This release featured extracts from classic British comedy films. The Hancock extracts were from The Rebel and The Punch & Judy Man. These releases were in the different formats for UK (PAL) and US (NTSC) but both were VHS rather than Betamax format.
The very first video release of full episodes of Hancock's Half Hour, this release contained the following episodes: The Blood Donor, The Missing Page and Twelve Angry Men. This release occurred at a time when no television half hours were available elsewhere and before the trend in later years for the release of full complete series. Having said that, the BBC did release a significant number of episodes on video in 1985 over 6 volumes. In addition to the VHS video, this title was also released on both Betamax Video (a rival to the VHS Video Standard) and Video Laser Disc, a 12-inch disc that was the predecessor to the DVD. This was the only Hancock BBC title to achieve a laser disc release. Early versions of the video featured the logo 'BBCTV' on the box. For later releases, this was replaced with 'BBC Classic Comedy' as illustrated. The early Betamax and VHS boxes for these 6 volumes were identical other than having a sticker on the spine containing the number and stating VHS or Betamax. The 6 volumes also featured the same cover with each volume in a different colour scheme. This release was deleted in 1994.
Released at the same time as volume 1, this item was also originally made available on Betamax. This release featured the following episodes: The Lift, The Ladies Man and Lord Byron Lived Here. Early versions of the video featured the logo 'BBCTV'. For later releases, this was replaced with 'BBC Classic Comedy'. It is the early VHS cover illustrated here. This release was deleted in 1994.
Released at the same time as volumes 1 and 2, this item was also available on Betamax. This release featured the following episodes: The Bowmans, The Two Murderers and The Lawyer. Early versions of the video featured the logo 'BBCTV'. For later releases, this was replaced with 'BBC Classic Comedy' and it is the later version that is illustrated, including a copy of the later style spine. This release was deleted in 1994.
This release in the Hancock's Half Hour video series also occurred at the same time as Vols 1 - 3 and contains the following episodes: The Radio Ham, The Economy Drive and The Cold. This release was available on both VHS and Betamax. Early versions of the video featured the logo 'BBCTV'. For later releases, this was replaced with 'BBC Classic Comedy'. This release was deleted in 1994.
This release contained the following episodes: The Bedsitter, The Reunion Party and The New Nose and was available on both VHS and Betamax. Early versions of the video featured the logo 'BBCTV'. For later releases, this was replaced with 'BBC Classic Comedy'. This release was deleted in 1994.
This release contains the following episodes: Poison Pen Letters, The Emigrant, and The Big Night. In common with previous releases, it was also available on the Betamax format. Early versions of the video featured the logo 'BBCTV'. For later releases, this was replaced with 'BBC Classic Comedy'. This release was deleted in 1994.
This video features extracts from Tony's film The Rebel
This video features extracts from The Punch & Judy Man.
This video was issued free with The People and includes an extract from The Train Journey. Also included are extracts from Only Fools & Horses, Red Dwarf and 9 others.
This release was the first official release of the 3 episodes Tony made in Australia in 1968. The release was a great opportunity to see Tony in his final TV role.
Released at the same time as the previous 6 BBC volumes were deleted, this release contains the following episodes: The Bedsitter, The Bowmans, The Radio Ham, The Lift and The Blood Donor. In other words all of the final series entitled Hancock except the final episode. All of these episodes had previously been released in volumes 1-6. By the time of this BBC release, the Betamax format had disappeared and so this was the first BBC release just to appear on VHS.
This is the Australian release of To See Such Fun from 1981.
Despite the name of the distributors, this release was only available in Australia and featured the 3 episodes Tony made in Australia in 1968.
This release was only available for about 18 months and is now quite difficult to track down. In common with the earlier BBC releases, this video contained three episodes as follows: How to Win Money and Influence People, Air Steward Hancock and The Alpine Holiday. The front cover style was individual to this release
This video was a re-release of Hancock’s Last Hour (and A Quarter) and features Tony’s last TV appearance in Australia.
This video was a tribute to Sid James and was part of the British Comedy Legends series. Featuring extracts from George & The Dragon, Bless This House and, of course, the Carry On Films, the release would not have been complete without extracts from Hancock’s Half Hour. The shows featured are: The New Car, Sid In Love, The Cold and Twelve Angry Men
This video was also part of the British Comedy Legends series. Featuring extracts from Rambling Syd Rumpo, Julian & Sandy and the Carry On Films, the release also features Kenneth’s only surviving appearance in the Television Hancock’s Half Hour: The Alpine Holiday.
This release contained the episodes the Cruise, The Tycoon and The Babysitters; the front cover was of a new styling that was to be repeated with subsequent releases.
This release contained the episodes The Emigrant, the Big Night and The Poison Pen Letters and was effectively a re-release of Volume 6 (BBCV4050). The front cover style was similar to the other BBC release in 1997. Although this was the second volume in the new series, no volume number was used.
This final release in the new series broke with tradition and featured 4 episodes rather than the usual 3. The episodes featured were: The Train Journey, The Photographer, Sid In love, the Ladies Man. At the end of these releases some 27 of the 37 Hancock’s Half Hours had been made commercially available. It would not be until the advent of the DVD that the complete archive would be release.
The final BBC video release was a revised version of The Very Best of Tony Hancock and was part of a series of releases entitled Comedy Greats, featuring other artists such as Morecambe and Wise and Ronnie Barker. This release featured the following episodes: The Bedsitter, the Bowmans, The Radio Ham, The Lift and The Blood Donor. The box for this release was not in the usual plastic video box but, instead, was in a white cardboard box; this packaging was used across the series.
This release was also available on DVD and features 43 extracts from a variety of comedy programmes. The release featured three Hancock sequences, all from the previous ‘Very Best of’ and Comedy Greats videos. The sequences were as follows: 1) ‘A Pint’ This is a 2 minute extract from The Blood Donor where Hancock wants his tea and Biscuits after giving his drop of blood. 2) ‘Bedsits and Bertrand’. This is a 2 ½ minute extract from the Bedsitter and features the sequence where Hancock is struggling to remember the characters from his fiction novel he is reading and then decides to read Bertrand Russell but keeps referring to his dictionary. The sequence ends with Hancock picking up ‘Lady Don’t Fall Backwards’ and referring to the Dictionary again! 3) ‘A Ham On The Radio’. This 3 minute sequence is not from the Radio Ham but from The Bowmans and features the delightful Joshua acting out his death scene. This superb DVD release served as an introduction to many archive BBC programmes some of which have never been commercially released elsewhere (for example ‘Its Marty’).
Although Tony Hancock only appeared in a few films, there have been a significant number of releases over the years. These have been listed by order of film. As new images become available, these will be uploaded onto the THAS website. This listing does not include DVD releases.
1981 Derann Film Services Ltd DV137
1987 Video Masterpiece VMP102
1986 Thorn EMI Screen Entertainment Double Feature 90 3536 2 (With The Punch & Judy Man)
1989 Weintraub Entertainment Group PES38121 (under the title British Comedy Classics)
1993 Warner Home Video Luiere Double Feature SO38340 (With The Punch & Judy Man)
1998 Warner Home Video SO38121
1993 Warner Home Video Luiere Double Feature SO38340 (With The Rebel)
1986 Thorn EMI Screen Entertainment Double Feature 90 3536 2 (With The Rebel)
1988 Warner Home Video SO38171
1965 Selected scenes from Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines on super 9 – a world of home entertainment from Ken Films
1981 Magnetic Video UK 4A – 023
1987 CBS Fox Video SO1033-50
1999 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment 1033BD
1987 Columbia Tristar Home Video 60416 (USA NTSC Format)
1996 Columbia Tristar Home Video 81866 (USA NTSC format laser disc) (cover illustrated) è
1989 RCA / Columbia Pictures International VideoCVT10661