Having been involved in a car crash a week before recording this show, Hancock couldn't learn his lines very well and had to use cue cards. This meant that he read his lines while talking to other actors. June Withfield later claimed that it was an odd sensation to act with someone who was looking just behind you. After this successful recording Hancock never learnt his lines again.
The recording of this episode took quite some time as the erratic behaviour of the audience made retakes necessary. Afterwards Roger Hancock, Tony's brother and manager, complained to the BBC about their audience selection policy. He claimed that they let in too many children to a show that was aimed at adults.
Hours after recording this episode Hancock was involved in a car crash, leaving him with a concussion. This gave him difficulties learning lines for the next shows.
The Bowmans is obviously a take-off on BBC radio serial The Archers, which has been running since 1951.
Hancock's original camera is a Paget and Anderson mark 7 Hand-cranking and Bulb Exposure Image Reproducer.
Hancock claims he was a member of the 3rd East Cheam Light Horse Brigade during the war.
Hancock refers to his parents as George and Lily Hancock. In reality, his father was called John.
In 1988, John Le Mesurier's widow Joan called her autobiography Lady Don't Fall Backwards. In it she tells of her affair with Tony Hancock.
Lady Don't Fall Backwards was written by Darcy Sarto (according to the book cover) or D'Arcy Sarto (according to the memorial plaque).
A man in the audience has such an unusual laugh that Tony Hancock seems to lose his composure at times.
BBC star Hancock watches "Robin Hood" and "Gunsmoke", two programmes that were shown on the rival ITV network.
Tony Hancock fumbles more lines than usual in this episode. At one point he even addresses the studio audience: "Watch it, watch it. Let the artist speak."
Hancock mentions that he hopes his concert evenings will turn his house into a new Glyndebourne. Glyndebourne is a 700-year old country house and opera house near Lewes in East Sussex. Since 1934 it has been the venue of the annual Glyndebourne Festival Opera.
Hancock stumbles once in a while in this episode, as usual, but his last line is rather remarkable. He breaks 'the fourth wall' and says to the audience: "May I have the captions (i.e. the credits), please?" Was this the original, slightly surreal ending or an ad-lib?
In court Sid's full name is given as Sidney Balmoral James.