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Hancock on CD Part 6 - 2018 onwards

Hancock's Half Hour Collectibles: Volume 2: Rarities from the BBC radio archive 978-1785298745 Release date 5th April 2018

This is the second of a series of 4 sets of CDs. The collection features material that the THAS and Ted Kendall have been collating over the past year, along with a range of material from the BBC archives that, in many cases, has been unheard for decades.

The contents 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 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 - composite versions 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 a 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.
The sleeve notes for Volume 2 can be found here.

Hancock's Half Hour Collectibles: Volume 3: Rarities from the BBC radio archive 978-1785298745 Release date 5th October 2018

This is the third of a series of 4 sets of CDs. The collection features material that the THAS and Ted Kendall have been collating over the past year, along with a range of material from the BBC archives that, in many cases, has been unheard for decades.

The contents 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 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.

The sleeve notes for Volume 3 will be available here after the release date.


Hancock's Half Hour Collectibles: Volume 4: Rarities from the BBC radio archive 978-1785298820 Release date 7th February 2019

This is the fourth of a series of 4 sets of CDs. The collection features material that the THAS and Ted Kendall have been collating over the past year, along with a range of material from the BBC archives that, in many cases, has been unheard for decades.

The contents 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).

Full details to follow nearer the release date.

 


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Hancock’s Half Hour: 3 remastered episodes from new sources: The 13th of the Series, The Sleepless Night and The Last Bus Home, and 1 extended episode with new material: The Male Suffragettes. This episode was also from a new source so the whole episode is of a better quality than previous releases.

Early Hancock Material: This material contains 3 further editions of Calling All Forces starring Cardew Robinson, Miriam Karlin, Robb Wilton Patricia Gilbert, Cyril Fletcher and Joan Heal alongside Tony Hancock and Charlie Chester.

Documentaries: Hancock’s Other Half’s Hour from 1997, presented by Freddie Hancock, is a warm, affectionate look at Tony through the recollections of key friends and colleagues who worked closely with him and is liberally peppered throughout with extracts from Hancock’s recorded works. This version of the show runs for a full hour and features several additional interviews not in the THAS’s version of the show.

Tony Hancock in The Emigrant

In addition, the set includes Turns of the Century from 1995 and Stone Me, What a Life from 2004.

Interview: Open House from 1964 and Late

Night Line Up from 1965