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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Series cast summary:
...  Anthony Aloysius Hancock / ... 57 episodes, 1956-1960
...  Sidney Balmoral James / ... 55 episodes, 1956-1960
...  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: I wish I was a chestnut tree, nourished by the sun, with leaves and twigs and branches, and conkers by the ton.
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Featured in Night of a Thousand Shows (2000) See more »

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comedy genius
1 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

This 1950s series remains an affectionate milestone in television comedy, in its entertaining snippets of the life of egomaniac and resident moaner of Cheam, Anthony Aloysius Hancock. The very fact that Galton and Simpson wrote a character for Tony Hancock with more or less his own name (and perhaps, more or less his own personality) is key to the show's success. In the early episodes – which were much the best of them all – Hancock was usually supported by Sid James, and often people like Kenneth Williams, Hugh Lloyd and June Whitfield, but these collaborators were slowly weeded out until the series reached its often-quoted pinnacle with 'The Blood Donor'.

The best episodes were those which were both beautifully written and performed – 'The Missing Page'; 'Lord Byron Lived Here'; 'Twelve Angry Men'. Even in clunky black and white and as old as they are, what are left of the half-hours are superb. Tony Hancock's deadpan voice and hangdog looks gave the character and the situations an everyday quality that viewers could, and can, appreciate. Long may these episodes continue to be shown and made available to future generations.


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