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30 Nov 15: The Missing Hancocks (Ep1)

November 30th, 2015

Episode 54 of 143 episodes

Between 1954 and 1959, BBC Radio recorded 102 episodes of Ray Galton and Alan Simpson's comedy classic Hancock's Half Hour. The first modern sitcom, it made stars of Tony Hancock, Sid James and Kenneth Williams, and launched Galton and Simpson on one of the most successful comedy-writing partnerships in history. But 20 episodes of the show are missing from the BBC archives, and have not been heard since their original transmission nearly sixty years ago. Now, after a highly successful first series, another five of those episodes have been lovingly re-recorded in front of a live audience at the BBC Radio Theatre, featuring a stellar cast led by Kevin McNally as The Lad Himself. Tonight's episode: How Hancock Won The War. Tony tells Andree how he got his war wound, which is a story you may find hard to believe... Written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, and with the classic score newly recorded by the BBC Concert Orchestra, the show stars Kevin McNally, Kevin Eldon, Simon Greenall, Robin Sebastian and Susy Kane. How Hancock Won The War was last broadcast in February 1956. Produced by Ed Morrish and Neil Pearson Written by Ray Galton & Simpson Kevin McNally - Tony Hancock Kevin Eldon - Bill Kerr Simon Greenall - Sid James Robin Sebastian - Kenneth Williams Susy Kane - Andree Melly A BBC Radio Comedy Production

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