue a "best of" containing five episodes out of six, leaving The Succession: Son and Heir as the only surviving episode not on DVD (though - whisper it - it's not a great episode). Nonetheless, the five shows on this volume provide terrific entertainment and a masterclass in comedy.