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Hancock's Half Hour

Date # Ser Title First Line
Series 1, 1954/55, 16 shows
Tony Hancock, Moira Lister, Bill Kerr, Sidney James
Wally Stott, BBC Augmented Review Orchestra, cond Harry Rabinowitz
Script by Ray Galton & Alan Simpson
Produced by Dennis Main Wilson
 
2 Nov 1954 1 A1 First Night Party Announcer: Yes, this is the first night of the lad's new radio series
9 Nov 1954 2 A2 The Diamond Ring
16 Nov 1954 3 A3 The Idol Moira: Honestly Bill, Tony's getting impossible
23 Nov 1954 4 A4 The Boxing Champion Announcer: At some time or other, everybody feels run down
30 Nov 1954 5 A5 The Hancock Festival
7 Dec 1954 6 A6 The New Car Announcer: The task of being a comedy star is a hard one
14 Dec 1954 7 A7 The Department Store Santa
21 Dec 1954 8 A8 Christmas at Aldershot
28 Dec 1954 9 A9 The Christmas Eve Party
4 Jan 1955 10 A10 Cinderella Hancock Announcer: It's amazing that even in this modern day and age
11 Jan 1955 11 A11 A Trip to France [splashing] Tony: Any sign of a lifeboat yet, Number One?
18 Jan 1955 12 A12 The Monte Carlo Rally Announcer: This week, the whole of Europe is tense with excitement
25 Jan 1955 13 A13 A House on the Cliff Announcer: One of the biggest items in the cost of living today
1 Feb 1955 14 A14 The Sheikh Announcer: What does a comedian do when he's not working?
8 Feb 1955 15 A15 The Marriage Bureau
15 Feb 1955 16 A16 The End of the Series Tony: And do you know what he did then?
This episode starts as the final show is just ending

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Series 2 - 1955, 12 shows
Cast: Tony Hancock, Bill Kerr, Sidney James, Andrée Melley, Kenneth Williams
Music: Wally Stott, BBC Augmented Review Orchestra, cond Harry Rabinowitz
Script: Ray Galton & Alan Simpson
Producer: Dennis Main Wilson
 
19 Apr 1955 17 B1 A Holiday in France  
26 Apr 1955 18 B2 The Crown Jewels
1 May 1955 19 B3 The Racehorse
8 May 1955 20 B4 A Visit to Swansea
15 May 1955 21 B5 The Holiday Camp Kenneth: At some time or other, each of us gets the message
23 May 1955 22 B6 The Chef that Died of Shame Kenneth: Ladies and gentlemen, may I introduce Mr Anthony Hancock?
30 May 1955 23 B7 Prime Minister Hancock
7 Jun 1955 24 B8 The Rail Strike [Train noise] Tony: Just thought you'd like to hear one again.
14 Jun 1955 25 B9 The Television Set Kenneth: There comes a time in the affairs of man
21 Jun 1955 26 B10 The Three Sons
28 Jun 1955 27 B11 The Marrow Contest [Bird song] Tony: Hup! To me! To you!
5 Jul 1955 28 B12 The Matador

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Series 3 - 1955/56, 20 shows
Cast: Tony Hancock, Bill Kerr, Sidney James, Andrée Melley, Kenneth Williams
Music: Wally Stott, BBC Augmented Review Orchestra, cond Harry Rabinowitz
Script: Ray Galton & Alan Simpson
Producer: Dennis Main Wilson
 
19 Oct 1955 29 C1 The Pet Dog Announcer: During the past three months, while Tony Hancock has been off the air
26 Oct 1955 30 C2 The Jewel Robbery [Breaking glass] Andrée: Post's arrived, Tony
2 Nov 1955 31 C3 The Bequest Tony: 12, 13, 14 ... one and ninepence ha'penny.
9 Nov 1955 32 C4 The New Neighbour
16 Nov 1955 33 C5 The Winter Holiday
23 Nov 1955 34 C6 The Blackboard Jungle [Dramatic music] Ken: Ladies and gentlemen, tonight Mr Hancock has decided to render a great public service
30 Nov 1955 35 C7 The Red Planet
7 Dec 1955 36 C8 The Diet [Indistinct] Interviewer: Now about this film you're making
14 Dec 1955 37 C9 A Visit to Russia
21 Dec 1955 38 C10 The Trial of Father Christmas
28 Dec 1955 39 C11 Cinderella Hancock
4 Jan 1956 40 C12 The New Year Resolutions
11 Jan 1956 41 C13 Hancock's Hair Tony: Seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven. Six up on the bathroom floor.
18 Jan 1956 42 C14 The Student Prince Kenneth: Mr Sidney James. Sid: That's right.
25 Jan 1956 43 C15 The Breakfast Cereal
1 Feb 1956 44 C16 How Hancock Won the War Tony: I'm taking a shower, Andrée.
8 Feb 1956 45 C17 The Newspaper
15 Feb 1956 46 C18 The Greyhound Track Tony: So that's all there is to it - I've decided to have the house
22 Feb 1956 47 C19 The Conjurer Tony: Now then, listen, how does this sound?
29 Feb 1956 48 C20 The Test Match Tony: I'll have middle and leg, please.

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Series 4 - 1956/57, 20 shows
Cast: Tony Hancock, Sidney James, Bill Kerr, Hattie Jaques (from D5), Kenneth Williams
Music composed and conducted: Wally Stott
Script: Alan Simpson & Ray Galton
Producer: Dennis Main Wilson
 
14 Oct 1956 49 D1 Back from Holiday [Car backfiring] Bill: Car's going better since we had the new engine put in
21 Oct 1956 50 D2 The Bolshoi Ballet [Tony singing along with ballet music, accompanied by crashes] Bill: Tub, Tub, what are you doing in that dining room?
28 Oct 1956 51 D3 Sid James's Dad [Tony and Bill playing Monopoly]
4 Nov 1956 52 D4 The Income Tax Demand [Knock on door] Postman: Morning. Tony: Ah, good morning, postman
11 Nov 1956 53 D5 The New Secretary Tony: Bill! Bill! Bill: What? Tony: Where's me quill?
18 Nov 1956 54 D6 Michaelangelo 'Ancock Bill: Is that the local paper, Tub?
25 Nov 1956 55 D7 Anna and the King Of Siam Announcer: Recently, in London's West End, filmgoers
2 Dec 1956 56 D8 Cyrano de Hancock Bill: Tub - have you seen Sid lately?
9 Dec 1956 57 D9 The Stolen Petrol Bill: Hey, Tub, here's a letter from Sid James. I recognise the handwriting.
16 Dec 1956 58 D10 The Espresso Bar Bill: Tub, Tub, where are you? Tony: Quiet, I'm on the phone.
23 Dec 1956 59 D11 Hancock's Happy Christmas Tony: For the last time, we are not having any decorations.
30 Dec 1956 60 D12 The Diary Tony: Oh well, December 31st. Another year over.
6 Jan 1957 61 D13 The 13th of the Series Announcer: Today being the 13th programme in the present series
13 Jan 1957 62 D14 Almost a Gentleman Bill: Listen, Tub, we have the same trouble every January. Tony: I don't care.
20 Jan 1957 63 D15 The Old School Re-Union Tony: Ah, good morning, postman. Kenneth. Morning. Merry Christmas
27 Jan 1957 64 D16 The Wild Man of the Woods [Fade in] Tony: Down with Rent Act
3 Feb 1957 65 D17 Agricultural 'Ancock Bill: Come on Tub, you can't just spring this on us without warning.
10 Feb 1957 66 D18 Hancock in the Police [Paper rustling] Hattie: Here we are - situations vacant.
17 Feb 1957 67 D19 The Emigrant Tony: There's no point in arguing. I've made up my mind - I'm going to emigrate
24 Feb 1957 68 D20 The Last of the McHancocks [Bagpipes] Bill: He's off again.

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Series 5 - 1958, 20 shows + Christmas Special
Cast: Tony Hancock, Sidney James, Bill Kerr, Hattie Jaques, Kenneth Williams
Music composed and conducted: Wally Stott
Script: Alan Simpson & Ray Galton
Producer: Tom Ronald
 
21 Jan 1958 69 E1 The New Radio Series [Phone rings] Hattie: Good afternoon, Anthony Hancock's residence.
28 Jan 1958 70 E2 The Scandal Magazine Tony: Good morning, Miss Pugh! Hattie (indignant): Mr Hancock! You ought to be ashamed of yourself!
4 Feb 1958 71 E3 The Male Suffragettes [Clattering of dishes & Bill, eating noisily] Tony: Well, William, are you enjoying that porridge?
11 Feb 1958 72 E4 The Insurance Policy Tony: Morning, Miss Pugh. Any correspondence for me to answer today?
18 Feb 1958 73 E5 The Publicity Photograph Tony: Morning, Miss Pugh. A pile of fan mail to answer, I believe.
25 Feb 1958 74 E6 The Unexploded Bomb Kenneth (old man): Ah, Mr Hancock, what a delightful meal this is.
4 Mar 1958 75 E7 Hancock's School Tony: Now come on William, now try it once more.
11 Mar 1958 76 E8 Around the World in Eighty Days [Music: Around The World] Kenneth: Around the world in eighty days.
18 Mar 1958 77 E9 The Americans Hit Town Hattie (excited): Mr Hancock, have you seen the papers?
25 Mar 1958 78 E10 The Election Candidate [Crockery clatter} Hattie: More cornflakes, Mr Hancock?
1 Apr 1958 79 E11 Hancock's Car Tony: Now then, where shall we start? There's three of us
8 Apr 1958 80 E12 The East Cheam Drama Festival Kenneth: Ladies and gentlemen. This week marks the centenary of the East Cheam Festival of Art.
15 Apr 1958 81 E13 The Foreign Legion Tony: Morning, Miss Pugh. Where's this week's bundle of fan mail?
22 Apr 1958 82 E14 Sunday Afternoon at Home [Tony, yawning]: Oh dear. Dear me. [Sigh] Stone me, what a life.
29 Apr 1958 83 E15 The Grappling Game Tony: Bill! Come and help me with me bow tie.
6 May 1958 84 E16 The Junk Man Hattie: Don't you think it's about time you cleared all that rubbish out of the sideboard?
13 May 1958 85 E17 Hancock's War Tony: Another crumpet, vicar?
20 May 1958 86 E18 The Prize Money Bill: Is that the local paper, Tub?
27 May 1958 87 E19 The Threatening Letters Tony: Good morning all! [muttering from Bill & Sid] What a beautiful morning!
3 Jun 1958 88 E20 The Sleepless Night Tony: That Walter Gabriel! He's a card, isn't he?
1958 Christmas Special
Cast: Tony Hancock, Sidney James, Bill Kerr, Hattie Jaques, Kenneth Williams
Music composed and conducted: Wally Stott
Script: Alan Simpson & Ray Galton
Producer: Tom Ronald
 
25 Dec 1958 89 ESp Bill and Father Christmas Sid: Come on, hurry up. Get the coat on.

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Transcription Service shows - 4 shows
Cast: Tony Hancock, Sidney James, Bill Kerr, Hattie Jaques, Kenneth Williams
Music composed and conducted: Wally Stott
Script: Alan Simpson & Ray Galton
Producer: Tom Ronald
These shows were recorded to make less “topical” versions, or shows that could be slotted in at any point. So the “13th of the (fourth) series” is replaced by the “13th of the month”, “The New Secretary”episode, which introduced Hattie Jaques to the show, is rewritten as a flashback, “The Bolshoi Ballet”, originally broadcast when the Bolshoi was visiting England, is replaced by a more general “Ballet Visit”, and “The Election Candidate” mentions "an election", whereas the original talks about a by-election.
These shows are often confused with the originals, and may be difficult to identify from the first lines alone. One major clue, however, is that the Transcription Service versions always start with “The BBC presents ... Hancock's half Hour”, whereas the originals said “We present ...”
 
4 Jan 1959 90 TS1 The 13th of the Month [aka Unlucky 13]
Remake of D13
Tony (humming): Bill, what date is it today?
11 Jan 1959 91 TS2 The New Secretary
Remake of D5
Tony: Miss Pugh! Miss Pugh!! Hattie: What?
18 Jan 1959 92 TS3 The Ballet Visit
Remake of D2
[Tony singing along with ballet music, accompanied by crashes] Bill: What are you doing in the dining room?
25 Jan 1959 93 TS4 The Election Candidate
Remake of E10
[Teacups clatter] Hattie: More cornflakes, Mr Hancock?

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Series 6 - 1959, 14 shows
Cast: Tony Hancock, Sidney James, Bill Kerr [not F13] plus guest stars
Music composed and conducted: Wally Stott
Script: Alan Simpson & Ray Galton
Producer: Tom Ronald
 
29 Sep 1959 94 F1 The Smugglers [Ship's hooter] Bill: We're casting off, Tub - I think the ship's leaving
6 Oct 1959 95 F2 The Childhood Sweetheart Tony: Bill, what's the date? Bill: It's the 25th.
13 Oct 1959 96 F3 The Last Bus Home [Footsteps] Bill: How much further is the bus stop, Tub?
20 Oct 1959 97 F4 The Picnic Tony (sings): Oh what a beautiful morning
27 Oct 1959 98 F5 The Gourmet [Music] Waiter: Would you care to order now, sir?
3 Nov 1959 99 F6 The Elopement Tony: Sid? Sid: What? Tony: I'd like to have a word with you in confidence.
10 Nov 1959 100 F7 Fred's Pie Stall Tony: Well I think it's disgusting. Sid: Are you moaning again?
17 Nov 1959 101 F8 The Waxwork Tony: Well, there it is, I'm in
24 Nov 1959 102 F9 Sid's Mystery Tours [Clatter of cups] Bill: More tea, Tub? Tony: Thank you William, yes.
1 Dec 1959 103 F10 The Fete Chairman: Well now gentlemen, the last item on the agenda
8 Dec 1959 104 F11 The Poetry Society Tony: Sid, Bill, I want a word with you two. Sid [trademark laugh]
15 Dec 1959 105 F12 Hancock in Hospital Nurse: Ah good afternoon to you, Mr Hancock, and how are we feeling today?
22 Dec 1959 106 F13 The Christmas Club Sid: What are you looking so pleased about?
29 Dec 1959 107 F14 The Impersonator Tony: And so, I will go to the gallows unrepentant

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