Hancock's Half Hour Collectibles Series

Hancock's Half Hour Colllectibles is a series of CD releases that are bringing together rarities from the BBC Radio Archive.  Some of this material hasn't been heard for 60 years and many of the items have been recently recovered by the THAS.

The series will comprise 4 sets each containing 5 CDs or a download option is available.

The contents of the series can, essentially, be divided into four categories:

  • Material from Tony’s career before the advent of Hancock’s Half Hour;
  • Previously unheard off-air broadcasts or soundtracks of Hancock’s Half Hour;
  • Documentaries made in the decades following Tony’s death; and
  • A range of ultra-rare recordings of Tony (or related to Tony).

 

 


Volume 1:

Volume 1 contains the following:

  • Hancock’s Half Hour:
    • The Horror Serial – A newly discovered good quality recording of this episode (see the still from this show above).
    • The Blackboard Jungle – remastered with the latest technology.
    • The Student Prince and The Test Match – composite versions using existing Sound Archive versions and newly discovered extended off-air recordings
  • Variety Bandbox - 26.4.51 featuring Tony’s solo spot.
  • Calling All Forces – extracts from 3 programmes featuring Tony and Bill Kerr as guest stars.
  • Educating Archie – featuring the only surviving episode starring Tony from 19.10.51.
  • Royal Variety Performance - 9.11.52 featuring Tony’s solo spot.
  • Star Bill – 2 extracts (the only known to have survived) from the show broadcast on 21.3.54.
  • Variety Fanfare – a brief extract from Tony’s performance on 20.6.54
  • Interviews – 7 interviews featuring Tony, Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, many not held in the THAS library.
  • ‘Ancock’s Anthology – (25.12.64) recreated and remastered from two different sources of material.
  • The Best of Hancock - from 11.8.68.
  • Tribute to Tony Hancock - by Tom Sloan 25.6.68

Each CD set comes with detailed programme notes written by the THAS, featuring previously unseen photos from the BBC archives, which tell the story behind each recording.  A copy of the sleeve notes for Volume 1 can be downloaded here.

You can order a copy of the release at Amazon here.


Volume 2:

Volume 2 contains the following:

  • Hancock’s Half Hour:
    • The New Secretary - remastered with the latest technology.
    • The Stolen Petrol and Anna and the King of Siam - a composite version using existing off-air recordings and newly discovered off-air recordings with additional material.
    • The Expresso Bar - a composite version using the existing Sound Archive version and newly discovered extended off-air recording.
  • Calling All Forces- extracts from 2 programmes featuring Tony and Charlie Chester as joint programme hosts.
  • The Budgie Sketch - from Christmas Night with the Stars from 1958.
  • Documentaries: Phillip Oakes, Tony Bilbow and Barry Cryer will present documentaries from 1971, 1978 and 2003 (What Happened to Hancock, Heroes for A Time and Six Characters in Search of an Answer) plus two editions of The Essay from 2015 about Tony Hancock and Sid James’s film career
  • Interview: with Freddie Ross Hancock from 1979.

Each CD set comes with detailed programme notes written by the THAS, featuring previously unseen photos from the BBC archives, which tell the story behind each recording.  A copy of the sleeve notes for Volume 2 can be downloaded here.

You can order a copy from Amazon here.


Volume 3:

Volume 3 contains the following:

  • Hancock's Half Hour:
    • The 13th of the Series, The Sleepless Night and The Last Bus Home - remastered with latest technology.
    • The Male Suffragettes - a composite version using existing off-air recordings and newly discovered off-air recording with additional material.
  • Calling All Forces- extracts from 3 programmes featuring Tony and Charlie Chester as joint programme hosts.
  • Documentaries: Hancock's Other Half's Hour (1997), Turns of the Century (1995) and Stone Me, What a Life! (2004).
  • Interviews: Both with Tony: Open House from 1964 and Late Night Line Up from 1965.
Each CD set comes with detailed programme notes written by the THAS, featuring previously unseen photos from the BBC archives, which tell the story behind each recording.  A copy of the sleeve notes for Volume 3 can be downloaded here.

You can order a copy from Amazon here.

 


Volume 4:

This is the fourth of a series of 4 sets of CDs.

Full details to follow nearer the release date.

You can pre-order your copy here.