Missing Episodes

Over the last few years we have been very fortunate in finding a number of Hancock's Half Hour radio episodes that had been wiped by the BBC, some of them such as The Blackboard Jungle and The New Secretary were on reel to reel tapes and we are sure that there are more out there!.

There are still 24 radio episodes (and 1 remake) and 25 TV episodes of Hancock's Half Hour that are missing. Also, nearly all of Tony's radio and TV work prior to Hancock's Half Hour is missing.

We are running a campaign to try to find these missing episodes so please seach your loft, your shed or that cupboard in the corner that you haven't dared look in.  If you do find a recording that you think may be of interest, please let our Archivist or web site administrator know.

The missing epsiodes are as follows:

Hancock's Half Hour Radio

Series 1

2: The Diamond Ring 9.11.54

5: The Hancock Festival 30.11.54

7: The Department Store Santa 14.12.54

8: Christmas at Aldershot 21.12.54

9: The Christmas Eve Party 28.12.54

15: The Marriage Bureau 8.2.55

Series 2

1: A Holiday in France 19.4.55

2: The Crown Jewels 26.4.55

3: The Racehorse 3.5.55

4: A Visit to Swansea 10.5.55

7: Prime Minister Hancock 31.5.55

10: The Three Sons 21.6.55

12: The Matador 5.7.55

Series 3

4: The New Neighbour 9.11.55

5: The Winter Holiday 16.11.55

7: The Red Planet 30.11.55

8. The Diet 7.12.55 (a poor quality off air recording exists)

9: A Visit to Russia 14.12.55

10: The Trial of Father Christmas 21.12.55

11: Cinderella Hancock (remake) 28.12.55

12: The New Year Resolutions 4.1.56 (a poor quality off air extract does exist)

15: The Breakfast Cereal 25.1.56

16: How Hancock Won The War 1.2.56 (a poor quality off air recording does exist)

17: The Newspaper 8.2.56

Series 4

3. Sid James's Dad 28.10.56 (a poor quality off air recording exists)

Hancock's Half Hour TV

Series 1

1: The First  TV Show 6.7.56

2. The Artist 20.7.56

3. The Dancer 3.8.56

4: The Bequest 17.8.56

5: The Radio Show 31.8.56

6: The Chef That Died of Shame 14.9.56

Series 2

2: Lady Chatterley's Revenge 15.4.57

3: The Russian Prince 29.4.57

4: The New Neighbour 13.5.57

5: The Pianist 27.5.57

6. The Auction 10.6.57

Series 3

1: The Continental Holiday 30.9.57

2: The Great Detective 7.10.57

3: The Amusement Arcade 14.10.57

4: A Holiday in Scotland 21.10.57

6: The Regimental Reunion 4.11.57

7: The Adopted Family 11.11.57

8: The Elocution Teacher 25.11.57

Series 4

2: Underpaid! or, Grandad's SOS 2.1.59 (a poor quality audio recording exists)

5: The Flight of the Red Shadow 23.1.59 (a reasonable quality audio recording exists)

6: The Horror Serial 30.1.59 (a good quality audio recording exists)

7: The Italian Maid 6.2.59 (a good quality audio recording exists)

8: Matrimony - Almost 13.2.59 (a poor quality audio recording exists)

9: The Beauty Contest 20.2.59 (a poor quality audio recording exists)

10: The Wrong Man 6.3.59 (a reasoanble quality audio recording exists)

Other Broadcasts

Very little else survives.  There are a few recordings of Calling All Forces which survive in the Bob Monkhouse archive; a couple of sketches from Star Bill are in the BBC archive and 1 episode of Educating Archie with Tony Hancock also survives.

Tony Hancock also appeared in The Laughtermakers, Broadcast on 20th July 1956 with  a script by Gale Pederick, this charted Hancock's career to date and featured archive recordings from many shows that Tony had appeared in.  This show is currently 'lost'.

If you have any recordings of any progamme featuring Tony please let our Audio / DVD librarian or web site administrator know.

The principal shows that Hancock starred in before Hancock's Half Hour were:

  • Variety Bandbox (from 1949)
  • Happy Go Lucky (1951)
  • Educating Archie (1951 - 1952)
  • Calling All Forces (1951 - 1952)
  • Forces All Star Bill (1952)
  • Star Bill (1953 - 1954)