Tony Hancock's premature death, in 1968 at the age of forty-four, deprived the entertainment industry of perhaps the greatest post-war comedian, to have emerged from the UK. This truism, makes his eighty hours of material - originally broadcast by the BBC on radio and television between 1954 & 1961 - seem all the more priceless and rare. With his impeccable timing, and brilliantly-subtle shifts in intonation, he created 'sound pictures' that bore the unmistakable hallmark of genius ...
Supported by Galton & Simpson's marvellous scripts - which so astutely complemented his talents -, and admirably in the studio by Kenneth Williams, Sid James, Hattie Jacques, Bill Kerr and others, the work of Tony Hancock lives on : sustained qualities that transcend both decades of time, and also the cultural changes that accompany them ... and which comes across just as fresh and hilarious, as it was in the Fifties!
Volume I :-
Side One : The Americans Hit Town (orig. broadcast Mar'58).
Side Two : The Unexplained Bomb (Feb'58).
Side Three : The Poetry Society (Dec'59).
Side Four : Sid's Mystery Tour (Nov'59).
Volume II :-
Side One : The Scandal Magazine (orig. broadcast Jan'58).
Side Two : Last of the McHancocks (Feb'58).
Side Three : The Sleepless Night (Jun'58).
Side Four : Fred's Pie Stall (Nov'59).
(all episodes, in both volumes, contain some brief descriptive notes, plus cast-lists / producers, etc.)