The first series for ITV was entitled 'Jack Hylton Presents The Tony Hancock Show'. Broadcast between April and June 1956, the show was written by Eric Sykes (with Larry Stephens co-writing episodes 1 and 2. The entire series exists on 35mm telerecordings and these films are held by the British Film Institute (BFI). Although no video or DVD release of this series has been made available, a recording of episode 4 is in the public domain and a copy can be hired from the DVD library.
Cast comprises Tony Hancock, June Whitfield (episodes 1 - 5), Clive Dunn, John Vere and the Teenagers. The show was in sketch format and the details below contain the titles of the individual sketches.
Sketch names: Opening Party / Coffee Bar / A Street Car Names Desire / Spanish Dance
With Dick Emery, Bernard Livesey, Jimmy White and Roy Bartley
Sketch names: Massage / Library / Armand and Michaela Denis / Balinese Dancing
With the Barney Galbraith Singers
Sketch names: Audition / Agent's Office / Theatrical Costumier / Dressing Room . Musical Comedy
Sketch names: Office / Courtroom / Nightclub (Chez Hancock)
A copy of this epsiode is available to hire in the Society's DVD library
Sketch names: Albert Hall, Embankment, Gun Law, Conjurer, Calypso Dancing.
Sketch names: Auctioneer / 'Death Of A Duchess'.
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