Hancock's Half Hour

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Hancock's Half Hour

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Hancock's Half Hour stars Tony Hancock who plays Anthony Aloysius Hancock "Tony Hancock". Co starring was Sid James as Sidney Balmoral James. Written by the legendary Ray Galton and Alan Simpson this show was a huge success with English audiences and was helped by the magnificent performance given by Tony Hancock and some really wonderful scripts. The show had a great support cast including Hugh Lloyd, John Vere, Kenneth Williams, Hattie Jacques, Bill Fraser and Arthur Mullard. The show is best known for episodes such as The Blood Donor, The Lift, 12 Angry Men and The Bedsitter.
Arthur Mullard

Arthur Mullard

Various Characters (Series 3-6) (1957-1960)

Kenneth Williams

Kenneth Williams

Various Characters (Series 2) (1957)

John Le Mesurier

John Le Mesurier

Various Characters (Series 3-6) (1957-1960)

Sid James

Sid James

Sidney James

Tony Hancock

Tony Hancock

Tony Hancock

Alec Bregonzi

Alec Bregonzi

Various Characters (Series 3-6) (1957-1960)

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  • I thought that I can only get on tilt when playing poker. This movie has the same effect...oddly. This is definitely a pleasant surprise.

    9.0
    I thought that I can only get on tilt when playing poker. This movie has the same effect...oddly. This is definitely a pleasant surprise. I will surely look forward to more of Hancock's Half Hour from now. It just shows you that on any given day, you can discover something refreshing and new. Lucky moi.
  • If you watch one comedy in your life, make it this one. The granddaddy of the timeless classics, performed by the greatest, and most tragic, comic genius or all time. It's a shame the Americans will never get this humour. They truly don'tmoreless

    10
    This utterly classic show is probably underappreciated here purely because of its age, and therefore the deteriorated quality of the sound and picture, but those aside, this is the forerunner for all that is amazing about British comedy, with Hancock's character predating and influencing everyone from Blackadder and Basil Fawlty to Alan Partridge and Jim Hacker (Yes Minister).



    Hancock's own personal genius can never ever be overstated. The master of comic timing, whether through facial experssion or the masterful delivery of Galton and Simpson's flawless scripts.



    Such lines as:



    "What about Magna Carta? Did she die in vain?" - Twelve Angry Men.



    "A pint? Why that's very nearly an armful! I'm sorry, I came in here in all good faith to help my country, but I'm not walking round with an empty arm for anybody." - The Blood Donor.



    show the sheer quality of the scriptwriting and are permanently quoted in polls of all time memorable comedy quotes, over and above the majority of the newer programmes.



    Those who have any doubt about the unsurpassed quality of this show only have to look at how long Hancock's shows ran for. Not counting around 7 radio series and the several "Hancock" series, the 'Half Hour' alone ran for 6 television series. Hancock graced the airwaves for over a decade, was nominated for a BAFTA, was famous for clearing the streets of Britain while his show was on as everyone stayed in to listen to it, (radio prog) and it was the highest rated TV prog of its time.



    If it had just been invented recently, I have no doubt whatsoever that it would do the same.

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  • Why isn't this show more popular on here. This is one of the all time great shows. The radio series was funny but the tv series was absolutely classic. Tony Hancock and Sid James are a great combination, but Tony Hancock was a genius in particular.moreless

    10
    Why isn't this show more popular on here. This is one of the all time great shows. The radio series was funny but the tv series was absolutely classic. Unfortunately I haven't been able to watch every episode due to the unavailability of the show but of the episodes I have seen it has been top shelf qualtiy.



    Tony Hancock is one of the greatest actors in the history of television, and I'm sure that anyone who has seen this show would agree. Sid James provides a solid support but it is Tony Hancock who carries the show.



    Writers Ray Galton and Alan Simpson have written some classic shows such as Steptoe and Son and this show is no exception. They are very talented writers, but I think it is Tony Hancock who brings the material to life.



    The Blood Donor, The Lift, 12 Angry Men and The Bedsitter are among the best episodes.moreless

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