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Hancock & Joan (2008)

In the mid-1960s, Joan, not long married to comic actor John Le Mesurier, meets and is mutually attracted to comedian Tony Hancock, married to the long-suffering Freddie. Hancock's most ... See full summary »

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Richard Laxton
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ken Stott ... Tony Hancock
Maxine Peake ... Joan Le Mesurier
Alex Jennings ... John Le Mesurier
Don Gallagher Don Gallagher ... Dr. Newman
George Costigan ... George
Olivia Colman ... Marion
Geoffrey McGivern Geoffrey McGivern ... Billy Marsh (as Geoff McGivern)
June Watson ... Lily
John Kay Steel ... Reporter One
Julia Deakin Julia Deakin ... Landlady
Tom Georgeson Tom Georgeson ... Fred
Lesley Nicol ... Nellie
Oscar Lloyd Oscar Lloyd ... David
Gareth Tunley ... Chat Show Host
Peter Sullivan ... Edward Joffe
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In the mid-1960s, Joan, not long married to comic actor John Le Mesurier, meets and is mutually attracted to comedian Tony Hancock, married to the long-suffering Freddie. Hancock's most successful period is in the past and he has become depressive and alcoholic, recently emerging from a stay in a rehab centre. Joan tells him that if he can remain sober for a year she will leave John for him. Hancock goes to Australia to film a comedy series there but it does not work out and he commits suicide. Joan stays with John until his death in the 1980s. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Biography | Drama

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Official Sites:

BBC Four [UK]

Country:

UK

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English

Release Date:

26 March 2008 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Ramsgate, Kent, England, UK See more »

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£720,000 (estimated)
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Made as one of a four-part season "The Curse of Comedy" on BBC Four, though not billed on-screen with this series title. The other three films in the series were The Curse of Steptoe (2008), Hughie Green, Most Sincerely (2008) and Frankie Howerd: Rather You Than Me (2008). See more »

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Tony Hancock: [opening the Festival Hall show] I don't think I've ever seen such an ornate garage.
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Puppet on a String
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Written (1967) by Bill Martin and Phil Coulter
Performed by Sandie Shaw
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mixed feelings about a mixed drama
10 April 2008 | by didi-5See all my reviews

This was the second of the BBC's 'Curse of Comedy' dramas and perhaps the seediest. Based on the memoirs of Joan Le Mesurier about her self-destructive and selfish affair with Tony Hancock in the final years of his life, this does not do any of the characters any favours and, despite fine performances from Maxine Peake, Ken Stott, and Alex Jennings (as John Le Mesurier), places the story firmly in the tatty seaside setting (where in fact the two mismatched lovers go to live at one point).

I'm never quite sure what's achieved by taking the real-life problems of TV icons and putting them so baldly on the screen. 'Hancock and Joan', although engrossing and oddly moving at times, felt like an intrusion into private lives which should have stayed private.


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