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  Tony Hancock - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Hancock was to become anxious that his work with James was turning them in to a double act, and the last BBC series in 1961 was without James.
Hancock had aspirations for international stardom, but commentators have noted that his style was of a type which appealed mainly to British audiences (although his BBC shows were successful in Australia and Canada), and that Hancock failed to realise this.
Hancock's first wife died as a result of her own problems with alcohol in 1969, the year after the death of her former husband.
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 Hancock's Half Hour - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Hancock's Half Hour was a ground-breaking and influential BBC radio comedy series of the 1950s starring Tony Hancock, with Sid James, Hattie Jacques, Bill Kerr and Kenneth Williams.
In 1956 and 1957 Hancock starred in two series of a sketch show made by Associated-Rediffusion for ITV which was broadcast either side of the first BBC series.
Harry Secombe was brought in at short notice to replace Hancock and starred in the first three episodes, and made a guest appearance in the fourth.
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 Hancock   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Tony was a centre forward, "a good leader of the forward line, who distributes the ball with judgement - a powerful shot with either foot." On the cricket field Tony was an outstanding pace bowler, who "bowled with untiring energy and venom." School records show that he took 35 wickets (ave.
Hancock also moved onto television in 1956 with a show also called Hancock's Half Hour for the first six series (the seventh in 1961 was only 25 minutes long and so the name was changed to Hancock).
Hancock had always been highly self-critical, and it is possible that the interview heightened this tendency, contributing to his later psychological problems.
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 Hancock's Half Hour   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Tony Hancock was born on the 12th May 1924 the second of three sons to Jack and Lily Hancock, at 41 Southam Road, Hall Green, Birmingham.
Hancock was a great admirer of Max Miller and at seventeen he called himself "The Confidential Comic" and although he was somewhat naive and didn't understand the jokes himself.
After his film, Hancock went to ATV in 1963 for a series of thirteen comedy shows that were reasonably well received but the scripts were not very good and by mischance were put out at the same time as "Steptoe and Son" — then at the height of its long running success.
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 Hancock's Half Hour
Tony Hancock became the premier radio and TV comic of his generation, due mainly to the long running radio and TV series that both bore the name, Hancock's Half Hour.
The Tony Hancock of the series was a slightly snobbish type with delusions of grandeur and a talent for self deception.
Tony Hancock, however remained unimpressed and finally split with his writers Galton and Simpson, complaining they were writing him too poor, too hopeless.
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 Tony Hancock
Tony's success in Educating Archie eventually persuaded the BBC to give him a prominent part in a show called 'Forces All Star Bill', eventually using the Ray Galton and Alan Simpson as his script writers.
Tony returned to the BBC using his original script writers, for five years his TV and radio shows ran concurrently, success was measured by the amount of complaints from publicans and shop keepers who protested that it was Hancock that had emptied their pubs and shops.
Hancock went back to ITV and made 13 more comedy series which by pure coincidence were broadcast at the same time as Steptoe and Son, although Hancock was reasonably well recieved he could not compete with the sucess of Steptoe and Son and eventually returned to the stage.
www.birminghamuk.com /tonyhancock.htm   (701 words)

 The Original Tony Hancock website.
Hancock is the eloquent foreman, haranguing the good men and true with tear-jerking protestations of the accused's innocence.
Hancock, disillusioned with his life in East Cheam, determines to seek his fortune in the Colonies: Australia, for example, where the cattle walk about with 'dirty great diamonds sticking out of their hooves'.
Hancock's success rate with the opposite sex has reached baffling new depths, so it's 100 guineas slapped on the counter and waltzing lessons with Arthur Mullard.
www.howardm.net /hancock/videos.php   (1487 words)

 Tony Hancock Biography   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Hancock is regarded by many as the greatest radio and television comedian of his day from any country.
The character of Anthony Aloysius St John Hancock was rude, arrogant, stubborn, childish and pompous - and much-loved by millions of listeners.
That was really the end, although there was an abysmal TV series, Hancock's, and three episodes of a comedy series made in Australia, where he committed suicide with a combination of alcohol and pills.
www.britmovie.co.uk /actors/h/014.html   (338 words)

 Tony Hancock: biography and encyclopedia article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Hancocks half hour was a famous bbc radio comedy series of the 1950s starring tony hancock....
Not only is Hancock either unemployed or a hopeless actor/comedian (here he is a popular radio star on a par with Ted Ray) but the dimensions of the actual house seem to change to accommodate the cast.
Hancock was later to dismiss the film as crude and its failure was a contributory factor in his disastrous break with his writers, EHandler: no quick summary.
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 VW008 Tony Hancock
Hancock delivers a fantastic speech which results in the lorry driver being sent to jail for six years.
Tony was born on the 12th May 1924 in Birmingham and in 1942 he volunteered for the RAF and after being rejected by ENSA, he was accepted by Ralph Reader who organised groups into Gang
Hancocks scripts were never the same and soon in depression he turned to alcohol.
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Hancock makes a move for the bus but the man holds his hand up to stop him.
Move into lobby - Hancock comes in and kicks off shoes, opens door of cupboard under stairs and throws them in - they rebound off a cardboard box - CU on box which has a cigarette logo on it - Hancock looks slightly puzzled but closes door and enters living room.
Hancock opens his mouth about to speak, Sid looks at him with mild interest, Hancock looks at Sid, mouth open and then closes it again and shakes his head so as to say, 'forget it'.
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 BBC - Comedy Guide - Hancock's Half-Hour
Based on his famous radio show of the same name, the TV run consolidated Tony Hancock's standing as Britain's leading comic of the day, the entertainer providing ample proof that his wonderfully flexible face could be as expressive as his dextrous radio voice.
Tony Hancock was at the height of his powers during the late 1950s, squeezing every comic ounce out of his lines, pulling off perfectly judged pauses and demonstrating a sense of timing to match the great Jack Benny's.
The screen Hancock's misery was the viewer's delight - the many millions who watched the shows saw something in the frustrated funster with which they could identify while consoling themselves that their lot wasn't as bad as his.
www.bbc.co.uk /sitcom/top100/hancockshalfhour_1299001350.shtml   (429 words)

 BBC NEWS | Entertainment | H-H-H-Happy Birthday Hancock   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Although Hancock's enduring popularity is partly thanks to the exemplary comedy writing of Galton and Simpson, Hancock's interpretation of these classic scripts should not be underestimated.
"Tony had the absolutely instinctive perfect timing for radio, on stage and on television, he was absolutely split-second perfect, I've never known anyone like it," said Sid James, Hancock's partner in his classic radio and TV show.
Hancock's suicide in Australia in 1968 shocked his legions of devoted fans but the star had often been candid about his despondency.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/entertainment/340763.stm   (751 words)

 Tony Hancock   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The Tony Hancock Appreciation Society (THAS) has provided many of the items for the exhibition, which marks the 50th anniversary of the first broadcast of...
Some of Hancock's friends felt that the interview was more like an interrogation, but Hancock approved it for broadcast.
Hancock was so jealous of Sid James's popularity that he had him removed from the show, although they remained friends and James often spoke of his desire to work together again.
www.wikiverse.org /tony-hancock   (1054 words)

 screenonline: Hancock, Tony (1924-1968) Biography
Anthony Aloysius St John Hancock (to use his fictional nomenclature) may have been one of life's great losers - a pompous, pretentious bore with aspirations for self-betterment which were invariably thwarted - but he was also one of the country's most loved comic creations.
As a teenager he performed (very badly) as 'The Confidential Comic', in addition to working in concert parties, and made his first appearance on radio for the BBC in June 1941.
Tony Hancock stars in a tragi-comedy set in a small seaside resort
www.screenonline.org.uk /people/id/482568   (761 words)

 Tony Hancock | Biography (1924-1968)
Grouchy and bag-eyed, and always heading for a fall with his head in the clouds, Hancock is regarded by many as the greatest radio and television comedian of his day from any country.
The character of Anthony Aloysius St John Hancock III was rude, arrogant, stubborn, childish and pompous — and much-loved by millions of listeners.
In 1960, at Hancock's insistence, James was dropped and, still scripted by Gallon and Simpson, he went solo.
www.leninimports.com /tony_hancock.html   (673 words)

 The Original Tony Hancock website.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Anthony Aloysius St.John Hancock, of 23 Railway Cuttings, East Cheam, 'Tone' to his friends, was a major figure in British comedy during the fifties and sixties.
The half hour television shows were broadcast for several years under different series titles, starting in 1956 on the BBC as "Hancock's Half Hour" and changing to "Hancock" in 1961.
Tony Hancock went to Australia in March 1968 to work on a television comedy series, but he died in Sydney in June and the world lost a great comedic actor.
www.howardm.net /hancock/tony.php   (584 words)

 Tony Hancock
Anthony John Hancock, best known as Tony Hancock (May 12, 1924 – June 24, 1968) was a major figure in British television and radio comedy in the 1950s and 1960s.
Hancock always dreamed of being a major international star, but tradition holds that he failed to realise how uniquely British his style of humour was — too uniquely British, that is, to have universal appeal.
Hancock's first wife died as a result of her own problems with alcohol in 1969, the year after her former husband.
www.omniknow.com /common/wiki.php?in=en&term=Tony_Hancock   (4374 words)

 READERSVOICE.COM - Comedy writers Ray Galton and Alan Simpson interviewed - January
Ray Galton and Alan Simpson are masters of comedy writing, with some classic British sitcoms to their credit, including Hancock's Half Hour, and Steptoe and Son, as well as a significant influence on subsequent comedy classics.
For instance, with some of the Hancock's Half-Hour tv episodes you sometimes have Hancock going through a lot trying to achieve something, and then when he does finally look like he's achieved it, something happens to undo it all.
Tony Hancock the comedian, as in "Hancock's Half Hour", was a funny character we created, with pretensions and superficial knowledge some of which was flawed.
www.readersvoice.com /interviews/2003/January/20   (647 words)

 Amazon.co.uk: Hancock's Half Hour - Vol. 1 [1961]: DVD   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
These shows are important, not only because they provide the earliest extant examples of Hancock's genius gracing the small screen (and in those days it *was* a small screen), but also as a record of the kind of presentation TV viewers experienced in the late 1950s.
Hancock and sidekick Sid James already have the partnership basics established, although at this stage James' character is framed as genial crook-cum-con man, and the more matey tempo of later shows has yet to evolve.
The impact that tony hancock has had on british comedy can never be understated, his bbc radio shows alone, attracting some of the largest listening figures during the mid to late fifties before hancock made the transition to televison in 1956.
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 Tony Hancock
Anthony John Hancock is born on the 12th May 1924 at 41 Southam Road, Hall Green, Birmingham.
In 1963, Hancock moves to A.T.V. in Australia for a series of 13 comedy shows which were reasonably well received though the scripts were mediocre.
He does well enough to be invited back in 1968 for a series of six television shows but, with his alcoholism at an advanced stage and his private life a mess, he finds himself alone, depressed sinking into public oblivion.
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 John Tyndall: Nationalist Victory in the Trial of Tony Hancock
The race acts and public order acts laws governing race are forever being amended and strengthened, and leave very little scope for rational and sensible debate on the extremely important issues of race and immigration, and of course on issues concerning the Jewish community and its power.
Tony Hancock was tried by twelve true Britons who exercised their common sense above the vagaries and iniquities of unjust legislation and bought out a verdict of "Not Guilty"!
Tony Hancock should be saluted for his firm stand and unflinching courage in winning through against all the system could throw at him!
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 BBC - Comedy Guide - Hancock
It is well publicised that Tony Hancock, wishing to stretch his television character, decided to work without his sidekick Sid James and continue the show as solo lead.
The producer, Duncan Wood, was keen to cancel the taping but Hancock was insistent that it should go ahead; Wood duly employed 'teleprompters' (modern versions of cue-cards or 'idiot boards' as they were unkindly called) from which Hancock could read his part during the taping.
Six scripts enacted by Tony Hancock on the BBC were re-performed in the ITV series Paul Merton In Galton and Simpson's...
www.bbc.co.uk /comedy/guide/articles/h/hancock_7772990.shtml   (380 words)

 Amazon.co.uk: Hancock's Half Hour: Collector's Edition (Series Two: April 1955 - July 1955) [Audiobook]: Books   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Hancock’s Half Hour was one of the most successful series ever made, and it created an international star.
Hancock's blend of timing and Galton and Simpsons brilliant writing are complemented by sid James Bill Kerr and the regular team.
Hancock is on top form and it is also interesting to hear Warren Mitchell, better known as "Till Death Us Do Part's" Alf Garnet, as the effete "Gwegory" leader of the poetry society which Hancock joins.
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 The Comedy of Tony Hancock - Celebrities H-K Quiz
In October, 1961 the great comedian Tony Hancock recorded for record what is probably his most famous programme "The Blood Donor".
This quiz is a re-visit to some of the humour in that recording.
* The sketch opens with Tony Hancock attending a blood donor centre and saying to the nurse that he wanted to do something for the benefit of the country as a whole.
www.funtrivia.com /quizdetails.cfm?quiz=130992   (155 words)

This is the official home page of the Tony Hancock Appreciation Society which was founded in 1976 and boasts among its honorary members, Ray Galton, Alan Simpson, Bill Kerr and Freddie Ross Hancock.
The basic aims of the Society were, and still are, to promote and publicise the works of Tony Hancock for the continued awareness and enjoyment of the general public and to collect and classify all recorded works of Tony Hancock for the benefit of its membership.
It is neither moderated nor controlled by the Tony Hancock Appreciation Society.
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