Hancock: Season 1, Episode 5

The Blood Donor (23 Jun. 1961)

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Tony goes to donate blood,but typically, he turns it into an issue of status and class when he discovers he has a rare type. He bothers the hospital staff by insisting on updates as to who receives his elite blood.

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Patrick Cargill ...
Doctor MacTavish
Peggy Ann Clifford ...
2nd Patient
Kenneth Cowan
Michael Earl
Hugh Lloyd ...
Recovering patient
Jean Marlow ...
3rd Nurse
Ann Marryott ...
2nd Nurse
James Ottaway ...
2nd Doctor
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June Whitfield ...
Nurse
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Tony goes to donate blood,but typically, he turns it into an issue of status and class when he discovers he has a rare type. He bothers the hospital staff by insisting on updates as to who receives his elite blood.

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In October 1961, the original cast re-made this and "The Radio Ham" for the Marble Arch record label. See more »

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Anthony Aloysius Hancock: [to doctor at blood donating clinic] A *pint*? That's very nearly an armful.
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The Very Best of Hancock
7 March 2007 | by (Camden Town, London, England) – See all my reviews

That's the title of the BBC DVD (Regions 2 + 4) that contains this episode of Hancock, along with four others, all from 1961.

"The Blood Donor" was first transmitted on 23 June 1961. It is probably the most famous of his half-hour comedy shows and rightly so - it is still very funny indeed. Clips from this show will be seen on any TV programme about great comedy. People of any age - and in any decade - can relate to the character he plays: this is the very best of Hancock.

Some of it is spirit of the age stuff - like the famous advertisement "Drinka Pinta Milka Day" and Hancock refers to his support for Britain's joining the Common Market (Britain did not join what is now the European Union (EU) until 1973). His reference to his not joining the young Conservatives will raise a smile among those of a certain age

  • many joined for social, rather than political, reasons.




If you like good comedy, if you like British comedy, then this master of comedy will not disappoint you. Tony Hancock's suicide in 1968, at the age of 44, inevitably means that there is not so much footage available. The 25 minutes of "The Blood Donor" lets us know what might have been, and is British comedy writing and acting at its very best.

A salute to H..H..Hancock!


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