Series 2

Broadcast between 19th April 1955 and 5th July 1955, this series comprised 12 episodes of which just 5 survive. The series was broadcast on Tuesday's at 2130 (except no. 2 at 2000) with a Sunday repeat at 1500 (except No.10, which was replaced by a further repeat of No. 7 because of an unfortunate topical reference).

Cast comprised Tony Hancock (except episodes 1 -3), Bill Kerr, Sidney James, Andree Melly, Kenneth Williams and Alan Simpson (except no. 10)


1 A Holiday In France 19.4.55

(without Tony Hancock, with Harry Secombe) This episode is missing from the archives and was only ever broadcast once (plus the Sunday repeat)

Harry Secombe and Bill leave for a holiday in Southend but they get on the wrong train and end up in Paris where they first meet Andree.


2 The Crown Jewels 26.4.55

(without Tony Hancock, with Harry Secombe) This episode is missing from the archives and was only ever broadcast once (plus the Sunday repeat)

As Hancock is absent, Bill is staying with Harry Secombe. They decide to show Andree the sights of London but get caught up in Sid's plot to steal the Crown Jewels.


3 The Racehorse 3.5.55

(without Tony Hancock with Harry Secombe) This episode is missing from the archives and was only ever broadcast once (plus the Sunday repeat)

Harry has 10 bob left so Bill decides to spend it on a racehorse. The fact that it only has three legs doesn't deter Sid from entering it in the Britannia Steeplechase.


4 A Visit To Swansea 10.5.55

(Tony Hancock returns; Harry Secombe makes a guest appearance) This episode is missing from the archives and was only ever broadcast once (plus the Sunday repeat)

Hancock returns and finds Bill and Andree in his flat. He agrees to thank Harry Secombe for standing in for him so they head off to Swansea and find Harry down a coalmine.


5 The Holiday Camp 17.5.55

(with Dennis Wilson on piano)

Hancock starts work for Sid running Sid's holiday camp...but it's a converted army camp on an active artillery practice range.


6 The Chef That Died Of Shame 24.5.55

The cast play the parts in the story of 'Iggins, a cook, who becomes a well respected chef but subsequently fails and looses everything due to drink.


7 Prime Minister Hancock 31.5.55

This episode is missing from the archives despite being repeated in it's own Sunday slot plus the Sunday slot instead of episode 10 (see below). It also received a further repeat in September of the same year.

Hancock stands for Parliament and dreams that he has been elected and becomes Prime Minister.


8 The Rail Strike 7.6.55

This was one of the most topical shows broadcast as there was a national rail strike taking place at the time the episode was broadcast. In the episode, Sid and Hancock decide to run their own train pulled by the original 'Rocket' stolen from the Science Museum. They head to Brighton but only get as far as Battersea.


9 The Television Set 14.6.55

Hancock can't afford to buy a television set from the shops so buys a DIY build your own TV kit from Sid. After some help from the 3 year old boy from next door, the set works. But then Hancock's other neighbour arrives.....


10 The Three Sons 21.6.55

(without Alan Simpson) This episode is missing from the archives. It didn't receive the regular Sunday repeat due to an unfortunate topical reference but the show was repeated in September of the same year.

This episode tells the story of old Ebidiah Hancock and his three sons, all of whom are played by Hancock. There's Rodney (in the Navy), Gideon (a gangster) and Anthony (a doctor).


11 The Marrow Contest 28.6.55

In which Hancock has grown what he hopes is a prize winning marrow. But before he can enter it into the Council's vegetable competition, it is threatened with Mayor Sid James' road widening scheme.


12 The Matador 5.7.55

This episode is missing from the archives despite being repeated in it's own Sunday slot plus a further repeat in October of 1955.

Hancock is looking for a cheap holiday and asks Sid for advice. Sid's suggests Spain but he has an ulterior motive because he is looking for a bullfighter!


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