History Radio / HancocksHalfHour

11th Aug '17 3:49:11 AM calufrax
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* HonestJohnsDealership: Sid James in the radio version.

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* HonestJohnsDealership: Sid James in the radio version.version - he is introduced in the first episode by the moniker "Smooth Talk Sidney"
11th Aug '17 3:46:17 AM calufrax
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* BreakingTheFourthWall happens a number of times:
** In "The 13th Episode", Hancock interrupts the announcer at the start of the episode to announce that since it is the thirteenth episode of that season, he refused to do it. Filler music starts up, making the listener wonder if there will be no episode, but then the episode continues with him finding out that the BBC will cancel the series if he refuses, and him trying to find around his superstitions.
** In "The New Radio Series", Hancock decides to retire, while at the same time the BBC is trying to kick him out. Bill and Sid are already there when Hancock arrives at the BBC - the BBC has commissioned a new series, presenting "Bill Kerr, Sid James, Hattie Jacques, and Kenneth Williams" in "Kerr's Half Hour". Bill and Sid's characters were named after themselves, Jacques' character was named "Grizelda Pugh", while Williams played many characters, normally unnamed.
28th Jul '17 3:22:18 PM calufrax
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* {{Corpsing}} - Happened from time to time and [[ThrowItIn left in]] since either the shows were live or (later) done without retakes. Most noticeable when Kenneth Williams or Bill Kerr broke, but occasionally all the cast would be in tears.

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* {{Corpsing}} - Happened from time to time and [[ThrowItIn left in]] since either the shows were live or (later) done without retakes. Most noticeable when Kenneth Williams or Bill Kerr broke, but occasionally all the cast would be in tears.tears - particularly in the episode "Wild Man Of The Woods":
28th Jul '17 3:14:50 PM calufrax
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* {{Corpsing}} - Happened from time to time and [[ThrowItIn left in]] since either the shows were live or (later) done without retakes.

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* {{Corpsing}} - Happened from time to time and [[ThrowItIn left in]] since either the shows were live or (later) done without retakes. Most noticeable when Kenneth Williams or Bill Kerr broke, but occasionally all the cast would be in tears.
---> '''Bill:''' Hey, Sid, look - what's that there up in the trees?\\
'''Sid:''' Ah nothing, probably a squirrel or something.\\
'''Bill:''' No, it's not a sirrel, Squ... <everyone starts laughing>\\
'''Tony:''' If Mister Kerr will say 'It's not a sirrel, Squid' again... <everyone takes a moment to regain their composure>\\
'''Bill:''' It's not a squirrel, Sid!
5th Oct '16 11:52:26 AM Morgenthaler
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'''''Hancock's Half Hour''''' was a BBC radio and later television comedy series of the 1950s. It was written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, who also created ''Series/SteptoeAndSon''.

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'''''Hancock's ''Hancock's Half Hour''''' Hour'' was a BBC radio and later television comedy series of the 1950s. It was written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, who also created ''Series/SteptoeAndSon''.
25th Dec '15 6:55:05 AM Kitchen90
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''Hancock's Half Hour'' was a BBC radio and later television comedy series of the 1950s. It was written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, who also created ''Series/SteptoeAndSon''. The main character, a pompous self-important fool, was played by Tony Hancock. His boorish offsider, whose chief task it is to bring Tony back to reality, was played by Creator/SidneyJames. Bill Kerr also featured as Hancock's dim Australian boarder. (Hancock, James and Kerr's characters all used variations on their real names.) Moira Lister and then Andrée Melly played Tony's girlfriends. Later, Hattie Jacques played Hancock's secretary, the rather prim Miss Pugh. Creator/KennethWilliams featured as a number of characters, most notably one nicknamed 'Snide'. In the TV version the regular cast was pared down to Hancock and James, although Williams and Jacques made a couple of guest appearances in early episodes.

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''Hancock's [[quoteright:275:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/hancocks_half_hour_300.jpg]]

'''''Hancock's
Half Hour'' Hour''''' was a BBC radio and later television comedy series of the 1950s. It was written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, who also created ''Series/SteptoeAndSon''. ''Series/SteptoeAndSon''.

The main character, a pompous self-important fool, was played by Tony Hancock. His boorish offsider, whose chief task it is to bring Tony back to reality, was played by Creator/SidneyJames. Bill Kerr also featured as Hancock's dim Australian boarder. (Hancock, James and Kerr's characters all used variations on their real names.) Moira Lister and then Andrée Melly played Tony's girlfriends. Later, Hattie Jacques played Hancock's secretary, the rather prim Miss Pugh. Creator/KennethWilliams featured as a number of characters, most notably one nicknamed 'Snide'. 'Snide'.

In the TV version the regular cast was pared down to Hancock and James, although Williams and Jacques made a couple of guest appearances in early episodes.
12th Oct '15 11:48:52 PM mlsmithca
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* AuthorExistenceFailure: "The Missing Page" features an in-universe example. After spending the episode frantically trying to track down the missing last page of Darcy Sarto's murder mystery ''Lady Don't Fall Backwards'', Tony and Sid obtain a copyright edition and discover that the manuscript ends literally ''one word'' before the murderer is identified, as Sarto died while writing the book and his publishers decided Johnny Oxford fans would like to read the book anyway.

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* AuthorExistenceFailure: "The Missing Page" features an in-universe example. After spending the episode frantically trying to track down the missing last page of Darcy Sarto's murder mystery ''Lady Don't Fall Backwards'', Tony and Sid obtain a copyright edition and discover that the manuscript ends literally ''one word'' before the murderer is identified, as Sarto died while writing the book and his publishers decided fans of his detective, Johnny Oxford fans Oxford, would like to read the book anyway.
28th Sep '15 11:06:23 PM mlsmithca
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* AuthorExistenceFailure: "The Missing Page" features an in-universe example. After spending the episode frantically trying to track down the missing last page of Darcy Sarto's murder mystery ''Lady Don't Fall Backwards'', Tony and Sid obtain a copyright edition and discover that the manuscript ends literally ''one word'' before the murderer is identified, as Sarto died while writing the book and his publishers decided Johnny Oxford fans would like to read the book anyway.


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* VinylShatters: After his ultimately unsuccessful search for the last page of ''Lady Don't Fall Backwards'' in "The Missing Page", Tony forsakes books and decides to listen to a nice gramophone record instead, sending Sid out in search of Music/LudwigVanBeethoven's Fifth Symphony. Sid returns to say he couldn't find it, and instead picked up a copy of Music/FranzSchubert's "Unfinished" Symphony. The unamused Tony says "I know how ''this'' one's going to end!" and smashes the record over Sid's head.
20th Sep '15 4:24:23 PM mlsmithca
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''Hancock's Half Hour'' was a BBC radio and later television comedy series of the 1950s. It was written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, who also created ''SteptoeAndSon''. The main character, a pompous self-important fool, was played by Tony Hancock. His boorish offsider, whose chief task it is to bring Tony back to reality, was played by Creator/SidJames. Bill Kerr also featured as Hancock's dim Australian boarder. (Hancock, James and Kerr's characters all used variations on their real names.) Moira Lister and then Andrée Melly played Tony's girlfriends. Later, Hattie Jacques played Hancock's secretary, the rather prim Miss Pugh. KennethWilliams featured as a number of characters, most notably one nicknamed 'Snide'. In the TV version the regular cast was pared down to Hancock and James, although Williams and Jacques made a couple of guest appearances in early episodes.

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''Hancock's Half Hour'' was a BBC radio and later television comedy series of the 1950s. It was written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, who also created ''SteptoeAndSon''.''Series/SteptoeAndSon''. The main character, a pompous self-important fool, was played by Tony Hancock. His boorish offsider, whose chief task it is to bring Tony back to reality, was played by Creator/SidJames.Creator/SidneyJames. Bill Kerr also featured as Hancock's dim Australian boarder. (Hancock, James and Kerr's characters all used variations on their real names.) Moira Lister and then Andrée Melly played Tony's girlfriends. Later, Hattie Jacques played Hancock's secretary, the rather prim Miss Pugh. KennethWilliams Creator/KennethWilliams featured as a number of characters, most notably one nicknamed 'Snide'. In the TV version the regular cast was pared down to Hancock and James, although Williams and Jacques made a couple of guest appearances in early episodes.



* TheCastShowoff: Tony Hancock was often given a chance to show off material from his stage acts, including his impressions of Charles Laughton and Robert Newton.



* RunningTimeInTheTitle: It was indeed half an hour. There was also a TV special called Hancock's Forty-Three Minutes. The last season was reduced to 25 minutes and renamed ''Hancock'' (as we said, [[Film/{{Hancock}} not to be confused with...]])

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* RunningGag: A number of episodes featured scripts with running gags built into them. For example, in the radio version of "The Emigrant", Tony presents himself at each embassy he visits with a speech packed with slang terms from and references to the country to which he hopes to emigrate, delivered in an attempt at the appropriate accent - to desk clerks who invariably turn out to be British. His conversations with them, which go from investigating his "references" (Bill's family, who are all wanted criminals) to just saying his name to not even getting as far as his name, always end with the desk clerks asking "Have you tried [other country]?" until they name a country he hasn't tried.
* RunningTimeInTheTitle: It was indeed half an hour. There was also a TV special called Hancock's "Hancock's Forty-Three Minutes.Minutes". The last season was reduced to 25 minutes and renamed ''Hancock'' (as we said, [[Film/{{Hancock}} not to be confused with...]])]]).
15th Sep '15 5:47:12 AM ClatoLawa
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* OverlyLongGag: Slow typing, followed by "Wouldn't it be quicker if you took off the boxing gloves?"

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* OverlyLongGag: Slow typing, The first radio episode opens with very slow typing sounds, followed by "Wouldn't it be quicker by:
-->'''Tony''': Might help
if you took off the gloves off...
-->'''Bill''': My hands are cold. Anyway, what's wrong with typing in gloves? I like typing in gloves. Lots of people type in gloves.
-->'''Hancock''': Not in
boxing gloves?"gloves.
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