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Hancock's Half Hour the 'Lost' Radio Episodes: Sid James's Dad & the Diet By Alan Simpson

Hancock's Half Hour the 'Lost' Radio Episodes: Sid James's Dad & the Diet by Alan Simpson

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Summary

Includes two stories "Sid James' Dad" and "The Diet". In "Sid James' Dad", Sid is expecting a visit from his father. Being ashamed to admit his true profession, he has explained his regular appearances in court by telling the old man he is a judge.

Hancock's Half Hour the 'Lost' Radio Episodes: Sid James's Dad & the Diet Summary

Hancock's Half Hour the 'Lost' Radio Episodes: Sid James's Dad & the Diet by Alan Simpson

Tony Hancock stars in two long-lost episodes from the classic BBC Radio series Hancock's Half Hour: Sid James's Dad (28 October 1956) and The Diet (7 December 1955). Broadcast live, these rare recordings are made available for the first time in over fifty years. In Sid James's Dad, Sid is expecting a visit from his father. Being ashamed to admit his true profession, he has explained his regular appearances in court by telling the old man he is a judge. The Diet sees Hancock being offered the lead role in a romantic film. Unfortunately, the American producer Mr Stroud (Kenneth Williams) tells Hancock he's too fat for the part and he must go on a diet. Including special sleeve-notes detailing the making of the original productions, these episodes celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Galton and Simpson writing partnership. 1 CD. 1 hr.

About Alan Simpson

Ray Galton and Alan Simpson met in a sanatorium in Surrey, where they were both being treated for TB. Ray Galton remembers noticing the six-foot-four Simpson and thinking he looked surprisingly large - 'you expect everyone in a sanatorium to be thin and weedy, and he was the biggest guy I'd ever seen'. During two years in the same ward, they listened to comedy shows together and also wrote a series of their own, creating a radio room in a linen cupboard. Having left the sanatorium within a few months of each other, they decided to get a professional opinion of their work and sent a sketch they had written called The Pirate Sketch to the BBC. They were asked to go in for an interview, and soon found themselves writing for the sketch show Happy Go Lucky. Over the next two years they continued to write sketches for a number of big names, before coming up with the idea for Hancock's Half Hour. Although the BBC took some persuading, eventually the show was scheduled, initially for radio but later as a television series. A phenomenally successful ten years later, Galton and Simpson were themselves very well known names. After Hancock's Half Hour they wrote Comedy Playhouse for the BBC, out of which came their second huge television and radio hit, Steptoe & Son. In 1977 they wrote The Galton & Simpson Playhouse, produced by Yorkshire Television for ITV.

Additional information

GOR010268501
9781408427583
1408427583
Hancock's Half Hour the 'Lost' Radio Episodes: Sid James's Dad & the Diet by Alan Simpson
Used - Like New
Hardback
BBC Audio, A Division Of Random House
2009-11-05
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The book has been read, but looks new. The book cover has no visible wear, and the dust jacket is included if applicable. No missing or damaged pages, no tears, possible very minimal creasing, no underlining or highlighting of text, and no writing in the margins

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