TV version of the popular BBC radio show of the same name, with Tony Hancock as the modern man of the world (in his own eyes). Sid James is there to bring him back to earth.
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 Anthony Aloysius Hancock / ... (57 episodes, 1956-1960)
Sidney James ...
 Sidney Balmoral James / ... (55 episodes, 1956-1960)
Johnny Vyvyan ...
 1st Viking / ... (34 episodes, 1956-1960)
Alec Bregonzi ...
 1st Footballer / ... (23 episodes, 1957-1960)
John Vere ...
 Vicar / ... (23 episodes, 1956-1959)
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TV version of the popular BBC radio show of the same name, with Tony Hancock as the modern man of the world (in his own eyes). Sid James is there to bring him back to earth. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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(56 episodes plus 1 short special)

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Many of the early episodes of this series (including the entire first series) no longer exist and are presumed lost. Please check your attic. See more »

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Tony Hancock: What about Magna Carta? Did she die in vain?
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Featured in Kenneth Williams: In His Own Words (2006) See more »

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A master of timing
13 October 1999 | by (Canberra, Australia) – See all my reviews

Tony Hancock was a master of timing, a great clown. He encapsulated the essence of the ordinary man struggling to cope with life. Unfortunately, life was a little too much for him. His humour is just as contemporary today as it was 40 years ago. It is quite appropriate that he was within the last few days honoured by the BBC as one of the 8 great British comics. I wish that I could have thanked him for the pleasure he gave me and my friends. It is probably true that his humour was not understood beyond the Commonwealth - certainly he has many admirers in Australia. I know that he enjoyed his visits to this country, and sadly he chose to end his life here. If you want humour, as distinct from comedy, with pathos and philosophy, Hancock's Half Hour is your show. Each character is a strong character, superbly cast. These shows are timeless.


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