Hancock's Half Hour 8

  • by Ray Galton, Alan Simpson
  • Narrated by Anthony Aloysius St John Hancock
  • 2 hrs and 3 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

Tony Hancock's premature death, in 1968 at the age of 44, deprived the entertainment world of perhaps the greatest post-war comedian to have emerged from this country. It makes his 80 hours of material originally broadcast by the BBC on radio and television between 1954 and 1961 seem all the more priceless and rare. With his impeccable timing and brilliantly subtle shifts in intonation, he could create sound pictures that bore the unmistakeable hallmark of a genius. Supported by Galton and Simpson's marvellous scripts, which so astutely complemented Hancock's talents, and admirably in the studio by Kenneth Williams, Sid James, Hattie Jaques, Bill Kerr and others, the work of Tony Hancock, here represented by four fine examples, lives on, sustained by a quality that transcends decades of cultural change and which sounds as hilarious now as it did more than 30 years ago. This collection includes four more great episodes: The Bequest, The Conjurer, The Publicity Photograph, and The Grappling Game.

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Simply the best

Would you consider the audio edition of Hancock's Half Hour 8 to be better than the print version?

Love to listen to the various characters


What other book might you compare Hancock's Half Hour 8 to, and why?

Nothing compares to Hancock


What about Anthony Aloysius St John Hancock’s performance did you like?

He is just perfection


Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Makes me laugh out loud every time


Any additional comments?

I love Tony Hancock and listening to these episodes is divine

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- Eileen Montador

Book Details

  • Release Date: 30-03-2005
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited