Talk:Hancock's Half Hour

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It would be very useful to have a list of all known radio/TV episodes, and information on which CDs/DVDs they can be found, perhaps on a grid? Certainly a list of the Available DVDs and CDs would be useful.

Moved from the article:

Much more detail on classic episodes to come

BillyH 23:31, 13 Jun 2005 (UTC)

Rediscovered episodes[edit]

I removed the reference to The New Secretary being rediscoved in 2005, as this episode appears on Hancock's Half Hour Vol. 10, released in 1998. JW 14:16, 5 February 2006 (UTC)

Indeed, my mistake. The article originally said that the two episodes were 'recently' recovered, which told us nothing. I knew The Blackboard Jungle was recovered last year, so I just put 2005 for both of them. BillyH 16:43, 5 February 2006 (UTC)
That wasn't an error as it was the Re-made version of the New Secretary that appeared on HHH Vol 10 in 1998 and not the original version. (talk) 01:30, 31 July 2013 (UTC)

Classic Episodes[edit]

I have tried to find synopses of some classic episodes but I can't find any on the web. I know some of these in detail and would be prepared to put in some effort to do this, but there are so many, and it is probably very contentious.

I would want to see the following:

  • The Wild Man of the Woods
  • Sunday Afternoon at Home
  • The Missing Page
  • The Private Life of Anthony Hancock


  • The Blood Donor
  • Radio Ham
  • The Reunion
  • Hancock Alone

I personally think that the Missing Page represents a high point not only in the Hancock canon, but in the whole of mid-20th century comedy. The timing is wonderful, and the script superb. There is a flaw, in the the whole thing is based on a falsehood; you wouldn't turn over the page to find it's missing, but to lose that would have been to lose many superb comedic moments. The section where Sid James claims to have worked out whodunnit, and convinces Hancock that it's Harry Zimmerman, and Hancock drifts off into reveries and understanding only to pull himself back sharply to exclaim "Harry Zimmerman was killed on p2!". A masterpiece. The end, too where they find the author is deceased. "Dead! The Fool!" wonderful.

You might detect I would have a little trouble with the NPOV here, though.

--TonyFleet 15:06, 11 May 2007 (UTC)

HHH and Harold Pinter[edit]

The small resemblance to Pinter's work is only really apparent in the two series of 1958 and 1959, I think. Pinter's first plays date from 1957 and 1958, so "several years" was misleading. Philip Cross 22:28, 29 June 2007 (UTC)

Scandinavian adaptions[edit]

Galton & Simpson's scripts were adapted by Swedish director Bo Hermansson, for the Norwegian (later Swedish/Norwegian co-production) TV series Fleksnes (1972–88), as well as the film Den siste Fleksnes (1974) . G & S wrote new original scripts for the 30 years anniversary episodes in 2002. Hermansson also directed a Swedish TV series and a Norwegian film based on Steptoe and Son. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Linkomfod (talkcontribs) 19:32, 6 October 2007 (UTC)

Desirability of creating full listing[edit]

I think it would be a great addition - either in this article or in a separate article - to have a chronological listing of all the episode titles for the radio and TV series. There are a lot of individual titles mentioned in the article - and seeing a series-by-series listing would be most helpful. Can anyone help put this together? If not a definitive list - at least the best that can be managed initially. Davidpatrick (talk) 05:40, 4 October 2008 (UTC)

Hancock's Half Hour Nav Box?[edit]

Is it possible to construct a nav box (a blue box) for Hancock's Half Hour? (talk) 22:48, 7 May 2010 (UTC)

Discovery of bootleg recordings of six episodes of series 4[edit]

The section on "Series 4" seems to suggest that the six recently discovered "homemade" recordings from this TV series are actually telerecordings, i.e., video and audio, whereas in actual fact they are just poor quality audio recordings. (talk) 02:44, 16 June 2010 (UTC)

Jack Hawkins[edit]

Jack Hawkins appeared in one episode of TV "Hancocks Half Hour" as himself.

Does anybody know which episode this was?AT Kunene (talk) 09:41, 2 March 2011 (UTC)

  • This was in 'The Elocution Teacher' from series 3, episode (talk) 00:27, 5 March 2011 (UTC)

Other commercial releases as "singles"[edit]

There were a set of HHH singles released by Decca, too, which contained 15 mins of specific radio programmes. (talk) 18:20, 15 August 2011 (UTC)

Galton & Simpson at “The Missing Hancocks”[edit]

The article makes it sound as if Galton & Simpson attended all the re-staged episodes of “The Missing Hancocks”, when in fact I believe that they have attended one recording session for each series. I’ve attended three of the sessions, and they were coincidentally at two of them, and not at the the other; context from what was said on the nights they attended suggested that this was not a regular occurrence. CAn anyone confirm if they made it to more sessions? Jock123 (talk) 12:48, 13 March 2016 (UTC)

Britain's Best Sitcom Poll[edit]

Should this article point out that in 2004, the television version of Hancock's Half Hour came thirtieth in a poll to find Britain's favourite television sitcom? Vorbee (talk) 18:42, 18 December 2019 (UTC)

Missing Hancocks[edit]

The Missing Hancocks series should have their own section, if not their own page. Currently they are just mentioned in footnotes to the original series. There is no detail such as cast list, transmission dates etc. (talk) 15:02, 26 August 2020 (UTC)