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Hancock's Half Hour is a BBC radio comedy, and later television comedy, series of the 1950s and 60s written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson. The series starred Tony Hancock, with Sid James; the radio version also co-starred, at various times, Moira Lister, Andrée Melly, Hattie Jacques, Bill Kerr and Kenneth Williams. The final television series, renamed simply Hancock, starred Hancock alone.

Comedian Tony Hancock starred in the show, playing an exaggerated and much poorer version of his own character and lifestyle, Anthony Aloysius St John Hancock, a down-at-heel comedian living at the dilapidated 23 Railway Cuttings in East Cheam.

The series was influential in the development of the situation comedy, with its move away from radio variety towards a focus on character development.

  1. Ray Galton


  2. Alan Simpson


Series Cast

  1. Tony Hancock as

    Tony Hancock

    63 Episodes

  2. Sid James as

    Sid James

    57 Episodes

  3. Johnny Vyvyan as

    Johnny Vyvyan

    34 Episodes

  4. Hugh Lloyd as Ship's Steward

    Hugh Lloyd

    Ship's Steward

    24 Episodes

  5. Alec Bregonzi as

    Alec Bregonzi

    22 Episodes

  6. Mario Fabrizi as Ship's bandleader

    Mario Fabrizi

    Ship's bandleader

    21 Episodes

  7. John Vere as

    John Vere

    21 Episodes

  8. James Bulloch

    20 Episodes

  9. Robert Dorning as

    Robert Dorning

    18 Episodes

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Last Season

Season 7

1961 • 6 Episodes

Re-branded as simply 'Hancock', this series was broadcast between 26th May 1961 and 30th June 1961. The series comprised 6 episodes all of which survive in the BBC Archive. The series was broadcast weekly on Fridays at 2000 and each episode ran for 25 minutes rather than the half hour running time of episodes in the previous series. There were no repeats during the run.

The Succession - Son and Heir

(7x6, June 30, 1961) Season Finale

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Hancock's Half Hour
Hancock's Half Hour


Status Ended


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Type Scripted

Original Language English


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