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Hancock's Half Hour: Series 4 - The Collector's Edition

Released on 04 March 2002

Author: Ray Galton

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Hancock's Half Hour was one of the most successful series ever made, and it created an international star. With his impeccable timing and brilliantly subtle shifts in intonation, Tony Hancock could create sound pictures that bore the unmistakable hallmark of a genius. The BBC broadcast eighty hours of Hancock on radio and television between 1954 and 1961. Now BBC Radio Collection is publishing, in chronological order, all 74 surviving radio shows from the BBC Archives. An accompanying booklet contains an introduction from the show's writers Galton & Simpson, a history of the show with contemporary press extracts and photos, episode synopses for all shows including the missing ones, and biographies of the cast. Seventeen shows remain from the fourth series, published here on nine CDs in a luxury box set. They are:

* Back from Holiday
* The Bolshoi Ballet
* The Income Tax Demand
* Michelangelo 'Ancock
* Anna and the King of Siam
* Cyrano de Hancock
* The Expresso Bar
* Hancock's Happy Christmas
* The Diary
* The 13th of the Series
* Almost a Gentleman
* The Old School Reunion
* The Wild Man of the Woods
* Agricultural Hancock
* Hancock in the Police
* The Emigrant
* The Last of the McHancocks

From Hancock connoisseur to first-time fan, this completely comprehensive collection makes for essential - and fantastically funny - listening. A worthy tribute to the comic genius of Tony Hancock
  • 9 CDs
  • 17 shows.

customer Reviews

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 Lovely product but one tiny caveat.

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This is a lovely product. It's a really well put together edition of the best series of one of the finest BBC comedy programmes ever. The tiny caveat is this; two episodes of the fourth series were not known to exist when this set was issued, so they're not included. They have shown up since. So, if you want the these two episodes you need to buy something else as well. Fortunately BBC Audio has made then available in two formats both as an additional disc in the Series 6 set and also as a single, cheap disc. (Under the title 'Sid James' Dad'.) So, while this was complete when it was issued, it's not complete now and you need to make up the numbers elsewhere if you're of a completist ilk.

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AuthorRay Galton & Alan Simpson
NarratorTony Hancock
Duration8 hrs 30 min (approx)